Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: M4002 / Graphic Designer,Sr
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 11

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under limited supervision, designs and/or coordinates the development and design of a wide range of electronic and/or printed graphic materials, involving a variety of integrated steps and processes, and requiring extensive knowledge of specialized, multi-faceted design concepts and media. Creates complex, original graphic design and comprehensive layout concepts, and oversees and coordinates production of materials. May lead and guide the work of graphic designers and/or students.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Conceptualizes, plans, designs, and produces a wide range of specialized graphic, typesetting and/or illustrative material, to include multimedia concepts; writes and edits basic copy.
  2. Works with clientele to ascertain needs and to develop graphic directions, concepts, and specifications for assigned projects.
  3. Plans production schedules for the various steps in the design process; analyzes project development costs and develops project budgets and workflow for multiple concurrent projects; participates in production and/or marketing planning group sessions and meetings.
  4. Identifies, selects, and coordinates vendors for printing and publication services, as appropriate to the project; may write and process requests for proposals for printing requisitions; identifies and recommends contractors, such as typesetters, printers, illustrators, photographers, and/or cartographers.
  5. Oversees and coordinates the production process; develops and writes printing and/or other production specifications, and selects appropriate production media and materials, such as ink and paper; inspects proofs for accuracy and adherence to appropriate production standards.
  6. Provides creative and technical advice and guidance, and serves as liaison with production personnel, authors, publishers, clients, and/or printing representatives on permission information, design and technical graphics issues.
  7. May coordinate a graphics or photographic library and/or maintain digital records.
  8. May create and produce animated videos and animated portions of live videos using computers and video production equipment.
  9. May supervise and/or lead lower graded staff and/or student employees.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of principles and practices of graphic design.
  • Ability to create and produce graphic materials using a range of media, methods, techniques, and equipment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Skills in the utilization of specified computerized graphic design software and programs.
  • Ability to identify and interpret graphic design needs and develop creative and responsive design concepts.
  • Ability to develop complex, integrated design, printing, and/or reproduction specifications.
  • Ability to supervise and train assigned staff.
  • Ability to compile and prepare graphic production budgets, schedules, and workplans.
  • Knowledge of available external graphic design, printing, publication, and associated resources.
  • Knowledge of graphic layout and photographic requirements and procedures, including programming and operating reprographic equipment.
  • Knowledge of printing and/or reproduction processes and techniques.
  • Budget development and management skills as related to the production of new digital or traditional media communications.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) Creating complex, original graphic design and comprehensive layout concepts; b) planning of production schedules including costing and workflow assignment; c) identifying, selecting, and coordinating vendors for printing services; d) coordinating production specifications including necessary materials and services; and e) providing technical advice and guidance, and serving as liaison with production personnel.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Light to Moderate physical effort which may require occasional lifting up to 40 pounds and/or some standing or walking.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 01/11/2020