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Nov 3, 2013 (3 years and 7 months ago)

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Information Technology Services


Part
-
time (0.5fte) Web Programmer

2 Years Fixed
-
term



Goldsmiths


Goldsmiths, University of London, is proud of its reputation for innovative and
challenging thinking across its wide range of disciplines. One of its major
strengths
is its interdisciplinary ethos
-

the way in which departments, centres and units
interrelate to offer new perspectives and insights.


The Ro
le


Responsible to:




Head of Web Services


Responsibility for staff:




None


Responsibility for budget:

None


Liaises with:



Web Team




Other ITS support teams




Goldsmiths staff




Web developers at other HE/FE institutions



Duration:



2 year fixed term


Hours:



Part
-
time (0.5
fte
, 2.5 days per week)


Job summary:

We are seeking an experienced progra
mmer to join our Web Team who can prove
their technical abilities. We want someone who can bring ideas, be proactive but also
be able to take on the routine tasks of the team.


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The Web Programmer will assist the Head of Web Services in the development of
G
oldsmiths’ websites to meet the increasing demand for dynamic applications. You
will work closely with the existing Web Programmer and will be involved in new,
creative projects, drawing from your varied experience, as well as helping with the
regular main
tenance and development of existing sites and facilities.


Using your strong technical abilities you will produce work that is innovative, intuitively
designed but practical and appropriate for it use. You should have excellent relational
database and prog
ramming experience, be fluent in XHTML and PHP, have good
knowledge of XML and Content Management systems, and also have a specialism in
an additional programming language (for example, Perl, Java or .net) to be able to
bring expert skills to the team.


Th
e Web Team currently consists of 2 Web Developers, a Web Programmer, and the
Head of Web Services who reports to the IT Director.


Main duties:


Development:




The design and development of new online facilities to promote student
recruitment and retention

and to aid staff in their duties
;




A
ssist in the development of the Web Content Management System that hosts the
Goldsmiths website (Terminal Four’s
SiteManager
)
;




D
evelop/maintain existing online facilities. This includes:

o

developing and supporting exis
ting online facilities (e.g. amending PHP
scripts)
;

o

investigating reported web applications problems, working with ITS and
other college staff to i
dentify and implement solutions;

o

dealing, as appropriate with users, user
-
groups and other
parties external t
o
the College;

o

continually developing the professional and technical skills required for the
job,

including appropriate training;

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o

monitoring web content to ensure it complies with the appropriate guidance
and standards for the College corporate id
entity an
d web design framework;

o

identifying new and innovative ways to enhance the College’s corporate
profile and
brand image on the web.


Support:




D
eliver an agreed programme of web services to deadline. Duties include:


o

creating and testing complex web pages,
ensuring they adhere to agreed
standards for visual design, content, coding and accessibili
ty;

o

assisting in the training of College staff in the use of CMS

templates;




S
upport the continuous review and evaluation of the web development strategy to
promote
the College, its objectives, activities and values. This includes:

o

contributing to the strategic and operational planning by providing
information when required to

support the planning processes;

o

keeping abreast of the latest developments in web communica
tions to
inform the further
development of College websites;

o

attending and contributing to meetings of the Web Team and the Web
Development Pr
oject Board and advisory groups.




Contribute to the smooth running of the Web Team as a whole, including providi
ng

cover for absent colleagues;




Und
ertake ad ho
c projects and work as directed;




Any other duties commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility of this
post as directed by the
Director of ITS or his nominee;




In addition you will be required to un
dertake any other duties as may reasonably
be requir
ed;




At all times to carry out your responsibilities with due regard to the
College Code
on
Equal
ity and Diversity and Code to Combat Bullying and Harassment/Dig
nity at
Work Policy;

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At all times to help
maintain a safe working environment by attending training as
necessary and following the College’s
H
ealth and
S
afety
C
odes of
P
ractice and
P
olicy.
































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Person Specification


Detailed below are the types of qualifications, experien
ce, skills and knowledge which are
required
.


The Essential column
shows
the minimum essential requirements for the post.

The Desirable column
shows
additional attributes
which would
enable the applicant to
perform the
role
more effectively with little or
no training. They are not essential, but may be
used to distinguish between
applicants
.

The Category column indicates the method of assessment:


A = Application
f
orm


C = Certificate


T = Test


I = Interview



R = Reference


Essential


Desirable

Category

Qualifications and
training




Good general education to GCSE standard or equivalent




A,

C

A degree or equivalent, preferably in Computing and/or IT




A,

C

Evidence of continuing personal development




A

Experience




Evidence of awareness of te
chnical competencies and
specialisations that are current with industry developments.




