University of Nevada, Las Vegas is looking for a Senior Web Developer, for Web and Digital Strategy ($40k – $80k)

University of Nevada, Las Vegas is looking for a Senior Web Developer, for Web and Digital Strategy ($40k – $80k)

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Senior Web Developer, UNLV Web and Digital Strategy.


Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution comprised of approximately 31,000 students and more than 3,900 faculty and staff. To date, UNLV has conferred more than 136,000 degrees, producing more than 120,000 alumni around the world. UNLV is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an R1 research university with very high research activity. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the regions diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit us on line at:


The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.


The Senior Web Developer (back-end) is responsible for ensuring that the UNLV website – the universitys most visible marketing, communication and recruitment vehicle that receives 2.5 million page views per month – is functional, secure, and remains online for all stakeholders. This is accomplished through custom PHP and JavaScript web programming, monitoring performance and analytics, building and fine-tuning backend infrastructure and serving as a key contact with vendors that provide web services to the university.

In addition to a brand marketing communications vehicle for the university, the web domain hosts key components to business operations that include a degree database to maintain accreditation, is an integral part of the emergency notification system for campus and accompanying requirements for the Clery Act, ADA accessibility, compliance, and recruitment of prospective students.

This position also serves as a key university resource and thought leader when it comes to web content management systems, back-end web programming and software integration with services such as campus digital signage.

This position requires a very broad set of skills in order to perform the necessary functions.

The senior web developer (back-end) will be part of the Web & Digital Strategy team within the University Marketing & Communications unit in the Division of Integrated Marketing & Branding. The position will report to the interim senior director of Web & Digital Strategy. This senior web developer (back-end) will not have personnel managerial responsibilities, however they will be instrumental in guiding a team of peers in effectively managing the development of the website. The Web & Digital Strategy team consists of a senior web developer, who focuses on the front- end development of the website; an assistant director of development, who oversees all of the new site development, maintenance, and the help desk staff; a web specialist, who builds new department websites and manages the master calendar; and a web communications specialist who works with communicators across the university to continually develop an effective web presence for their units.


This position requires a bachelors from a regionally accredited college or university and 8+ total years of related web development experience with a minimum of 4 years of direct experience in back-end programming.


Equivalent Experience of 10+ total years of related web development experience with a minimum of 4 years of direct experience in back-end programming.

Preferred qualification includes a bachelors degree in computer science or a related field or equivalent experience in a related field, and experience in higher education.

Credentials must be obtained prior to the start of employment.

Technical Skills:

  • Proficiency with modifying open source code and developing application modules within a web content management system (Drupal 7.x or 8.x preferred)
  • Proficiency with site-building, theming, coding, and maintenance utilizing a web content management system platform (Drupal 7.x or 8.x preferred and WordPress a plus)
  • Proficiency developing websites/pages using HTML and CSS
  • Proficiency designing and modifying relational databases, preferably MySQL
  • Proficiency with web scripting languages, preferably PHP, JavaScript, Symphony, and Twig
  • Experience with API libraries and frameworks (HTTP/REST/JSON) as well as integrations with YouTube API, Google Maps API, and Google Apps
  • Experience with testing code, clearly documenting code, and use of version control systems such as Git
  • Experience in web infrastructure/back-end including Linux, Nginx, and Apache
  • Experience in design, including Accessibility (WCAG 2.0 AA and Section 508 compliance) and Bootstrap framework
  • Experience in search engines including Google CSE and Apache SOLR
  • Familiarity with user centered design methodologies and usability design principles
  • Familiarity with vendor technology including Pantheon and Cloudflare


Salary competitive with those at similarly situated institutions. Position is contingent upon funding.

NOTICE: All UNLV/NSHE employees may be subject to base pay reduction and/or mandatory unpaid leave: (1) by future action of the Board of Regents without a declaration of financial exigency (pursuant to the NSHE Code, as may be amended from time to time); and/or (2) by future action of the State legislature to reduce pay of certain categories of state employees.


Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based. Please note that only applicants who have submitted all aforementioned required material (letter of interest, resume, and references) will be considered. Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. without a visa sponsorship.

Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates materials will begin on August 8, 2020 and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date. Materials should be addressed to Deana Waddell, Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted online as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistance with the application process, please contact UNLV Human Resources at (702) 895-3504 or


UNLV employees or employees within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) MUST use the “Find Jobs” process within Workday to find and apply for jobs at UNLV and other NSHE Institutions. Once you log into Workday, type “Find Jobs” in the search box which will navigate to the internal job posting site. Locate this specific job posting by typing the requisition number, “R0121844” in the search box.

If you complete an application outside of the internal application process, your application will be returned and you will have to reapply as an internal applicant which may delay your application.


UNLV is committed to assisting all members of the UNLV community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report compliance document is available online.


UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Job Category

Administrative Faculty

Required Attachment(s)

Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted.

Contact: [R0121844]

Note to agencies: Although they are looking to hire a single person for this position, many organizations are open to working with an agency rather than hiring a full-time person. Why? Because agencies often bring proven strategies and processes, along with a diverse team of experts which can significantly lower their risks and management overhead. It will be up to you to determine whether this is a good fit for you and this organization.

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