CTS Job Openings

Web Developer

Deadline: Open until filled (renewed application review begins February 13)

This position will work collaboratively with other members of the Center’s Communications and Information Group to develop, maintain, and update websites for CTS, its programs, and its clients within as well as external to the University. CTS currently manages 18 active websites, two blogs, two research tools, and several internal information management applications.

Position responsibilities include:

  • Website development using Drupal: Convert CTS’ websites and blogs to the University’s Drupal environment, working closely with the Director of Digital Information, program editors, graphic and multimedia designer, web student, and the Office of Information Technology. Some will be straightforward conversions of existing responsive sites; others will also involve full redesigns. Implement and make recommendations with regards to the IA, UI, UX and QA of websites. Plan, implement and support new page designs and features. Develop interactive prototypes. Program/modify the custom Drupal modules for displaying database-generated research project information, working with outside consultants as needed. With project manager and staff clients, develop site maps, wireframes, and other user experience documents. Participate in designing and conducting usability testing. Perform cross-browser/device functionality and performance testing. Configure the Google Search Appliance and Google Analytics code on each site. Ensure sites meet University accessibility requirements. Keep director and other team members informed of work progress, share potential project ideas, and proactively bring potential and existing technical and other issues to attention.
  • Website maintenance: Maintain and troubleshoot existing websites. Manage maintenance requests, and, in collaboration with the program editors, ensure that updates are made in a timely manner. Maintain a technical review schedule for the websites. Maintain documentation for the web maintenance processes, standards, and guidelines, including a base framework and pattern library. Maintain the Git and SVN version control systems. Manage subscriptions to online tools such as RSSInclude and Balsamiq. Register domain names as requested. Work with OIT to maintain security certificates as needed. Provide technical support for video, audio, photos and social media presented on CTS websites. Distribute usage reports for major websites on a regular basis and as requested. Supervise web student intern(s): prioritize, assign, and review work; train on work methods and procedures; make recommendations regarding hiring, promotion, and discipline.
  • Technical support for non-Drupal websites/tools: Participate on teams to update and maintain other websites and tools such as Open Journal Systems for journal publishing, the CTS Contract Management Database interface, and Quarterly Reporting system for researchers. Serve as point person with outside consultants as needed.
  • Trend monitoring and continuing professional development: Monitor current practices, technologies, and trends related to web and electronic communications. Monitor University web development standards, as well as general trends in web development. Bring ideas for emerging web capabilities and tools to the Communications and Information Group, who will make recommendations to management. Participate on project teams to evaluate and select needed tools or technologies. Maintain relationships and ongoing communications with key University contacts such as Drupal administrators (Office of Information Technology) and other Drupal users within the University. Learn new skills and technologies/software through continuous learning and training.


Required: BA/BS degree in web/application development or related field and two years related work experience, or 4 years combined equivalent education and experience. In addition, demonstrated expertise in:

  • Creating and managing sites in Drupal 7, including familiarity with MySQL and PHP
  • Web standards (W3C, WAI, WCAG 2.0), and federal accessibility guidelines (Section 504 and 508)
  • Front-end web tools (HTML, CSS, JavaScript)
  • Web and multimedia software (Adobe Creative Suite, including Dreamweaver and Photoshop; wireframe tools such as Balsamiq)
  • Git and SVN version control systems

Additional qualifications include:

  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a multi-skilled communications team
  • Innovative problem-solving and customer orientation
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, with strong attention to detail, and the ability to provide quality control
  • Excellent project and time management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work directly with outside vendors to support CTS communications projects and goals
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced, complex environment
  • General understanding of content strategy, user testing, search engine optimization

Application Procedure

To apply, please visit the University of Minnesota job search site. The position is open until filled, but initial review of applications will begin on January 13, 2017.