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Front-End Web Developer, Strategic Communications (Digital), Department of University Advancement

Wake Forest University
North Carolina, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Sep 13, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts, Other Fundraising
Academic Centers, Education
Employment Type
Full Time
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Summary: In University Advancement, we believe in equity, not just equality. We understand that in order to develop a fully engaged constituency; individuals must receive equitable treatment instead of equal treatment. Establishing equality means treating everyone the same. Equity necessitates transforming our community to meet the needs, interests and cultural norms of our University Advancement staff.

The Front-End Web Developer leads Communication and External Relations’ support of clients related to use of the content management system (WordPress) and themes, including troubleshooting, documenting functionality and training users. This position also builds websites and performs digital functions that support Wake Forest’s marketing messages and strategic goals.


This Job Is For You If You Are Able To….

  • Work closely with Account Management and Planning to address client-submitted issues, including solving problems, troubleshooting and defining the problems for others.
  • Build and maintain websites.
  • Create and manage content within the content management system (WordPress). Support Advancement units (such as News, Alumni, Parents, Fundraising) in maintaining sites that help the department reach strategic goals.
  • Demonstrate solid understanding of CMS, documenting functionality, producing training materials and holding training sessions.
  • Suggest new functionality. Scope functionality requests for back-end development team.
  • Work with University clients on content organization, user experience and other digital development areas.
  • Provide support for other digital projects (examples include broadcast emails, campus map, University calendar). Use vendor-provided tools (such as Siteimprove) to improve user experience. Interact with vendors, as needed.
  • Collaborate with CER team to develop new digital products.
  • Have high standards for your work and are proud to contribute to a mission-driven organization.
  • Contribute to a transparent and equitable organizational culture where ethical and equity policies and practices are understood and lived out by all staff.
  • Have a passion for workplace diversity and inclusion.
  • Get excited about the prospect of joining a team that is making a difference in people’s lives every day.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

What Skills do you Need?

  • Associate’s degree or higher plus one-to-two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong WordPress knowledge.
  • Ability to work with clients, including addressing requests and providing training.
  • Ability to work well with different kinds of people (i.e. non-technical clients, graphic designers, user-experience designers and back-end developers).
  • Knowledge of digital front-end development (i.e. user experience, design, and content).
  • Understanding of CSS/HTML coding, including current accessibility standards.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, mainly Photoshop.
  • Ability to problem solve.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to break down technical tasks for non-technical people.
  • Ability to move quickly from one type of project to another.
  • Desire to stay well-versed with new digital trends, techniques and technologies.
  • Technical problem-solving skills with a work ethic to carry out those solutions.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of University Advancement and a commitment to equity, particularly racial equity, with a willingness to proactively learn about it and integrate it into all aspects of the work.
  • Respect for the dignity and abilities of all people.

Desired Skills and Abilities: As the incoming Front-End Web Developer, Strategic Communications (Digital) you will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following characteristics and qualifications:

  • Experience writing and editing for the web.
  • Experience with project management software, digital communication tools.


  • Responsible for own work only.


Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single requirement. In University Advancement at Wake Forest University, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you are excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every single qualification on the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

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