CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 328
Revised: & Retitled:  11/90
FLSA: Non-Exempt
EEO:  3

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under general supervision, to design, illustrate and lay out visual communications media; and to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Graphics Section within the Planning and Economic Development Division is responsible for the production of futuristic renderings, architectural and site plan studies, aerial oblique perspectives, display maps and exhibits, reports, brochures, posters, signage and other visual or written communication materials as requested.

The Graphic Designer position is primarily responsible for the design, illustration and layout of reports, brochures, pamphlets and exhibits.  The Graphic Designer is distinguished from the Graphic Planner by the latter's responsibility to design, develop and produce futuristic renderings of master site plan studies and aerial oblique perspectives.  The Graphic Designer is distinguished from the Graphic Technician by the latter's responsibility to prepare, maintain, and amend a variety of Planning Department base maps.

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Consults with client(s) to assess and define the nature, cost and projected time line for the visual material to be produced.
  2. Explores and develops ideas and direction for the design style of the visual material; determines the size and arrangement of images (size, color, format, type style and paper type) to communicate the desired message.
  3. Illustrates proposed layout (comp), showing title, text and sketches of desired illustrations and/or photographs for presentation to and approval by the client; refines accepted design and creates final layout.
  4. Produces camera ready art using a variety of tools (and techniques) including pencil, pen and ink, airbrush, mechanical separations and/or desktop publishing software.
  5. Coordinates printing of visual material; oversees production and review of completed work prior to acceptance and payment; maintains supplies of graphic materials.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Working knowledge of:  Esthetic design concepts; principles and practices of photography, typography, graphic design and production marketing and visual communication media; desktop publishing software and its applications; printing practices and techniques; color separation processes and techniques; paper grades, inks and their application; copyright laws.

Skill to:  Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; define, develop and produce graphic solutions for clients; accurately illustrate presentations (comps), hand letter in a variety of styles; utilize desktop publishing software in the production of camera ready art; establish and maintain effective working relationships with County staff and vendors; prioritize multiple projects to meet multiple deadlines.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Driving may be necessary for County business.  For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license.  Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation.  For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS

Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.