Introduction

Creating a job description to advertise a new vacancy requires research, speaking to managers and more. If you have never created a job posting before you may get lost in the process.

That's why Process Street has created this Graphic Designer Job Description Template, to help you create your graphic designer job description.

Graphic designers create visual concepts to inspire, inform and captivate consumers. Using computer software, or by hand, graphic designers create advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports. Graphic designers combine the use of both art and technology in their work.

There is a growing demand for graphic designers in the business space. This is due to the increasing necessity for effective communication with customers. As more and more businesses are entering markets, competition is enhanced.

Graphic design boosts sales as people are attracted to any uniquely designed thing, meaning the companies required message is communicated. A well-created brochure for example, has the power to make the users sense a connection to your brand, incorporating the power of persuasion.

Graphic designers also help establish a companies name, earning trust and goodwill in the market, and convey the brand message.

Creating the best content for your company requires talented graphic designers. Using this template will ensure you get the best graphic design candidates applying!

Before you begin this template, take the time to consider the below skills which make a good graphic designer.

  1. Communication
  2. Creativity
  3. Ability to master various forms of technology
  4. Time management
  5. Typography
  6. Analytical skills
  7. Applying digital resources and design projects.
  8. Assertiveness. 
  9. Initiative

Preparation:

Record details

Record the details of your business that is hiring. Do this by using the form fields below.

Your job title may not be 'graphic designer' word for word. You can alter the job title to suit your unique position.

Gather job information

You will need to find out information regarding the graphic designer job role. You will have to speak to the current manager of the relevant department and gather the information you need to post the job. Use the sub-checklist and form fields below to record everything you need.

  • 1
    Location of the job
  • 2
    Salary and benefits included
  • 3
    Examples of projects they will carry out
  • 4
    A summary of the job

Read an example job description

Have a look at the below a graphic designer job description example. This will give you a rough idea of what you are aiming to create.

Graphic Designer: Grade 55

Summary


Directly responsible for the overall design and illustrative/graphic /visuals for use in exhibition
display or department/ school publications, scholarly work and professional journal. Serves as
principal coordinator for graphic publication production while managing to a prescribed budget.
Works collaboratively with the department head and/or contributing authors to realize a final
product.


Typical Duties


1. Coordinates all administrative aspects of production, including preparing final designs for
presentation, checking and approving the color, copy, text format separations, and scaling
images for print production. Ensures that all parties are informed of and meet deadlines.
2. Prepares layouts, designs, artwork, and formats for use in a publication and /or exhibition
design.
3. Layout and scale photos, marking them for proper screen values for print reproduction.
4. Designs layout, and produces artwork such as graphs, maps, charts, posters, signs
and report covers.
5. Organizes copy flow and maintains database/bibliographic/archival retrieval system of all
references used in the creation of published materials.
6. May manage the budget, including invoicing, tracking project expenditures and assisting in
budget development by summarizing, researching and analyzing past project
expenditures.
7. May coordinate relationship with vendors; preparing specifications and obtaining
estimates for final approval.
8. May handle copyright, reprint, and permission processes.
9. May provide information to faculty, students and staff regarding the design of the publication.
10. Oversees and trains graphic assistants.
11. Performs related duties as required.


Typical Requirements


Education: College degree in Fine Arts preferred or an equivalent of education plus experience.
Skills and Experience: Five or more years of graphic arts and publications experience with proven project management skills. Strong working knowledge of printing, publishing and/or graphics art procedures and related computer software. May require experience managing to a budget and the ability to work with a variety of projects and vendors. May request portfolio of past work.

Writing The Job Description:

Decide the position title

The first thing that catches a candidate's eye when they are job hunting is the job title. This will give them a rough idea of what the graphic designer position responsibilities will include and if they are able to fill it. Make sure that the title includes what the job will be, so in this case; a graphic designer role should include 'graphic designer' in the title.

Use the sub-checklist and form field below

  • 1
    Accurately describe nature of job
  • 2
    Is free of gender or age implications
  • 3
    It is self explanatory for recruitment purposes
  • 4
    It does not exaggerate importance of the role

Jot down responsibilities

The job description should contain a list of the duties and responsibilities associated with the graphic designer role. You can also include how long each task should take. The list of duties and responsibilities will vary in length, but as a rule, should be as short as possible, otherwise, the document becomes an operational manual, not a job description.

The typical duties of a graphic designer include:

  1. Determining the scope of a project via meetings with art directors or clients

  2. Use digital illustration, photo editing software, and layout software to create designs

  3. Create logos, original images, and illustrations to help deliver the desired message

  4. Select colors, images, and typefaces to use

  5. Design layouts

  6. Present design conceptrs to clients or art directors

  7. Incorporate the changes recommended by clients or art directors into final designs

  8. Designs are reviewed for errors before printing or publishing

Required qualifications

Once a candidate clicks on the job description, they will need to know if they are able to qualify academically or with work experience. Jotting down the needed qualifications for the job will ensure the candidate is able to know if they are able to apply for the role.

Highlight hierarchy structure

Reporting lines clarify the responsibilities of the position by showing who the candidate reports to and who reports to them. This is important, not only in relation to compliance issues but also to give the candidate a look into the structure of the organization and how the position they are applying to fits into it.

You can detail how the candidate will fit in your companies hierarchical structure using the long-text form field below.

Include term of employment

The term of employment can be an important piece of information for candidates as they want to know if they will be hired on a short-term basis or long-term basis and if they will need to be looking for another job in the near future. 

Choose salary

Instead of assigning a particular salary to the position, work out a salary range to include in the job description that is competitive with similar positions in other organizations and allows for variations in education and experience. 

The average salary for a Graphic Designer is $17.44 per hour, this varies in accordance with experience, with entry level jobs at around $13.55 per hour.

Posting The Job Description:

Preparing for posting

Once you have the post written you will need to get it prepared for posting. Find out how many candidates minimum you need, when the posting will close and if there is any further important information you need.

More than half of all applicants apply to jobs early in the week.

Job description review

Job Description Review

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You can review your job description and approve if you are happy with it. This is a stop task, meaning you are unable to move forward with the job description template until you are happy with the job description and it has been approved.

  • 1
    Job description approval

Shorter job descriptions receive 8.4% more applicants per view.

Choose where to post your job description

Once your job description has been approved, the next step is to choose where you would like to post this job description. You can make a list for where this job description will be posted using the long text form field provided.

There are some good websites out there to list your job description on. Provided below are  some useful links to help you decide where to post your job description:

  1. Indeed

  2. careerbuilder

  3. dice.com

  4. glassdoor.co.uk

  5. Google For Jobs

  6. idealist

  7. LinkedIn

  8. linkup

  9. Monster

  10. US.jobs

  11. Specialty niche job sites

Post the job description

Finally, the last thing you have to do is post the graphic designer job description you have created and wait for those skilled candidates to start applying! 

Check our Human Resources Pre Employment Screening and learn how to screen candidates appropriately.  

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