Sierra College is Seeking a Website Redesign, Responsive UX Design, Unified CMS and Maintenance ($50k – $150k+)

Sierra College is Seeking a Website Redesign, Responsive UX Design, Unified CMS and Maintenance ($50k – $150k+)

About Sierra College:

The Sierra Joint Community College District (“SJCCD” or “District”) is one of 115 public California Community Colleges, the largest system of higher education in the nation serving 2.1 million students. The District is comprised of areas in Placer, Nevada, El Dorado and Sacramento Counties. The District operates a central campus located in the city of Rocklin, in southwestern Placer County, California, and two satellite campuses located in Grass Valley and Truckee in Nevada County. Classes are also taught in Roseville and other sites throughout the 3,200-square-mile territory of the District. The District currently serves approximately 18,000 students per term enrolled in both day and evening classes. Other general information about the District can be found on the District’s website at


The Sierra Joint Community College District and the Marketing Division are seeking proposals from qualified firms for a Content Management System (CMS) that would both transfer and redesign the existing Sierra College website from the current CMS to a new more user and mobile friendly CMS.

Website Project Goals:

1. The Sierra Joint Community College District wants to redesign the college website ( to create an experience focused on the users, including:

a. Easy, logical and quick navigation and architecture to desired pages (without having to search our site)
b. Cohesive and modern look and feel across the entire website in one CMS
c. Use of simple and user-friendly language, while still remaining a powerful resource for information on the college
d. Site that can be translated into other languages across all pages (multi-language capability) and can easily be toggled between (i.e., English and Spanish)
e. Fully responsive design for viewing on devices and displays of various resolutions and sizes and navigation elements and links adaptable to device view (i.e., mobile, desktop, tablet)
f. Fully editable emergency banner and pop-up page, including support for HTML, links and images (i.e., Sierra College Athletics page-Presto)
g. Ability to embed forms directly on a page (i.e., Undocumented Student Center subscription form); ability to embed online donation forms with payment processing through Razor’s Edge (Foundation)
h. Employee/office directory with mapping so that contact information will appear on webpage

2. On the back-end maintenance of the website, the Districts wants a site that:

a. Is easy to update content in-line (WYSIWYG) as administrators and as content owners
b. Has significant amount of different elements and flexible templates that allow us to tailor content (ex. accordions, callouts, different layout choices, etc) to various college needs, while still maintaining consistency
c. Has a robust and user-friendly online events calendar:

 i. Allow for embedding across the website by content and subject matter category (example: embed only career workshops on the Career/Transfer
 ii. Make academic calendar events accessible from homepage
 iii. Interactive calendar and the ability to support calendaring in iCal and Google Calendar. Will allow user to import event into own calendar application such as Outlook
 iv. RSS feed
 v. Able to filter by category (i.e., financial aid, speakers, health and wellness)
 vi. Ability to add reoccurring events
 vii. Searchable
 viii. Ability to include images

d. Has ability for vendor to host website and provide 24/7 support post-build
e. Has ability to create pages without much coding experience (I.e., in line coding)
f. Has options for internal search appliance on the website (currently using Thunderstone)
g. Integrate subsites into look and feel of new website (, Planning and Governance, Accreditation/SLOs, Library, eJournals, Distance Learning, academic department subsites-Astronomy, Math)

(For full details, see attached PDF)


* Budgets are estimated based on similar projects, and will require due diligence, analysis, scoping and estimating.

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