GRAPHICS DESIGNER 1670

  • Los Angeles World Airports
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 12, 2018
Full Time Engineering Information Technology and Communication Services
  • Salary: $46,708.00 - $103,230.00 Annually

Job Description



DUTIES

$46,708 to $68,319; $56,563 to $82,684; and $63,370 to $92,644.
The salary in the Department of Water and Power is $70,908 to $88,092 and $83,102 to $103,230.
The salary in the Los Angeles World Airport is $58,547 to $85,566.
 
NOTES :
Annual salary is at the start of the pay range. The current salary range is subject to change. Please confirm the starting salary with the hiring department before accepting a job offer. Candidates from the eligible list are normally appointed to vacancies in the lower pay grade positions. For information regarding reciprocity between the City of Los Angeles departments and LADWP, go to http://per.lacity.org/Reciprocity_CityDepts_and_DWP.pdf.

A Graphics Designer designs, coordinates and prepares ads, posters, pamphlets, brochures, covers, displays, signs and exhibits for informational, educational, publicity, sales and promotional purposes, and technical and administrative reports and presentations using computer graphics software or by hand; translates statistical and other data into maps, charts, graphs, illustrations, project slides, and other presentation media; or may act as a lead person to employees engaged in these duties.

Additional Information


WHERE TO APPLY & APPLICATION DEADLINE

Applications will only be accepted on-line.  When you are viewing the on-line job bulletin of your choice, simply scroll to the top of the page and select the "Apply" icon. On-line job bulletins are also available at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacity for Open Competitive Examinations and at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacity/promotionaljobs for Promotional Examinations.
 
NOTE :
 
Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure you have time to resolve any technical issues you may encounter.
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE :
 
Applications and Qualifications Questionnaires must be received by THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018 .
 
In accordance with Civil Service Rule 4.2, all applicants who apply may not be tested in this examination. To meet anticipated hiring needs, only a limited number of qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the interview in the following order: 1) Los Angeles City Promotional applicants who meet the minimum requirements. You must have received a regular appointment to a City position or be on a reserve list to apply for this examination as a promotional candidate; 2) Applicants currently employed by the City of Los Angeles on a part-time or exempt basis who meet the minimum requirements; 3) Remaining applicants who meet the minimum requirements in sufficient numbers to meet hiring needs in the order that applications were received. Applications submitted during the filing period will be kept on file for two years from January 12, 2018 in the event that additional applicants need to be tested to meet hiring needs.
 
QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW :
 
Should a large number of qualified candidates file for this examination, each candidate's qualifications for the position of Graphics Designer may be evaluated based on the candidate's Qualifications Questionnaire. Those candidates considered as possessing the greatest likelihood of successfully performing the duties of a Graphics Designer based solely on the information submitted for qualifications review will continue in the selection process.

SELECTION PROCESS

After meeting minimum qualifications, and in accordance with Rule 4.2 and qualifications review as stated above, candidates will be scheduled for the following:
 
Examination Weight:  Interview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100%
 
The examination score will be based entirely on the interview. In the interview, emphasis may be placed on the candidate's experience, training, and personal qualifications as they have prepared the candidate to perform the duties of a Graphics Designer, including: the quality and technical capability of the candidate to prepare displays, layout design for websites, descriptive charts, brochures for commercial or public use; and knowledge of design principles, methods, and media equipment; printing and reproduction methods; typography and elements of color; current trends in typography and design; and the ability to accurately and effectively translate oral and written information into graphic presentations; use computerized graphics hardware and software in graphics design applications; draw and generate a wide variety of subjects including technical and non-technical illustrations; produce presentation media; determine the most appropriate and effective use of color; understand and analyze information received pertaining to graphics design projects to effectively design posters, pamphlets, displays, and exhibits for informational, educational, and publicity purposes; estimate the amount of time required to meet deadlines for graphics projects; remain apprised of current updates to graphics design hardware and software; review and evaluate work for adequacy, accuracy, and conformance to instructions; communicate effectively; deal tactfully and effectively with the public and other employees; and other necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities.
 
As part of the interview, candidates will be required to present to the interview board a portfolio with samples of their graphics design work.  While the interviewers will not assign a separate score to the samples, the interviewers will consider the quality of the samples in their overall evaluations of the candidate's qualifications.  Candidates should expect the interviewers to discuss the samples with them during their interviews.  All samples will be returned to the candidates after the conclusion of their interviews. 
 
Specific information regarding the portfolio of graphics design samples to be presented to the interview board will be e-mailed to those candidates invited to participate in the interview. 
 
Candidates will be notified by e-mail of the date, time and location of the interview, which will be held in Los Angeles. It is anticipated that interviews will begin during the period of MARCH 26, 2018 to APRIL 6, 2018.
 
