Senior Web Developer and User Experience Strategist

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 16/08/22; 16/08/2022

If you are an internal applicant, please make sure to update your current union status in your candidate profile each time you apply for a vacancy. Internal candidates will be given priority consideration at this time. Please note: Carleton University encourages applications from all qualified candidates.














About Carleton University

Carleton is a smart, caring and connected community that inspires and empowers individuals to become change leaders who drive impact in the world. Carleton's faculty and staff strive to provide a superior learning experience for our learners who hail from every province and from over 100 countries around the world. Situated on a beautiful campus bordered by the Rideau River and Canal, Carleton is just minutes from the heart of our nation's government and enjoys easy access to the many organizations, associations and businesses which thrive in Ottawa.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Manager of Student Social Initiatives, the Senior Web Developer and User Experience Strategist plays a key role in developing and implementing the strategic online presence that includes web, mobile, student applications and custom plug-ins, for the departments in the Office Vice-President (Students and Enrolment) (OVPSE) portfolio that meet the needs of prospective and current students. The incumbent is required to be knowledgeable about the latest web trends, emerging technologies and user experience standards. They are responsible for advising the Manager, Student Social Initiatives to ensure that the OVPSE is adequately and strategically positioned to implement improvements in order to remain leading edge, and to continue to meet the evolving online needs of prospective and current students on our websites. The incumbent is responsible for supervising the Web Application Developer position by assigning work, checking results for accuracy and giving guidance and advice as required. The incumbent must possess the ability to stay current with the latest front-end web development technologies and user experience best practices. In addition to websites, the incumbent is responsible for making strategic user experience design decisions relating to key high-profile University digital products that fall under the responsibility of the OVPSE including, but not limited, to Carleton 360 (CRM) and Carleton Mobile.


The incumbent must possess the following qualifications:
• Extensive knowledge and experience developing and designing for WordPress CMS websites and plugins is a necessity. In addition, the incumbent must have a thorough understanding of software and techniques used for a variety of web and digital product development, such as:
- Build tools, like Gulp
- Working with and integrating APIs
- Version control experience, such as GIT
- Extensive experience writing custom (X) HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and W3C coding practices.
- Knowledge in React Native and CapacitorJS,
- Experience with CSS preprocessors, such as SASS
- New web technologies and how to assimilate new information rapidly.
- Proficiency in PHP.
- Cross-Browser Support – candidate must have experience building web applications that support an array of web browsers.
• Knowledgeable of industry best practices in user experience design across all platforms and devices.
• Awareness of web accessibility standards and how to implement them.
• Expertise in developing, debugging, and performance tuning WordPress plug-ins, core and themes. Excellent project management and coordination skills.
• Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to communicate ideas in both technical and user-friendly language.
• Ability to conduct research into systems issues and products.
• Proven analytical and creative problem-solving abilities.
• Able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
• Highly self-motivated, with keen attention to detail, strong customer service orientation, and adjusted to working in an innovative environment to help build out great web experiences.
• User experience design:
- User testing
- Needs assessment
- Prototyping web page designs
- Understanding of design patterns and principles as it relates to digital products.
- Written analysis and presentation of recommendations
• Customer-facing skills:
- Experience in working in a university environment, across multiple departments and faculties
- Experience delivering training sessions
- Accurately prepares written business correspondence that is coherent, grammatically correct, effective, professional and engaging.

Education and Experience:

The above is normally acquired through the completion of:
• Honours degree in related field, computer science, MIS, or a combination of education and related experience.
• Six years of experience in web development, including 2 years working on mobile websites and at least 1 year of project management experience is preferred.
• Previous experience in a higher education environment a plus

HR Note:

Equivalencies will be considered. Applicants are encouraged to provide information which may demonstrate equivalent qualifications. Please note that applicants may be required to complete an employment test as part of the selection process for this position. Those applicants that are selected for an interview will be requested to contact the Human Resource Advisor assigned to this competition as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made to accommodate your request in a timely manner. Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions.

Important Note Regarding Pandemic Related Operations:

This position is required to work on campus. Exceptionally, since March 2020, many staff and faculty at Carleton University have been working from home in order to comply with public health requirements while continuing to provide services to support the operational functioning of the university. We are currently in the process of identifying positions that need to work on campus as part of our return to campus process. This position may be required to work temporarily remotely due to public health requirements or it may have been identified as one of the roles that are required to work on campus. If this position is required to work on campus, the successful candidate will be informed of the health and safety measures that are in place to ensure their safety on campus. If there is a requirement to work remotely (it is possible that there could be a requirement to work both remotely and on campus), the successful candidate will work with the manager to set up a remote work environment including discussing appropriate technology and requirements. Please note that once public health requirements permit, Carleton University will resume normal on campus operations and at that point there will be a timely notification provided by the manager and the requirement to working full time physically onsite will resume. Therefore, we are looking for candidates currently in or looking to relocate to the Ottawa area.

Additionally, Carleton University is continuing to maintain a safe work environment and requires mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 as per Public Health recommendations under the Reopening Ontario Act. As Carleton University requires that staff be available to attend on-campus meetings and to work, as required, in person, the successful candidate will be required to comply with this policy and be fully vaccinated before commencing employment. Subject to permitted exemptions under the Ontario Human Rights Code, if you are the successful candidate, your offer of employment will be conditional upon you attesting that you are fully vaccinated with a course of vaccines that have been approved by Health Canada and submitting appropriate proof of vaccination.

View complete position description

You must login first before attempting to apply for any postion.

Please confirm that you have updated your candidate profile, if you are a returning applicant. Please note your profile includes important screening information.

View or Apply

Similar Positions