Graphic Designer


Primary Function

The individual in this position plays a key role in the Northern Illinois University Foundation’s efforts to aid and enhance all communication materials for the Foundation and its Alumni Association ( NIUAA ) communications team.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally)

The individual in this position plays a key role in the Foundation’s and NIUAA efforts to aid and enhance all communication materials from the Foundation’s and NIUAA communications team.

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position

1. Any one or any combination that equals thirty-six (36) months from the categories below:
(a) credit for progressively more advanced college or art-school course work that would lead to a major in graphic/visual arts communication and/or design
· 60 semester hours equals 12 months
· 90 semester hours equals 24 months
· 120 semester hours or a Bachelor’s Degree equals 36 months
(b) work experience and/or on-the-job training that provided a knowledge of progressively more advanced, generally accepted principles, theories, practices, and methods used in graphic designs and their applications to visual communications problems that are/is comparable to the training provided in the programs such as graphic/visual arts communication and/or design
(A Master’s Degree in visual design, with emphasis in visual arts communication or a closely related field, meets the requirements of Minimum Acceptable Qualification #1)
2. Twenty-Four (24) months of graphic design experience comparable to that performed at the Graphic Designer Associate level of this series.

Specialty Factors (Additional Required Qualifications)

1. Demonstrated professional work experience in graphic design with a focus on digital communications.

Education and Experience Preferred

1. Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, computer graphic design, communication, marketing, or a related field.
2. One (1) year of experience with graphic design work for an alumni association or nonprofit fundraising organization.

List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position.

1. Deep, personal commitment to diversity in all forms, the recognition of all individuals to mutual respect, and the acceptance of others without biases. Demonstrable commitment to leading by example, modeling diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the university.
2. Demonstrably strong work ethic and entrepreneurial mentality. A high-level of integrity, focus and commitment to achieve ambitious goals is essential.
3. Knowledge of advanced drawing, art history, psychology of colors.
4. Knowledge of advanced photographic techniques. Ability to arrange setup and take pictures.
5. Ability to perform difficult technical procedures such as designing and preparing final
production ready graphics.
6. Ability to develop cost estimates and project objectives.
7. Exemplary track record of professionalism, maturity and discretion in the handling of confidential and highly sensitive information.
8. Excellent verbal and written skills.
9. Must be a self-starter with a high level of productivity and accuracy. Produce work that is thoroughly checked and free of errors.
10. Outstanding skills in collaboration, customer service, and organization.
11. A willingness and ability to work some evenings and weekends is expected.
12. Exceptional interpersonal skills, as well as organizational.
13. High level of proficiency in general office software and experience working with multimedia software, preferably the Adobe Creative Suite, is expected.
14. Extensive knowledge of all Microsoft products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneDrive, and O365.
15. Ability to establish priorities, utilize good judgment under pressure, and flexible to handle last minute and unexpected assignments.
16. Function independently with good judgment and initiative.
17. Exhibit a keen eye for detail. Produce work that is thoroughly checked and free of errors. High quality mindset with the goal of excellence with positive and can-do perspective.

Working Hours
8:00-4:30 M-F
Minimum Pay Rate (Hourly or Monthly)
$20.51/hour
Hiring Rate Information

Actual hiring rate is commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity; position includes a robust benefits package to eligible applicants.

Posting Date
04/15/2021
Closing Date
05/16/2021
Priority Review Date

Special Instructions to Applicants
  • Fully complete the Education and Work History sections of the application. Be specific on your entire work history, including employment dates and duties for all positions held. Applicable part-time work experience will be considered toward qualifying for this position, however, it will be converted to a full-time equivalency to determine combined length of experience.
  • If you have education and/or training in excess of what is required, we encourage you to upload your unofficial transcripts.
  • After the posting has closed, your submission will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the classification, including any specialty factors associated with this particular position.
  • Please monitor your e-mail for further information regarding your application. Emails will be generated from jobs@niu.edu and CivilServiceTesting@niu.edu . Please add these emails to your address book to ensure timely delivery of any future communication.
  • We STRONGLY recommend that contact information used in your online profile be personal use, not professional/work information: personal email address, home address, and phone numbers. The information you provide is used to make contact on search updates, department referrals and interviews, etc. We must be able to relay sensitive and important information in a way that protects your privacy concerning job search activity, now and in the future.
  • The Civil Service examination for this classification is a Credentials Assessment, and is based on your application materials as submitted for this posting. If you meet the minimum required qualifications for this position, you will receive a score based on your education and experience, and your name will be placed on the active employment register. After the application deadline, the names within the top three scores will be referred to the hiring department for interview.
  • If eligible for Veteran’s Preference Points, DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256 paperwork reflecting an Honorable Discharge MUST be uploaded to this application in order to receive the maximum eligible points on the Civil Service examination.
  • Click on Graphic Designer for more information including salary ranges, typical duties, minimum acceptable qualifications, and testing requirements.
  • Please click Human Resource Services – Benefits for detailed information about Northern Illinois University’s benefits package.
  • Employment is contingent upon your passing a criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Link to Department Homepage
https://www.myniu.com/
Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. There is a high level of desk related duties, including heavy keyboarding and phone use.

