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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and must be attached as the first page of your resume.  The letter should address your specific interest and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.  Applicants who do not comply with these requirements will not be considered.

Job Summary

The Horace H. Rackham Graduate School is the home of graduate education at the University of Michigan. More than 8,200 students are enrolled in Rackham's 108 Ph.D., 100 master's, and 38 certificate programs situated within the schools and colleges of the University of Michigan.  The Rackham community of scholars, researchers, students, and staff is engaged in the creation of new knowledge, new discoveries, and in the formation of our future leaders.  The School is an international leader in the development of best practices for graduate education. Further, Rackham is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion as a means of achieving and sustaining excellence.

The Web Designer Associate will assist the Rackham Graduate School and affiliated units in website design, development, implementation and maintenance.  Complete updates and/or desired modifications to website.  Work with colleagues to perform continuous website reviews.  Partner with website content owners to identify specifications to meet their requirements. Design and build new web pages and applications using a variety of software applications, techniques and tools.


Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Complete requested updates and/or desired modifications to website as needed in a timely manner. Post and maintain web content.  Convert media to web appropriate formats (audio, video, text and images).  Test pages and applications for browser compatibility, links, styles, formats and spelling. Meet with staff to identify requirements and develop detailed project specifications.  Troubleshoot and solve website problems.

Perform continuous website reviews to ensure website content is current and free of inactive links.  Assure compliance with University computer security, privacy, and accessibility programs.   Assist in the strategic planning and development of information technologies consistent with the unique needs of the Rackham Graduate School students, staff, and the Rackham computing environment in collaboration with the University of Michigan technology community

Conduct web usability studies and review analytics to monitor user traffic trends.  Design and develop user interface features.  Designing, building and testing websites and web-based applications using a variety of graphics software applications, techniques and tools.  

Travel to various locations on and off-campus to transport/setup/tear-down equipment (up to 50 pounds) in support of website related photography/videography setups.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education plus 1-3 years or more experience in the area of web design.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience using analytics to monitor trends in content marketing and to improve performance.
  • Ability to take projects from start to finish with minimal supervision.
  • Capability for efficiently managing multiple, diverse projects simultaneously and for creating and directing innovative work under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work effectively with other creative professionals, including graphic designers, photographers, videographers, and web developers.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong leadership, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong work ethic with the ability to work independently with limited supervision and as a member of a fast-paced team of professionals.
  • Self-motivated
  • Willingness to be flexible, adaptable and open in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.
  • High proficiency in Google documents, including Slides, Docs, and Sheets.
  • Familiarity with WordPress website maintenance.
  • Knowledge of web-based technologies including browsers ASP pages, object-oriented technology, and graphics software.
  • Ability to code basic HTML and CSS
  • Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.
  • Ability to travel to various locations on and off-campus and to transport/setup/tear-down equipment (up to 50 pounds) in support of website related photography/videography setups.  

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or engineering, information technology, or related field.
  • Experience working with relational databases in a client/server environment.
  • Experience designing and developing software using structured programming techniques.
  • Experience coding JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL.
  • Knowledge of web accessibility, security, and privacy best practices
  • Experience working with graphic design software such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop.
  • Broad knowledge of graduate education and the diverse cultures of the University schools, colleges and units with which the Graduate School interacts.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.