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Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is seeking a creative, motivated, team player to help design fully featured, mobile-responsive, information-rich websites and applications , including the Lab's home page (www.birds.cornell.edu) and All About Birds site, winner of the 2010 Webby Award for best lifestyle website (www.allaboutbirds.org).
Specific duties include:
Collaborate with the lead web designer and director of web communications to optimize aesthetics, usability, functionality, and maintenance of websites and applications.
Collaborate with stakeholders from across the Lab's diverse programs to develop scope of work, timeline, site architecture, user interface, and design requirements for websites and applications as assigned.
Align client requirements with objectives to meet goals and create a satisfying user experience.
Work with lead web designer to ensure consistent graphic identity across websites, integrated user experiences, and structured code.
Strategically use technology and multimedia to better integrate informational content across the Cornell Lab.
Create email templates that display well on a wide range of devices.
Work with content writers to design digital graphics and create data visualizations that demonstrate scientific concepts and information.
Interact effectively with lead web designer, content writers, project leaders, and developers in other Lab of Ornithology programs.
Conduct training and provide assistance for non-technical staff on how to use content management systems, good web content principles, and basic web design skills.
Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.
Bachelor's degree with at least 3 years of experience or equivalent in commercial web design projects, preferably working with a web-production team or equivalent.
Thorough knowledge of HTML, CSS, Photoshop, Illustrator.
Experience creating themes for content management systems, preferably WordPress.
Must have a thorough understanding of cross platform browser issues, web browser backward compatibility issues, search engine and page load optimization, traffic analytics, and be aware of current and future trends and models for Internet communications and marketing.
Must be able to work independently and as part of a team and deliver work on schedule.
Must demonstrate good understanding of digital production process and techniques, and digital content distribution.
Must understand the importance of leveraging style and content to resonate with specific target audiences.
Must understand the importance of usability and design websites to fulfill end user as well as internal needs.
Excellent oral and written communication skills with ability to convey technical information in ‘laymen's terms.’
Demonstrable skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and written and oral communication.
Prior experience working in nonprofit or educational settings.
Experience in the decision making process of web design, and web applications.
Experience dealing with search engine optimization issues.
Experience with designing email templates for a wide range of devices.
Experience with Git, SASS, LESS, AMP, WordPress, php, and MySQL.
Well-developed illustration and artistic skills and understanding of various types of optimization.
Experience working in both Mac and Windows operating system environments.
An interest in birds, nature, biology, science, and/or conservation helpful.
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