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emoji of a pushpinCorvallis, ORemoji of a money bag$51,072 - $86,904emoji of a clockFri May 20 2022
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University Marketing strives to increase Oregon State’s name recognition and appreciation through varied platforms, channels and strategies that support the overall strategic plan of the university.


Position Summary

The University Marketing department is seeking a Web Specialist. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position.

University Marketing strives to increase Oregon State’s name recognition and appreciation through varied platforms, channels and strategies that support the overall strategic plan of the university.

It is the responsibility of each University Marketing staff member to deliver an accurate, authentic, highly engaging and inclusive message to university audiences. All members of the University Marketing department work to enhance the Oregon State brand and deliver on our promise as the state’s land grant university through integrated and aligned marketing and communication strategies.

The department functions as a creative services provider that promotes the university, colleges, units and programs. It is expected that this position will add to a culture of continued learning, collaboration and respect, including active engagement in learning and practicing principles of social justice and inclusion.

The web specialist position is part of a digital marketing team whose main goal is to advance the brand of Oregon State University and inform the public about the university in the digital space. This position is part of a team that includes writers, editors, visual artists, project managers, social media specialists, content creators and strategic leaders. This position is responsible for website design, development and the maintenance of numerous leadership websites and top-level university web pages. These websites promote the research enterprise of OSU, faculty stories, public service, and policies. The web specialist works closely with division leadership on digital formats to deliver priority university communications. Through the work on leadership websites, this position is made aware of sensitive and confidential information before it is made available to the public.

Position Duties


    • 35% Develops websites and webpages. Develops strategies and implements tactical plans utilizing digital solutions to inform the public about OSU and advance the university’s brand. Fulfills the digital needs of the division of University Relations and Marketing, and central administrative units and departments as assigned.
    • 20% Manages and executes web development projects, including planning, designing, identifying, and managing resources, timelines, alternatives, impacts of changes and issues involving technical and resource/budgetary constraints. Promotes the three foundational pillars of University Relations and Marketing, including branded and aligned marketing and communications, providing exceptional customer service, and promoting the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice in all projects and materials. Ensures all website projects adhere to university standards and best practices for accessibility.
    • 10% Provides leadership in web design, development and maintenance, research, and implementation of new technologies to meet the goals and priorities of the university and internal clients/partners.

    • Manages relationships and collaborates with internal partners to ensure successful implementation of system changes and promotes support services.
    • Manages relationships with URM leaders and OSU clients to determine high-level goals, strategies, and project outcomes.
    • Accesses and/or works with sensitive and/or confidential information and facilitates collaboration at the highest level.

    • Works closely with the director and art director of University Marketing to express the university’s brand in digital spaces.
    • Reviews websites for adherence to the university’s brand guidelines and provides guidance to units on the execution of those policies.

    • The web specialist position is a source of information and best practices and provides guidance to the OSU community as a subject matter expert in the areas of front-end web design and development. This position will work with university partners to share their expertise with others at the university.

    • Works at the direction of URM leadership to provide support in communicating information to internal and external stakeholders during crisis situations. This includes posting OSU alerts on the homepage, building web pages to provide more details to stakeholders and assisting in finding other digital solutions during this time.

Minimum/Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree and 3 years professional experience in web design, UX, front-end development/design, or related work; OR
  • An Associate’s degree plus 4 years of professional relevant experience in web design, UX, front-end development/design, or related work; OR
  • 5 years of professional relevant experience in web design, UX, front-end development/design, or related work.
  • Experience with modern front-end web technologies including HTML5, CSS3 and JQuery.
  • Experience with large- scale content management systems such as Drupal and Wordpress.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity in a professional or personal setting.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Demonstrated understanding of information architecture and website design best practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully independently.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications

  • 2 years of experience working in Drupal.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet goals while remaining flexible in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously, requiring planning and organization skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with diverse groups and experience advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in previous work.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule

The work of this position is primarily located in Corvallis, Ore. Some work may be done remotely at the discretion of the supervisor. Occasional evening and weekend work is required when adjustments are needed for websites that are critical to university communications or strategies. For example: post emergency alert messages on the homepage.


In the application, we ask for example(s) of past web work and commitment to diversity.

We will do a first round of interviews via Zoom and a second round for finalists. We ask all applicants the same set of questions. Any required outside work, if any, for an interview will be given in advance with all applicants given the same amount of time.


OSU is committed to a culture of civility, respect, and inclusivity.  As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, OSU values diversity in our faculty and staff regardless of their self-identity; to that end, we particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, veterans, women, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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