Position Announcement: Web Services Developer

General Features of the Position:

The George Mason University Law Library in Arlington, Virginia is seeking a creative, energetic, and highly customer-oriented individual to design, develop, and maintain the School of Law's website, provide support in the design, development and maintenance of specialized databases and web-based resources, provide training and support to faculty, staff, and students in creating web pages and using web-based resources, and work closely with the law library director and members of the law school's computing services department to plan, develop, implement, and support current and emerging technologies in the law library and law school. The Web Services Developer will report to the Associate Dean for Library & Technology.

Key Responsibilities:

Design, update, and maintain the law school's public website and Intranet, including visual design, site structure, and creation of multimedia and dynamic content. Train, coordinate, and oversee the work of other law school staff members who are responsible for updating web content. Develop a consistent visual image for the websites of the law school, the centers affiliated with the law school, and law student organizations through the creation and maintenance of templates, forms, and images. Develop web-based tools to improve the design and effectiveness of the law school's website.

Design, develop, support, and maintain web-based databases and other specialized electronic resources used by departments in the law school.

Advise, train, and assist faculty, staff, and student organizations with development of their web pages.

Participate in the planning, development, implementation, and support of current and emerging technologies for the law school including multimedia applications and distance technologies. Research, evaluate, and recommend new software applications and other electronic resources.

Develop user instructional materials and other documentation as needed. Provide assistance and training to faculty, students, and staff with a variety of technology resources.

Maintain professional growth by participating in educational programs and activities to ensure a knowledge of current trends, practices, and developments. Participate in the work of university committees and regional and national associations.

Perform related duties as required.


Required: Bachelor's degree with three years of experience in designing, creating, and maintaining web sites, preferably in a higher education or legal setting. Must be proficient in XHTML, CSS, XML, PHP (including experience with object-oriented programming), Javascript, and MySQL (experience creating data structures and writing SQL queries). Expertise with Apache Web Server and Linux. Demonstrated experience with photo editing and graphic design using Photoshop. Strong interpersonal, organizational, and written and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty and students is essential.

Desired: Advanced degree in law, library science, technology or related field. Experience with content management systems such as Drupal and Modx; experience with teaching or training; experience with video and audio editing and optimization of multimedia content for the web.

Appointment and Benefits:

12-month Administrative Faculty appointment. Health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; tuition waiver for self.


Competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Instructions:

Applications must be made online. To apply, go to http://jobs.gmu.edu and enter the Position Number: FA627Z. Candidates are required to submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 references. Candidates who are selected for interviews will be asked to do a 15 minute presentation on a web-based project that they have designed and also complete a take-home PHP programming and server administration assessment test. The application deadline is Friday, September 9, 2011.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.