Pay Grade: 27



This is professional creative work in the design and production of a wide variety of graphic arts materials.
Work involves conceptualizing, preparing, and producing the design and layout for a large volume of diverse publications, posters, displays, charts, graphs, maps, audio-visual presentations, computer graphics or related graphic arts projects. An incumbent in this class consults with the client to elaborate the idea to be presented, conceptualizes and performs initial design, layout, and artwork, and executes the final product. Work also includes selecting and ordering equipment and supplies.

Standard Classification Factors

Supervision Received - LEVEL D: "Under general direction..." Employees at this level are usually in charge of a large and important organizational unit. They plan and carry out assignments with little supervision. They report regularly to a superior, usually by means of occasional conferences, to discuss work progress or new problems which require advice from above. This designation will pertain to classes with a high order of independence.

Difficulty - LEVEL C: Considerable - duties which require a high degree of concentration because of the many factors which must be considered and weighed before a decision can be reached. Usually positions that require planning, developing, and coordinating programs and directing fairly large groups of people fall into this category.

Complexity - LEVEL D: Work is of a diversified nature that usually involves multiple, unrelated steps. Analytical thought is necessary for dealing with complex data and situations. Work often involves a variety of unrelated processes and may require planning or carrying out a sequence of actions or both. Several alternatives usually exist at this level for approaching problems or situations. Workers at this level exercise a considerable amount of independent judgment. Work is controlled by occasional review and by reporting to or consultation with supervisors or superiors. When guidelines exist at this level, they are usually broadly defined or technical requiring careful analysis and interpretation. Workers at this level experience a moderate amount of independent judgment. Work is controlled by routine review and reporting to or consultation with supervisors. When guidelines exist at this level, they tend to be more complicated or technical in nature requiring careful interpretation.

Consequences of Actions and Decisions - LEVEL D: Consequences of actions or decisions at this level are significant as the work may be rarely if ever reviewed, making errors difficult to detect. Errors may cause major program failure or a high degree of confusion. Injuries to others due to errors are serious or incapacitating or both and costs due to errors are substantial.

Contacts - LEVEL C: The purpose of the contact is to influence, motivate, conduct interviews, make formal presentations or counsel to achieve common understanding or solutions to problems when the information is sensitive in nature or the individuals or groups are skeptical or uncooperative. Communication techniques and well developed communication skills become an important requirement at this level.

Physical Demands - LEVEL C: The work requires moderate physical exertion.

Environmental Conditions - LEVEL B: The work environment involves moderate hazards, risks or discomforts. Exposure to minor deviations from pleasant environmental conditions is normal. Minor to serious injuries are possible.

Supervision/Leadership - LEVEL B: Involves functional leadership responsibility. As a "senior worker", performing essentially the same or similar work as those overseen, responsibility includes training, instructing, scheduling and reviewing. As a "project leader" may be responsible for a phase(s) of a single project which includes planning, coordinating and reviewing the work of others. This level may also involve limited administrative responsibility such as participating in the evaluation of work performance.

Distinguishing Features

Differs from the Administrative Specialist classes in which incumbents uses desktop publishing software to creative work and the incumbent does not have responsibility for conceptualization of projects.


Consults with clients, receives projects in generalized form, and conceptualizes and creates final design. Determines work priorities and schedules to meet deadlines for all project assignments.

Builds displays and models using diverse materials such as wood, fabric, metal, plastics, photographs, and illustrations. Produces portfolios for competitive presentations.

Manages graphic art supplies and develops expense budget. Oversees the purchasing procedures of graphic art supplies and materials.

Produces slides and photographic prints from original artwork, maps, books, and journals.

Prepares and provides technical guidance in preparing artistic drawings, maps, and charts. Creates and prepares single or multiple-color designs and illustrations for printing or visual projection. Produces camera-ready art using various techniques, including computer-generated graphics, and materials that will graphically present the idea in an economical aesthetic way.

Plans and reviews project requests with designers and oversees their work to clarity and coordinate the desired results; reviews completed work; and meets deadlines to ensure appropriate quality control is attained.

Researches creative trends and technological advances for new ideas and materials in graphic design and commercial art and applies this knowledge.



*Knowledge of the principles and techniques of commercial art and graphic design, and of specialized fields of art such as composition, perspective, tone, illustrating, and colors.

*Knowledge of the characteristics and uses of various paper stocks, ink types, letter styles, colors, wood trim, fabrics, lighting effects, and of methods of combining these materials aesthetically.

*Knowledge of the techniques of lettering, layout, and paste-up, and of various methods of reproducing artwork, including relative effectiveness and costs.

*Knowledge of recent developments and trends in the fields of commercial art and graphic presentation.

Knowledge of the principles and techniques of supervision.


*Ability to use creative graphic arts to portray the principles and ideas of various subjects.

*Ability to understand and solve specific problems of perspective, tone, composition, color, and techniques in assigned projects.

*Ability to select and use various inks, water colors, oils, color schemes, lettering, paper stocks, photographs, and other materials for the most effective publication, display, or other graphic presentation of an idea.

*Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, printing personnel, and other graphic design employees, including the ability to provide effective technical supervision to subordinates.

*Ability to use drawing instruments, computers and related graphic software as well as other artist tools.

*Ability to supervise.

*Ability to give effective graphic expression to an idea through various art techniques and various media.

*Ability to select and affective use of equipment and supplies, and to promote economical production of finished materials.

*Necessary at Entry


Four years of experience in graphic art, design or commercial art. Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency.

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