NOTES : 
This examination is based on a validation study. As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities.  To request a disability accommodation, please complete the Disability Accommodation Form within 14 calendar days of the submittal of the City application. The Disability Accommodation Form can be obtained at http://per.lacity.org/exams/verify_disability.pdf. Applications are accepted subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met.  Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined that they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin. A final average score of 70% is required to be placed on the eligible list. The promotional list will ordinarily be used ahead of the open competitive list. However, if open competitive candidates receive a higher score, without military credits, than the highest available promotional candidate, after adding 0.25 of a point seniority credit for each year of service, the Civil Service Commission, upon request of the appointing authority, may approve certification of such open competitive candidates ahead of the promotional candidates. You must have received a regular appointment to a City position or be on a reserve list to file on a promotional basis. In accordance with Civil Service Rule, Sec. 4.24, review periods may be combined. Candidates in the examination process may file protests as provided in Sec. 4.20, 4.22, 4.23 as applicable and within the required timeframe; however, the Personnel Department may respond to and resolve protests prior to the establishment of the eligible list.
Notice : 
 
If you receive and accept an offer of employment to a regular position with the City of Los Angeles, your employee benefit coverage (including health and dental coverage as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original regular appointment.  Not all positions in the City receive benefit coverage; you should inquire regarding the availability of employee benefits prior to accepting a position.
 

THIS EXAMINATION IS TO BE GIVEN BOTH ON AN
INTERDEPARTMENTAL PROMOTIONAL AND OPEN COMPETITIVE BASIS

 
The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
 

AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
For additional information and FAQs regarding the City's hiring process, please go to:  http://per.lacity.org/index.cfm?content=employmenttestingprocess

There are many things to consider in a new employer. Visit the following webpage to view benefits the City of Los Angeles offers its employees:

http://per.lacity.org/bens/index.html

01

To be PROPERLY AND PROMPTLY notified of the status of my application, I UNDERSTAND that I MUST provide on my City application, the following information: -Working E-mail address -Telephone Number -Official social security number I UNDERSTAND that I MUST provide a working email address on my application where I will receive notifications regarding the status of my application and the selection process. I UNDERSTAND that important information regarding the status of my application and the selection process will only be sent via E-MAIL to the email address I provided. I UNDERSTAND that it is MY RESPONSIBILITY to ensure that the email address I provided is a working email and that I will check my email regularly to ensure I receive any communication as it relates to the examination promptly. I UNDERSTAND that the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department is NOT RESPONSIBLE for any lost or redirected emails and that it is MY RESPONSIBILITY to add info@governmentjobs.com to my email contact list to avoid email notifications related to this examination from being classified as "spam" or "junk" mail.
  • I have read these statements to their fullest and will provide a working e-mail address on my application in order to receive status of my application regarding this examination.


02

I UNDERSTAND that I am required to describe, IN DETAIL, my appropriate qualifying experience in the Work Experience Section of my application. I UNDERSTAND that, if qualifying with my City experience, that I MUST indicate my appropriate job classification in my work history and NOT ANY WORKING TITLE that I believe is designated to me. I UNDERSTAND that if I attach a resume and/or cover letter IN LIEU of completing the Work Experience Section, my application is INCOMPLETE and WILL NOT be considered for this examination, and my application WILL NOT be further processed. In addition to including my qualifying experience, I UNDERSTAND that I should list ALL jobs, regardless of duration, including part-time jobs, military service and any periods of unemployment during my entire work history.
  • I have read these statements to their entirety and understand them completely and to their fullest.


03

I am currently:
  • A City of Los Angeles employee having received a regular appointment.
  • An exempt City of Los Angeles employee, but have civil service status.
  • An exempt City of Los Angeles employee without receiving civil service status.
  • A City of Los Angeles employee in a temporary training position.
  • A City of Los Angeles employee on a part-time basis.
  • On a regular reserve list for the City of Los Angeles.
  • Not employed with the City of Los Angeles.


04

Requirement #1

I have the following amount of full-time paid experience in the graphic design field preparing electronic and printed graphic materials such as displays, layout design for websites, brochures, descriptive charts, advertising or other publications for commercial or public use:

Note: This experience MUST be described in detail in the Work Experience section of your application. Failure to do so may result in disqualification from this examination.
  • This requirement does not apply to me.
  • Between 0 and 11 months
  • Between 12 and 17 months
  • Between 18 and 23 months
  • 24 months or more months


05

Requirement #1

In the text box below, briefly describe the experience you are referring to in Supplemental Question #4, in the graphic design field preparing electronic and printed graphic materials. Include the location and position you held while performing this experience.

NOTE: This experience should correspond with the experience listed in the Work Experience section of you application. Failure to include it on your application may result in disqualification from this examination.

If this requirement does not apply to you, write N/A below.

