Los Angeles Community College District

Graphic Designer (#4613)

$32.65-$40.45 hourly / $5,659.68-$7,011.36 monthly / $67,916.16-$84,136.32 annual


Creates, designs, lays out, and produces printed and digital materials and publications utilizing a wide variety of commercial art media and techniques and applies creative and innovative ways to translate written or verbal ideas or concepts into graphic design work.

Typical Duties

Designs and produces graphic design work using a variety of techniques and media for such items as print and digital advertisements, brochures, pamphlets, handbooks, presentations, charts, graphs, posters, banners, maps, teaching guides, certificates, books, social media posts, and special forms.

Applies computer graphics in the production of graphic design work including software and hardware management.

Advises instructional and administrative staff on various aspects of graphic design projects which may include design and layout, art media, materials, costs, and timelines.

Designs, lays out, and prepares digital pre-press files and determines the color and techniques of final products.

Organizes and lays out the content of publications and makes editorial suggestions to improve and clarify the text.

Participates as a member of a web design team responsible for designing and laying out web pages using specialized computer applications, typographic techniques, photography, and illustration.

Designs and creates signage using various media, styles, and sizes; may coordinate with vendors to produce signage

Prepares photographs for print and/or display including mounting, laminating, retouching, sizing, cropping, and scanning; distributes photographs to appropriate sources.

Coordinates budget, printing specifications, and other related areas with printers and outside graphic design material vendors.

Develops and updates templates to ensure graphic design standards are consistent in printed and digital publications and materials.

Maintains files and records of finished projects, graphic design work, logos, photos, clip art, and digital signatures.

Requisitions supplies and equipment and makes recommendations on the purchase of graphic design related software and hardware.

May take photographs on an as-needed basis.

May perform routine freehand and mechanical lettering and calligraphy.

May provide work direction to staff assigned to projects.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Graphic Designer, using a wide variety of commercial art media and techniques, creates and produces graphic design work from rough sketches, notes, or verbal instructions with great latitude for creativity and independent judgment. The use of advanced graphic software applications is an integral aspect of the duties.

A Graphic Arts Assistant assists in the design, lay out, and production of traditional and digital artwork using a variety of art media and techniques.

A Graphic Arts Assistant (Restricted) performs essentially the same duties as a Graphic Arts Assistant but employment in the class is restricted to mentally, physically, or developmentally disabled persons.

A Web Designer designs, develops, maintains, and modifies a college's or the District Office's Web site and portal and supporting Web pages.  The use of creativity and demonstrated graphic design skills are critical elements of this classification.


General supervision is received from an academic or classified manager or administrator. Immediate supervision may be exercised over assigned staff and student employees.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Principles, techniques, materials, and equipment used in graphic design

Graphic design software such as InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator

World Wide Web and Internet environments

Design and layout tools related to web site development such as HTML, CSS, and Dreamweaver

Presentation software such as Microsoft Powerpoint

Principles of composition, typography, aesthetics, color and design theories

Principles of copywriting and editing

Principles of marketing and public relations

Requirements and terminology for digital pre-press

High volume offset and/or digital printing methods, both sheetfed and web

Techniques related to the preparation of graphics for TV, multimedia, and video

Recordkeeping procedures

Capabilities of computer systems and hardware common in graphic design

Skill in:

Using and maintaining various graphic design studio equipment

Using graphic/publishing computer systems such as Macintosh and others

Ability to:

Independently produce graphic design work utilizing a variety of software, materials, and equipment

Apply creativity in the preparation of layouts, drawings, illustrations, and related graphic materials

Create graphic design work from scanned images, photographs, sketches, and ideas

Design and lay out web pages

Prepare graphic design work as digital files for offset printing

Operate photographic equipment and software

Design using typographical, illustrative, coloring, and other related techniques

Perform routine freehand and mechanical lettering and calligraphy on an as needed basis

Organize work load to meet deadlines and budgets

Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with staff, students, vendors, and the public

Give clear and concise instructions orally and in writing

Learn new software applications and equipment in the field of graphic design

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

A. A bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university with a major in graphic design, fine arts, or a related field AND two years of recent, full-time, paid experience in commercial graphic design including the use of graphics software.


B. An associate degree or its equivalent from a recognized college or university with a major in graphic design, fine arts, or a related field AND four years of recent, full-time, paid experience in commercial graphic design including the use of graphics software.


C. Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND six years of recent, full-time, paid experience in commercial graphic design including the use of graphics software.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.


CLASS: 4613; EST: ; REV: 8/14/2019;