Website Competition Community Manager

Job Description

Committee affiliation: Website Team

Basic Function

Act as a co-administrator for the Competition website. This is a content management system (CMS) website that holds the information about the chapter's technical communication competition—it is not open for posts. No users will need to register to use or to log on to the site except the admins.


You are expected to be an active participant in maintaining the assigned chapter website.

  • Update pages as needed once a year at the start of the new competition year.

    Most updates will be done by editing the php includes files using the admin pages editor in /Appearance/Editor. Or edits may be done offline using an htmlCSS text editor then uploading the updated files to the website's /wp-content/themes/aaron-child/includes folder using FTP. Only having to update the includes files ensures uniform updates across the site.

    Maintain pages using the WordPress Text Editor. Or you may prefer to keep a set of the page contents in offline files to edit with your htmlCSS text editor then copy and paste the file contents to the WordPress page.

  • Update pages and schedules for entrants and judges during the competition as needed and post the winners for the chapter competition and for the STC International Summit Awards (ISA) competition (if applicable).
  • Ensure all links to sites going away from our site use rel="nofollow" attribute.
  • Ensure all links do not use tabindex="₀" attribute.
  • Ensure all links do not use title="₀" attribute.
  • Ensure all image links use the alt="₀" attribute to describe the image and that image links do not use title="₀".
  • Monitor and upgrade WordPress versions as needed.
  • Monitor and upgrade WordPress plugins as needed.
  • Monitor Google Webmaster Tools for suspicious activity; resolve problems identified.
  • Monitor all security reports for suspicious activity; add bad IP addresses to the Black List.
  • Run periodic cleanup of the database and trouble shoot any hacked tables.

Experience and Skills

  • WordPress skills
    • Familiarity with the 6.4.3+ text editor for updating posts and information on the website
    • Familiarity with HTML 5+, and CSS2 / CSS 3 editing to create and maintain accessible posts and pages for hand coding to add accessibility compliance if needed
    • Familiarity with using / editing PHP 7.7 / PHP 8+ include statements to include repetitive sections of HTML or text and modularized data on multiple pages in the website
    • Accessibility / Section 508 requirements
    • MySQL Database management, necessary
  • Knowledge of and access to FTP software
  • Experience working with or willing to learn and use online project management tools such as Basecamp
  • Familiarity with file maintenance and version control
  • Experience with Adobe PhotoShop and Adobe Acrobat helpful
  • Familiarity with JavaScript, helpful
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Good time management
  • Willing to ask for help when needed


  • Your own computer with high-speed Internet access
  • Browser (Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome)
  • Email address (Google is preferred for working with Google calendar, Basecamp, and other tools)
  • FTP application (FileZilla)
  • HTML5 / CSS3 / PHP7 text editor (such as BBEdit for Macintosh or Homesite 5 for Windows)
  • Word processing software
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Adobe Photoshop (or equivalent photo editing tool)
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • FAX or scanner (optional)

Time Commitment

The heaviest time for work on the site is at the beginning of the competition year (August through October). Expect to spend an average of 10 to 12 hours preparing the site for the new competition. This includes committee meetings to discuss the competition planning, schedules, and features for the year. Expect to spend an average of 2 hours a week for site maintenance: monitoring Google Webmaster Tools, tracking down and fixing hacking attempts, updating WordPress, updating plugins, etc.


If you are interested in serving the chapter as a volunteer, please fill in the Chapter Volunteer Signup Form.

Last modified: December 19, 2021
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