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Graphic Design and Marketing Assistant

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Marketing/Communications
Position Description

Job Summary

The Graphic Design and Marketing Assistant is responsible for performing a variety of standard administrative, technical and analytical duties related to day-to-day communications to promote marketing objectives for the Performing Arts Center. Under the general supervision of the Managing Director of the Performing Arts Center, with day-to-day lead work direction provided by the Lead Marketing Specialist this position will use both graphic design, video and production techniques to develop materials that reflect the established vision and messaging of the PAC. This position will create and update print and digital advertisements; implement marketing strategies and related plans to support the PAC and affiliated organizations; and consult with clients to ensure communication objectives are achieved.  The Graphic Design and Marketing Assistant will work in collaboration with their supervisor to coordinate and execute various graphic materials including print and digital advertisements, as well as digital signage, direct mail pieces and web/social content.  Assignments and projects are varied and often involve coordinating, prioritizing and monitoring graphic projects through completion and managing multiple projects and priorities simultaneously.  The Graphic Design and Marketing Assistant will prepare layouts and produce materials using skills and knowledge related to design, creation and display of both visual print and multimedia materials and make recommendations to enrich advertising and visual work based on current industry practices, technologies and trends.

Department Summary

The Performing Arts Center (PAC) is a multi-performance venue for a variety of events such as symphonies, choral concerts, contemporary and pop music events, plays and other theatrical events, dance programs, recitals, opera, touring shows, commencements, conferences and community productions. Other uses include receptions, workshops, business meetings, conventions, banquets, trade shows, recording sessions, church services, art exhibitions and weddings.  The PAC includes the 1286-seat Harold Miossi Hall within the Christopher Cohan Center, 250-seat Pavilion, 180-seat Philips Electronics Hall and the 500-seat Alex and Faye Spanos Theatre.

Key Qualifications

  • Comprehensive knowledge of principles and practices of artistic and graphic design and illustration, including the ability to design, layout and prepare finished artwork to develop a visual product.
  • Knowledge of typographic principles, page layout, image manipulation, color theory/psychology, tone, shading, harmony and perspective drawing, as well as the ability to explain rationale for design decisions.
  • Advanced skills in the utilization of specified computer graphic design programs, which may include Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, along with knowledge of other Adobe programs that may include, Premiere, Lightroom, Acrobat and After Effects.
  • Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS with skills in user interface and user experience design.
  • Working knowledge of, or ability to quickly learn, University branding and graphics standards, and protocols and institutional etiquette related to public and media relations. 

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, graphic design, communications or a related field and one year of design experience.

Salary and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Classification Range: $44,172.00 - $74,916.00

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information. 

Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally-ranked public university located in San Luis Obispo, California, and known for its Learn by Doing philosophy. Each year more than 20,000 top-tier students come to San Luis Obispo to put knowledge into action, taking their learning outside the classroom as they prepare for careers in engineering, agriculture, science, business, humanities and the built environment. Cal Poly’s hands-on philosophy, small class sizes and close student-faculty mentorships result in graduates ready from day one to impact their communities, California and the world. For more information, visit

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. Cal Poly is an equal opportunity employer. 

Supplemental Information

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

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