We need someone to create and maintain the technical elements of MIF’s digital platforms for the 2017 Festival. This will include developing a new branded website, using existing WordPress CMS with fully integrated social media at its core and responsibility for developing and maintaining both the new MIF Hub (Extranet) and Digital Media Archive. The Digital Developer is a technical role and the central function is to scope and develop stable and fully integrated digital platforms to meet MIF’s digital requirements.

This is a new position at MIF and an exciting time to join the Festival as we address the digital offer across the whole organisation as we move towards our 6th Festival. You’ll be based in Manchester city centre and work closely across a range of departments, including working with MIF Producers on how best to deliver interactive elements of their projects and play a crucial part in ensuring the digital communications for the 2017 Festival is communicated in the best possible way to a range of audiences.

Principal duties and responsibilities
• Develop the back end of a new MIF website – using existing CMS and social media accounts, API connectivity to our Artifax events database
• Liaise closely with the external hosting provider to ensure that the main MIF site scales up for key events (e.g. programme launch, on sale)
• Work with the Designer and Copy Editor to ensure the visual presentation of any digital platforms is on brand
• To analyse website data, identify trends and provide accurate and regular evaluation reports, optimising campaigns to produce the best return on investment, and to improve the customer experience online
• Manage and develop the MIF Hub (Extranet)
• Managed and develop the MIF’s online Digital Archive
• To ensure that the Festival is strongly, and correctly, featured in a wide range of websites and e-communications across many different partners and sectors

Person Specification
• Proven professional experience and knowledge of website development using pre-existing CMD – specifically including WordPress
• A Role-appropriate level of knowledge and experience of PHP and HTML coding
• A Role-appropriate level of knowledge and experience of API cross-platform integration
• A strong interest in web development trends such as HTML5, mobile web applications, web communities and usability with an ability to learn new ways of delivering services for online users
• Experience of project managing technical delivery of online products, either directly with a production team or working with an external agency
• Experience of using common analytics tools (e.g. Google Analytics, Youtube/Facebook analytics) to report on the performance of digital marketing campaigns and products
• Excellent organisational skills

Contract: July 2016 – August 2017

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