Graphic Designer

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Cheney, WASHINGTON
Deadline: 05 Oct 2022

Posting Details
Posting Details


Working Title Graphic Designer
Posting Number 2022074CP

Position Information


Classification Title Graphic Designer
Classification Code 198F
RCW Exemption Criteria No Exemption
EWU Position Number C99742
CUPA Code
FLSA Non-Exempt
Bargaining Unit BU 1
% Full Time 100
Salary / Wage Range CS - 42
Salary Information
$41,616 – $54,180
Anticipated Start Date The position is available now
Term of Appointment 12 months per year
Location Cheney
County Spokane
Project Description
Project Duration
Background Check Yes - Both
Responsible HR User Vara Lyn Conrath
Responsible HR User Email address vconrath@ewu.edu

Posting Text


Job Summary
  • Eastern Washington University’s Marketing and Communications department seeks a Graphic Designer to produce materials for a variety of projects including printed publications, advertisements (digital and print); vendor templates, slideshows, and illustrative materials, using graphic design tools and applications. Under general supervision, the graphic designer prepares original artwork that meets current branding standards for a variety of communication purposes to fulfill the needs of University Advancement and internal clients across the university.
  • This position works both independently and in a team environment to provide recommendations and advice to university partners on practical applications of graphic design, including appropriate size, media, paper stock, typestyle, colors, photography, etc. Utilizing established best practices and branding guidelines, the graphic designer helps to determine the most appropriate methods and techniques of designing and producing materials and publications targeted toward various audiences, including prospective and current students, alumni, donors, faculty and staff, and the general public.

  • On top of salary, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, life and disability insurance and retirement. In addition, EWU offers generous vacation and sick leave accruals, 11 paid holidays per year and fringe benefits, such as tuition waiver for employees, discounted EWU sports tickets and free transportation through STA buses.

About Eastern Washington University
Eastern Washington University, a regional, comprehensive public university with an enrollment of over 10,000 students, is one of six state-funded four-year institutions of higher education in Washington, each governed by its own board of trustees. EWU’s 300-acre main campus is located in Cheney, a community of 12,000 residents 16 miles southwest of Washington’s second largest city, Spokane. Eastern also offers programs in downtown Spokane at the innovative, energy-efficient Catalyst building and at Riverpoint, a campus shared with Washington State University. In addition, EWU programs can be found at select locations throughout the state, aligned with the needs of the community. Eastern contributes to the vitality of the region and the state through its wide array of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in over 100 fields of study, as well as applied doctorates in physical therapy and educational leadership, offering accessible pathways to career success and personal development to students of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
Tribal Land Acknowledgement
Eastern Washington University resides within the traditional homelands of the Spokane People and other tribes who are connected through their shared history of this region. This land holds their cultural DNA and it is their Ancestors who are here and bring forth the knowledge of this place—the knowledge that comes from the land.
Diversity Statement
EWU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, age, marital status, families with children, protected veteran or military status, HIV or hepatitis C, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, as provided for and to the extent required by state and federal laws.
Conditions of Employment
  • This position, during the course of university employment will be involved in the receipt of, or accountability for, university funds or other items of value; as well as the unsupervised access with the developmentally disabled, vulnerable adults or children under the age of 16. The offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion and passing of a background check prior to beginning employment.

  • All new employees must comply with EWU immunization Policy 602-02 and provide proof of immunity or vaccination to MMR and proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before beginning work at EWU. Waivers for the immunization requirements are available for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs.
    • COVID-19 Vaccination and Exemption Information link: https://inside.ewu.edu/hr/

  • This position is covered by the Washington Federation of State Employees’ Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Physical Demands
  • If you would like to obtain a copy of the Essential Functions Analysis form, which describes the physical and mental demands of the position, please contact Vara Lyn Conrath at vconrath@ewu.edu .

