User Interface Manager - 501696
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Located minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond ( ) blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs. Our School of Arts & Sciences anchors Richmond as a nationally ranked liberal arts university. A ranked business school, the nation's first school of leadership studies, a highly respected law school, a nationally recognized international education program and the community-focused School of Professional and Continuing Studies build on that strong foundation and make this university something unique.

The User Interface Manager defines, builds and manages the user interface(s) of the University of Richmond's highly advanced and responsive web/mobile platform and integrated online communications. The manager co-defines and executes user interface application development for University Web sites/mobile web/apps, conceptualizes and architects user interfaces, and develops client-side and server-side code. The manager performs their role within the strategic vision, technology constraints, infrastructure design, guidelines, best practices and architectures defined both by University Communications and Web Services.

The User Interface Manager also is technical liaison to the University's Director of Web Services, ensuring the user interface strategy adheres to the technology goals, system architecture, designs, and strategic priorities of both Web Services and Communications.

Lead Programmer

Serve as lead programmer for the front end of the web ecosystem, utilizing expertise in PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, XML, XSLT, etc., to conceptualize, architect, program, and develop the university's user interfaces

Ensure the day-to-day work of the University Communications design/development team integrates with technical aspects of the university's user interface, ensuring online designs support technical goals

Conceptualize, design, and architect key corresponding client-side code and server-side code (PHP) in coordination with Web Services

Participate with the Web Services Director on the conceptualization and delivery of future state Web infrastructure to support next-generation Web platforms

Web Platform Management

Work with the Director of Web & Editorial Strategy to manage the execution of the university's integrated and responsive web/mobile platform

Assist with the strategic integration of the web platform with online and offline media and business processes to create an interconnected content ecosystem across the University

Co-lead the initiative to better utilize emerging best practices and technologies throughout the University's Web platform

Work with the Director of Web & Editorial Strategy and the Director of Web Services to ensure agreement on all technical decisions, designs, and development so that work that spans Communications and Web Services meets all standards, best practices, security and risk parameters, and other attributes

Mobile and App management

Co-define and lead the execution of the University's mobile and app development strategy

Serve as the lead app/mobile programmer or oversee the relationship with a third-party vendor to manage app development in iOS and Android platforms, as well as any future additional platforms

Coordinate with the designers/developers on the implementation and management of mobile-first, fully responsive web/mobile interfaces

Serve as the team agent with Apple in iOS app management and manage app-related functions with Android and other providers

Web-based Marketing Communications

Utilize Google Analytics data to make web content recommendations to the Director of Web & Editorial Strategy and the Web & Editorial Manager to increase content visibility and impact

Partner with the Director of Web & Editorial Strategy and the Web & Editorial Manager to optimize website content according to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) best practices

Work with the Director of Web & Editorial Strategy and the Web & Editorial Manager to identify ways web-based technology can improve communications- and marketing-related business processes in key university offices

Research and suggest future-state content tools/approaches/trends to the Director of Web & Editorial Strategy

Project Management/Integration

Manage projects/relationships with leaders of campus units for site migrations/redesigns and incorporation of new technologies into sites and Web-based business practices

Participate with Web Services on co-managing and/or project management hand-offs for all work that crosses both Communications and Web Services

Co-manage user testing and analytics processes to continually improve the University's overall online presence

Policy, Standards and Testing

Co-manage the University's Web and online media standards, ensuring they adhere to industry best practices

Partner with Web Services to develop, implement and maintain the University's Web-based technical, development, and usability standards


Manage technical contractors, vendors, and student workers as necessary by assigning projects and providing guidance

Other duties as determined by the AVP of Communications and Director of Web & Editorial Strategy

Comprehensive knowledge of JavaScript, PHP, XML, MySQL, HTML/XHTML, XSLT, CSS, jQuery

Comprehensive knowledge of best practices in Web site design, including responsive design, search engine optimization, W3C compliance, social media optimization and database design

Comprehensive knowledge of RESTful/AJAX programming best practices, including web data storage, retrieval, and mash-up techniques (i.e. RSS, JSON)

Comprehensive knowledge of mobile web development tools and best practices

Comprehensive knowledge of managing Web sites in content management systems

Thorough knowledge of source code versioning techniques (GIT preferred) and software development environments including virtual machines

Thorough knowledge of Web-marketing principles and strategies

Thorough knowledge of data APIs (Google, Facebook, Salesforce, Brightcove, Twitter, Blackbaud, etc.), social networking systems and other modern web communication technologies

Thorough knowledge of server security and secure coding practices

Working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and basic audio/visual software packages

Working knowledge of native app development, debugging and deployment, with specific program knowledge including Xcode, iOS SDK, and Android SDK

General knowledge of web server configuration and management

Ability to develop for and in iOS and Windows environments

Strong project management skills Demonstrated understanding of utilizing web-based infrastructure to facilitate business process

Four-year college degree in computer science, communications, marketing or related field; master's degree preferred, but not required

Minimum of five years of web development and programming experience

Or equivalent combination of education and related work experience

Monday - Friday; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Flexibility to work evenings and weekends based on need

Pay Grade 8
To see more detailed salary information please review the University of Richmond's Compensation Structure .

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE

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