A,

I,

R

At least 2 years’ experience working in a www environment




A,

I

At least 3 years’ experience in programming





Experience of developing a complex conten
t managed
website





A,

I

Supporting a large and complex website




A,

I

Experience of training





Experience of video/audio
-
streaming/ web casting solutions




A,

I

Technical Skills and Knowledge




Fluency in HTML/XHTML, CSS, JavaScript




A,

I

Fluency in PHP




A,

I,

T

Experience in Java, Perl, .net or other programming
language




A,

I,

T

Experience of XML




A,

I,

T

Demonstrable experience of Unix operating systems




A,

I

Demonstrable experience of relational databases (in relation
to on
line resources e.g. InterBase, Firebird, mySQL)




A,

I,

T

Demonstrable knowledge of video
-
conferencing/streaming
technologies




A,

I

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Essential


Desirable

Category

Skills and Knowledge




Must be able to work autonomously but within a formal
planning

structure




A,

I

Ability to promote and maintain high standards of
professionalism, integrity and probity through personal
conduct, use of appropriate procedures and compliance with
standards




A

Must have good interpersonal and written communication
skills




A,

I

Ability to analyse situations and problems, able to develop
reasoned course of action in response




I

Be aware of developments in the external networking
environment, especially HE/FE




A,

I

Ability to effectively organise and prioriti
se work




A,

I

Attributes/Qualities



A,

I

Commitment to service and customer care




A,

I

Ability to work as part of a team to achieve common goals




A,

I

Ability to work with a wide range of colleagues. Prepared to
seek advice from more experience
d colleagues when difficult
problems arise




A,

I

Accepts responsibility for fault finding and troubleshooting of
website




A,

I

Takes responsibility for own performance




A,

I

Commitment to continuous improvement, learning and
personal development




A,

I

Well motivated and not easily discouraged




I


Please also note that where qualifications are required, employment is
conditional on the
verification
of them. Qualifications

(must be original documents)

will be checked on the
first day of appoin
tment.

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Summary of Terms and Conditions


Salary and hours of work

Salary will be on
Grade
7: £
34,306
-

£35,255
-

£36,235
-

£37,242
-

£38,281 per
annum

all inclusive of London Weighting Allowance, depending on qualifications and
experience,
all pro rata for

part
-
time (0.
5
fte).


The normal hours of work will be between 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday,
all pro
-
rata
for part
-
time (0.
5
fte) work
. Your actual hours of work will be decided in consultation
with your line manager
.


Members of staff in Grade 6 and ab
ove are required to work the hours necessary to
fulfil their roles and are not eligible for overtime payments.


Superannuation

The person appointed
will
automatically
be admitted to the Universities
Superannuation Scheme (USS)
which is a defined benefits
(final salary) scheme.

Members opt out of the State Earnings Related Pension scheme (SERPS).
Employee

contribution is currently 6.35%
.

The employer’s contribution is 14% (rising to 16% in
October 2009).
www.uss.co.uk


Retirement

The College's retirement date is 31 August at the end of the session in which
you

reach the age of 65.

You have a statutory right to m
ake a request to continue
working past

your 65
th

birthday.


Maternity
and Adoption
Leave

To qualify for
Goldsmi
ths
Adoption and M
aternity
Pay

S
cheme,
you

must
have been
continuously employed by the College for a period of one year

s
ubject to the eligibility
criteria set out in those policies.
www.
goldsmiths.
ac.uk/hr/policies


Notice

The

appointment is terminable on

either side by 1 w
eek within the first
6

months.

Then

after the first
6
months and before the end of the first ye
ar of service
,

notice
will
be
1

month,
and
after the first year of service
3

months
notice
on either side.

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Probation

S
taff are subject t
o a 1

year probationary period.


Annual Leave

The annual leave entitlement is 28 days

in addition to all public and
B
ank
H
olidays,
all pro
-
rata for part
-
time work.


College Closures

In addition to the leave entitlement stated above
,

the College closes on
speci
fied
days.

These are currently 4 working days at Christmas and 2 working days at
Easter.



Sickness

Goldsmiths operates an
O
ccupational
S
ick
P
ay scheme; further details are available
from the
HR

Department.


Trade Union Membership

Every member of staff has

a right to belong to a Trade Union or other organisation of
workers, to take part in its activities and to seek and hold office in accordance with the
agreements made between that Trade Union and the College.




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Summary of Benefits


Travelling expenses

A
n interest free loan is available
for

annual season tickets, repayable by

monthly

deductions
from

your
salary.


Support for childcare

We have
a nursery which may be available to staff, for which a standard charge
applies. Further details are available from

the Nursery Organiser.

There is normally a
waiting list
for the Nursery


College f
acilities

The College has a refectory, a busy café (Loafers), and a sandwich shop (Tastte),
as well as a branch of NatWest bank.

The Students' Union runs a convenience
store

(products include drinks, snacks, newspapers and cards), and the Union
building houses a common room/café and a large bar. The Club Pulse fitness
facility is located on
-
campus and offers subsidized membership for staff. Facilities
include a fitness suite
including 90 exercise stations, and a dance studio with an
extensive programme of classes. In the summer, the College Green is a popular
meeting place and informal recreational space. Staff are entitled to access the
services in the Rutherford Building, in
cluding the library, computing facilities, and
Languages Resource Centre.


Further information is available at
www.goldsmiths.ac.uk
.


University of London facilities

As Goldsmiths is part of the University of London, memb
ers of staff can also enjoy the
benefits of access to certain other University of London

facilities, including the Library
at Senate House.