Creative Graphic Designer

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Work type: Staff
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Marketing/Communications, Telecommute eligible (work onsite as scheduled and/or as requested and telecommute as scheduled)

Working Title: Creative Graphic Designer

Classification Title: Graphic Designer II

Posting Details 

Priority Application Date (Posting will remain open until filled): Sunday, November 27th @ 11:55pm PST

Hiring Preference

Eligible on-campus applicants in California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) Bargaining Units 2,5,7, and 9 will be given first consideration in the recruitment.

Position Summary

Under the general supervision of the Director of Student Affairs Marketing and Communications, the Creative Design Artist (Graphic Designer II) is responsible for preparing layouts and materials and a level of creativity and ingenuity to develop graphic designs based on the goals and concepts of projects. This position will work with a variety of departments within the Division of Student Affairs to help meet the goals of the division by creating and sharing a cohesive brand across the departments. This position ensures ADA compliance in any graphic-related project within the division.

FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible for overtime compensation)

CSU Classification Salary Range: $ 3,977.00 - $ 7,197.00 Monthly

Hiring Range: Anticipated hiring range is near or at the minimum of the classification, commensurate with candidate's education, experience, skills, and training.

Salary Grade/Range: 2

Recruitment TypeRegular (Probationary)

Time BaseFull-Time

Pay Plan12 months 

Work Hours: Monday through Friday 8am-5pm. Hours may vary depending on department need.

Telecommuting Options: Hybrid Work Available

Department Information 

Student Affairs Marketing and Communications supports the Division through strategic communication planning and the development of student-forward marketing campaigns. For more information:

Minimum Qualifications 

Entry to the first level within this classification 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 is normally  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 to entering this classification.

Required Qualifications 

Education and Experience:

  1. Bachelor’s degree, relevant coursework, technical experience in graphic design, fine arts, or a related field to afford knowledge in the principles and techniques and demonstrated design and artistic skills.
  2. Demonstrated ability to prepare layouts and pre-press production of various publications and artwork for divisional projects such as slide presentations, newsletters, signs, flyers, brochures, directors, maps, posters, billboards, logos, exhibits/displays, and illustrations.
  3. Knowledge of graphic design principles and communication theory, including a basic understanding of marketing and promotional concepts, which is demonstrated through the presentation of a portfolio of prior work.
  4. Proficiency in graphic design and layout software such as or similar to Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Captivate, and Acrobat Pro.
  5. General knowledge of systems, techniques, and processes used in website design, photography, printmaking, content management systems (CMS), and applicable media.
  6. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and/or Office 365 (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  7. Knowledge of copyright laws, especially relating to creative properties.
  8. Thorough knowledge of English grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  9. Ability to partner, collaborate and consult with internal and external stakeholders.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:

  1. Thorough knowledge of office systems and ability to use a broader range of technology, systems, and packages.
  2. Ability to independently handle multiple work unit priorities and projects.
  3. Ability to apply independently a wide variety of policies and procedures where specific guidelines may not exist.
  4. Ability to organize, plan, develop, and design marketing and promotional materials (e.g., flyers, brochures, surveys)
  5. Ability to work independently with very limited artistic direction.
  6. Ability to consult and communicate effectively with stakeholders and to interpret and translate their needs into effective visual formats.
  7. Ability to travel.
  8. Ability to pass a background check

Preferred Qualifications 

  1. Experience working in an institution of higher education.
  2. Experience working within a brand book.
  3. Knowledge of style guides and how to apply policies and procedures regarding their use.
  4. Experience with marketing/communications campaigns.
  5. Knowledge of accessible technology standards.
Documents Needed to Apply

Resume and cover letter.

Failure to upload required documentation may result in disqualification.

About Sac State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sac State is dedicated to student successdiversity, equity and inclusioncommunity engagementphilanthropy, and campus safety.  

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.  

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Background Check Disclaimer  

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position. One variation of background check required could be a LiveScan screening, which involves submitting fingerprints at a certified LiveScan Service Center.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Out of State Employment Policy

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

CSU Telecommuting Program

Sacramento State is participating in the CSU Telecommuting Program. The opt-in program is available for positions within the Management Personnel Plan (MPP), Academic Professionals of California (APC) union, or California State University Employees Union (CSUEU). All CSU employees, regardless of telecommuting status, must still comply with the CSU’s Out of State Employment Policy.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States. 

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit 

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit . 

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification: 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at . 
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Eligibility Verification  

Selected candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency (i.e. H-1-B Visa). 

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.

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