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Web Designer I

Web Designer I

Job ID 4777
Job Location Rockville - MD
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time

The Web Designer I serves as a member of a web content team responsible for the design and execution of weekly and monthly web-based newsletters for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  This position is responsible for the design and layout of related web pages, which includes combining text with pictures, graphics, and video-clips.



Essential duties and responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.


Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge / quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative / motivation, cooperation / relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral / written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability / dependability, flexibility and ownership / accountability of actions taken.


Designs, plans, and executes layout for Internet site web pages utilizing text with pictures, graphics, and video-clips.


Meets with web content team on a regular basis to develop, evaluate and modify the site concept as it seems appropriate.  Keeps team informed of project progress.


Designs, maintains, and updates information and digitized images, banners, bullets, charts, image maps, and other graphics to enhance appearance of site and keep the content and graphics current.


Assists NIH staff with content maintenance for the Health Information Portal (HIP).  Creates, compiles, delivers, and sustains quality and consistent content for website based on management priorities, policy directives, and goals.


Ensures the website design and content meet organization standards.  Creates user interfaces, using front-end code to interface with back-end code.


Finds new publications, press releases and multimedia that are of interest to health information consumers; ensures such resources are available in the HIP search index. Identifies and suggests content to be featured on the HIP, such as the “Health Highlights” and “Featured Tools” sections. 


Produces and maintains a website that is user-friendly, effective, and appealing.  Writes and edits web content that can be read by search engines and online audiences.  Works with the search engine provider to facilitate improvements to search results. 


Optimizes web content using required style guides and graphic standards.  Selects and crops images for the web, as well as performs other graphic-related tasks.


Maintains email lists, and ensures that email subscribers are notified of new content related to the bimonthly Health Information Newsletter.  Formats newsletter, and sends electronically to subscribers.


Reviews website regularly to ensure content accuracy, timeliness, and relevance.  Tests website accessibility and functionality from various environments.  Identifies and repairs broken web links, updates metadata, and ensures content remains up-to-date.


Monitors web usage, and provides statistics for management reporting. 


Anticipates emerging trends, technologies, needs, and potentialities as they pertain to NIH.


Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor's instruction in such a way as to maximize output.   Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to any training made available by the company.


Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and coworkers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and Human Resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions as the best of own ability.



Bachelor’s Degree in Web Design Development, Computer Information Systems, Information Technology, or a related field of study; or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.  Five years of relevant Web design experience may substitute for a degree.



Ability to obtain government public trust clearance



Basic knowledge of Web Design, computer Internet / Intranet systems, Drupal, and the use of software codes such as HTML / CGI

Operational knowledge and understanding of Website design techniques with ability to draft and edit web content for publishing

Proficient knowledge and understanding of a variety of concepts, practices and procedures related to Website applications, Web page design and graphic design techniques

Working knowledge and understanding of federal regulations and policies related to Web design layout

Proficient knowledge and understanding of human / computer interaction

Excellent writing and editing skills with ability to communicate news content and pair appropriate imagery and tag lines

Ability to analyze and develop complex design objectives

Ability to analyze and report on web usage statistics using an application such as Google Analytics

Excellent computer skills with demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Windows / Office and Adobe Creative Suite

Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with ability to assess business requirements

Excellent verbal and written communications skills

Ability to implement a customer service approach and to develop positive working relationships

Detail-oriented with effective organizational skills

Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities

Ability to collaborate with others for the successful achievement of goals and objectives

Ability to work both independently and in a team environment



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.



Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.



Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professiona1journals, 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.