Graphic Designer I – Temporary (104432) 228 views

Department Name

University Advancement

Salary and Benefits

The compensation range for this position is $18.60 to $30.81 an hour. Starting salary placement will not exceed the minimum of the range. Benefits include vacation, sick, and holiday time earned in relation to hours worked.

Application Deadline

First review of applications will be at 8 am on September 5, 2017. Applications received on or after the first review date may not be considered.

Conditions of Employment

This is a part time, temporary, non-exempt position. Reappointment to this position is dependent upon the individual’s performance as well as administrative and budgetary considerations. The university reserves the right to terminate this appointment earlier than the scheduled expiration date.


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, it is the responsibility of the Graphic Designer to assist in artistic and graphic design and the creation of print and electronic materials. The incumbent is responsible for providing support for maintenance of the website (uploading photos, changing content). Work is used for a variety of uses and reaches a variety of internal and external audiences. In addition to aesthetic judgement and project management skills, incumbent provides expertise in the development and contribution to effective communication strategies and techniques.

Duties of the position include, but are not limited to, performing standard assignments related to the creation of print and electronic pieces for marketing and communications purposes. The incumbent prepares layouts and produces materials using standard skills and knowledge related to the design, creation and display of print and electronic materials.

Essential to the work is the ability to translate university communication needs into artistic designs to maximize the impact and message to the intended audience. Graphic design projects typically require the incumbent to consult with constituents to understand their needs and to ensure that design concepts are tailored to the intended audience; select the visual materials to be used; create visual material as needed; design the placement and appearance of visual material in relation to printed materials; select typographical format; and design and plan the effective use of color, tone, and harmony.

Performs other secondary duties as assigned.

Duties take place primarily in an office setting located on the Sonoma State University campus. The normal work schedule will be varied and established Monday through Friday during regular campus hours to meet operational needs. Overtime, weekend and evening hours could be required and will be specified only by the supervisor to meet operational needs. As a non-exempt employee, any request for overtime will be specified and pre-approved by Appropriate Administrator. The incumbent must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such levels as is determined by the Appropriate Administrator.


This position requires foundation knowledge in the principles and techniques of artistic and graphic design as well as demonstrated design and artistic skills. 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. In addition, strong communication skills and the ability to use and maintain currency with applicable computer software packages and systems are essential. Working knowledge of the following software is required: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Adobe Creative Suite (Dreamweaver, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator).

This position requires working knowledge of the principles of artistic and graphic design and illustration including the ability to design, layout and prepare finished artwork to develop a visual product. Working knowledge of standard graphic, design and desktop publishing software packages and ability to effectively use them to create visual material. General knowledge of the principles of print design, typeface, color, layout, and production techniques. General knowledge of systems, techniques and processes used in web site design, photography, and other media. Demonstrated understanding of various communication vehicles and methods. Basic knowledge of copyright laws, especially relating to creative properties. Demonstrated ability to understand communication goals. Strong written and verbal communication skills and 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

please visit to apply to this position. 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)

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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