Front-end Technical Lead @ UCLA - Los Angeles, CA

Job Overview

12 days ago

Front-end Technical Lead

UCLA - Los Angeles, CA

UCLA Strategic Communications (StratComm) brings UCLA's mission and values to life by inspiring positive action as UCLA's lead storytellers, reflecting the multifaceted diversity of our university and surrounding communities. Demonstrating and reinforcing the university's commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in all creative work is central to StratComm's success. We believe a workplace culture that values EDI practices is essential to building strong teams, which translates to robust ideas, strategies and creative content that resonate with UCLA's diverse audiences.

Reporting to the Director, Digital Strategy, the Front-end Technical Lead leads the front-end development, production and maintenance of high- impact, high-visibility websites at UCLA such as, with the goal of keeping UCLA in the forefront among university and consumer web sites. In collaboration with the lead Back-End Developer, the incumbent serves as one of two lead technical experts and team leads for website development, quality assurance, analytics, SEO, process and workflow functions. The incumbent leads front-end development, serves as back-up for the Back End Developer; ensures compliance with ADA (WCAG) guidelines; utilizes web technologies such as HTML5, CSS 3.0 and SASS, JavaScript, ES6, jQuery and React.js AJAX calls to RESTful APIs; optimizes code by utilizing project and tasks managers such as Gulp, Webpack, Yarn, NPM; uses caching techniques and CDNs; bundles JS and CSS files; has extensive experience with Wordpress.

Working hours may include weekends, evenings and holidays and light travel may be required.

Percentage of Time:

Shift Start:
8:00 am

Shift End:
5:00 pm

Qualifications for Position




1. Expert knowledge and experience in designing and developing websites with HTML and CSS that adhere to current W3C and WCAG standards-compliant code.


2. Expert knowledge and experience with JavaScript, CSS/SASS and HTML.


3. Working Knowledge in PHP Programming, Apache, MySQL/phpMyadmin database.


4. Ability to translate original or provided design composites or mockups to current W3C and WCAG standards-compliant code using HTML, CSS, JavaScript (React) and PHP.


5. Expert knowledge and experience programming AJAX/JS Promises and third-party API's including, but not limited to, Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


6.Broad understanding of technical issues including server and operating system environments as they relate to web site operation such as security, reliability and scalability.


7. Expert knowledge and ability to develop, manage and maintain static and dynamic web pages and sites for cross-platform and browser compatibility, including but not limited to Internet Explorer 10+, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.


8. Expert knowledge and experience with mobile design and development including responsive design and mobile-first.


9. Knowledge of user experience (UX), accessibility, information architecture (IA), design principles, form design and grid layouts.


10. Experience working in an Agile Environment and strong understanding of software development lifecycle.


11. Demonstrated experience matching browser rendering webpages to original design comps and testing of functionality across multiple devices and browsers.


12. Demonstrated experience with Google Analytics, third party plugs ins, modules and custom code to track user interactions; demonstrated experience analyzing meta titles, descriptions, content, and semantic markup for SEO improvements.


13. Ability to recommend, coordinate and communicate functional page descriptions and navigational direction to ensure that designs achieve objectives.


14. Skill in interpreting a client's needs based on nature of project,

budget and objectives; ability to problem solve, make changes and corrections as they occur, and to offer appropriate solutions; ability to recommend, coordinate and communicate functional page descriptions and navigational direction to ensure that designs achieve objectives.


15. Demonstrated strong communication and presentation skills with ability to convey technical and non-technical information to persons of varying backgrounds, technical expertise and levels of authority as well as communicate effectively on a regular basis with team members and with clients on job progress.


16. Ability to understand the aspects of complex, multi-level projects from initial definition through completion, including planning; establishing goals, objectives, and milestones; scheduling; tracking and evaluating.


17. Ability to prioritize assignments and work efficiently in a complex environment involving rapidly changing priorities, heavy workloads, physical disruptions and highly fluid authority structures and demonstrated experience in leading and managing web projects.


18. Ability to quickly identify and evaluate relevant new technologies; strong willingness to learn new technologies and experiment with Machine Learning and Serverless Architecture.


19. Ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs. Ability to kneel, climb stairs and ladders, push, balance, stoop, crouch, and reach.


20. Ability to get to work reliably and on time and to be present in the workplace during normal working hours; ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.


21. Experience with maintaining and customizing a CMS driven web site with Drupal 8 & 9 and/or WordPress with a willingness to explore working with and developing with content management systems.


22. Working knowledge of a major JS Framework such as React JS, Vue, and Angular.


23. Experience with collaboration tools such as Wrike issue tracking, Bitbucket/Git versioning, Trello, Invision, Basecamp.


24. Demonstrated skill in graphics applications such as Photoshop and/or Sketch; familiarity with traditional print and electronic design principles.


25. Working knowledge of the University, its organization and structure, and the roles and responsibilities of various academic and administrative units in order to relate project needs to sound design communication solutions.


26. Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field, from a four-year college or university or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Additional Posting Information

Bargaining Unit:
99-Policy Covered

Application Deadline:

External Posting Date:

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