Assistant Webmaster

Athens, OH
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Created: November 28, 2016


Assistant Webmaster
The Ohio University Libraries seeks applications and nominations for an innovative and collaborative professional to serve as Assistant Webmaster. This position provides opportunities to develop expertise and exercise creativity with a variety of web applications while providing valuable services to Ohio University students, faculty and staff.

Reporting to the Head of Web Services, the Assistant Webmaster works with the Libraries’ Web Designer to maintain the Libraries’ web presence, develop new sites and features, and troubleshoot problems. Working collaboratively with Libraries staff, university information technology staff, and vendors, the Assistant Webmaster participates in the development of the Libraries’ online services and acts as a backup to the Web Designer for server troubleshooting and maintenance.

Specifically, the Assistant Webmaster’s departmental duties include but are not limited to:

• Participate in the development and management of the Libraries’ web presence, potentially including but not limited to the Libraries’ web site, off-campus authentication server, integrated library system, and online exhibits.
• Participate in the configuration, management and troubleshooting of LAMP-based databases and servers
• Participate in the configuration and troubleshooting of software-as-a-service components of the Libraries’ discovery layer, subject guides, and digital collections
• Communicate and collaborate as needed with colleagues inside and outside the Web Services department as well as in Ohio University’s Office of Information Technology
• Provide library staff development, training, and support related to the Libraries’ web sites and services
• Engage in continuing self-education as necessary to adapt to new technologies and continually improve the Libraries’ web services
• Pursue regular professional development and engagement with the field through research, publications, presentations, participation in regional and national associations, and contributing to discussions and developments with library standards as continuing commitment to bring best practices and innovative services to Ohio University Libraries


• A Bachelor’s degree in a technology-related field, or a Bachelor’s degree in any field combined with significant relevant technology certifications, coursework, and/or work experience
• Experience developing web sites and applications, including knowledge of MySQL, PHP, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS
• Experience maintaining and troubleshooting LAMP-based web servers and databases
• Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively
• Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills

• Experience installing, maintaining and customizing WordPress sites, including custom plugin development and the Roots WordPress toolkit
• Experience with Git or equivalent version control systems
• Experience in an academic library environment

Established in 1804, Ohio University is a comprehensive, state-assisted institution classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University (high research activity). The University, located in the scenic foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, shares the City of Athens, a culturally-rich sustainable community 75 miles southeast of Columbus and 156 miles east of Cincinnati. With close to 24,000 students enrolled on the Athens campus and over 10,000 students on five regional campuses, the university offers a diverse, dynamic and collegial atmosphere to its students, faculty and staff.

Ohio University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, and a founding member of OhioLINK. The Libraries’ facilities include the Vernon R. Alden Library, the Music/Dance Library and the Southeast Ohio Regional Library Depository. With close to 3.5 million volumes, over one million e-books and over four million searches of our website each year, OHIO is one of the largest academic libraries in North America.

Salary & Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience and education. Ohio University employees enjoy a liberal benefits package, including 22 days’ annual vacation, generous insurance, and Ohio state employee or alternative retirement. The Libraries are committed to professional development to strengthen and further expertise in the profession and to bring best practices and innovative services to Ohio University Libraries.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, apply by December 20, 2016. Please apply online at

A complete application contains a CV or resume, cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications for all of the position requirements and any of the position preferences, and a list of three professional references including email, contact information, and an explanation of the relationship.

Ohio University is committed to the diversity of faculty, staff and students. Applicants who will enrich the diversity of our campus are especially encouraged to apply.


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Last updated: Saturday, March 18, 2017 15:24 UTC