Posted September 20, 2011


The Cooper Union, founded in 1859, is searching for a full-time Webmaster to manage and maintain a redesigned and rebuilt website. The new website was launched simultaneous with the Inauguration of President Jamshed Bharucha on November 2, 2011. President Bharucha will take its programs in art, architecture, engineering and humanities to the next level to meet the challenges for innovation and global reach during the first half of the 21st century.

Job Responsibilities

The position involves direct oversight, management and content development of Cooper Union's institutional web presence. These responsibilities will involve daily upkeep and administration of the college's website via the content management system, the management of web associates, the authoring of original editorial content, supporting other CMS users and end-users throughout the college, CMS template creation and support documentation.

The ideal candidate will have equally developed editorial and technical talents. He or she must be extensively familiar with contemporary web publishing practices, including blogging and the blogosphere, web traffic analysis, content management systems, web design, search engine optimization, and be passionate about emerging web technologies. The candidate will also have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and have had previously published original work online. Digital imaging and photo retouching skills will help the candidate produce strong visual materials to accompany web content. A sensitivity to design and aesthetics is also highly desirable. Because the Cooper Union is comprised of schools of Art, Architecture, and Engineering, a strong interest or background in any of these disciplines will be helpful to the ideal candidate.


  • BA/BE/BS degree
  • Strong English-language editorial and writing abilities
  • Knowledge and experience in CMS management on an Unix/Apache/PHP/MySQL server
  • Proficiency in HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP and MySQL
  • Familiarity with Unix server environments, as well as OSX and Windows Desktops
  • Advanced proficiency in digital imaging; particularly Adobe Photoshop CS5, photo retouching and manipulation


Department of Human Resources
The Cooper Union
30 Cooper Square, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003

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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.