Vancouver types: want to be The Tyee's next webmaster?

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One of the nicest, most talented folks in Vancouver’s independent media scene is leaving town. Dawn Buie is off to Toronto… which means there’s a dream job opening up at The Tyee:

Position title: Webmaster, Full time
Salary: Competitive; based on experience
Application deadline: Wednesday February 14th, 2007
Start date: Late February - early March

The Tyee is expanding its team. Are you the newest member of BC’s best independent online news source?


Personality Traits and Interests:

You enjoy figuring out how things work and continually improving systems. You are a calm and articulate communicator and enjoy helping others solve their technical problems.

You are a whiz at HTML, know what a URL, RSS feed and a podcast are, and you keep up to date on the latest web fads by reading your favorite blogs and books. You’ve maintained or built a few basic websites and you want to keep expanding your repertoire of web skills.

You’ve used Photoshop to crop images, change resolution and color balance. You know the difference between a .jpg and .png. You know what QuickTime, RealMedia, Flash and YouTube are, and that one of these is not a format.

You are able to manage your time well, can prioritize tasks, and always respond promptly to emails.

You are detail oriented, and will find it quite normal to maintain a log of daily activities, back up site log data and will store your documents in a logical manner. You may have enjoyed creating lists and queries in Microsoft Excel or an OpenOffice spreadsheet program, or have used an Access or a MySQL database.

You will be The Tyee’s ‘power-user’. While you will not be responsible for the development of new site features, or high level maintenance, you will be expected to have a strong understanding of how the web site works, how the various systems on The Tyee work, and be expected to be able to independently and confidently troubleshoot common site problems.

Required responsibilities:

  • General trouble-shooting and systems maintenance.
  • Add and update office email addresses, email aliases and help office staff set up their personal email accounts and spam filters.
  • Format, copy-edit and send Tyee eNewsletters. Answer subscriber questions.
  • Format articles in HTML (using a program like bbedit or Homesite), and publish the content to the site using the Bricolage CMS. You will also be asked to make fixes to Tyee stories throughout the day, and to help other staff troubleshoot posting on Bricolage.
  • Monitor and moderate reader comment forums, and respond to basic problems.
  • Ensure that articles, graphics, audio, video, and podcast files are properly hosted and displayed on the Tyee - using Bricolage.
  • Work as part of team with the editors, business director, consultants and programmers on implementation of new web features.

Other potential responsibilities, depending on skill and interest:

If you have strong skills and experience as a copy-editor, this position could be tailored differently to incorporate that responsibility.

Qualifications, skills and abilities:


  • 3+ years of webmaster experience
  • HTML expertise
  • Basic understanding of CSS
  • Experience with databases such as MySQL, Access, or Excel
  • Ability and desire to learn new programs, concepts and languages
  • Strong Photoshop skills
  • Basic editing and formatting of audio and video files
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Keen eye for detail, self-directed, analytical. Takes initiative, curious, able to solve problems on one’s own, and knows how and when to ask for help.
  • Has an interest in new web technologies, web publishing, and in particular, independent online media.

*** There will be at least a one-month overlap and in-depth training with the Web Technology Director.

Application information

Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must also be willing to work mostly in the Tyee’s Vancouver office, so only applicants living in the Greater Vancouver area will be considered.

If you have expertise in other programming languages, please include that information in your resume.

Please send resume, including at least two professional references, and a brief cover letter to Michelle Hoar at with subject line “Webmaster job posting.”

Application deadline is Wednesday February 14th, 2007.

Interviews will take place between February 16th and 20th, and the position will start as early as possible. Only applicants considered for interview will be contacted.

Salary is competitive, and based on experience

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