RCS Web Programmer / Administrator
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Classification:Information Systems Professional 3A
Work type: Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
Categories: Information Systems/Technology, Engineering/Computer Science
Position Summary:Research Computing Systems (RCS) in the UAF Geophysical Institute (GI), is looking for a Web Programmer / Administrator, to join our team of research cyberinfrastructure analysts and engineers. Founded in 1948, the GI is a world-renowned center for the study of geophysics from the sun to the center of the Earth. RCS is a dynamic team of IT professionals developing and maintaining a core set of cyberinfrastructure services for a wide variety of UA research projects, as well as specific systems for researchers. RCS team members work together and independently to ensure UAF researchers have high performing and adaptable network, storage, compute, web, and hosted systems services they can depend on to conduct their research. The successful candidate will work with RCS team members to support a vibrant research community by developing and maintaining Drupal, WordPress, and hardcoded websites for many different projects and implementing CKAN, Nextcloud, and other web applications for faculty and student use. Some projects integrate CMSs and web applications using RCS’s core services. Besides helping maintain and develop the main GI website, this position will manage individual web development projects and communicate directly with researchers and their students. This recruitment is for either an Information Systems Professional 3a or 4a depending on the chosen applicant’s experience. RCS has a very flexible office environment and collaborates with multiple groups throughout the GI and within UA’s Office of Information Technology.
10 -Maintain up-to-date system procedures that can be followed by system, storage and network staff as required. -Develop and maintain website maps and technical documentation. -Utilize the ticketing system for documenting system updates / issues Essential
10 -Perform web related troubleshooting, design, assessment, consulting and cost estimating. -Assist users and staff with questions / issues including problem diagnosis. -Ensure staff are notified in advance of system downtime. Provide input, guidance, and review on services and usage policies. Provide direct support as required to other units on campus shared infrastructure. -Advise designers on the suitability of design solutions for web application. -Follow industry hardware and software releases to determine when upgrades are advantageous. -Assess cost effectiveness and efficiency of new technologies and/or suitability of new features being considered for websites. -Consult and assist with new website development or existing website revisions. -Perform research on proposed projects, consult with other IT staff within the department/system, and develop accurate, itemized cost estimates. Essential
10 -Sustain current knowledge base of constantly advancing web authoring tools and standards, intelligent and responsive design concepts. -Engage in training opportunities (within budget and scope of department) to stay current with emerging technology. -Provide training and expertise to clients and other users as needed. -Participate in funding / grant writing activities as appropriate. -Participate in user groups and other communities that support the advancement UAF and department website-related interests. Essential
20 -Perform programming and development of apps, interactive databases, multimedia interfaces, and other IT solutions as needed for the UAF departments, programs, and projects. -Develop, implement, and maintain databases to automate certain types of data represented on websites. -Support faculty and staff in programming projects as needed. Essential
50 -Work with server administrators to establish and configure new sites. Establish and register marketable domain names. -Conduct user research and develop customized solutions for targeted audiences. -Develop, implement, and maintain sites within CMS and other web environments. -Perform day-to-day status reviews and troubleshooting, routine maintenance, content updates, service optimization. -Install, inventory, modify, maintain, test and integrate hardware and software to provide access with minimal negative impact to users by making effective use of downtime. -Develop utilities and problem solving tools. Perform analysis, and develop / modify software and services to circumvent problems and enhance access. —Develop regression test cases to solve problems, to implement robust services and to validate changes. Monitor performance and make recommendations for improvements. Follow industry hardware and software releases to determine when upgrades are advantageous. -Assist with development of written, audio and video material for website distribution. -Work with graphic designers to ensure sites have a contemporary, visually appealing appearance. -Ensure sites are compliant with current UAF and department website and branding guidelines. -Create templates and other tools for rapid response to website needs. -Maintain domain name certifications and domain contracts. Essential
This position is a full-time, term-funded, non-exempt Grade 80 (https://www.alaska.edu/hr/talent/files/fy21-salary-schedules/regular-staff-salary-schedules/FY21%20All%20Staff%20Salary%20Schedule.pdf) , 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package (https://www.alaska.edu/jobs/benefits/) .
-General working knowledge of data processing functions, computer system operations, and information technologies (including hardware and software).
-Able to operate personal computers and related equipment.
-Strong organization and communication skills.
-Ability to write clearly and accurately, spell and punctuate properly.
-Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals and groups and to work successfully in a team.
-Able to provide training support and customer service.
-Problem-solving skills for data processing functions and computer system operations.
-Ability to script/program in Python, PHP, Perl, C/C++, bash, etcetera.
-Advanced knowledge of Drupal, WordPress and/or other content management systems.
-Advanced knowledge of Django, Ruby on Rails, ReactJS, and/or other web frameworks.
-Advanced knowledge of Google Sites.
-Knowledge of the Git versioning system and ability to work within GitHub.
-Ability to perform basic layout and publishing tasks using Adobe products.
-Knowledge of data analysis, database administration, security, and/or systems administration.
-Ability to analyze and resolve significant problems involving multiple components or conflicting issues.
-Ability to identify new services and opportunities for process improvement.
Required Education & Experience:
-Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (i.e. Information Technology, Computer Science, or other related fields) and 3 years experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.
Applicants must be legally eligible for unrestricted employment to work in the U.S. No work visas will be sponsored for this position. To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, contact information for three professional references and a portfolio with your application.
A portfolio document containing:
One or more URLs for publicly accessible websites you’ve created, worked on, or are maintaining;
One or more URLs for publicly accessible code examples, such as github repositories, for work products such as a web site, web application, visualization, or mobile application;
Descriptions of the referenced materials with clear explanations of their provenance.
To be considered for this position, please submit by 11/01/2021, at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. The initial review will begin on 11/02/2021. This posting will be closed once the position is filled.
If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI – Office of Human Resources at 907-474-6498. Applicants needing a
reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-
This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University’s discretion.
Reasonable Accommodation Statement:
The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.
Affirmative Action Statement:
UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.
Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.
Public Disclosure Statement:
Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.
University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.
University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.
It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.
If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.
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