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Montana State University Web Software Developer I in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 22028

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Justin Arndt at (406) 994-4647 or

Classification Title Computer Sftwr Eng/Appl I

Working Title Web Software Developer I

Brief Position Overview

This position will play a key role in design, development, and support of web applications and services managed by Web and Digital Communications.

Position Number 4M1103

Department University Communications

Division University Communications

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation FOCUS-MFPE

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Starts at $19.98 per hour, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type Classified Salary

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

University Communications mission is to enhance MSU’s public image, increase the public’s awareness of MSU’s accomplishments and develop consistent communications that build our reputation. University Communications manages the marketing, promotional and licensing efforts of the university, supports and promotes MSU’s activities through expert and creative communications. We provide a wide range of services to the university community through our operational units: MontanaPBS, MSU News Service, MSU Creative Services, MSU Web and Digital Communications, University Marketing, MSU Public Relations and University Printing. Our staff includes journalists, media specialists, writers, editors, graphic designers, photographers, broadcast media specialists, publications specialists, marketing specialists, Web developers and printers.

Web and Digital Communications, the unit under which this position is placed, define themselves as “providing the best possible digital communications experience to the MSU community". The Web Software Developer I position will develop, maintain, and support both large- and small-scale web communications software at the university level, with additional focus within 4-campus systems. The Web Software Developer analyzes university needs, user requirements, and existing functionality and builds web application components to meet those requirements while following our best practices within our existing software frameworks. This position also provides technical support in troubleshooting and problem resolution with all our production web applications and services. This position is located at MSU Bozeman.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify, develop, and implement comprehensive technical solutions for new and current Web and digital communications.

  • Initiate and manage the execution of Web projects from planning through development.

  • Build, maintain, and enhance digital development standards and best practices (Web, mobile, email, digital signage).

  • Develop, plan and implement usability, accessibility and search engine optimization improvements across the university’s Web domain.

  • Provide tier-1 and tier-2 user support for web applications and services managed by Web & Digital Communications.

  • Perform other duties as needed in support of Web and Digital Communications team.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Web and Graphic Design, Communications, or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience with modern web technologies and user interface design including responsive development, HTML5, CSS3, and asynchronous development.

  • Experience working with some or all the following languages: PHP , JavaScript, jQuery, MySQL and/or other related technologies.

  • Demonstrated experience in effectively troubleshooting, supporting and developing Web services.

  • Experience maintaining code with version control.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Experience working with strategic marketing and branding as they relate to Web Communications.

  • Experience in higher education or complex multi-faceted organizations.

  • Experience building web applications with PHP , MySQL, JavaScript, and AJAX .

  • Experience in user experience (UX), accessibility, and/or search engine optimization ( SEO ).

  • Experience with XSLT and XSL .

  • Experience with Linux command line operations.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Have a comprehensive understanding of how the Web can be used in an organization’s communications strategies;

  • Have a passion for software development, the Web and higher education;

  • Maintain attention to detail, meet deadlines, and prioritize competing demands;

  • Have the ability to work independently on a wide variety of tasks;

  • Exercise good judgment, strong analysis, problem solving skills, and self-motivation while working on unique issues for faculty, staff, and students;

  • Work productively in a team-oriented environment;

  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills;

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The person in the position must be able to use a computer monitor, keyboard and mouse for long periods of time, with or without reasonable accommodation.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on September 29, 2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: ( .