TL;DR Summary: We’re hiring! Visit the NC State Jobs website to apply today!
Last week we had some sad yet exciting news. Our friend and colleague Chris Deaton has accepted a position with OIT’s Outreach Technology group and will be leaving OIT Design at the end of the month.
In the year that Chris has been with us, he’s helped us improve our development process, written and rewritten several WordPress plugins and themes, and completed a number of major client projects. We’re thrilled for him to have the opportunity to work with the Outreach Technology group and are eager to see the good things that he builds for OIT and the rest of campus.
Also Outreach Technology works about 50 feet down the hall from OIT Design. So mostly this means a bit more walking (or louder yelling) when we need to work with him.
So that’s the sad news. Now here’s the exciting news:
We’re hiring! You (yes, you!) can join us here at OIT Design and build better websites for NC State.
If you’re not familiar with what we do, here’s a quick introduction:
What is OIT Design?
OIT Design is a team in the Outreach, Communications and Consulting unit of NC State University’s Office of Information Technology (OIT). We are the web design and development group serving both the central IT office and the broader campus community. Essentially, we function as a web consulting firm that serves only NC State clients.
What does OIT Design do?
- Maintain campus WordPress environments like wordpress.ncsu.edu and our premium Hosted WordPress service
- Provide support for campus web clients and NC State WordPress users in general
- Write and edit custom WordPress themes and plugins for campus web clients and for general campus use
- Advise campus web clients on best practices for content management, usability, and accessibility
- Provide in-person training on the basics of WordPress, WordPress security, content management, and more
- Collaborate on web projects with our IT colleagues in the colleges, University Communications, DASA, DELTA, Campus Enterprises, and elsewhere
What else does OIT Design do?
- Maintain internal OIT web properties, including oit.ncsu.edu
- Support OIT’s web services and communications strategies
- Help make OIT services usable, accessible, and branded
What else does this position do?
This position is partially funded by the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development. OIT Design helps ORIED staff maintain their web properties, and this position typically takes the lead on ORIED-related projects. That said, all OIT Design staff often participate in these projects, and we’re very proud of our close working relationship with ORIED.
What are you looking for in this hire?
Energy! Enthusiasm! Eagerness to learn! Other “E” things!
Fundamentally, we are looking for someone who is an active and engaged member of our team but who’s also comfortable working independently and taking the lead on projects. You need to have experience with web design and development, and experience in WordPress. Experience with WordPress multisites or Enterprise-level WordPress environments are a plus. And since we support students, faculty, and staff across the university, strong communication skills are a must.
The ideal candidate is going to have experience with WordPress multisite, takes security, accessibility, and usability seriously, and understands standards-based web design using HTML, CSS, PHP, and more. Experience with Photoshop or other graphics editors and being comfortable with public speaking are also major assets.
Beyond that, this is a great position for someone who’s looking to grow their skills in content management, front-end design, and web development. We give our staff many opportunities to learn new skills and try new things.
How do I apply?
Note: The position is listed as a time-limited, 1-year appointment. This has to do with how the position is funded—the position has to be renewed annually, and we can’t guarantee anything except in one-year increments. But at this time we intend to renew it every year.