Senior Web Developer

Job Details

The Office of Communications and Marketing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, seeks applications and nominations for the position of Senior Web Developer. This position leads the development, programming, and engineering of software running the university’s flagship website and other digital platforms. This position is eligible for fully-remote work and does not require relocation.



The ideal candidate is a skilled backend developer with demonstrated experience in contemporary web services, languages, and frameworks. We’re looking for someone with a deep understanding of how the web is built and a passion for innovating and problem-solving with code.

The Senior Web Developer:

    makes key decisions on the engineering approach to the university's primary digital communication platforms;creates and maintains software running and university websites, as well as the software that delivers the university's web design system;develops quality assurance plans to ensure projects meet standards of excellence and conducts review of coding on digital properties in support of those plans;creates and maintains consistent development and accessibility standards;serves as technical liaison between the university and software/hardware vendors; andmaintains technical documentation and records to support developed software.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The Senior Web Developer has a strong grasp of several programming languages and maintains the ability to learn and implement new technologies as projects require.


Required technical skills include:

    advanced knowledge of HTML5, CSS3, and other web languages, particularly JavaScript and PHP;advanced knowledge of NodeJS, ReactJS, NextJS;advanced knowledge of web standards, including web accessibility standards;experience developing WordPress plugins and themes;ability to work with API integrations, such as GraphQL and RestAPI; andexperience using Git.
Additional, preferred skills include:

    experience developing for the WordPress Gutenberg editor;experience developing for a decoupled (headless) WordPress system; experience developing WordPress block themes; andknowledge of CSS pre-processors.


Required: Technical or vocational training with at least eight years of professional experience directly related to software or web development; or associate's or bachelor's degree with at least five years of professional experience directly related to software or web development.


Preferred: Associate's or bachelor's degree with at least five years of professional experience directly related to software or web development.



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.

About the University

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 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.


About the Office

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, Research Marketing and Communications, Special Events, Video, and WUOT 91.9FM.


Application Process

A review of all applications will begin immediately and continue until the 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. Applicants selected for further consideration may be asked to submit a portfolio of work.


Job: Information Technology Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Digital Communications
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Aug 8, 2022, 3:27:33 PM


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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