The Information Technology Specialist is a professional position with responsibility for designated technologies and services within the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the AU College of Agriculture, and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (ACES-Ag). As a member of the ACES-Ag IT Unit, this Specialist will, under limited supervision of the Associate Director for ACES-Ag IT, use discretion and judgment to create and manage databases and web applications to meet administrative, programmatic, and educational needs.
Essential functions include, but are not limited to: 1) Design, develop, and maintain custom WordPress features and plugins; 2) design, develop, and maintain PHP web-integrated applications; 3) Manage ACES-Ag WordPress web server infrastructure; 4) implement Auburn University cyber security standards and initiatives for managed PHP web-integrated applications; 5) consult with faculty, staff, and administrators to determine project requirements and goals; 6) advise faculty, staff, and administrators regarding options for in-house development vs. commercial solutions; 7) consult with supervisor and clients to prioritize projects appropriately; 8) coordinate with other IT specialists to ensure that appropriate development standards are followed; 9) participate in developing and implementing a strategic vision for meeting organizational WordPress and application needs; 10) identify emerging trends in WordPress and application development and make appropriate recommendations; and 11) may conduct in-service training. The Specialist also provides expert advice, assistance, and guidance to management and lower-level IT specialists. Work assignments may have established deadlines and require periods of "on-call" support responsibilities.