Web Designer (One or More Positions) (Lateral and External)

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, CA

ID: 7073235 (Ref.No. P0004114)
Posted: April 6, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

20-Saddleback College
Classification Benefits:

The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits to eligible employees, which includes medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and a long-term disability income-protection plan. All premiums are fully paid by the District. Mandatory retirement incentive is with California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

Summary Description:

Under the direction of higher level management, staff will apply user interface/experience principles to design, maintain, and modify the website(s) and related links and pages to ensure that they are easy to understand, navigate and use; implements web-based systems, content management systems, and strategies related to the internal and external websites in adherence with design standards and specifications; provides support, training, and service to content editors. May work with the marketing team in the implementation of digital marketing efforts.

Knowledge of:

Principles and applications of website design.
Responsive design.
Web browsing and enhancement tools, utilities and applications.
Web-based and Content Management Systems content and procedures for providing access to online staff and/or students through the Internet, Intranets or Extranets in an effective manner.
Methods and techniques of editing, publishing and modifying web content.
Database design and theory.
Cross browser compatibility and cross platform issues.
Modern computer graphics design, video, multimedia, and animation tools for web and mobile design.
English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
Contemporary web authoring tools and web scripting languages.
Personal computer workstations, PC/MAC operating systems and server configurations and operations.
Web server functions, configuration tools and procedures.
Principals of graphic, layout, and web design, color and typography.
Principles of search engine optimization.
Principles of accessibility and ADA requirements.
Principals of User Experience and User Interface (UX/UI) design.

Ability to:

Plan, organize and execute work independently within established timelines.
Write edit, publish, modify and maintain web content.
Correctly interpret and apply the policies and procedures of the function and program to which assigned.
Design, implement, and maintain a Content Management System as required.
Utilize graphic design software including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and other visual design tools.
Perform responsible and complex work involving the use of independent judgment and personal initiative.
Understand user interface issues.
Create and maintain both static and database driven web pages.
Meet schedules and time lines.
Make presentations and teach web skills to less technical personnel.
Effectively manage tasks and projects to completion.
Respond to inquiries and requests for information in a timely manner.
Demonstrate interpersonal skills while using tact, patience and courtesy.
Work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the varied racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, academic, socio-economic, and disabled populations of students.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Effectively communicate creative ideas and marketing strategies.
Understand the principles of marketing, public relations, and user experience and how they relate to web design and development.
Translate administrative objectives into the appropriate web-based applications.

Education and Experience Guidelines:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.


Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in web design, computer science, information systems or a related field.


Four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience in web design and maintenance.

Conditions of Employment:

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Work Environment:

Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting. Duties are typically performed at a desk or computer terminal; subject to noise from office equipment operation; frequent interruptions and contact in person and on the telephone with students, academic and classified staff and others. At least minimal environmental controls are in place to assure health and comfort.

Physical Demands:

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Additional Position Information:


The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.


If you require special accommodations in the application and/or selection process, please notify District Human Resources (DHR) at least two (2) business days prior to the Job Close Date/Initial Screening Date, by either calling (949) 582-4850 or sending an e-mail to hrinfodesk@socccd.edu.


Information regarding campus crime and safety awareness can be found at www.saddleback.edu or www.ivc.edu. Paper copies are available in the District Human Resources (DHR) office upon request.


A California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) retiree may not accept employment until after the first 180 days of retirement. Anyone retired from CalPERS accepting permanent employment with this District will be required to reinstate as an active CalPERS member. Please contact CalPERS for additional information regarding your retirement status.

Any active vested member of California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), who accepts employment with the District to perform service that requires membership in CalPERS, is eligible to elect to continue retirement system coverage under CalSTRS.

Duties and Responsibilities

Implement the overall strategic goals for the content and design of website(s); conceptualize and implement engaging, intuitive, and user-friendly website designs to enhance the user experience and advance marketing, public relations, and goals.

Implement and maintain search engine optimization (SEO) strategies and incorporate them with content produced for the website. Monitor, report, and translate analytics to help inform marketing strategies and tactics. Collaborate with the marketing team in the implementation of digital marketing initiatives and track analytics to assess efficacy.

Develop, Design and optimize visual imagery for website(s) that adhere to branding standards, may design marketing landing pages, and provide layout and editing assistance for department web pages. Train and assist content editors.

