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Backed by the University of Washington, Cultivate Learning’s research-powered, practice-based approach, creates a fertile environment for innovation in the fields of early learning and expanded learning opportunities. Every child deserves to flourish from a foundation of quality learning. This core belief drives our work to provide talented learning professionals support and training to build and strengthen that foundation. We are champions of service and align with partners and initiatives that foster positive outcomes for children, families, and educators. We commit to equity by working to remove systemic oppression and institutional racism. We nurture environments of belonging and diversity where we communicate openly and support and value each other. We practice innovation and quality by actively seeking creative ideas from multiple perspectives to evolve and inform the research and resources we develop.
Cultivate Learning has a current opportunity for a Website Designer This position is responsible for managing EarlyEdU Alliance and Cultivate Learning’s collection of websites which reflect remarkable research, effective practices, and community-focused state and national initiatives to boost access to quality early and expanded learning opportunities. Our websites host multi-lingual workforce training materials, database-driven membership portals, and integrated applications that support training and coaching processes across state and national childcare quality systems. The Website Designer will use conceptual creativity and technical skills to develop, build, and add fresh content to our websites, conduct user research, and implement effective design that is mobile friendly, accessible, and follows UW web security protocols.
This position requires strong team-building and communication skills, focused on belonging and collaborative website design, in a diverse environment with people from many social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial and ethnic backgrounds. They should have a strong interest in information design, usability and user interaction design, as well as a foundational understanding of multi-lingual website design. The Website Designer reports to the Assistant Director of Multimedia Communications and works closely with graphic designers, writers, editors, multimedia producers, application developers, project teams, and senior management across the Center.
Website Design Production:
•Conceptualize, design and manage a set of websites that distribute information, host professional development materials, gather feedback, and provide opportunities for networking and developing strong communities of practice. •Keep existing sites in good working order, build new features into existing sites, and assure updates and plug-ins are configured to work seamlessly with back-end databases and servers. •Project manage new website builds, re-builds of existing websites, and routine functional and content revisions. •Develop, communicate, and implement publishing timelines for communications, annual institutes, organizational restructuring, and professional development distribution strategies. •Collaborate with team members who specialize in designing online learning environments, informational graphic design, interactive graphics, illustration, data visualization, animation, photography, and media production to develop web content and assets. •Integrate Cultivate Learning visual style and brand elements into our website designs. •Design website layouts for resource collections such as early learning training modules, online courses, institutes, events, webinars, communications, and other resources created for internal and external audiences. •Understand and advocate for high accessibility and usability standards. •Implement accessibility standards across website pages and in the formatting of materials delivered through the website. •Ensure quality and user-satisfaction for all websites through user testing and data driven design decisions. •Keep websites current with legal, technical, state, and federal web design standards and requirements. •Work with UW IT, Cultivate Learning IT, and the EarlyEdU Alliance database development team, to ensure system integrity, configure server connections, manage website back-up processes, maintain security protocols, test and debug systems, and implement solutions. •Oversee and respond to support tickets related to website content and functionality. •Maintain documentation, page inventories, and site maps. •Follow timelines and meet deadlines for posting fresh content. • Systems and Processes:
•Facilitate content-management and page review processes to ensure web content is current. •Collaborate on systems acquisitions and implementation related to website production and asset management. •Manage subscriptions, software, plug-ins, and equipment purchase needs for web design. •Develop internal and external website evaluation criteria and implement evaluation processes, gather and review web analytics, web interactivity, and consolidate user experience research. •Align website production processes with Cultivate Learning’s values, mission, and initiatives. •Assure systems and software meet University of Washington security and accessibility protocols. •Follow procedures for organizing web assets using specific file naming conventions. •Stay current on the latest trends, technologies, and design advances for creating accessible and relevant professional development material for the early care and education workforce. •Other duties as assigned
•Bachelor’s degree in Web Design, Information Sciences, User Experience Design, Computer Science, or a related field, and three years of progressively responsible experience designing websites in WordPress, Drupal, etc., using HTML and CSS.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
•Strong interest in layout and design, usability and user interaction design. •Knowledge of content platform back-end management and maintenance. •Experience working within team-driven processes: listens to team expertise, understands scope of deliverables, and builds consensus through thoughtful value-driven processes. •Experience working directly with content experts on design implementation. •Initiative, imagination, and a solid understanding of website design principles. •Demonstrated ability to create websites that promote equity and inclusion. •Demonstrated commitment to Cultivate Learning’s core values of equity, inclusion, diversity, service, quality, and innovation. •Ability to anticipate workflows, develop strategies and timelines, set priorities, handle multiple projects, and exercise good judgment for successful project implementation and completion. •History of working in a flexible, multi-tasking, and multiple website setting with demonstrated ability to organize complex content into clean, clear and accessible site presentation. •Comfort with ambiguity and the ability to pivot in new directions based on the changing needs of the organization, the team, and the communities we work with. •Advanced understanding of state and federal accessibility requirements for website design, including experience testing for accessibility, and demonstrated ability to design content and navigation with accessibility considerations. •Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills: able to convey creative ideas clearly in multiple forms of communication, i.e., verbal, written, visual, one-on-one or group. •Experience producing websites in multiple languages. •Ability to problem solve and suggest creative solutions in line with organizational values. •Must be flexible and able to work some evenings and weekends.
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