Web Developer

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Since its founding in 1848, the University of Wisconsin has been a catalyst for the extraordinary. As a public land-grant university and major research institution, our students, staff, and faculty engage in a world-class education while solving real-world problems. With public service — or as we call it, the Wisconsin Idea— as our guiding principle, Badgers are creating a better future for everyone.


Position Details

Web Developer
Southwest Wisconsin
Madison, WI

University Marketing is seeking a full-time, front-end Web Developer to build innovative, well-engineered websites while informing the online strategy for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We are a supportive unit that offers continuous learning opportunities and a collaborative environment. We offer a hybrid work environment, with up to 60% remote work.

University Marketing's dynamic team creates websites that serve the entire UW-Madison campus. The university's gateway site (www.wisc.edu), the official UW Wordpress theme, and the campus news site and alumni magazine are a few of the web properties in our portfolio. More recently we've launched several showcase sites including exploreuw.wisc.edu, origins.wisc.edu, and chazen.wisc.edu. Our ideal candidate will embrace working with digital and user experience designers to create more sites and storytelling experiences that serve diverse audiences.

We follow modern best practices in front-end web development, starting with semantically meaningful markup, progressive enhancement, and responsive design. We pay special attention to ensure our work is inclusive and accessible. We work primarily with open source platforms and tools -- WordPress, Laravel, Rails, and static site generators such as Eleventy -- in an environment where we have the flexibility and opportunity to innovate and create.

Our team values organization, flexibility and a sense of humor. You will collaborate with a growing team of designers, user experience experts, and developers. This position reports to the Web Director who values team players with a can-do attitude.

Responsibilities include:

  • 10% - Evaluates and implements open source and commercial products to meet project needs
  • 60% - Designs, develops, and deploys web applications and integrate databases based on relevant website coding scripts 
  • 10% - Serves as a subject matter expert, consultant, and main point of contact for internal and external stakeholders regarding website and application options, design, maintenance, and support 
  • 10% - Investigates, resolves, and recommends solutions to website problems and performance issues such as speed of access 
  • 5% - Contributes to website strategy and recommends changes to leadership 
  • 5% - Monitors website use and trends, status of projects, and reviews work for completion/quality


  • Associate's degree preferred


  • Experience translating highly creative marketing, editorial and user-interface designs into standards-compliant and accessible HTML and CSS.
  • Experience developing themes, templates and design components for CMS platforms (e.g. WordPress) and/or static-site generators.
  • Working knowledge of "vanilla" Javascript and/or using Javascript libraries or frameworks to implement web behaviors such as animation and basic DOM manipulation.
  • Ability to work collaboratively to produce high-quality websites for diverse audiences in a fast-paced environment.


  • Experience developing and testing websites with accessibility in mind, including a basic familiarity with WCAG and other accessibility standards.
  • Experience with git or other modern version control systems.
  • Intermediate or better knowledge of PHP coding best practices.
  • Experience developing web application user interfaces and database/API integrations using Javascript frameworks such as Vue, React or native Web components.
  • Experience with server-side application development using a framework like Laravel or Rails.
  • Basic understanding of the command line terminal, especially as it relates to managing local development environments.

We encourage you to apply even if you're not sure you meet all of the listed qualifications.

Minimum salary: $63,800 annual (12 months)

Actual starting salary will depend on candidate's qualifications.

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous paid time off (22 paid vacation days plus additional paid sick leave and holidays), ample professional development opportunities, competitively priced health/dental/vision/life insurance, tax-advantaged savings accounts, and participation in the nationally recognized Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) pension fund. For a summary of benefits, please see https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/download/fasl.pdf

Hybrid work environment, up to 60% remote.

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