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Web Designer (Hybrid Opportunity)

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: MarCom
Union: PSU
Categories: Public Relations, Marketing, Communications, PSU A

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

The Web Designer designs and develops websites, landing pages, and integrates third-party solutions within Drupal, the campus’s primary content management system. 


Essential Functions

  • Designs and builds websites in Drupal, being specifically responsible for the theming/front-end design while incorporating a solid understanding of the administrative interface. 
  • Creates websites for the University and campus partners following an established web development process, including discovery, analysis, design, development, and deployment. 
  • Works with University partners to develop new site maps, wireframes, and web page designs that meet their goals while adhering to the University’s brand standards. 
  • Creates rich web experiences following best practices and web content accessibility guidelines. 
  • Reviews peer and third-party websites for branding and accessibility issues. 
  • Designs responsive websites that maximize search engine optimization, cross-platform rendering, and mobile first-page loading performance. 
  • Demonstrates a multicultural awareness and contributes to cultivating an inclusive and respectful university community. 


Other Functions

  • Performs other related duties as assigned or required to meet department, executive area/division, and University goals and objectives. 


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 3 years' experience in designing, building, and implementing websites. 
  • Working knowledge of HTML and CSS best practices for site design and development. 
  • Self-motivated and ability to work well in an agile, small team environment. 
  • Customer-service oriented. 


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • A mix of public or private industry, higher-education, and nonprofit experience. 
  • Experience with modern collaborative tools such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, SharePoint, Wrike, or Basecamp. 
  • Experience working with PHP, JavaScript, and jQuery. 
  • Experience with usability testing for websites. 
  • Experience with Git version control software. 


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office environment.


Work Schedule

  • Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00pm. 
  • This position has the opportunity for a hybrid work schedule, which is defined by the University as an arrangement where an employee’s work is regularly performed at a location other than the campus workspace for a portion of the week. As this position falls within the Professional Staff Union, it is subject to the terms and conditions of the Professional Staff Union collective bargaining agreement.


Salary Information

Level  26

PSU Hiring Ranges


Special Instructions to Applicants

 Along with the application, please submit a resume (and cover letter / optional). References will be checked at the finalist stage, please be prepared to provide contact information for three (3) professional references.



UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, caste, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, political belief or affiliation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related condition(s), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, natural and protective hairstyle and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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