The Communications Directorate of HBKU is responsible for supporting the University in achieving its strategic goals. Reporting directly to the President, the directorate works closely with the University's colleges, centers, and research institutes to increase awareness, engagement, and commitment of both internal and external stakeholders through strategic communication. The ultimate goal is to promote the University's vision, mission, and objectives, and ensure its success.
All units within HBKU's Communications Directorate follow a set of common guidelines to ensure that official communications are accurate, consistent, and visually appealing. This includes maintaining a consistent tone and style, as well as ensuring high-quality design and visual presentation.
The applicant will be responsible for overseeing the design, development, maintenance, and enhancement of the University's website to ensure it aligns with the institution's goals, provides an exceptional user experience, and supports the needs of various stakeholders.
Job Role Description
- Oversee the design, development, and maintenance of the University's website using industry-standard web technologies, content management systems (CMS), and coding languages.
- Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including HBKU entities, to gather requirements, develop strategies, and implement website enhancements.
- Ensure the website is visually appealing, user-friendly, accessible, and responsive across different devices.
- Regularly update the website content, images, multimedia, and other materials as required, ensuring accuracy and relevancy.
- Manage the website content, including text, images, videos, and documents, using the CMS.
- Optimize content for search engine visibility, adhering to best practices in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and ensuring the website ranks well in search engine results.
- Develop and enforce web content standards and guidelines to maintain consistency and quality across the website.
- Conduct user research, analyze website analytics, and gather feedback to assess user needs, preferences, and behaviors.
- Identify opportunities for improving the website's user experience, navigation, and functionality, and propose and implement effective solutions.
- Monitor website performance using analytics tools (e.g., Google Analytics) and generate regular reports on key metrics, such as traffic, conversions, and engagement.
- Analyze data and trends to identify areas for improvement, track the effectiveness of marketing campaigns, and make data-driven recommendations.
- Plan and manage the website projects, including upgrades, redesigns, and new feature implementations, ensuring timely delivery and adherence to budgetary constraints.
- Coordinate with internal stakeholders, external vendors, and developers to execute website initiatives effectively.
- Ensure security measures are implemented and are in compliance with industry standards and university policies.
- Ensure the website is accessible to individuals with disabilities, following accessibility guidelines (e.g., WCAG) and conducting regular accessibility audits.
- Work with the University Technology Services to implement any needed security requirements.
- Work with the University Technology Services to select supported IT tools for development and hosting.
- Manage the University domain name including sub-domain names, hostnames, CNAMEs, and all other DNS record types
- Other reasonable tasks as assigned by supervisor.
Minimum Knowledge, Skills & Experience
- Bachelor's degree in web development, computer science, information technology, or a related field
- 6-8 years of proven experience in web development, preferably in a large-scale university or complex organization.
- Familiarity with Drupal platform, SaaS, Content management systems (CMS) and website development frameworks.
- Strong knowledge of SEO best practices and web analytics tools (e.g., Google Analytics).
- Experience with user-centered design principles, usability testing, and accessibility standards.
- Excellent project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Attention to detail, strong problem-solving abilities, and a commitment to delivering high-quality work.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders.
- Proficiency in MS Office applications
How to Apply
To apply, please follow this link: https://hbku.wufoo.com/forms/zdcd5kt08on47c/
Additional documents may be solicited from short-listed candidates.
Applications will be reviewed immediately and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.
HBKU offers an attractive compensation package that includes a tax-free salary and additional benefits such as an accommodation allowance, annual paid leave, and medical insurance.
Hamad Bin Khalifa University is an equal opportunity educator and employer. We are committed to maintaining culturally and academically diverse staff of the highest caliber.