Design and/or maintain the site architecture, navigational user interface, pages and the tools to navigate on website(s); create original graphics and icons for use on sites and digital marketing efforts; may obtain domain name(s); register sites with search engines; recommend configuration standards; determine and implement the web-based system and design parameters, style guides and visual standards.

May write and shall edit content and provide oversight on the design of web pages; coordinate with content owners, authors of and contributors to the website to design, propose, and deliver website structures, creative concepts, and visual displays for websites and digital marketing efforts; ensure consistency in style, tone and quality of the site(s); present a consistent visual image on the web by establishing and maintaining design guidelines, standards, and best practices, including coding and maintenance of using HTML, CSS, image archives, and other modern coding technologies as appropriate. Ensure content is up-to-date and valid.

Organize and/or maintain the navigational structure of the website; design, maintain and modify high-quality website(s) and page(s), including incorporating graphic user interface (GUI) features and other techniques; convert submitted materials to web documents; create product graphic sketches, designs and copy layouts for online content as required; may determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, may select style and size of type and arrange layout based upon available space, layout principles and aesthetic design principles; publish content to web; maintain and provide ongoing design of the website(s); enable content owner editing options.

May incorporate functionalities and features into website(s), including but not limited to web forms, chat features, and other functions that enhance the user experience.

Research, develop, publish, and maintain the display of information for website(s) and application(s) through templates, artwork, design standards, and content management systems. Take a leading role in all aspects of content, data, concepts, or visuals relating to website(s).

Communicate design ideas using process flows, site maps, and wireframes. Collaborate with management and team members to implement new website design projects, serve as a liaison with vendors in the design and development of external website(s) and campaign(s). Ensure tasks are seen to completion. Coordinate as appropriate with back-end developers to ensure web and app logic is properly integrated. Download and upload site files safely.

Ensure public-facing website(s) meet ADA guidelines, use accessibility checking tools to identify and resolve accessibility issues; train content editors on accessibility standards. Effectively operate and use multi-platform personal computers; advise and perform training and teach web skills to assistants, users, content owners, authors, and others as needed; establish liaisons with graphic artists and provide first-level user support; provide support for website(s).

Determine appropriateness and placement of all new information submitted by program areas. Implement and/or maintain content workflow protocols to ensure approval prior to publishing. Perform regular site maintenance including removing dead links and respond to issues of site functionality. May develop and maintain a master calendaring system as required.

In coordination with departments and management, design, configure, implement and coordinate new web-based systems to meet campus needs.

Provide specified project coordination among assistants, content editors, owners, and authors in content and/or web development; provide technical support on a by-product basis.

Perform disaster recovery functions; perform backups and ensure user accessibility to the site(s) and make recommendations related to new software, tools and hardware related to website(s), web-based systems and their performance.

Effectively operate and use multi-platform personal computers; advise and perform training and teach web skills to assistants, users, content owners, authors, and others as needed; establish liaisons with graphic artists and provide first-level user support; provide support for website(s) and web-based systems located on Apache, UNIX and PC servers.

Promote file-naming standards so published files can be migrated to multiple platforms; integrate database capability and/or connectivity; mirror contents across site(s); promote the proper use of HTML, CSS, Responsive Design, modern coding languages, and keep abreast of developing standards so web pages will have a consistent interface across multiple platforms; troubleshoot client web-based systems, content management interfaces, and web pages.

Run routine software tests; perform troubleshooting and provide routine maintenance of web page(s) and/or content management system; provide progress reports; maintain and publish web statistics.

Engage in on-going training to keep skills current and as needed for the job; perform on-going research and testing of new tools, software and products related to web design, development and/or content management systems.

Coordinate work with departments within established parameters; collaborate and coordinate as appropriate with other web support staff, technology staff and District IT to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the website(s) and content management system; ensure that applicable standards such as HTML validity and link liveliness are met.

Compile and maintain a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page as required.

Understanding of social media and how it relates to the website and marketing initiatives, may serve as backup to new media and marketing specialist in performing social media and electronic message board functions to support marketing objectives, as necessary.

Perform related duties as required.

At the South Orange County Community College District, our goal as an academic community is to sustain a working environment that fosters and celebrates diversity, promotes and rewards excellence, and is welcoming to all. An exemplary academic community promotes an inclusive environment that best prepares our faculty, staff, and students to live, work, and contribute in a global society. The Plan reflects the District's commitment to equal employment opportunity and outlines the active steps that ensure nondiscriminatory practices.


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