Part-time IT Assistant Programmer - PHP and WP Developer

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!


Bureau of Child Research

Position Overview

The Transition Coalition provides training, information and professional development in a variety of formats and to a variety of audiences to improve outcomes for young adults with disabilities.  We are known in our field for having quality information in multiple useable digitized formats provided through our website.  The web developer is a critical role in co-creating a variety of online learning experiences for our audiences, ensuring clean, seamless design, and documenting for future need. This position will be the technical lead and is responsible for maintaining and updating the site, ensuring security measures are met, providing database design and management, and all programming. This position is perfect for someone with a creative flair who is detail-oriented, organized, and who can work independently and with a small team. The position is Part time (.50 FTE with potential to increase).
In addition to a competitive salary, the University of Kansas offers great benefits to employees such as paid vacation, sick leave, ten paid holidays plus one discretionary day, a retirement program, medical & dental insurance, life and disability insurance, other benefit plan options and State of Kansas discounts offered by various vendors.  KU also offers employees educational and professional development opportunities.
KU is a fantastic place to work!

Job Description

  • 50% - Develop code, maintain and support software applications, implement and maintain databases, and user interfaces independently or in collaboration with others using a content management system (WordPress) based on PHP, MySQL, Javascript, CSS and other web languages using current web standards and with attention to security issues.
  • 15% - Research and develop solutions to problems or as specified by functional needs of the project and notate accordingly.
  • 10% - Collaborate with project staff, clients, other developers/designers and others to understand and contribute to project needs and maintain a broader view of the project and potential for growth.
  • 10% - Ensure web application interfaces meet needs of various end users (e.g., teachers, staff website administrators, etc.) via user analysis testing and other means, and act as primary technical support for end-users.
  • 5% - Communicate frequently with the Research Project Director to provide status reports, review GoogleAnalytics data, and conceptualize website features and adjustments.
  • 5% - Maintain competency and detailed technical skills as they apply to work projects.
  • 5% - Other duties as assigned.

  • Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED plus 4 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Two years demonstrated professional experience with web development using HTML and CSS, including URLs provided as samples of work.
  • Two or more years experience in customizing a content management system (CMS) using: PHP, MySQL, jQuery, as well as designing relational tables and performing complex queries using an SQL-based language.
  • Experience incorporating effective user interface considerations and designs with web application development.

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree plus three years of relevant experience developing web-based applications or a Bachelor’s degree plus two years of relevant experience developing web-based applications.
  • Proven ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with technical teams, content teams, clients and management including excellent writing skills.
  • Experience producing technical documentation.
  • Two or more years demonstrated experience with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or similar products.
  • Strong time-management and organizational skills with a record of being reliable, flexible, detail-oriented, and self-motivated.
  • Experience with online learning.
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of the following:
  • PHP
  • WordPress (including customized backend PHP development)
  • Responsive web design
  • Application/web security
  • Writing and maintaining documentation
  • Javascript (including jQuery and/or Prototype)
  • Apache
  • Linux Administration
  • Photoshop/Illustrator
  • Version control software (e.g. GIT)
  • GoogleAnalytics
  • Python

  • Additional Candidate Instruction

    To apply, please complete the online application along with a letter of interest, your resume, and 3 professional references.
    Please include a list of 2-3 URLs for sites you have developed.  For each, please identify: (a) dates when you worked on the project, (b) whether this is a personal site or a site created for another person/entity, and (c) a brief description of the application.

    Review of applications begins August 25, 2018 and continues until the position is filled.

    Advertised Salary Range

    $28.00 – $34.00 hr ($29,120 - $35,360 annually) at .50 FTE

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    Work Location

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    FLSA Status

    Nonexempt (Hourly)

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Work Schedule

    20 hours per week, schedule determined during typical business hours (M-F, 8am - 5pm)

    Job Family

    Information Technology-KUL

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding


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