Pre-Placement Physical No
Hearing Test No
Medical Monitoring Post Hire No
Protective Equipment
University, local, regional and state mandates for public and personal protection should be followed as needed.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, visual communication design, etc.
  • Three (3) or more years of experience as a professional graphic designer
  • Demonstrated expertise with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.)
  • A portfolio of at least five (5) professional pieces that demonstrate the candidate’s design skill, ranging from print to digital materials
  • Demonstrated ability to apply a culturally responsive and flexible approach that is supportive to the diverse needs, including universal accessibility, or our students, staff, faculty and the public.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Five (5) or more years of experience as a professional graphic designer
  • Experience managing lower-level staff or student workers
  • Experience working in higher education or the public sector, specifically within a marketing/communications office
  • Demonstrated digital illustration ability
  • Applied knowledge of HTML/CSS design

Other Skills and Abilities
Work Schedule Type Regular
Work Schedule
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Posting Date 09/21/2022
Open Until Further Notice No
Closing Date 10/05/2022
Screening to Begin 10/06/2022
Special Instructions to Applicants
It is strongly recommended that you print a copy of these instructions and the position posting before you begin to complete the online application, as the instructions will not be viewable once you begin the application process.
  • Attach a detailed cover letter in which you explain how you meet each of the required qualifications [and preferred qualifications, if applicable]. It is preferred that you provide that information in a bulleted list or within a table within your cover letter.
  • Attach a chronological resume including work history and major duties, education, and any specialized training or skills related to the position. Please list at least 3 professional references including: names, titles, organization name, phone numbers, email addresses, and connection to you (these can be identical to the references listed on the application).
  • Complete the online application form and respond to the online questions, if applicable.
  • Please attach at least 3 samples of professional design work with descriptions of what your role was in creating each design. If you have that available through a web portfolio that meets or exceeds this requirement, it is perfectly acceptable to provide through a link to your website vs. uploading files.
  • Diversity Response – As an equal opportunity employer with a multicultural staff and student population, we are interested in how your qualifications prepare you to work with diverse faculty, staff, and student populations representing various cultures and backgrounds that may be different from your own. You will be asked to attach a diversity response as part of the online application process: Please describe how you will apply an approach that is supportive to the diverse needs, including universal access, of our students, faculty, staff, and the public.
  • Application Types Accepted Application

    Job Duties


    % of Time 70
    Responsibility / Duty
    Design Production
    Conceptualizes, designs and produces projects such as printed and digital publications, reports, pamphlets, banners, web and social media graphics, brochures, posters, signs, booklets, bulletins, educational information, logos, advertisements, maps, illustrations, displays, slideshows, etc.
    ● Works directly with clients to understand their goals and objectives, while ensuring adherence to department and university-wide design standards
    ● Manipulates digital images, photographs, and illustrations using a variety of computer software techniques
    ● Selects colors, images and typeface within brand standards, illustrates using a variety of methods including freehand and digital pads, and determines the placement of images, illustrations and text within a layout
    ● Explains to staff the effective use of graphic design, and offers ideas, suggestions and information on techniques and content as it pertains to getting materials produced
    ● Stays consistent with current design standards, suggests appropriate updates to team and leadership, and keeps up-to-date with applicable regulations, laws and trends
    ● Designs materials that take into account intended use, audience, cost estimates and distribution, and the project’s and department’s goals and objectives
    ● Works with design team to guide clients in formulating requirements and defining processes; advises on alternatives and implications of new or revised services
    ● Works directly with supervisor and design team to ensure accuracy and quality of materials being produced, and follows established proofing procedures with leadership, editors and printers
    ● Maintains a working knowledge of: color theory, design principles and composition, methods and techniques of graphic design
    ● Stays proficient with the effective application of graphic design tools and software such as Adobe Creative Suite and Figma, and is familiar with general marketing principles
    ● Performs additional tasks as required by leadership or other designated individuals for efficient operation of the department and the organization
    Essential Function Indicator Yes
    % of Time 20
    Responsibility / Duty
    Template Design and Maintenance
    Works with various partners and vendors to create and maintain branded templates for various print and web applications, such as stationery, marketing emails, and digital printing portals.
    ● Creates and maintains branded templates for external, self-service printing portals that are used by campus partners to quickly produce various collateral and communications materials
    ● Creates and maintains branded email design templates using existing drag and drop software applications (like MailChimp) used by departments within University Advancement
    ● Helps educate clients and vendors on appropriate logo, color, image, and type usage
    ● Troubleshoots and helps resolve template usage issues
    Essential Function Indicator Yes
    % of Time 10
    Responsibility / Duty
    Professional Growth and Research
    ● Researches, evaluates and demonstrates new design and creative trends and technologies as they become available for the purpose of determining how these fit into the EWU environment
    ● Keeps current with the field of graphic design and branding, looking for opportunities to further develop professional skills
    Essential Function Indicator Yes

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