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Sr. Web Designer - Digital Communications

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Senior Web Developer, Digital Communications

Regular Full-time,Market Range MR09

The Office of Communications and Marketing seeks to hire a talented web designer to join the Digital Communications team. Our team is responsible for all aspects of the university’s primary web presence ( as well as design, development, and support of many of the most visible sites within the domain. We are also responsible for establishing online brand standards by designing, developing, and supporting website templates and themes. We are currently developing a new shared design system to facilitate creating more complex, yet consistent, web properties across campus.

UT is the state’s flagship research university, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. As a land-grant university, the institution fulfills its access mission through a commitment to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement.

The Office of Communications and Marketing is dedicated to advancing the university’s reputation. Staff members support the institution’s mission and goals, promote its successes and achievements, inform and engage its stakeholders, and ensure the integrity of its brand. We craft audience-focused communications based on data, best-practices, and emerging trends. The division employs more than 50 full-time professionals across several cross-functional teams—Creative, Digital, Marketing, News, Special Events, Video, and WUOT 91.9FM.

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

    •    Working under the guidance of the Director of Digital Communications to ensure the university's website reflects our vision, mission, and values
    •    Working collaboratively with all members of the Office of Communications and Marketing to develop wireframes and visual designs in markup and frameworks
    •    Working to ensure accessibility best practices on UT websites
    •    Designing and supporting university websites and other digital initiatives
    •    Contributing to the creation of an official, shared design system, for use by all campus units
    •    Providing on-going support of WordPress sites for multiple university units

Minimum Qualifications:

    •    An associate degree in web/electronic media (or related discipline) or a bachelor’s degree (any discipline)
    •    At least five years of professional experience directly related to website design and/or development
    •    Fluency in HTML, CSS, and web languages, particularly PHP and JavaScript
    •    A solid understanding of and commitment to web standards, including web accessibility standards
    •    Experience developing for WordPress
    •    Experience with MySQL databases

Preferred Qualifications:

    •    Bachelor’s or advanced degree (any discipline)
    •    Experience with user-centered design
    •    Experience developing WordPress themes and plugins
    •    Experience developing with React and Gutenberg
    •    Experience with CSS pre-processors
    •    Experience with Git version control system
    •    Experience with best practices for mobile website delivery
    •    A commitment to the mission of public higher education


Regular Full-time. Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience.


The university offers a highly competitive benefits package that includes health insurance and retirement plans through the State of Tennessee, generous annual and sick leave accruals, longevity pay, tuition waivers and discounts, discounted athletics tickets, and more.

Application Process:

A review of all applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. For full consideration, applicants must apply electronically through Taleo and submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references. 

Job: Information Technology Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Digital Communications
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jun 21, 2021, 7:26:23 AM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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