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Cuesta College
  • Position Number: 3861566
  • Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Graphic Design

Graphic Designer

Cuesta College

Salary: $57,252.00 - $63,120.00 Annually
Job Type: Full Time
Job Number: FY2223-00150
Location: Cuesta College - San Luis Obispo Campus, CA
Department: Presidents Office
Closing: 2/28/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Job Description Summary

The Graphic Designer position will report to the San Luis Obispo campus. The work schedule will be developed collaboratively with the incumbent between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. The opportunity for a hybrid work schedule is possible after the successful completion of the probationary period.


Under direction of an assigned supervisor or manager, plan, conceptualize, organize, and produce professional, creative, and custom graphic design and layout for high profile marketing materials (such as class schedules, catalogs, advertisements, and other marketing and promotional collateral.) Performs other related duties as required.


The Graphic Designer is distinguished from other positions by the requirement to understand and master technical aspects of computer generated design and production; understand printing techniques and processes; and understand and master technical aspects of web page development and design. This position requires a high level understanding and implementation of the principles of marketing, and supports a broad spectrum of administrative and instructional processes and activities. The incumbent must be detail-oriented, deadline-driven and able to juggle multiple assignments while maintaining a high degree of accuracy and creativity; consequence of error in this position is significant. This position requires interaction with multiple managerial, departmental and staff positions, and requires a combination of interpersonal and professional/technical knowledge, skills, and abilities.


Where You Will Work
Serving all of San Luis Obispo County, Cuesta College has provided comprehensive associate degree offerings, certificates, and community programs to the region since 1964. The main campus is located along scenic highway 1, west of San Luis Obispo and east of the beaches of the Pacific Ocean. Cuesta College has a North County Campus in Paso Robles, and South County Center, in Arroyo Grande.

Who We Are
Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to our culture and the work we do. Cuesta College is proud to be a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) committed to racial and socio-economic diversity as it reflects our communities and student populations. We actively seek to attract candidates who share this commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. As part of the Cuesta College team, you can expect to be part of a collaborative community of faculty, classified professionals, administrators, students, and community partners advancing educational excellence with intentional support services leading to student success and completion.

Additional information about the college can be found at
The college planning documents can be found at
Our Student Equity Action Plan can be found at
We offer comprehensive benefit options. Information about benefits can be found at

Essential Functions & Qualifications

  • Conceptualize, develop and produce professional layouts using a variety of computer software programs;
  • Develop bid specifications and oversee all bidding of work to outside contractors and printers;
  • Direct and manage the bidding of all design projects for the college that are out-sourced to contractors;
  • Coordinate, conceptualize and design digital and print advertisements;
  • Conceptualize and design modifications to the campus web page to reach a variety of target audiences;
  • Conceptualize and design modifications to the web templates for use by other departments;
  • Coordinate all pre-production and production of printed materials;
  • Conceptualizes and designs materials for posting to the Internet and social media; produces signage and other display materials where necessary;
  • Develop bid specifications and oversee the bidding of all printed materials and perform press checks as needed;
  • Convert existing text to HTML or PDF files;
  • Convert graphics to web formats; up-load files to server; integrate files into website;
  • Schedule work to meet deadlines;
  • Create signs and display materials for special events; and
  • Perform other related duties as required.



  • Associates Degree

  • Bachelors degree with a concentration in graphic design or the creative arts


  • At least two years of experience in graphic design, graphic communications, graphic production, and desktop publishing;
  • Knowledge of printing techniques; and
  • Understanding of the principles of marketing and advertising.
  • Or a combination of education and experience which would indicate possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed.

Knowledge of:
  • Macintosh and PC platforms and a variety of current desktop publishing software;
  • Use and application of a wide variety of instructional media materials used in the college level learning process;
  • Programs associated with photo manipulation, design, pre-production and post-production including file management and archiving;
  • Printing processes and techniques, including screen printing, offset printing and digital printing;
  • Multimedia software programs;
  • Web graphics development, HTML/CSS authoring software and website management software;
  • Current technologies, personal computer, and associated office software such as word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and/or database software;
  • Correct usage of English, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary; and
  • District policies and procedures.

Ability to:
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the performance of duties; and
  • Demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and students and of staff and students with physical and learning disabilities.

Physical ability to:
  • Read and comprehend printed matter and text and data on computer monitors;
  • Communicate intelligibly and effectively via speech, telephone, written correspondence, and/or email;
  • Sit or stand for extended periods of time;
  • Lift and/or carry 40 pounds; and
  • Exert manual dexterity sufficient for keyboard and other office equipment operation.

License and Certificates (current within the last year):

  • Valid driver's license and eligible to obtain California driver's license upon hire.

Additional Information

Candidates will be required to submit ALL of the required documents below when applying for this position. When uploading documents, PDF uploads are preferred.
  1. Cover letter;
  2. Resume;
  3. Reference List (see further instructions below);
  4. Portfolio (see further instructions below).

Reference List Instructions: Your reference list must include three professional references, their contact information, and their relationship to you.

Portfolio Instructions: Please include a PDF portfolio of past projects and campaigns. A minimum of 4 recent examples of work is requested.

Completed online applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by the closing date for this position. LATE, INCOMPLETE, FAXED, MAILED OR EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Below is the full salary schedule range for this position, steps A through E. Per Cuesta College's bargaining agreement, new employees are placed at Steps A through C, which is the anticipated hiring range also listed below. The bargaining agreement also includes step and longevity increases. For a full salary schedule, please see our website:
  • Salary Schedule Range: $4,771 - $5,800 per month.
  • Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,771 - $5,260 per month.

Cuesta College will not sponsor any visa applications.

San Luis Obispo County Community College District ("Cuesta College") is an equal opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), age, disability (physical and mental), genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal and state law in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities at any of its campuses. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Cuesta College also prohibits harassment on any of these bases, including sexual harassment, as well as sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

In compliance with California law, all prospective staff and students are entitled to read the Annual Security Report, published each October by the Cuesta College Department of Public Safety. This report contains information about our emergency and crime reporting procedures, as well as crime statistics for the past 3 years. You may request a copy of this report at one of our two Public Safety Offices: on SLO campus at Building 6600A or on North County Campus at building N1021, during campus business hours. You may also access the complete text of this report at the following website address:

Cuesta College uses E-Verify as part of the I-9 process to verify the work eligibility of all new hires. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9 to data from U.S Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records. For further information, visit:

Interview Process Information

Selected applicants will be invited to attend an in-person interview and skills test on Tuesday, March 14, 2023.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

The San Luis Obispo County Community College District promotes inclusiveness, prohibits discrimination, and encourages all qualified persons to apply. As an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, Cuesta College actively seeks candidates with diverse backgrounds to assist students, staff, and faculty. For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) assistance with the application and/or interview process, please contact the Human Resources Office: (805) 546-3129.

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