Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Visual Media Designer 1

Hybrid- Schedule

Recruitment #220622-4196ES-001

Introduction


The State of Connecticut, the Department of Children and Families' (DCF), mission is partnering with communities and empowering families to raise resilient children who thrive. We are proud of our diverse and dedicated workforce who strive every day to meet the needs of those we encounter.

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is seeking to fill one (1) Visual Media Designer 1 position located in Central Office (505 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT). This opportunity is full-time, first shift, 35 hours per week, Monday-Friday.

Reporting to the Director of Communications, the individual in this role will be responsible to assist in optimizing DCF’s website and designing a range of print and digital materials. In this position, you will be tasked with website management and optimization including posting material on the website, evaluating and making improvements to website navigation, accessibility, and usability, utilizing analytics to make improvements to webpages, and integrating multimedia content and social media feeds into the website. These projects will require on the job training in, and mastery of, the state’s content management system. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of web design and content management systems. The candidate will also be responsible for visual design projects including graphic design for social media campaigns, reports and fact sheets, slide presentations, and signage. The ideal candidate will have a versatile background in graphic design.

Our ideal candidate will: 
  • Be organized, resourceful, and have strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Have the ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet deadlines.
  • Be able to professionally interact in person, via telephone, in writing, and using electronic communication.
Salary Note:
New State Employees Start at the Minimum. The salary range shall increase effective July 1, 2022.

Benefits:
We offer competitive benefits including health and dental insurance, a retirement plan, group life insurance, and other supplemental benefits. Paid time off is also offered, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year, in addition to vacation, sick and personal leave accruals. We encourage a healthy work/life balance to all employees.

Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69,the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date, unless otherwise specified. 
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
  • At any time during the recruitment process you may be asked to submit additional information. 
  • Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account.
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
Connect With Us:
  • If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Anamaria Giangarra at Anamaria.giangarra@ct.gov and reference the recruitment number.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In a state agency this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the design and preparation of hardcopy and electronic print formats for use on websites and printed materials.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Using various media designs and prepares illustrations, typography, graphs, charts, maps, cartoons and layouts for websites, reports, publications and booklets; designs, lays out, letters and prepares art work on charts and diagrams for websites, publications and exhibitions; creates designs for covers; confers with supervisors as to media and method of design for various projects; designs, prepares and illustrates exhibit and display material for department usage and public display; edits digital video and images; creates online fillable forms and related ancillaries; may make freehand sketches of designs and drawings; may design and illustrate visual aids pertaining to training or other programs of the agency; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of graphic materials; knowledge of and ability to utilize computer software including publishing and graphic design software; some knowledge of most effective methods of graphic demonstration of materials; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; skill in free hand sketching, water color, oil, lettering and montage work; ability to utilize auxiliary equipment such as large scale printers; ability in preparing original art work.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Four (4) years of experience in commercial or illustration art or engineering drafting.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

College training in graphic arts may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
  • Experience with PowerPoint.
  • Experience in designing, managing, and optimizing a website.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in social media management, advertising, and content creation, specifically for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
  • An understanding of social media management and content creation.
  • Familiarity with Content Management Systems.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.