The Systems Analyst II/Programmer will work with the current Webmaster and programmer to handle the programming needs associated with the IRIS Center Website ( https://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu ) and other center-related sub-sites, including but not limited to the development, maintenance, and upgrades to reflect current and best practices in functionality and security; development of interactive resources; posting of static resources; work on the School & District Platform subsite.
Ranked as the #1 Special Education Program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for more than a decade, our department has long been a leader both in research and practice.
Located within the Department of Special Education and supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the IRIS Center develops and disseminates free, engaging online resources about evidence-based instructional and behavioral practices to support the education of all students, particularly struggling learners and those with disabilities. These resources, designed to bridge the research-to-practice gap, are intended for use in college teacher preparation programs, in professional development (PD) activities for practicing professionals, and for independent learners. The array of IRIS resources includes modules, case studies, information briefs, course/PD activities, a high-leverage practices alignment tool, and an online glossary of disability-related terms, as well as supporting products to enhance their use in coursework and PD activities. All of these resources are hosted for free on the center's barrier-free Website.
Duties and Responsibilities
Maintain a WordPress environment, including the WordPress database, plugins, and the IRIS custom template
Edit WordPress pages using HTML5 and CSS
Write or modify the programming code to meet business requirements
Maintain the integrity of internal and external links
Continually test the website and identify any technical issues
Implement and maintain high-quality SEO policies
Create/modify user experience and user interface (UX/UI)
Manage the set-up and maintenance of [schools/districts in] dedicated platform (WordPress)
Provide phone/email technical assistance for users of district platform
Collaborate with external web consultants on the design and function of the site
Download and prepare log data
Download and distribute website user form submissions (feedback, newsletter signups)
Update and maintain the currency of programming skills
Bachelor's degree in computer science OR 5+ years of similar experience is strongly preferred.
Required Experience and Skills with
HTML/CSS (including responsiveness)
PHP (need extensive knowledge of WordPress and be able to add custom PHP code)
In addition to those listed above, preference will be given to candidates who:
Demonstrate proficiency with CMS, and LMS, preferably WordPress, that includes
Working with the IRIS custom post types and the attached custom field types
Importing Excel data into IRIS custom post types
Understanding, maintaining, and updating WordPress plugins
Work with Advanced Custom Field items
Video format conversion
Excellent organizational and communication skills
Ability to adapt communication appropriately for purpose and audience (e.g., the ability to discuss programming details with non-programmers)
High level of accuracy and attention to detail
Ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks with accuracy and respond to changing priorities
Ability to work as part of the team, lead when appropriate, and accept feedback
Professional appearance and demeanor
Willingness and ability to perform tasks related to the overall work of the center as needed
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Internal Number: 10000003
About Vanderbilt University
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