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Principal Environmental Graphic Designer Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Works closely and collaboratively with clients to conceptualize, prepare, design and fabricate a variety of environmental communication devices in concert with overall environmental designs/plans; leads and coordinates graphic production activities and monitors computer-assisted technology network operations; recommends technology upgrades as appropriate.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is the fourth in a series of five classifications. This position is distinguished from fifth level in that the Environmental Graphic Designer Supervisor supervises the day-to-day operations by planning, scheduling, assigning and monitoring the work of assigned staff.

Examples of Duties:

  • Plans and designs a variety of two and three-dimensional graphics, maps and signs that identify, direct, warn, inform, interpret and visually enhance the campus environment.
  • Coordinates and leads the work of others; participates in the review and selection of applicants, development of work schedules, establishment of performance outcomes and review of performance; refers major human resource issues to Supervisor as appropriate.
  • Coordinates with clients requesting graphic design or layout work; develops ideas, suggests and or modifies existing ideas to ensure consistency with overall environmental, visual and aesthetic plans for the University.
  • Assists, develops, updates and/or revises content of Environmental Graphics web pages to ensure ongoing availability of timely and accurate information.
  • Proofs for consistency and adherence to established printing and quality standards/specifications.
  • Maintains department inventory by ordering and requesting graphic supplies and equipment according to departmental procedures.
  • Prepares cost estimates for persons requesting graphics; maintains accurate records of work in progress for billing and department records.
  • Operates computer-assisted design sign making equipment to ensure visually appealing and effective communication of message, accuracy and effectiveness of final design.
  • Monitors network technology; applies updates, patches and installs new technology solutions to ensure maintenance of system capability.
  • Coordinates designs; cutting and routing of plastic, wood, and metal signs and environmental graphics.
  • Prepares photo visualizations and mockups of proposed signage for placement, content and/or usage.
  • Works closely and networks with vendors, planners and clients as appropriate.
  • Creates and prepares floor plans to determine the most effective placement of signage.
  • Reviews, revises and updates specifications and graphic standards to ensure ongoing consistency and adherence with established University requirements, specifications and standards.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of computer-generated signage/graphics programs and equipment.
  • Knowledge of sign industry cross-platform design software.
  • Knowledge of procedures, requirements and sign industry standards.
  • Knowledge of signage standards and requirements.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and methods of cost estimating and project management.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and methods associated with way finding.
  • Skill in computer-assisted design and sign making equipment.
  • Skill in written and oral communication, editing and proofreading.
  • Skill in detail-oriented assembly and fabrication techniques.
  • Ability to conceptualize needs, estimate costs and communicate university requirements.
  • Ability to work from blueprints, hand drawings or digital files.
  • Ability to be accurate while meeting time constraints and budget limitations.
  • Ability to design within established university graphic standard guidelines.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelorís degree in Graphic Design, Graphic Arts, Visual Arts or related field such as English, Journalism, Marketing, Psychology, Advertising or Public Relations and four (4) years experience in Architectural Signage, Environmental Graphic Design, Graphic Design or Industrial Design; OR, Eight (8) years experience in Architectural Signage, Environmental Graphic Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. This classification requires a current Class D Arizona driverís license.


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