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Supervisor Environmental Graphic Designer Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Supervises the preparation of a variety of two and three-dimensional graphics, maps, and signs that direct, warn and inform the public using computer-assisted technology and materials common to the environmental graphic design industry.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

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

Examples of Duties:

  • Monitors activities of subordinates to ensure polices and procedures are being followed and makes recommendations in policy and employee performance matters.
  • Plans, schedules, assigns and monitors the work of assigned staff in computer sign making, way finding, human factor and environmental psychology.
  • Develops work plans in accordance with established unit and department objectives and funding limitations.
  • Prepares budget proposals, recommendations and approvals where appropriate.
  • Establishes and coordinates production schedules to ensure achievement of finished product within requested time constraints.
  • Researches and recommends equipment and resources for unit.
  • Represents department and serves on various department and university committees.
  • Acts as liaison with community, students, faculty and staff in facilitating campus signage.
  • Supervises, trains, and evaluates assigned staff.
  • Confers with clients, architects, university administrators and others regarding project specifications, policies and graphic standards regarding graphic/signage content and layout requirements; creates mock ups and develops concepts depending on needs and budgetary considerations.
  • Creates and designs campus signage.
  • Coordinates production of signage and graphics to include production of materials with staff and outside vendors; monitors jobs in progress, resolves technical problems, proofs materials and ensures deadlines are met.
  • Operates various signage/graphic design equipment such as computer assisted design and sign making equipment to prepare effective communication of message and ensure accuracy and effectiveness of final design for achievement of objective.
  • Creates and designs graphic and signage layout of all forms of printed matter using environmental graphic methods and standards.
  • Supervises and monitors department inventory by ordering and requesting graphic supplies and equipment according to departmental procedures.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of computer sign making, way finding, human factors and environmental psychology.
  • Knowledge of and skill in design, layout and illustration.
  • Knowledge of computer operations.
  • Knowledge of supervisor practices and principles.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices and methods of environmental graphic design.
  • Knowledge of printing and digital output.
  • Knowledge of budgeting and accounting principles.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and methods of project management.
  • Skill in supervising, delegating and coordinating the work of others.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Skill in written and oral communication.
  • Skill in editing and proofreading.
  • Skill in computer-assisted design and sign-making equipment.
  • 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.

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 five (5) years experience in Architectural Signage, Environmental Graphic Design, Graphic Design or Industrial Design which includes one (1) year supervisory experience; OR, Nine (9) years experience in Architectural Signage, Environmental Graphic Design, Graphic Design or Industrial Design which includes one (1) year supervisory experience; 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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