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Web Design Specialist

Date: June 25, 2015
Reports to (Job Title): Director of Marketing and Communications
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Department: Federation of Students


Main Campus


35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Communications, the Web Design Specialist will be responsible for the leadership, development and maintenance of all new and existing web applications for the Federation of Students.


The Web Design Specialist is a part of the Marketing and Communications department which is responsible for educating students about Feds initiatives and managing the Feds brand on all external platforms.  As part of this team they will collaborate with the Director of Marketing and Communications, Marketing Managers and Communications Manager as well as work closely with the Director of IT, IT Administrators and student contributors to develop and manage new and existing Federation of Students, and other web applications. 

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Digital design and production



2.  Quality control




3.  Training and support




4.  Collaboration and outreach

Position Requirements


Completion of a Bachelor’s degree or related post-secondary diploma in a related field and/or equivalent work experience.


Three or more years of business experience with a proven track record of achievement and success within a Web Application/ Designer role. Competencies will include troubleshooting, interpersonal, technical, organizational and communication skills.


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Proficient in both Windows and Linux operating systems


Proficient using, configuring and diagnosing problems and bugs in web applications


Proficiency with basic web technologies such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript

Experience with Source Code Management technologies such as Git or SVN

Experience using debugging software and with debugging techniques

Extensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, Premiere Pro)

Web layout skills, including knowledge of typography, graphic design, desktop publishing 

Experience administering and using a content management system in a multi-contributor environment; specifically WordPress and Drupal

Demonstrated understanding of best practices in navigation, user interface, usability, accessibility standards and testing

Skilled in designing for cross-browser compatibility, and ability to test and fix bugs across multiple browsers

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally, interacts with most employees and across all Feds departments to develop and maintain web communications. Externally, this position will have occasional contact other UWaterloo support departments.

Level of Responsibility:


The incumbent will possess proven technical ability, extensive expertise and strong working knowledge of all web communication platforms. This position requires exposure to, and occasionally processing sensitive or confidential information.

Decision-Making Authority:

Responsible for evaluating and implementing new technology within assigned projects.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Minimal demands typical of a knowledge worker position operating within an office environment. Occasional lifting of heavy equipment.

Working Environment:

Minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions typical of a knowledge worker exposed to stress and pressure associated with a developer role. Normally, the Web Design Specialist carries out all responsibilities during regular business hours. However, the Web Design Specialist must occasionally work outside of regular business hours to deploy new systems or upgrade existing applications in the production environment, and might be called upon to work outside of regular business hours if emergency conditions warrant.


The Federation of Students is a student-driven organization with elected student Executive that change on an annual basis. Further, the political landscape is a diverse and dynamic environment. As such, this position will need to be sensitive and adaptable to change and be comfortable with changing deadlines and projects as needed.