This job is commonly referred to as a Junior Web Developer and is graded at a similar level.
About the role: Now more than ever digital communication is a fundamental part of our everyday life, from shopping online to providing unbounded possibilities for learning. At Leigh Academies Trust (LAT) we are moving forward with a digital-first approach which is part of our Vision 2025 statement. LAT’s in-house Marketing Department is continuously developing new ways of interacting and communicating with our stakeholders through various aspects of marketing such as graphic design, animation, promotional video & photography and online services.
This is an excellent opportunity to join a passionate team during an exciting time as we expand our services across 31 academies as well as our internal businesses. If you are a highly-motivated and enthusiastic Assistant Web Developer with previous experience or looking for your first role after leaving university, then we really want to hear from you.
As an Assistant Web Developer, you will be a core part of the Web Team assisting with our web support desk (Webdesk) across various day-to-day tasks and projects such as; user experience design, user interface, theme and template design & development as well as supporting the team to improve our online services across LAT.
- Update websites following content provided by our clients
- Develop themes and templates using WordPress
- Work closely with the team and academies to ensure our current websites meet the users’ needs
- Support the team with day-to-day tasks and projects
- Carry out QA tests on new and current websites
- Provide customer support with website issues, or change requests while delivering a professional service
- Keep websites updated and secure
- Gather web user data (analytics, feedback and polls)
- Analyse and research web design trends in the education sector as well global leaders
- Support LAT’s Vision 2025 statement to move to a digital-first strategy for our users
- Make recommendations to clients based on experience gained with development
- Support with general team responsibilities such as managing requests, replying to tickets, helping clients with general questions and keeping operations running smoothly
About the Marketing Department: LAT’s central Marketing Department is made up of three key areas; these are Design, Media and Web. All three of these teams work collaboratively with clients - the central Trust and its academies. The objective is to deliver an effective and consistent message to internal and external stakeholders, including prospective pupils and their families, across a range of mediums. Marketing is the core function of the department and any successful candidate will be encouraged to seek new and innovative ways to engage audiences across the breadth of LAT.
Being part of the Marketing Department you will have the opportunity to learn new skills from the rest of the team and have access to a wide range of hardware and software. We feel it is important that you continue to learn new skills whilst working within the department in order to progress your career. You will have access to training and the full suite of Adobe Creative Cloud to enable you to do so.
This is a full time, permanent opportunity offering £19,799 per annum + 25 days annual leave + bank holidays. The successful candidate will join us from July 2022.
Being part of Leigh Academies Trust: As of 1st September 2021, our Trust comprises 31 geographically organised academies (15 secondaries, 14 primaries and 2 special) educating 20,000 students, and employing over 2,500 talented staff. The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North West Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training organisations, a large teaching school hub and is an accredited apprenticeship provider.
As part of Leigh Academies Trust you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust. This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together. You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.
Our commitment to safeguarding: Leigh Academies Trust and all of our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We adopt a fair, robust and consistent recruitment process across all academies and business units. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check.
Our commitment to equality and diversity: As a Trust we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals, we all bring something unique to the role regardless of any protected characteristics which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise. We are committed to providing equality and fairness throughout our recruitment and employment practices and not to discriminate on any grounds.
Based on the quality and quantity of applications received, Leigh Academies Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy sooner than the specified closing date. Applicants will be notified of this where possible. Therefore, early applications are encouraged.