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University of California Santa Cruz
  • Position Number: 5035890
  • Location: Santa Cruz, CA
  • Position Type: Computer and Information Technology

Web Designer/Programmer

Location: Santa Cruz
Job ID: 65103


This position is an on campus role and is not eligible for remote work.


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The IRD for this job is: 03-11-2024


UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.


Information Technology Services (ITS) is the campus's centralized resource to support and amplify research, instruction, learning, and digital experiences at UC Santa Cruz. We are a group of over 200 diverse, enthusiastic people who produce extraordinary results. Our guiding principles are integrity, client focus, teamwork, knowledge, and fulfillment. We are looking for people who are deeply curious, hard-working, resourceful, kind, and committed to inclusion.

ITS strives to continually improve service quality, experience, and value for our students, faculty and staff. We are deeply committed to nurturing and strengthening an organization that values equity, work-life balance, and supportive culture. Prioritizing career paths is important to us and we devote resources to skill and professional development for our staff.

We hope you are inspired by what we do and are excited to contribute to our mission. We are looking for candidates who do great work from different backgrounds and practices, and who will support our aspirations to shape an increasingly diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. We encourage you to apply even if you do not believe you meet every qualification for the position but possess transferable skills and experiences.

University of California offers competitive benefits including Medical, Dental & Vision Care Insurance Plans, University of California (UC) retirement, Paid Family Leave, and Paid Holidays plus accrued vacation and sick leave. Visit the UC benefits page for more information at UC Compensation and Benefits.

Information Technology positions are responsible for the security of UC Institutional Information and IT Resources. The incumbent is required to follow all applicable information security policies, procedures, and standards to maintain minimum standards of information security for data, systems and applications. Supervisors are responsible for making sure their staff have appropriate security skills and qualifications, and complete all appropriate and required security training.


We are looking for a knowledgeable professional to work as a Web Designer/Programmer working with ITS to support the Arts division at UCSC. This position will leverage their innovation and collaboration skills to support the customers needs for a portfolio of web content. In addition, the Web Designer /Programmer will support the migration of legacy websites to Wordpress.


Budgeted Salary: $83,300 - $90,000/year. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.
Under California law, the University of California, Santa Cruz is required to post a reasonable estimate of the compensation for this role. The salary shown above is the budgeted amount the University reasonably expects to pay and the salary extended should not exceed this posted amount.

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits

Schedule Information:
  • Full-time, Fixed
  • Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
  • Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
  • Shift Includes: Day

Employee Classification: Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus

Union Representation: Non-Represented

Job Code Classification: 007300 (APPLICATIONS PROGR 3)

Travel: Never or Rarely


50% - Production Work
  • Plans, designs, develops, modifies, debugs, deploys, and evaluates complex content management solutions including deployment strategies, developer workflows, integrations with external systems, custom modules, site migrations, and end-user tools.
  • Analyzes existing systems and works to formulate logic for new complex systems. Performs complex data analysis and tests/debugs complex software, working directly with clients and management.
  • Initiates, analyzes, designs, and applies interfaces between systems and databases.
  • Applies and enforces programming security practices.
  • Utilizes graphic design principles for platform development and utilization.
  • Applies principles of web delivery for a variety of platforms including mobile and video.
  • Monitors and employs source code control techniques and configuration management.

20% - Business Analyst Work
  • Negotiates, develops, and executes moderately complex test plans.
  • Develops content migration and system implementation plans.
  • Performs complex data modeling, performance, and integration testing and builds interfaces for a variety of internal and external constituents.
  • Supports, follows, and contributes to development, maintenance, and system standards.
  • Provides estimates of effort and duration for proposed projects and activities, including contingency and scenario planning.

20% - Trainer and Communicator
  • Gathers, analyzes, prepares, and summarizes recommendations for approval of system and programming documentation.
  • Recommends and implements changes in development, maintenance, and system standards.
  • Collaborates with stakeholders on the creation of software specifications. Ensures project reports are made.
  • Drafts and updates technical documentation.

10% - Other
  • Understands and applies industry practices, community standards and department policies and procedures relating to work assignments. Interacts with senior level internal personnel. May serve as technical lead for a software development project of moderate scope.
  • Trains department and division staff on the use of content management systems, and other integrated components. Develops project plans with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Supports general operations across the Arts Division. Completes client requests and resolves incidents.
  • Evaluates and responds to incidents, alerts, and inquiries from peer departments.
  • Participates in a wide range of project and service efforts. May serve in a variety of roles, including developer, project team member, technical subject matter expert or liaison to another group.

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Experience with the design and implementation of user feedback and web analytic mechanisms.
  • Experience with content management systems such as Drupal and Wordpress.
  • Experience with version control systems such as Git, and using version control to manage changes and updates of content and configurations.
  • Intermediate knowledge of secure software development.
  • Knowledge of Web technologies such as HTML, CSS, MYSQL, PHP, and Javascript.
  • Knowledge of Web best practices for security, performance, usability, and accessibility.
  • Understanding and experience in the use of online integrations, using current leading standards (REST APIs, OAuth2, GraphQL).
  • Thorough experience with common web programming tools. Demonstrated ability to follow design specifications.
  • Ability to digest functional requirements and develop systems and plans that satisfy critical requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute detailed plans for deploying and testing websites.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information to technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization including the ability to interface with management regularly.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Able to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated visual and user experience design skills.

  • Experience working with command-line interfaces such as Linux.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute technical narrative to grant proposals.
  • Advanced skills associated with software design, modification, implementation, and deployment, including object-oriented programming concepts.

  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
  • Ability to work long periods of time at a computer with or without accommodation.
  • The selected candidate will be required to work all scheduled hours on-site.
  • Selected candidate will be required to complete training within established time frames as directed including UC compliance training.
  • The University of California has implemented a Vaccination Policy covering all employees. Employees, including new hires, are required to comply with any applicable policies relating to the University of California vaccine program.
  • Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here.


All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.


The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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