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Curt Grimes

Sycamore, IL ·
curt@curtgrimes.com

Experience

Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL · Apr. 2019 – present

Assistant Director, Web and Digital Communications

Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL · Apr. 2019 – present

Direct all aspects of the research, planning, development, documentation, implementation and support of existing and new web sites and other departmental applications for Housing and Residential Services; direct all aspects of creating, producing, and distributing electronic and/or print communications; and lead social media activities.

  • Design and maintain the departmental web presence using HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and Vue.
  • Develop and support applications written using technologies like PHP, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, jQuery, JSON, and REST APIs.
  • Recommend modifications or modify the departmental software applications to meet user needs.
  • Work with software versioning and revision control system, GitLab.
  • Develop training materials and technical documentation for existing and new applications.
  • Oversee the development, editing, and publishing of department publications including digital materials, multi-media projects, applicable print materials, and web pages for various audiences including prospective students, residents, parents, and university staff.
  • Identify promotional opportunities and utilize our social media presence to communicate those opportunities.
  • Hire, supervise and evaluate student staff which includes graphic designers and social media content creator staff.
Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL · Aug. 2013 – March 2019

Application Development Team Manager

Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL · Aug. 2013 – March 2019

Analyzed, designed, developed, and implemented custom web-based and other applications for Housing and Residential Services based on the department's business practices and technical requirements.

  • Developed application specifications and project scope, and collaborate with the user to ensure that requirements are met.
  • Established programming techniques and procedures.
  • Recommended modifications or modify third party software to meet user needs.
  • Oversaw the development, editing, and publishing of a broad-based series of department publications including print and digital materials, multimedia projects, and web pages for various audiences including prospective students, residents, parents, and university staff.
  • Developed training materials and technical documentation for existing and new applications.
  • Hired, trained, and evaluated student technical staff.
  • Researched IT solutions applicable to the university housing domain.

Education

Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL · Aug. 2013 – May 2016

Master of Science in Computer Science

Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL · Aug. 2013 – May 2016

Coursework: Systems Design and Analysis, Database Concepts, Computer Networks, Android Mobile Device Programming

GPA 3.80 / 4.00

Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL · Aug. 2011 – May 2013

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL · Aug. 2011 – May 2013

Coursework: Software Engineering, Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis in C++, Unix System, Databases, iOS Mobile Device Programming

GPA 3.95 / 4.00

Skills and Software

  • Frontend: HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Vue.js, Nuxt.js, SCSS, Bootstrap, jQuery, Hugo (static site generator), Responsive web design, Web accessibility, Browser extensions and userscripts
  • Backend: Node.js, Express, PHP, MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Docker, Redis, WebSockets, PowerShell and Bash scripting
  • Services: Amazon Web Services, Firebase, Azure Bot Service, GitLab API, Dropbox API, Microsoft Graph API, Web Speech API, WordPress, MediaWiki, Stripe
  • Marketing: Google Analytics, search engine optimization, social network presence building (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube)
  • Design: Adobe Illustrator, GIMP, Paint.NET