Project Manager

The Seventh-day Adventist Church founded La Sierra University in the scenic Southern California City of Riverside in 1922. Riverside is a city of over 250,000 located within one hour of beaches, mountains, deserts, and Los Angeles. The University's fundamental purpose is to provide higher education in an environment for learning that emphasizes personal integrity, intellectual development, and generous service to humankind and the church. La Sierra University is a multicultural campus with students from over 70 nations. La Sierra University is a religiously-qualified Equal Opportunity Employer with the right to prefer Seventh-day Adventists in hiring. In the event that a qualified Seventh-day Adventist is not available to fill a position in the University, preference will be given to applicants of other faiths who have religious beliefs compatible with those of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and who support the published mission of the University.

Project Manager

Brief Description

The Web Project Manager oversees all web-based IT Department involved initiatives across multiple platforms and formats to optimize user experience in order to aid in recruitment, retention, and engagement. There is a particular focus on the web portal.

This individual is an expert in all areas related to delivering web based solutions and the analytics that inform development decisions.

The position collaborates with all departments across the university.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Determine web solutions that support recruitment and retention initiatives.
  • In partnership with the appropriate area personnel, this person will be responsible for the IT components of the online application, online registration, online degree audits, online financial systems and all other online services where IT has responsibilities, both purchased solutions (ie. Degree Works) and custom solutions (ie. Financial Aid Estimator).
  • Develop and manage the university's web portal system to allow a single sign-on web solution for all intranets for current student, prospective students, families, alumni, faculty and staff.
  • Integrate all intranet solutions into the web portal (ie. Gmail, Blackboard Learn, Self-Service, etc.)
  • Collaborate across campus to implement, support and develop Blackboard Learn.
  • Be a liaison between IT and other organizational areas to identify need and required resources to bring added value to that organizational area.
  • Determine technical best practices for the university web solutions.
  • Conducts ongoing usability tests to gauge effectiveness. Gather data and handle analytics in order to make fact-based developmental recommendations. Work with owners of particular content to revise and measure particular content and goals.
  • Establishes work flows for requesting, creating, supporting and retiring web solutions.
  • Creation of an IT strategy for developing new technologies for mobile devices.
  • Partner with the Communication and Strategic Marketing department on branding initiatives to ensure consistency between web solutions.
  • Troubleshoot and develop preventative maintenance procedures to avoid site downtime.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university. MBA a plus; five to ten years years as a website development position. Related to recuitment a plus. Experience with creating compelling, intuitive website experiences and expertise in major site development tools and methodologies required.

Language Ability:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. Outstanding command of the English Language.

Math Ability:

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of advanced technical understanding of HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript, web publishing, ColdFusion, etc. Fluency in web analytics tools.

Certificates and Licenses:

No certifications needed

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Supervises a team of employees.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts and risk of electrical shock.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision, Distance vision, Peripheral vision, Depth perception and Ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel, talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to walk; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

Other Demands:

The Web Project Manager requires a combination business and technical mindset, with the most important aspect being to think "customer first." In essence, the Web Project Manager is a guide that must be empathetic toward the pain points of the customer. Specific skills required include:

  • The ability to think like an educator, intuitively understanding what the audience needs to know and how they want to consume it. Video development and integration a plus.
  • Incredible people skills.
  • A passion for new technology tools.
  • Clear articulation of the business goal behind the creation of a web solution.
  • Teamwork skills required to define and manage a set of goals involving diverse contributors.
  • Project management skills to manage schedules and deadlines within corporate and ongoing activities.
  • Fluency in web analytics tools (ie. Google Analytics).
  • A willingness to embrace change and to adapt to strategies.
  • Clear powers of persuasion and presentation.
  • Needs to be continually learning the latest platforms, technology tools and web-based solutions.
  • Comfortable with acting as an IT spokesperson to all organizational areas of the university.

Position Available

November 1, 2012

Salary Range

$43,169 - $53,000


Applicants are to submit a La Sierra University application to:

Desiree Fawn Noah

Human Resources Office

La Sierra University

4500 Riverwalk Parkway

Riverside, CA 92515

(951) 785-2088


Employment Applications/Procedures


Applications should be submitted to Human Resources, 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, CA 92515. Telephone (951) 785-2088. This ensures centralization of materials for documentation purposes.

La Sierra University is a religiously qualified equal opportunity employer. Applicants are especially encouraged from women, minorities and persons with disabilities. Faculty and staff are recruited with specific attention to their membership in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

  • Last update on  November 02, 2012