Halifax Public Libraries Web Developer & Strategist Full Time in Halifax, NS

Halifax Public Libraries

Branch Halifax NS CA

Web Developer & Strategist
Halifax, NS

Works closely with IT to support server configuration and maintenance, as required. Supports CMS updates as required….

Web Developer & Strategist
70 Hours Biweekly

Halifax Public Libraries invites INTERNAL and EXTERNAL applications for the full-time position of Web Developer & Strategist with the Marketing & Communications Department located at Alderney Gate Public Library, 60 Alderney Drive in Dartmouth.

The award winning Halifax Public Libraries is a leader in connecting people, enriching communities and inspiring discovery. Comprised of 14 branch libraries, we serve the 400,000 citizens of Halifax with our collection of 1 million items and a wide range of programming. Halifax Public Libraries blends the best of traditional library services with innovative programs, spaces and technologies, attracting more than 2.8 million in-person visits last year. In the fall of 2014, we opened the iconic Halifax Central Library, which now serves as a vibrant community hub to thousands of people each day. Since its opening, Central Library has been a source of local pride and international attention.

Under the direction of the Manager, Marketing & Communications, this position is responsible for building, maintaining, and enhancing Halifax Public Libraries’ web properties and online marketing initiatives. The Web Developer & Strategist will ensure that the development, implementation, and outcomes of web communications are in alignment with the Library’s strategic objectives and marketing and communications goals.

The following duties and responsibilities are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Champions a team-wide understanding of evolving industry best practices and ensures that this knowledge is shared across the organization
  • Develops technical and implementation strategies for web projects; continually revises and re-invents strategies to take advantage of developing technology and changing Library objectives
  • Contributes to evaluations of the effectiveness of various web communications efforts to ensure maximum impact (ROI and cost effectiveness)
  • Collaborates with Marketing & Communications team on all web-based projects and provides strategic guidance for online contests, brand campaigns, and microsite development/deployment
  • Leads development of information architecture, function mapping, and technical specs
  • Leads and executes front- and back-end development for all web projects
  • Maintains technical functionality, appearance, and continuity of web properties
  • Builds applications and websites leveraging current web standards such as CSS3, HTML5, cross-browser compliance, and responsive/adaptive design implementation
  • Develops and implements QA protocol for all web projects
  • Develops, implements, and maintains search engine optimization tactics
  • Creates and maintains robust documentation of all technical activities and projects
  • Works closely with IT to support server configuration and maintenance, as required
  • Manages and optimizes third-party online platforms such as Google’s tool-suite
  • Provides application training to departments and staff throughout the organization
  • Supports CMS updates as required
  • Participates as key member of Halifax Public Libraries’ Web Steering Committee


Education & Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (or related field) plus three years related experience in web development or an acceptable equivalent.

Specific Knowledge & Technical Experience:

  • Proven expertise in PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript required
  • Experience with jQuery and third-party API integration required
  • Experience managing technical requirements of network analytics integration and optimization required
  • Demonstrated ability to create rich user experiences through seamless web properties that are human-centered, responsive/adaptive, and consistent across major browsers and platforms required
  • Experience managing DNS records required
  • Aptitude for problem-solving and creation of custom solutions required
  • Photoshop experience or training required
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain close relationships with departments and staff within the organization required
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills and interpersonal relations, and the competency to provide training to staff across the organization required
  • Demonstrated ability and experience managing multiple projects with competing timelines required
  • Experience with animation (HTML5/CSS/JavaScript) an asset
  • Experience with MODX and WordPress content management an asset
  • Experience building and leading effective teams toward goal attainment an asset

(Please state whether the above application requirements are met in your resume and/or cover letter.)


  • Problem Solving and Decision Making – Recognizes patterns, uses analytical skills to draw logical conclusions, and makes recommendations for action. Uses a successful and appropriate approach to issues and solving problems. Uses sound judgment in making decisions, despite obstacles or resistance. Recognizes when to seek guidance.
  • Communication Skills – Listens effectively, transmits information accurately and clearly, in both written and verbal form. Solicits and provides feedback.
  • Creativity / Innovation – Looks for appropriate opportunities to generate and to apply new and evolving ideas, methods, designs, and technologies. Shows initiative, energy, and enthusiasm.
  • Knowledge of Work – Pursues and demonstrates expertise. Acquires broad, in-depth, and up-to-date knowledge of the trends and developments in relevant fields.
  • Technological Competence – Pursues and demonstrates expertise in technology and can apply it as required. Understands the critical and evolving role of technology.
  • Adaptability – Responds effectively to changes in direction and priorities (both long-term and short-term), and accepts new challenges and responsibilities.
  • Interpersonal / Group Skills – Builds strong work relationships; is sensitive to how individuals and organizational units function and interact. Respects the dignity and ability of co-workers. Works co-operatively with colleagues both inside and outside formal organizational units. Participates in and contributes to group efforts, supports consensus building efforts. Works effectively with external partners.
  • Leadership – Ensures achievement of strategic objectives. Establishes and demonstrates high performance standards. Earns trust and respect. Respects and trusts others. Shows integrity. Motivates by coaching, empowering and recognizing the work of others.
  • Organizational Understanding and Global Thinking – Shows a commitment to the HRL mission. Demonstrates an understanding of the organization, its services and the materials it provides. Understands and accepts his/her role in accomplishing branch or department priorities and the HRL Strategic Plan.
  • Accountability / Dependability – Accepts responsibility for actions and results. Accomplishes goals, completes tasks and meets deadlines, or gives reasonable notice and explanation. Is productive, while maintaining accuracy and quality.
  • Planning and Organizational Skills – Identifies and analyzes data. Sets appropriate priorities and objectives, devises effective methods and allocates resources accordingly. Anticipates internal and external changes, trends and influences.
  • Resource Management – Manages resources, including his or her own time, in a manner consistent with organizational and departmental objectives. Demonstrates a consistent focus on delivering services in a cost effective manner.
  • Service Attitude – Understands and meets the needs of customers. Addresses their interests and concerns. Is friendly, polite and approachable.
  • Respect for Diversity – Respects the diverse opinions and beliefs of library customers and co-workers. Appreciates the need to respond to, and reflect, the various communities we serve. Implements the appropriate measures to respond to, and reflect, the communities served.

This is a unionized position. Preference will be given to internal NSUPE Local 14 employees.

While subject to change in accordance with the collective agreement, the normal scheduled hours of work are:

Hours: 70 hours biweekly

Schedule: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Annual Salary: $47,611- $54,636 (Classification 8)

Applications must be received in the
Human Resources Office no later than: Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 4pm

Cover letters & resumes should quote the
competition number and be addressed to:

Ms. Lee Outerbridge, Manager, Human Resources
Halifax Public Libraries
60 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, N.S. B2Y 4P8
FAX: (902) 490-5850

All appointments are conditional upon an acceptable criminal record check including a vulnerable sector search. More information and the required forms will be provided at an interview and are available at all Halifax Public Libraries branches, including our website www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca

Halifax Public Libraries hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply and self-identify.

During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request accommodation. Applicants invited to participate in an interview or other form of testing and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs when contacted for an interview and/or testing.

We thank you for your interest in employment with Halifax Public Libraries, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please Quote: Competition # HRL-16-057

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $47,611.00 /year

Required experience:

  • Web Development: 3 years

Required education:

  • Bachelor’s

or proceed with Standard Application Form.

Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Halifax, NS, CA
Posted on: 2016-05-20
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