Graphic Designer I

College of DuPage

The College of DuPage is a comprehensive community college located 27 miles west of downtown Chicago, vitally connected to our local area for over 50 years. We prepare students for a lifelong passion for learning on our 273-acre campus which is home to nine associate degrees and a wide variety of professional and technical certificates. Many of these credentials prepare students to seamlessly articulate into the baccalaureate programs of our higher education partner institutions.

College of DuPage is committed to student success and values an inclusive and welcoming community environment. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workforce. Our connection to the larger metropolitan area is essential to our success and provides a wealth of diverse cultural and recreational opportunities.

Position Details

Graphic Designer I
Northern Illinois
Glen Ellyn, IL

The Graphic Designer I creates official college visual communications (both print and digital) that fulfill the informational, marketing and promotional needs of the college. The Graphic Designer I uses professional design knowledge and skills to develop appropriate concepts and produce effective visual communication while conforming to graphic style standards.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research, design and produce visual communications to market and promote the college via print and digital media. This includes designing and producing official college print and digital publications. 
  • Work with clients and editors in the development of visual communications that meet shared goals for style, message, target audience, and functionality. 
  • Establish priorities and track project workflow utilizing departmental project management software. 
  • Write printing specifications and prepare all necessary digital files, documentation and final layouts for in-house print shop and outside vendors. 
  • Ensure that final artwork meets the specs, that written instructions to outside vendors are accurate, and that the project meets the deadline. 
  • Consult with in-house print shop and outside vendors on the matter of quality reproduction in approving printing proofs, attending press runs and signing off on all jobs produced. 
  • Continually advance creative and technical design skills to stay up-to-date in the communications industry. 
  • Consult with staff on any creative and technical matters pertaining to print and digital design. 
  • Other related duties as assigned.


  • Minimum Associate Degree in Graphic Design or related field required.
  • BA or BFA in communication design or related field, formal graphic design training including all aspects of graphic design (typography, two dimensional design, color theory, etc) preferred.


  • 2 to 3 years work experience in design and graphic production techniques required.
  • Computer training on the Macintosh operating system and its applications required. 
  • Previous experience working in graphic design preferred; print design experience and pre-press and print production experience to manage projects to completion preferred.
  • Understanding of network operating system preferred.

Macintosh computer workstations, audio/visual presentation workstation, fileserver, scan station, networked printers, photocopier.

Requires sitting for extended hours in front of a computer display with mouse, which can result in eye/muscle strain and/or carpal tunnel syndrome.

Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.

Travel to press checks throughout the Chicagoland area is required, sometimes in early the morning or late evening.

This position requires a background check and drug screen.

Pay Grade: Classified 11 Salary-Hiring Range: $53,000.00 - 55,000.00

Hybrid Eligible: Yes

Competitive starting salaries are dependent on education and experience. College of DuPage also offers a generous benefits plan.

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