06

Requirement #2

I have a bachelor's degree (or higher) in the following field/s:

Note: Per Note #4 of the examination bulletin, this education MUST be included in the Education section of your application, including the school name and location, type of degree earned, major, and completion dates. Failure to do so may result in disqualification from this examination.
  • Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Computer Graphics
  • This requirement does not apply to me.


07

Requirement #2

While obtaining the above degree, I completed the following amount of semester or quarter units in Graphic Design or Commercial Art:
  • Less than 12 semester or 18 quarter units in these fields
  • At least 12 semester or 18 quarter units in these fields
  • This requirement does not apply to me.


08

Requirement #2

In the text box below, please provide the course titles, number of units, and school attended for each course claimed as qualifying in Graphic Design or Commercial Art.
For example:
ART 321 (Graphic Design) / 3 semester units / CSULB
ART 419 (Media Graphic Design) / 3 semester units / CSULB
ART 337 (Graphic Design V) / 3 semester units / CSULB
ART 331 (Graphic Design in Advertising) / 3 semester units / CSULB

If you are not qualifying under Requirement #2, write N/A below.

09

Per Process Note #5: Qualifying education for Requirement #2 must be from a college or university accredited by a City of Los Angeles recognized agency. A list of approved accrediting agencies can be found HERE or you can copy the link below:
http://per.lacity.org/accredited%20Institutions%2008-21-08.pdf
NOTE: Please make sure this education information is also listed in the Education Section of the online application, FAILURE to do so may result in your application being considered as INCOMPLETE and your application WILL NOT be processed further.
  • I understand the information listed above and my degree is accredited by an agency recognized by the City of Los Angeles.
  • This requirement does not apply to me.


10

Requirement #3

I have completed a Certificate Program in art, graphics design or computer graphics from a recognized art school accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

NOTE: Per Note #6 of the examination bulletin, you must submit proof completion of a certificate program at the time of filing. A copy of the certificate must be attached to the online application BEFORE the application is submitted. If the certificate is attached AFTER the online application has been submitted, it will not be available to the City and applicants WILL NOT be credited with submitting it. Applicants who fail to submit the certificate at the time of filing will not considered further in this examination.
  • Yes, I have completed a certificate program and have attached it to my online application.
  • No, this requirement does not apply to me.


11

Per Note #7 of the examination bulletin: Qualifying education for Requirement #3 must be from a recognized art school accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). To determine if a school is accredited by the NASAD, please visit https://nasad.arts-accredit.org/directory-lists/accredited-institutions/
  • I understand the information listed above and my degree is accredited by an agency recognized by the NASAD.
  • This requirement does not apply to me.


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GRAPHICS DESIGNER (1670)
QUALIFICATIONS QUESTIONNAIRE – 2018

The examination bulletin for Graphics Designer states that all applicants must complete and submit a City of Los Angeles Employment Application and a Graphics Designer Qualifications Questionnaire. The Qualifications Questionnaire may be used in consideration of your overall qualifications for the job of Graphics Designer.

Using the list of areas provided, select all that apply to you. Please note that this experience may be verified at a later time.

Applicants must provide complete answers to all questions on the Qualifications Questionnaire in the space provided. Applicants who fail to complete the Qualifications Questionnaire will not be considered further in this examination.

You should seek to demonstrate that your training and experience provides the skills, knowledge, and abilities needed to effectively perform the duties assigned to a Graphics Designer. Before responding, read all the information requested and consider what information you would like to present. Make sure that you only check statements that accurately reflect your experience. No attachments or additional documents will be considered for submission to the expert review panel.
  • I understand these statements entirely and to their fullest.


13

GRAPHICS DESIGNER (1670)
QUALIFICATIONS QUESTIONNAIRE – 2018

CERTIFICATION STATEMENT

Please read the following statements and indicate if you agree:

I UNDERSTAND that to be considered a candidate for this examination, I MUST provide answers to all questions on the Qualifications Questionnaire in the space provided. I UNDERSTAND that leaving any answer blank or not answering the question asked (i.e. responding "N/A", "does not apply", or "see resume") is considered an incomplete answer and by doing so, I understand that my application will not be processed any further and I will not be a candidate in this examination.

I CERTIFY that the Qualifications Questionnaire and all of the responses to the questions are true and complete, and were authored, written, and prepared in their entirety solely by me with no assistance from others. I UNDERSTAND that receiving assistance from others in responding, editing, revising or reviewing my answers to the questions and/or providing false, misleading, or incomplete information shall be sufficient cause for disqualification in this examination, dismissal, and other penalties as may be prescribed by law.
  • Yes, I understand and agree with the above CERTIFICATION STATEMENT.


