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Graphic Designer, Cambridge Public Library (Cambridge)

Department:
Libraries
Job Title:
Graphic Designer
Job Code:
L420-701
Civil Service Position:
Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation:
CPLSA
Hours Per Week:
37.5 hours. Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with evening and weekend hours required as necessary to meet service needs.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Graphic Designer creates both external and internal visual and text communications through graphic design in print, the web, and social media under the general supervision of the Manager of Communications, Programs & Events.

Designs the majority of print communication materials for all Main and branch library activities, services, and programs as needed including monthly brochures and event posters.
Designs electronic communications for website, social media, email distribution, and online advertising
Works within stylistic guidelines established by the Library to ensure consistent branding; edits staff generated content accordingly.
Handles printing and production of all in-house projects for the system in an efficient and timely manner
Assists with writing and copyediting Library communications.
Takes photographs and videos as needed.
Responsible for current and attractive display of promotional materials throughout the library and online
Manages library website for visual appeal, currency, and consistency.
Works congenially and cooperatively with library staff and representatives of the larger community such as the Friends of the Library, the CPL Foundation, other city departments, event/program guests, agents, and co-sponsors.
Develops and teaches graphics processes, procedures, and techniques as needed.
Keeps abreast of new developments in graphics production and communication practices and technology and makes recommendations for improvements in both.
Maintains stocks of all needed materials, including ordering any materials needed.
Keeps digital assets organized for use by staff and shares materials with archivist as appropriate.
Operates and maintains all relevant equipment; notifies the appropriate people when repairs and/or general maintenance checks are needed.
Makes recommendations for new software and hardware purchases.
Makes suggestions for improvements and greater efficiencies to library communications.
Does all work through a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion; creates content that is approachable and inclusive?
Any other duties required for the good of the service area and the library.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Qualifications

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university required, with a specialization in graphic design preferred.
Two years relevant public relations and/or marketing work experience and/or education required. In exceptional instances, specialized education, training and/or experience may be substituted for the educational requirement.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

Commitment to doing all work through a lens of diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.
Excellent graphic design skills. Technical expertise in the design, preparation, and production of visual materials (print and electronic).
Knowledge of branding principles and practices.
Expertise with Apple products, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and other software and hardware as needed.
Photography skills.
Familiarity with email marketing software, HTML, and content management software.
Ability to work well under deadline pressures and to complete work on time.
Copyediting and writing skills.
Good organizational and time management skills; Outstanding capacity to manage many projects simultaneously and to focus despite frequent interruptions.
Understanding of the diverse Cambridge community and ability to create content that is reflective of and appropriate for diverse audiences.
Strong interpersonal skills and positive attitude. Ability to work cooperatively with internal and external stakeholders.
Strong teamwork skills, including flexibility to fill in during scheduling emergencies and vacation periods.
Ability to take direction and criticism, even when artistic merits are in question.
Demonstrated ability using modern technology to advance the library's overall mission and goals.
Accuracy, exactitude, patience, tact, maturity, a good sense of humor.
Capability to perform basic equipment repairs and maintenance.
Adaptability and dependability to work well either individually or in a team situation.
Flexibility in emergency situations.
Knowledge and understanding of the Library's mission, values, and strategic priorities.
Strong customer service skills and commitment to public service.
 



PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment including office equipment such as computers, paper cutters, copiers, printers, and other more technical equipment required for graphic design work and printing. Ability to sit and use computer workstation, including keyboard and visual display terminal, for extended periods of time. Strength to push or pull a loaded book cart which can weigh in excess of 100 pounds on level floor and up ramp, to lift or maneuver onto cart loads of up to 50 pounds, to carry cartons of books or computers and computer equipment, to operate large manual paper cutter. Must be able to pay close attention to details and concentrate on work. Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar or divergent from obvious standards) of data or things. Time management ability to set priorities in order to meet assignment deadlines. Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities which permits the employee to communicate effectively. Sufficient vision or other powers of observation which permits the employee to read content submitted for inclusion in communications and to create and evaluate the quality of visual images. Sufficient manual dexterity which permits the employee to type and enter data in the employment of electronic graphic or general office software.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Works in assigned area, including office areas, training rooms, library locations, as needed. Normal office exposure to noise, stress, and interruptions. Attends and participates in continuing educational programs designed to keep abreast of changes in profession.

Full/Part Time

Full Time

Education

NA

Salary Range

$36.57 - $41.77  / hour

Salary Notes

In 5 steps

Closing Date

How to Apply

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and cover letter; external applicants submit both your resume and cover letter via email to: employment@cambridgema.gov or to the Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139. Fax 617-349-4312. 

THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, SEX, RELIGION, AGE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, DISABILITY OR ANY OTHER PROTECTED CATEGORY. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS, MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. AUXILIARY AIDS AND SERVICES, WRITTEN MATERIALS IN ALTERNATIVE FORMATS, AND REASONABLE MODIFICATIONS IN POLICIES AND PROCEDURES WILL BE PROVIDED TO QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES FREE OF CHARGE, UPON REQUEST. The City is committed to advancing a workforce culture of antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Posted

2023-01-25 |  Quick link to this job