Simpson College, a liberal arts college located in Indianola, Iowa just South of the State Capitol of Des Moines seeks a highly-motivated and passionate individual to fill the position of Web Manager. As a member of the Office of Marketing and Public Relations (OMPR), this position is responsible for analyzing and overseeing the creation and maintenance of the official college website, including visual and verbal communication.
Working collaboratively as part of a team, the Web Manager will be a key player in executing a digital-first strategy and is expected to independently research, propose, and implement the newest digital trends to ensure the college is leading the charge in web communications.
This position is expected to analyze website metrics from a User Experience perspective, develop a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy, create visually engaging designs in Drupal, implement an information hierarchy, and utilize cutting-edge technology to reach desired audiences.
This position works with a variety of clients across the college to both update and maintain the website as well as train others on tools and best-practices on how to maintain and update select pages relevant to departments.
All designs should stimulate engagement with stakeholders and encourage a culture of cohesive visual identity that adheres to the college's brand. This position reports to the Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations.
This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt position. Attendance is required. Normal office environment with little exposure to noise, dust, temperature and the like.
- Advise and manage the website project development cycles for campus clients.
- Develop and implement strategic initiatives necessary to advance Simpson in digital media.
- Guide website marketing strategy based on site usage, best practice, research and trends in collaboration with the Marketing and Public Relations team.
- Serve as Simpson’s primary contact with web marketing vendors/consultants.
- Create, edit, manage and maintain website and/or applications that support department initiatives.
- Develop web standards and guidelines for style, content and code through:
- research of current web trends,
- usability testing of clients,
- surveys of clients and content managers,
- administrative feedback and benchmarks,
- college computer use policies and
- relevant laws (e.g. 508 compliance and copyright).
- Monitor and analyze web statistics; identify trends in the nature, frequency, and types of services requested, and use this data to continually improve content and quality of services.
- Implement appropriate security measures to safeguard data and restrict access appropriately.
- Audit website and applications to ensure that standards are met, security measures are in place and determine and address the impact of new requirements and programming changes required. Ensure websites perform and display content across mobile, tablet and desktop devices.
- Design, develop and maintain web applications (e.g. data modeling, coding, integration, testing, debugging, maintenance, documentation code libraries and reporting.)
- Install upgrades to existing systems and related application software; ensures completion of routine maintenance with the appropriate IT staff/website vendor.
- Collaborate with Marketing and Public Relations team to design and build user interfaces for new digital and wayfinding displays
- Provide end-user support and create supporting documentation.
- Demonstrated proficiency in web design/maintenance
- History fo working within a CMS
- Working knowledge of HTML, CSS and Drupal
- Some experience working with PHP, MySQL Java Script, jQuery, YAML, Twig, OmniUpdate, and Wordpress
- History of creating websites with a focus on user experiences (UX)
- History of working collaboratively as a team player
- Strong communication skills (writing and visual design)
- History of the technical production and dissemination of email campaigns
- Ability to manage multiple tasks, work independently and solve complex problems
- Bachelor's degree in digital media, communications, computer science or equivalent experience
Interested candidates should send a letter of application, resume and the names and contact information for three professional references to:
Human Resources, Simpson College
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125
or by e-mail to:
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Simpson College does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to help constitute a diverse community. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups. You will find the entire EOE statement here.
Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Employment will require a criminal background check, which may include, but is not limited to criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history.