Los Angeles Community College District

Graphic Design Assistant (#4625)

$25.09-$31.08 hourly / $4,348.14-$5,386.58 monthly / $52,177.68-$64,638.96 annual


Assists in the design, layout, and production of printed and digital materials and publications utilizing a variety of commercial art media and techniques.

Typical Duties

Assists in the design and production of 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, newsletters, books, slides, films, and special forms.

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

Assists in the design, layout, and preparation of digital press files and provides input on the color and technique selection for the final products.

Assists in the layout of the content of publications and provides input on how to improve and clarify the text.

Assists in the design and layout of web pages by using specialized computer applications, typographic techniques, photography and illustration.

Prepares photographs for print and/or display including scanning, retouching, sizing, cropping, laminating, and mounting.

Assists in developing and updating templates to ensure graphic design standards are consistent in printed and digital publications and materials.

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

Assists in the requisition of art supplies and equipment and may make recommendations on the purchase of graphic design related software and hardware.

Creates routine signage using various media, styles, and sizes.

Answers routine inquiries from administrators, staff, and vendors on various aspects of graphic design projects which may include design and layout, art media, materials, costs, and timelines.

May perform routine freehand and mechanical lettering and calligraphy.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Graphic Design Assistant assists in the design, layout, and production of printed and digital materials and publications using a variety of commercial art media and techniques.

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.


Immediate supervision is received from a Graphic Designer. No supervision is exercised.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Techniques, materials, and equipment used in graphic design

Computer assisted design using graphic programs 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

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

Basic requirements and terminology for digital pre-press production

Basic techniques of high volume offset and/or digital printing methods, both sheet fed and web

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

Recordkeeping procedures

Presentation software such as Microsoft PowerPoint

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:

Produce printed and digital graphic design work utilizing a variety of software, materials, and equipment

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

Determine coloring techniques

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

Prepare routine graphic design work as digital files for offset printing

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

Meet deadlines

Work effectively and cooperatively with administrators, staff, students, and vendors

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

Learn basic principles of marketing and public relations

Learn principles of copywriting and editing

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

A. An associate degree or its equivalent from a recognized college or university with a specialization in graphic design or a related field.


B. Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND two 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: 4625; EST: ; REV: 6/13/2018;