The employee is required to stand; walk; use fingers and hands to feel, grasp, operate or handle objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. Must be able to lift and carry 20 lbs. regularly. Ability to work outside of normal working hours to complete tasks.

EEO Statement

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230
TitleIXCoordinator@niu.edu
815-753-5560

Is Background Check Required
Yes
Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form . For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Education ( AAEOE ) at ada@niu.edu .

Clery Act Information

NIU provides information regarding campus security, personal and fire safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, emergency response procedures and crime reporting policies, in addition to crime and fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years. The Annual Security Report containing security and safety information is available at www.safety.niu.edu/clery or by contacting the University Police Department and Public Safety Department at 815-753-9628 to receive a hard copy. The Annual Fire Safety Report is available at www.niu.edu/clery/fire_report.pdf or by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Department at 815-753-0404 to receive a hard copy.

Quick Link
https://employment.niu.edu/postings/56300
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * What is the highest level of education attained?
    • GED
    • High School Diploma
    • Associates Degree
    • Bachelors Degree
    • Masters Degree
    • PHD
  2. * Have you attached all transcripts to support the degrees you are submitting for consideration?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * How many years of work experience and/or on-the-job training that provided knowledge of progressively more advanced, generally accepted principles, theories, practices, and methods used in graphic designs and their applications to visual communications problems that are/is comparable to the training provided in the programs such as graphic/visual arts communication and/or design do you possess?
    • 0-1 year
    • 1-2 years
    • 2-3 year
    • 3-4 years
    • 4-5 years
    • 5+ years
  4. * Please provide the name of the employer and the dates of employment where you gained this experience. Please note that this information must be verified on an NIU application and/or resume.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please describe your professional work experience in graphic design with a focus on digital communications.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please provide the name of the employer and the dates of employment where you gained this experience. Please note that this information must be verified on an NIU application and/or resume.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Please rate your specific work experience resolving or advising complex design problems and/or design projects that had multiple media applications such as design to be used on the internet, in print, and in video, or other complex production issues; assisting in resolving problems or disputes with outside vendors such as printer, with a high level of technical knowledge and expertise was required; working with outside vendors such as photographers, freelance designers, etc.; creating highly technical graphic designs; producing/coordinating multimedia projects.
    • Work experience not directly related to the job function described.
    • Work experience at a minimum level of competency relevant to the job function described, requiring some assistance and guidance.
    • Work experience at a high level of competency relevant to the job function described, performed independently.
  8. * Please provide the name of the employer and the dates of employment where you gained this experience. Please note that this information must be verified on an NIU application and/or resume.

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. * Please rate your level of specific work experience assisting in the preparation of job specifications and budget; providing cost/time estimates and procedural information for all jobs which required outside services and/or materials.
    • Work experience not directly related to the job function described.
    • Work experience at a minimum level of competency relevant to the job function described, requiring some assistance and guidance.
    • Work experience at a high level of competency relevant to the job function described, performed independently.
  10. * Please provide the name of the employer and the dates of employment where you gained this experience. Please note that this information must be verified on an NIU application and/or resume.

    (Open Ended Question)

  11. * Please rate your level of specific work experience training, mentoring and /or supervising student workers; assisting in the interviewing and hiring process for all lower level graphic designers; assisting supervisor in preparing performance reviews for all lower level employees.
    • Work experience not directly related to the job function described.
    • Work experience at a minimum level of competency relevant to the job function described, requiring some assistance and guidance.
    • Work experience at a high level of competency relevant to the job function described, performed independently.
  12. * Please provide the name of the employer and the dates of employment where you gained this experience. Please note that this information must be verified on an NIU application and/or resume.

    (Open Ended Question)

  13. * Please rate your level of specific work experience assisting lower level designers with design and technical solutions or with finding outside resources; assisting educating clients on all aspects of publication such as design, print, and marketing.
    • Work experience not directly related to the job function described.
    • Work experience at a minimum level of competency relevant to the job function described, requiring some assistance and guidance.
    • Work experience at a high level of competency relevant to the job function described, performed independently.
  14. * Please provide the name of the employer and the dates of employment where you gained this experience. Please note that this information must be verified on an NIU application and/or resume.

    (Open Ended Question)

  15. * Please rate your level of specific work experience assigning or modifying design workload among lower level designers based on their respective job assignments, expertise, and the complexity of the design jobs involved; advising supervisor of equipment and software needs.
    • Work experience not directly related to the job function described.
    • Work experience at a minimum level of competency relevant to the job function described, requiring some assistance and guidance.
    • Work experience at a high level of competency relevant to the job function described, performed independently.
  16. * Please provide the name of the employer and the dates of employment where you gained this experience. Please note that this information must be verified on an NIU application and/or resume.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  2. Transcripts #2 (unofficial with official required at hire)
  3. Transcripts #3 (unofficial with official required at hire)
  4. Other


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