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Job Standard for Graphic Design Specialist

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Graphic Design Specialist Overview

  • Person Group: Classified
  • Job Code: 02762
  • Pay Grade: I
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Career Level: Level 2
  • Family: Communications & Marketing
  • Function: Publications & Graphics


To perform professional graphic design and art work for camera ready printed material; to provide consultation in graphic design; perform related work.

Level Scope

Applies skills and job knowledge in area of specialization; may adapt procedures, operations, techniques, tools, materials, and/or equipment to meet needs of area of specialization; may work on non-routine tasks; resolves issues/makes working decisions within area of specialization or responsibility with minimal supervision.

Minimum Qualifications

Good knowledge of: computer graphic design techniques; design software.

Experience: conceptualizing ideas and translating into camera-ready copy or digitally equivalent pre-press work via computer and traditional methods; creating design proofs for customers to approve; advising customers on publication design, artwork, multimedia projects, costs, and completion time.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of promotion and marketing concepts
  • Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods
  • Ability to convey information effectively

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Graphic Design Specialist must:

  • Confers with and advises clients on graphic design and multimedia projects; creates design concepts and makes recommendations to clients; determines format, layout, art work, photography, paper type, colors, typeface, typesetting specifications, ink selections, size, and finish; estimates project costs and production times; creates illustrations, digital output, line drawings, sketches, and related artwork; performs digital imposition; coordinates printing; utilizes graphic design software in developing marketing/information materials.
  • May perform web design.
  • May provide training and work direction.

35% of Time the Graphic Design Specialist

  • Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Graphic Design Specialist

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

Not applicable for Graphic Design Specialist

Career Path

Graphic Design Supervisor, Desktop Publishing Specialist

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.