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This position supports electronic communications in a web-based and social media format in support of all institutional goals and objectives. With the migration of all colleges and departments from Arapaho, the web team has seen a quadrupling of its workload. In addition to the migration of academic departments there are major build-outs underway for Student Affairs, Administration and Operations. Requests for new web root folders has grown dramatically. A greater emphasis on recruiting to signature programs as a result of academic prioritization has also led to additional demands. The addition of a College of Extended Learning has magnified electronic marketing, including Social Media and Search Engine Optimization of our current website. This is magnified by the fact that project management is the province of the webmaster while content management is provided by faculty and staff, with quality control and editing through communications. The communications department also is significantly impacted by increasing quantity of print and publicity projects. At the time of the writing, the communications office is currently managing over 90 projects, not including web buildout for academic departments content, the Lumina project conversion, and the Higher Learning Commission Self-Study project.
The search process is led by Tom Smith, with support from Chris Garrett and Melissa Cloud.
The UPC in May supported hiring a webmaster as the No. 1 priority for this current fiscal year. The Cabinet delayed action on this position as a recurring expense until the Legislature approved our budget in July and final enrollment census occurred in mid-September. This enabled the Cabinet to have a better understanding of our projected deficit in operational expenditures. Shortly afterwards the Cabinet approved the position.
A search is currently underway for a webmaster and we anticipate that individual will be hired and on board no later than Dec. 1, 2011.
The Cabinet is considering additional contracting for services over the next several months in support of the academic departments build-out in advance of HLC.