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Iowa State University Graphic Designer I/II - Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension in Ames, Iowa

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Position Title:Graphic Designer I/II - Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension

Job Group:Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree

Preferred Qualifications:Degree in Graphic Design or closely related field.Additional years of related experience.Experience developing books or educational materials.Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat Pro).Experience or working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.Experience or working knowledge of digital accessibility according to WCAG and ADA compliance.

Job Description:


Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Extension, a program unit of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is seeking qualified applicants for a Graphic Designer I or II.

The ANR Extension Communications Team provides communications and marketing support to Iowa State University ANR Extension and Outreach. ANR Communications staff works directly with ANR Extension program areas on campus and in the field to develop and deliver educational publications, web content, news releases and articles, videos, webinars, displays, brochures and other collateral materials that support ISU Extension and Outreach in all 99 Iowa counties, nationally and internationally.

The Graphic Designer I will be responsible for developing a broad array of communications materials, including but not limited to educational publications, brochures, flyers, postcards, posters and other collateral that meets a broad range of client needs, including guidance to faculty and staff in the areas of best practices for graphic design and correct ISU Extension and Outreach branding. The Graphic Designer I will follow standard practices and procedures in analyzing situations or data for which answers are available or can be obtained, may contact in-house or outside vendors to verify print specifications and grasps professional-level knowledge and concepts of field while working in a progressive learning mode

As a member of the ANR Communications team, this individual will work closely with the ANR Communications team leader, content specialists and field staff, other members of the ANR Communications team, CALS Communications Office and ISU Extension and Outreach Organizational Advancement.

In addition to the Graphic Designer I duties, a Graphic Designer II will have solid professional and/or technical skills working under general supervision to achieve goals, exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action and resolve problems, and responds to a broad range of inquiries and requests.

The successful candidate will have the ability to work as part of a creative communications team, have good organizational skills and be able to manage multiple projects within specific budgets and timelines to meet client needs.

This position will be filled at the Graphic Designer I or II level. The level I position has minimum required qualifications of Bachelor’s degree and is a PS806 pay level. The level II position has minimum required qualifications of Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience and is a PS807 pay level. This position is a regular, fixed term appointment through 06/30/2023, based on performance and funding availability.

As part of the application process, please submit a packaged InDesign file with your Resume, Cover Letter, and References. You may submit up to three different InDesign packaged files. Example of Duties• Performs preparatory work such as layout, design, and production activities to produce quality graphic-design artwork.• Uses knowledge of current graphic design equipment, tools, and techniques.• Contributes to the development and implementation of marketing plans.• Supports marketing efforts with a broad range of creative design work that may include graphic arts, copywriting, photography, videography, and sound.• Engages in customer and economic analysis, market testing, advertising, and market research.• May contact in-house or outside vendors to verify print specifications.• May supervise students.Level Guidelines• Individual contributor position with developing professional and/or technical skills working under immediate to general supervision• Grasps professional-level knowledge and concepts of field while working in a progressive learning mode• Works on problems and issues of somewhat limited scope• Follows standard practices and procedures in analyzing situations or data for which answers are available or can be obtained• Responds to inquiries and issues, escalating to manager or higher level workers as appropriate• May lead projects of limited scope and complexity• May provide guidance to students

Appointment Type:Regular with Term Appointment (Fixed Term)

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:June 30, 2023

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:PS806

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae2) Letter of Application/Cover LetterIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date: May 4, 2021

Posting Close Date:May 18, 2021

Job Requisition Number:R4863

Iowa State University ( is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities ( AAU ), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community ( .

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email .

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485 . Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485 . TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942 .

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