Harvard University Division of Continuing Education
Location: USA - MA - Cambridge
Internal Number: 59462BR
Reporting to the Director of Marketing Services in the Office of Marketing & Strategy at Harvard's Division of Continuing Education (DCE), the Web Development Manager serves as a key member of the team responsible for setting the technical and strategic direction of DCE's websites. The Web Development Manager performs front and back-end coding, leads a small team of developers, and provides direction to shape the future of each website keeping in mind departmental and organizational goals. A successful candidate will be well-organized, able to translate business processes and needs into technical solutions and have the ability to build strong partnerships with key stakeholders, both internally and externally.
Leads, manages, and trains on the coding and development of websites in Wordpress; sets and manages deadlines for technical projects, alongside the content team
Sets technical direction for DCE public-facing websites
Stays up-to-date on current best practices regarding website features and functionality
Develops and maintains expertise in PHP; stays current on standards for web usability, design, coding, CSS, scripting languages, browser and mobile compatibility, and accessibility issues; must be flexible to learning new skills as needed
Develops and deploys testing and debugging strategies to ensure that sites are consistent and accessible to the widest number of users and devices
Partners with MIS department on integration of student information services (SIS; Banner) and Salesforce data into websites, and addresses ongoing performance and programming updates
Serves as primary point of contact for internal and external constituents and vendors, providing expertise related to SIS data imports, noncredit program registration systems, and troubleshooting issues with web-hosting vendor
Manages a small team of front and back-end web developers, providing overall guidance and direction, including delivering positive and developmental feedback proactively
Works with digital marketing team to develop strategic approaches to website analytics, tracking, and tagging for marketing campaigns and business intelligence/data gathering
Minimum of five years' post-secondary education or relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
BA/BS in computer science, engineering or related technical field
Minimum of 7 years of IT experience with 5+ in applications development
Expert experience in WordPress
Experience with PHP Frameworks (i.e. Laravel, Symfony, etc.) preferred
Exceptional interpersonal and project management skills, and a proven record of working collaboratively with a wide range of constituents
Self-starter who is able to work as part of a larger, complex and evolving team and to balance interests and needs of a variety of stakeholders
Broad technical delivery expertise, and experience with agile practices
Demonstrated ability to plan and manage complex, time-sensitive projects
Experience with Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager preferred
Experience in Pantheon, Algolia, GitHub, GitHub Actions, Docker
Experience in web accessibility compliance
Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety, and well-being of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees will be required to provide confirmation of primary series COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage. Harvard University Health Services employees and other healthcare individuals are also required to be up to date on vaccination as described by the CDC. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University's COVID-19 Information Website.
This position will be based in Cambridge, MA. DCE is currently trialing hybrid workplace models with a minimum of 2 days per week on campus. DCE may adjust these as necessary or appropriate.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
In order to be considered for this role, a resume and cover letter must be submitted with application.
The Division of Continuing Education (DCE) comprises several entities serving about 30,000 students annually. The Harvard Extension School, the Harvard Summer School, the Harvard Professional Development Programs and the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement allow Harvard to serve the learning needs of students across their life. For more than a century, Harvard Extension School has made Harvard faculty and teaching accessible to a diverse community of local, national, and international students. Harvard Extension School enrolls approximately 17,000 students per year in approximately 46 graduate and undergraduate liberal arts and professional fields. More than 1,500 open enrollment courses are offered year-round with over 600 available online are offered at affordable prices to our communities across the world. Harvard Summer School offers approximately 450 courses on the Harvard Campus to 11,000 secondary school, college and adult learners and more than 30 international study abroad programs for up to 600 students each summer. The Division also includes the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement with approximately 550 active members and Harvard Professional Development Programs offering nearly 130 short noncredit programs to more than 3,200 participants annually.
All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including: Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year; prorated for part-time employees Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date. Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service. Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools. Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute. Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services. Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
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EEO Statement We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
About Harvard University Division of Continuing Education
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.