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    Graphic Designer II
    Sonoma State University
    Job ID: 104607
    Location: Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, CA)
    Department Name: Strategic Communications

    Salary and Benefits
    The anticipated starting salary placement depends on qualifications, experience and salary budget, and will not exceed $4,100 a month. This position is eligible for a broad range of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, retirement (CalPERS), tuition waiver, vacation and sick leave. In addition, 14 paid holidays are offered each year; 13 scheduled on specific days and a Personal Holiday that may be taken any time during the year. A comprehensive benefits summary for this position is available online by clicking the or by request from SSU Human Resources.

    Application Deadline
    This position is open until filled. For full consideration, please submit application, along with cover letter and resume, by 8am on 07/11/18. Please refer to the Application Process section of this posting for additional details.

    Conditions of Employment
    This is a full time, non-exempt position, which will lead toward permanent status following the successful completion of a probationary period.

    Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with the Seawolf Commitment, our values include respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community.

    Reporting to the Director of Creative Services, the Graphic Designer II is responsible for artistic and graphic design for print and multimedia materials produced for Sonoma State University. The incumbent works independently to coordinate and execute small to large scale graphic design projects. These projects are developed in a variety of media, including print, web, social media and digital communication, and are designed to reach internal and external audiences.

    Major duties of the position include, but are not limited to, the following: Using professional graphic design, artistic and creative capabilities and a foundation in communication theory, incumbent collaborates with the Director of Creative Services to translate University communication needs into artistic designs to maximize the impact and message to the intended audience. Typically, the incumbent works with members of the Strategic Communications Office or other campus clients to achieve an optimal visual solution that meets both University identity and communication requirements, as well as the objectives of the client. Assignments and projects are varied and often involve coordinating, prioritizing, and monitoring graphic projects through completion. The incumbent must manage multiple projects and priorities while providing expertise in the development and evaluation to create effective communication strategies. Graphic design projects require that the incumbent consult with clients to understand their communication needs and to ensure that design concepts are tailored to the intended audience; select the visual materials to be used in the communication of information; create visual material including original designs; design the placement and appearance of visual material; select typographical format; design and plan the effective use of color, tone, and harmony; and design, produce, and coordinate various materials required in the production of final products.

    • Create designs, concepts and sample layouts of a variety of marketing and communications materials including the following, but not limited to: printed and electronic brochures, posters, fliers, programs, and advertisements; web sites; social media collateral; and identity development.
    • Work independently to produce highly complex projects concurrently with very limited artistic direction, self-identifying approach to projects and priorities.
    • Research, evaluate, and implement new and traditional graphic design processes to create the most effective marketing and communications materials.
    • Work with clients to determine needs, and create and implement materials to reach intended audiences.
    • Research, evaluate, and recommend creative graphic strategies for advertising in support of department needs.
    • Uses appreciable creativity to create and execute graphic art and designs, as well as ingenuity to devise new solutions to challenges.
    • Create and maintain timelines and prioritizes to meet deadlines for all materials.
    • Provide design maintenance of websites and other electronic publications, ensuring that all design elements, templates and finished solutions work within a variety of browser types and meet required accessibility requirements.

    Performs other secondary duties as assigned. Duties take place mostly in an office setting located at Sonoma State University. The normal work schedule is Monday through Friday aligned with regular campus hours. As a non-exempt employee, any request for overtime will be specified and pre-approved by Appropriate Administrator. Evening and weekend hours may be required and will be specified only by the supervisor to meet operational needs. The incumbent must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such levels as is determined by the Appropriate Administrator. The position may require occasional travel, by automobile and airplane, and the incumbent must be able to work some night and weekend hours with overnight stays.

    This position requires a comprehensive knowledge of graphic design and production principles and communication theory including basic understanding of marketing and promotion concepts. This knowledge and skill normally is obtained through a college degree in graphic design, fine arts, or a related field or through technical experience and/or relevant coursework. A bachelor's degree in graphic design, fine arts, or a related field and a minimum of one to two years related, progressive graphic design experience preferred. Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Pro and Photoshop required. Working knowledge of content management systems, specifically Drupal, preferred. This position requires comprehensive knowledge of graphic design and production principles and communication theory including a basic understanding of marketing and promotion concepts. Strong graphic design skills and artistic ability in order to translate communication needs into an artistic design. Solid working knowledge of applicable graphic design software packages and hardware systems and peripherals. Ability to use interactive technologies and to create new methods for combining software and graphic packages to address communication and visual product goals. Ability to understand university level curriculum concepts and convey them graphically. Thorough knowledge of current campus documents and university-wide publication needs. Thorough understanding of printing and other vendor services to prepare specifications for printing and other services. Ability to prepare camera-ready materials and a working knowledge of design and electronic prepress processes used in the production of complex publications. Working knowledge of copyright laws applicable to design work and creative properties. Work requires a high level of creativity to produce a wide range of materials for various departments. Must be able to perform a wide range of routine to complex duties including development of the following, but not limited to: brochures, posters, fliers, programs, digital advertisements, display advertisements, logo development and identity development. Requires strong principles of artistic and graphic ability to design, layout, and prepare finished products that effectively communicate the intended goal. The incumbent must possess an ability to plan and coordinate multiple priorities and deadlines and anticipate the impact of artistic and graphic design decisions on other areas; respond to all inquiries and requests related to the work area; and recommend solutions and evaluate effectiveness of solutions. Must possess strong critical thinking skills and excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff and administrators to interpret and translate their needs into effective visual formats. Requires general knowledge of systems, techniques, and processes used in printing and digital media. Must have an understanding of web design, including: designing webpage layout, determining technical requirements, updating websites, creating back up files, and solving code problems. Must be able to work quickly and efficiently in fast paced environments with short deadlines. Must be able to adapt to change in the work environment and effectively handle multiple tasks and competing demands. Must excel at working independently and successfully complete multiple and highly complex projects concurrently, and diplomatically with accuracy and detail. Must have the ability to effectively communicate with all levels within the university and establish and maintain productive and effective, inclusive working relationships amongst diverse populations including staff, faculty, administration, students, and other internal and external constituents. Must be able to accept constructive feedback and work cooperatively in group situations. Qualification Note Evidence of degree(s) or certificate(s) and/or license(s) required at time of hire.

    Application Process
    To apply, click here: Materials submitted with your application will not be returned. The ADA Coordinator is available, at 707/664-2664, to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process. Qualified candidates must submit the following to be considered:

    1. Cover Letter and Resume - application system only allows one document to be uploaded, so cover letter and resume must be included in the same MS Word or PDF file (file name should not contain any spaces or special characters) In your cover letter, please include a link to your digital portfolio containing work samples.
    2. Online Employment Application (complete entire application, resume/cover letter will not substitute for any part of the application) A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.

    Other Information Equal Employment Opportunity: The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

    Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

    About Sonoma State University
    Sonoma State University, located 48 miles north of San Francisco, is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University. Sonoma State University is a liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students and 530 full-time and part-time faculty. Our beautiful campus is located in Rohnert Park, at the foot of the Sonoma hills in the Wine Country. Sonoma State University is proud to be a smoke-free campus, where smoking and other uses of tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco, the use of e-cigarettes and similar devices, are prohibited. Sonoma State University's Jeanne Clery Act Annual Security Report is available at; Annual Campus Housing Fire Safety Report is available at

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  • Location: Rohnert Park, CA
  • Starts On: June 28, 2018, 6:02 p.m.

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    Sonoma State University

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    Main (707) 664-3100

    Fax (707) 664-3196

    1801 East Cotati Avenue

    Rohnert Park, CA 94928