Columbia Basin College ("CBC" or the "College") seeks a Graphic Designer to perform graphic design, illustration and related tasks in support of College programs, instruction, marketing and public relations. The Graphic Designer will be responsible for general design and layout of printed materials, branded materials, advertisements (digital and printed), online newsletters, digital displays, marketing tools, social media platforms, web designs, video and related supplies. They will also help manage and create content for the College’s social media platforms and digital software systems. This position reports to the Graphic Designer Supervisor.
This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to applicants whose complete application has been received by April 11 , 2021 @ 11:59 PM Pacific Time.
- Conceptualize, design and produce graphic projects such as publications, banners, brochures, posters, signs, booklets, educational information, online materials, logos, advertisements, maps, Internet materials, drawings, displays, PowerPoint presentations and other materials;
- Operate both Mac and PC computer platforms using Adobe Creative Cloud software and other equipment such as printers;
- Illustrate images, text, graphics and animation using a variety of methods including freehand, digital pads and stylus pens;
- Select colors, images and typeface; determine placement of images and text on print or webpage;
- Consult and work with College employees on the effective use of graphic designs and production costs; offer ideas, suggestions and information on techniques and content as it pertains to getting communications reproduced; provide guidance on mailing list preparation;
- Design informational materials, taking into account intended use, audience, cost estimates, distribution and the project's and department's goals and objectives;
- Produce and package complex, computer-generated multi-page art for black and white, and color reproduction, using graphic design software Adobe Creative Cloud for page layout, illustration, and photo manipulation;
- Accomplish typographic compositions, conversions and manipulations of photographs and illustrations, using computer software and materials;
- Prepare parallel projections and illustrations from from verbal instructions, consultations with clients, samples, and specimens, using other reference materials as necessary;
- Operate a variety of office printers including standard color printers and larger-format plotters;
- Provide detailed written, online or other instructions to printer vendors for a variety of reproduction elements, including paper stock, ink, folding, scoring, embossing, mailing lists, distribution, variable printing, and engraving and binding techniques;
- Ensure compliance with design standards, logo usage and Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, as well as other applicable laws and regulations;
- Select most appropriate techniques and materials available within the project budget;
- Make Department purchases using p-card and reconcile statements on a monthly basis;
- Maintain inventory of materials, generate requisitions and order supplies in support of Graphics & Printing Department;
- Occasional use of digital cameras for taking photos of staff, students and/or college events; download and retouch digital images for projects;
- Complete finishing work such as cutting, mounting, folding and similar activities;
- Use digital software to receive changes and approval from customer and Marketing Director before sending to printer or publishing digital content;
- Serve as a liaison with translation teams to translate copy into other languages;
- Assist with video planning activities including research, script development, storyboard illustration, titles and audio editing; provide control room and camera operation assistance;
- Assist with sizing, uploading and inserting imagery onto the college website;
- Collaborate with college staff to modify website design as needed; be familiar with web content management systems; be familiar with HTML coding;
- Create and post content on College’s social media platforms (including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok and Twitter);
- Create and manage content on College’s digital software systems, including the outdoor reader board and TV displays;
- Work with other Printing, Graphic Design and Marketing staff to accomplish tasks;
- Effectively operate within an Apple Mac computing environment; and
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Two (2) years of college-level training in graphic arts, illustration, drafting or closely related field;
- One (1) year of graphic design experience;
- Familiarity with printing processes, including offset printing, plate making, process color reproductions, digital imaging and digital output;
- Advanced skills working with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign;
- Experience designing digital materials for web and print marketing campaigns; and
- Portfolio of your work including three (3) print and three (3) digital examples.*
Skills & Abilities
Analytical Skills : Synthesize complex or diverse information; collect and research data; use intuition and experience to complement data; design work flows and procedures;
Computer Skills : High level of proficiency and accuracy using a variety of publishing software;
Cost Consciousness : Ability to work within approved budget(s); develop and implement cost saving measures, contribute to profits and revenue; conserve organizational resources;
Customer Service Skills : Manage difficult or emotional customer situations; respond promptly to customer needs; solicit customer feedback to improve service; respond to requests for service and assistance; meet commitments;
Design Skills : Generate creative solutions; translate concepts and information into images; use feedback to modify designs; apply design principles; demonstrate attention to detail;
Interpersonal Skills : Focus on solving conflict, not blaming; maintain confidentiality; listen to others without interrupting; keep emotions under control; remain open to others' ideas and try new things;
Professionalism : Ability to approach others in a tactful manner; react well under pressure; treat others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accept responsibility for own actions; follow through on commitments;
Quality : Demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness; look for ways to improve and promote quality; apply feedback to improve performance; monitor own work to ensure quality;
Oral Communication : Ability to speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listen and get clarification; respond well to questions; demonstrate group presentation skills; participate in meetings; and
Written Communication : Write clearly and informatively; edit work for spelling and grammar; vary writing style to meet needs; present numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information; ability to translate official college communications between English and Spanish.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
This position is a twelve (12) month, full-time, overtime eligible, represented, classified staff position. The typical work hours for this position are Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; however, must be available to work a flexible schedule when prior notice is given by the College. This position is available immediately.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
**Please note that selected interview candidates will be subject to supplemental testing that will measure skills and abilities related to this position (e.g., Communication, Graphic Design, MS Office Simulation [Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Word], Customer Service, etc.).
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
In the interest of providing a healthy, safe and secure educational and work environment, and in order to meet the requirements of federal legislation, it is the policy of Columbia Basin College to maintain an alcohol and drug-free workplace for our employees and students.
If you are hired, you will need to provide proof of identity and documentation of U.S. citizenship or appropriate authorization to work in this position as required by the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986.
Columbia Basin College operates under an approved affirmative action plan and encourages applications from persons of color, women, veterans and persons of disability. The Human Resources Office is accessible to those with disabilities. If you need accommodation in application or employment, contact the Human Resources Office at (509) 542-4740.
OTHER JOB ELEMENTS:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described below are representative of those that must be met and may be encountered by an incumbent when performing the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, bend, kneel, stoop, communicate, reach and manipulate objects. The position requires mobility including having the ability to move materials on a regular basis such as files, books, office equipment, etc. and travel between buildings on campus. Manual dexterity and coordination are required to operate equipment such as computer keyboard, calculator, and standard office equipment.
WORKING CONDITIONS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Work environment includes office and other settings as appropriate. The noise level in the work area is typical of most office environments with telephones, personal interruptions, and background noises.
This is a bargaining unit position represented by the Washington Public Employees Association (WPEA). Internal promotional, transfer and voluntary demotion applicants who have skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position will be considered prior to consideration of other applicants.