Job Description:


The Drupal Developer is responsible for all facets of Web site development, including design, programming and technical interface.  The Web developer/designer ensures that WPR sites related to programs, promotion, multi-media initiatives, development and outreach meet content, aesthetic and technical standards of WPR. The Drupal Developer reports to the Digital Product Manager and is required to work on site at WPR office in Madison, WI.


  1. Develop, implement and maintain WPR website architecture, themes, user interfaces and features as assigned.
  2. Provide staff training on Content Management System usage with a goal of online content self-service by staff.
  3. Proactively assess site themes, user interfaces, performance and features with regard to best practices and standards in user experience, functionality, security and accessibility.
  4. Document code changes.
  5. Troubleshoot, identify, and resolve problems with Drupal website themes, architecture, performance, module updates, user interfaces, and features.
  6. Advocate for website best practices consistent with expanding mobile/tablet usage and configured to maximize traffic arriving via search and social media.
  7. Familiarity with Drupal module development and managing APIs.
  8. Must have a solid understanding of Google Analytics and other site metrics systems.
  9. Assist site visitors as needed with usability of the site.
  10. Effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in work product and in organizational interactions and demonstrate respect for others in all workplace relationships
  11. Comply with UW code of ethics:


  • User-oriented sensibility that leads to appealing, easy-to-use, accessible websites and features.
  • Skill, comfort and demeanor to effectively work with diverse staff across departmental lines. 
  • Knowledge and proficiency in implementing evolving standards and best practices.
  • An ability to problem solve creatively and embrace tasks and tools that are outside one’s experience.
  • Ability to work non-standard hours and long periods at work station as needed.
  • The individual must work well with both technical and non-technical staff.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proficiency in development with Drupal 7, including theming, module building, drush and an understanding of the Drupal API.
  • Strong experience with standards-compliant, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and Drupal theming
  • Rudimentary Knowledge of version control (Git)
  • Familiarity with the LAMP stack, and experience in developing with PHP.
  • The ability to communicate and explain technical issues with non-technical staff
  • Must have a customer service orientation.
  • Experience and familiarity with responsive and “mobile-first” site development
  • The ability to work without direct supervision using internal project management tools
  • Experience working successfully both independently and with a variety of teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively and successfully with diverse people and groups.


  • Two to four years of web development experience.
  • One to two years of Drupal front-end development experience.
  • Active in the Drupal community.
  • Strong interest in media and journalism, specifically data journalism and storytelling.
  • Familiarity with display ad/pre-roll management and audio/podcasting/livestreaming technologies.

SALARY: We are recruiting across two salary ranges and expect to pay in the mid-high 50s with actual pay dependent on skills and experience and official title. The university offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous vacation, sick leave, healthcare and pension. 

HOW TO APPLY:  Apply online at Applications will be reviewed as they arrive.  For best consideration, submit your material by 5/22. Please include a detailed resume; a narrative detailing how your experience relates to the job duties and qualifications for this position; three work samples (URLs preferred) with description of your contribution to that work and a list of three to five professional references (including at least one supervisory reference) with contact information including e-mail.

Questions? Contact Betsy Nelson, Wisconsin Public Radio, 821 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin  53706; 608-262-5221;  

Additional Information

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world. The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. 

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).


Job Location: 
Madison, WI
United States
Job Category: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Job Type: 
Full time
Send Application Materials To: 
(608) 262-5221
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