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Graphic Designer II
Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, CA

Sonoma State University
Graphic Designer II

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.

Department Name

Green Music Center

Application Deadline

First review of applications will be at 8 am on September 29, 2015. Applications received on or after the first review date may not be considered.


The Graphic Designer is responsible for artistic and graphic design for the Green Music Center Marketing department. The Graphic Designer must work independently to coordinate and execute various graphic materials including print and digital advertisements, as well as on-site wayfinding and digital signage, all direct mail pieces, web/social content, merchandising, and development design needs. The duties involve identifying department needs and the creation of graphics to enhance and create cohesion with the overall look and feel of the Green Music Center’s branding. The Graphic Designer will collaborate with the marketing team to create marketing materials based on the vision from the Director of Marketing; evaluate and create visually appealing collateral while working with departments to meet their needs to reach the intended audience. Assignments and projects are varied and often involve coordinating, prioritizing, and monitoring of graphic projects through completion. The Graphic Designer must manage multiple projects and priorities while providing expertise in the development and evaluation to create effective communication strategies. The Graphic Designer must prepare layouts and produce materials using skills and knowledge related to design, creation and display of both visual print and multimedia materials. The Graphic Designer must make recommendations to enrich all advertising and any visual work related to the latest practices, technologies, and trends. Work involves providing professional graphic design, artistic and creative skills along with using the foundation of the communication theory and marketing and promotion concepts.

Major Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • - Create designs, concepts and sample layouts of a variety of marketing materials including the following, but not limited to: advertising, brochures, posters, fliers, presentations, wayfinding, signage, social media and website design, logo development and brand development.
  • - Work independently to produce highly complex projects concurrently with limited artistic direction, self-identifying approach to projects and priorities.
  • - Use attention to detail to make comprehensive edits to text and graphics with direction from the marketing, communications and development teams.
  • - Research, evaluate and implement new and traditional graphic design processes to create the most effective marketing materials.
  • - Work with departments to determine needs and create and implement marketing materials to reach intended audiences, often with a focus on expanding 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 marketing materials, which can be intensive at specific times of the year.
  • - Collaborate and contribute in brainstorming activities with the Marketing, development and artistic departments.
  • - Take and edit professional quality photos on a regular basis for marketing mediums including print and digital advertisements, as needed.
  • - Create and maintain branding materials and logos.

Other secondary duties as assigned, including supporting the Marketing department and being present at Green Music Center performances as needed.

The majority of duties will take place in a fast paced and deadline driven, office environment on Sonoma State University campus. During Green Music Center events that require photography, work will be performed outside in the elements and could include exposure to cold, hot or windy weather. Work hours are from 8:00am-4:30pm Monday through Friday. Occasional evening, weekend and overtime may be required as specified by the Appropriate Administrator.


Requires 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, or an equivalent combination of technical experience and/or relevant coursework to be proficient in performing work assignments. Must have a comprehensive knowledge in principles and techniques of artistic and graphic design as well as demonstrated design and artistic skills. Must have a strong understanding of communication theory including a basic knowledge of marketing and promotional concepts. 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, multimedia illustration, digital advertisements, display advertisements, logo development and brand development. Requires the ability to design visual materials that effectively use typeface, color, layout and production techniques. Must have a thorough knowledge of how to use tone, shading and harmony in illustrations. Must have strong working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Pro and Photoshop to create visual materials. Requires strong principles of artistic and graphic ability to design, layout, and prepare finished products that effectively communication the intended goal.

Requires the ability to plan and coordinate multiple priorities and deadlines and anticipate the impact of artistic and graphic design decisions on other areas; ability to respond to all inquiries and requests related to the work area; ability to recommend solutions and evaluate effectiveness of solutions. Must possess strong critical thinking skills and excellent write and oral communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff and students to interpret and translate their needs into effective visual formats. Requires general knowledge of systems, techniques and processes used in photography, printmaking, and other applicable media. Must have an understanding of the printing process, including working with and creating artwork for digital printers and presses. Must be able to work quickly and efficiently in fast paced environments with short deadlines. Basic knowledge needed of copyright laws related to artistic and graphic design. Must be able to adapt to change in the work environment, accept criticism and feedback, effectively handle multiple tasks and competing demands, and work cooperatively in group situations. Must excel at working independently and successfully complete multiple and highly complex project concurrently, diplomatically with accuracy and detail.

Qualification Note

Evidence of degree(s) or certificate(s) and/or license(s) required at time of hire.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $3,717 to $5,858 a month. Starting salary placement depends on qualifications, experience and salary budget, and will not exceed $4,100 a month. A comprehensive benefits summary for this position is available online by clicking the View Benefits Summary link below or by request from SSU Human Resources.

Background Check

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Conditions of Employment

This is a full 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.

Application Process

A cover letter and resume are required for this position, work sample is optional. Please attach your cover letter as the first page of your resume and, if providing work sample(s), please attach following your resume (one master application file). Please submit these documents in addition to your employment application. Click the "" to apply to this position. Materials submitted with your application will not be returned. Human Resources must receive applications for staff positions by midnight on the filing deadline date, unless otherwise specified. The ADA Coordinator is available to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation in the hiring process.

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 Requirement

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.

Campus Safety Reports

Jeanne Clery Act - Annual Security Report:

Sonoma State University's Annual Security Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Sonoma State University and on the public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, alcohol/drug use, crime prevention, reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other matters. You can download a copy of this report at or receive a copy by contacting Police and Parking Services at 707.664.4444.

Campus Housing Fire Safety Report:

Sonoma State University's Annual Campus Housing Fire Safety Report, in compliance with The Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act, contains information about fire statistics, fire safety systems, and safety practices and standards for campus housing. The Campus Housing Fire Safety Report is available at or you can contact Housing Services at 707.664.2541 to receive printed information or additional information.

Smoke-Free Campus

Sonoma State University is proud to be a smoke-free campus within the California State University System. Effective July 1, 2015, Smoking and other uses of tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco, the use of e-cigarettes and similar devices, are prohibited on Sonoma State owned, controlled or leased property, as well as in vehicles owned, leased, or rented by the University, parking lots and residential space.

Other Information

Sonoma State University
Human Resources
Main 707.664.2166
Fax 707.664.3196
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928


Deadline: 10-15-2015

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