Front End Developer - Creative Services ( A1800286 )

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Front End Developer
Creative Services at Public Affairs

Creative Services at Public Affairs is a collaborative team of designers, developers and problem solvers responsible for delivering campus-wide brand and marketing solutions to the University of Illinois. We are looking for a knowledgeable and detail-oriented front-end developer who is passionate about user experience and ready to help us innovate as we develop streamlined solutions that help our clients reach their goals.

As a member of the creative services team, the Front End Developer will concept and develop beautiful, usable and universal web solutions for the entire campus while strengthening the Illinois brand. The front end developer works with our designers to establish sound build plans and implement client side web solutions that engage our primary audiences.

As a part of our team, you will:

  • Lead best practice methods about implementation and project approach as our projects move to development stages
  • Balance aesthetic sensitivity with programmatic rigor to ensure the client side interface is implemented to design specification while supporting users across the necessary browsers, platforms and devices
  • Approach development with a value for universal design, seeking accessible solutions with designers in early stages of the design of the product
  • Employ current and best practice methods for building websites, supporting standards for content and design, including WCAG and W3C recommendations
  • Implement assurances that products meet accessibility requirements for assistive devices while supporting multiple forms of access including keyboard access, screen readers and assistive devices
  • Integrate websites into content management systems including Wordpress and Drupal to support content-managed client workflows
  • Possess substantial knowledge of browser testing and debugging, and have exceptional problem solving skills
  • Manage version control and backup of projects using tools like Git
  • Communicate complex details to non-technical co-workers and stakeholders in terms they can easily understand while being responsive to clients' needs
  • Assigns and reviews tasks given to students and interns
  • Develops, analyzes, and schedules jobs in consultation with the project manager and creative staff
  • Sets priorities and deadlines as needed to balance workload
  • Participates in office-wide committees and operations

Required qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in a marketing/communications, computer science or in a -related field
  • Two years of experience developing websites
  • Proficient understanding of core front-end web technologies (HTML, CSS, javaScript, jQuery, preprocessors and front end frameworks). Proficient understanding of cross-browser compatibility issues and ways to work around them. Proficient understanding of accessibility standards. Good understanding of SEO principles. Ability to prioritize and manage workload and meet critical project milestones and deadlines. Exhibit a strong work ethic and a desire to adapt and learn new skills. Possess an aesthetic sensitivity that allows working with designers to be seamless and efficient

Bonus experience:
  • Detail-oriented, knowledgeable, personable, and enjoy working with a UX-focused creative team
  • Basic to proficient understanding of building themes/templates for content management systems, such as WordPress and Drupal. Awareness of current visual and interaction design best practices, trends, techniques and usability principles. Proficient conceptual design skills and experience using the Adobe suite. Familiarity with University of Illinois WebTools, higher education marketing, and/or the Urbana campus.

This is a full-time regular academic professional position. Start date is as soon as possible after the close of the search. For full consideration, create your candidate profile at and upload a letter of application, a resume, a total of 3-5 samples of websites you developed, and the names, addresses, email and phone numbers of three professional references by close date of June 6, 2018 Only design work examples that cannot be sent electronically should be mailed to Pam Steele, Public Affairs, 507 E Green, Suite 313, Champaign, IL 61820. Portfolio will be reviewed at the interview. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Pam Steele, Public Affairs, 217/333-5010 or [email protected]. For more information about Public Affairs, visit

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: Public Affairs
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Front End Developer - Creative Services ( A1800286 )
Open Date: 05/09/2018
Close Date: 06/06/2018
Organization Name: Creative Services





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Posted: 5/11/2018
Application Due: 6/19/2018
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