14

SECTION A
Use the following rating scale to answer the following questions #15 - #40:

RATING SCALE

Extensive Experience: I have advance experience performing this task at an expert level to the extent that I could effectively perform this task in difficult situations; and I could instruct others on the specifics of this task.
Moderate Experience: I have sufficient experience performing this task to the extent that I could effectively perform this task under most circumstances.
Limited Experience: I have some experience performing this task, but may require additional instruction to perform it effectively.
No Experience: I do not have any experience performing this task.
  • I understand the above rating scale to be used for the following SECTION A, questions #15 - #40.


15

I have personally applied the basic principles of design, such as positive and negative space, color theory and typography, and subject material to the graphic and visual communication of a subject or idea.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


16

I have personally determined the most effective graphic communication necessary to successfully transition from conceptual designs to professional final presentations.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


17

I have personally determined the most effective way to communicate graphics design ideas, subjects, and/or messages via print, web, digital, film, and electronic media.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


18

I have personally used current and up-to-date computerized graphics design hardware and software in order to prepare and produce quality graphics design materials.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


19

I have personally used various printing and reproduction methods and materials including screens, photo specifications, dpi-ppi, ink color, paper stock, and embossing and die cutting in order to ensure the preparation of a professional and polished graphics design product.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


20

I have personally applied the elements of color theory including complementary, analogous, monochromatic, and polychromatic colors to the preparation of graphics design work in order to ensure the quality of the final product.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


21

I have personally determined the most appropriate and effective use of color as it relates to art, illustration, photography, and typography in order to ensure the quality of graphics design work produced.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


22

I have personally applied the elements of typography including type styles, type size, weights, and leading to the preparation of graphics design work in order to ensure the quality of the final product.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


23

I have personally created illustrations, drawings, sketches, renderings, posters, computer generated graphics, and computer generated designs in order to artistically portray subjects and ideas using appropriate color and best methods.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


24

I have personally created illustrations and/or renderings using traditional methods and then translated such concepts and ideas to digital media.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


25

I have personally ensured the quality of design elements produced for digital presentation in web or video format.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


26

I have personally drawn and/or generated non-technical illustrations such as logo designs, branding, and original designs in order to artistically communicate various concepts and ideas.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


27

I have personally drawn and/or generated technical illustrations such as charts, graphs, maps, and directional boundaries in order to artistically communicate data, concepts and ideas.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


28

I have personally designed and displayed exhibits in a variety of ways including prints mounted on foam core boards, laminated or printed on glossy paper, and/or banners in order to effectively present information to the public and internal organizations.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


29

I have personally analyzed both written and verbal information received regarding graphics design projects in order to accurately and effectively prepare graphic presentations of the ideas and concepts discussed.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


30

I have personally planned for the completion of graphics design projects by determining the amount of time needed to meet production deadlines based on the scope of the project.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


31

I have personally been a team or project leader for a group involved in developing the concept, design, layout and production of graphics design projects.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


32

I have personally reviewed, edited and evaluated graphics design work in order to ensure adequacy, accuracy and conformance to instructions provided.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


33

I have personally demonstrated the correct way to perform specific graphics design tasks to team members, individually or in a group, in order to ensure that work is completed correctly.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


34

I have personally created written correspondence using proper grammar and punctuation in order to communicate graphics design project status, details, and updates to others in a clear and concise manner.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


35

I have personally made recommendations, both orally and in writing, regarding the most attractive and effective medium for presenting graphics design ideas and concepts.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


36

I have personally made oral presentations regarding graphics design work and projects in front of a group.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


37

I have personally been responsible for correctly obtaining verbal information and instructions from management or clients for translation into graphics presentations.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


38

I have personally conducted meetings with clients to discuss graphics design project needs including due dates, deadlines, and design requirements.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


39

I have personally interacted in a professional manner when working with clients, management, technical personnel, and/or vendors regarding critical aspects of graphics design projects including production methods, deadlines, and delivery dates.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


40

I have personally dealt tactfully and effectively with clients, management, and/or team members regarding difficult work-related or graphics design issues in order to achieve a common goal.
  • Extensive Experience
  • Moderate Experience
  • Limited Experience
  • No Experience


41

SECTION B

Describe a graphics design project you have personally completed that you are most proud of.
Include in your response:

• Briefly describe the project. What were the goals and objectives?
• How did you identify the most effective way to communicate your design concepts and ideas? What other methods did you consider? Why was the method you chose so effective?
• Overall, what made this particular design project so successful?

Limit your response to a maximum of one (1) page.

42

Describe how you have used current computerized graphics hardware and software to complete a graphics design project.
Include in your response:

• Briefly describe the project. What were the goals and objectives?
• List the graphics hardware you used.
• List the graphics software you used.
• Briefly outline the major aspects of the project and discuss how you used the graphics hardware and software noted above to complete each part.
• How did the use of these programs impact your design project?
• What, if anything, would you do differently if given the opportunity?

Limit your response to a maximum of one (1) page.

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THIS CONCLUDES THE QUALIFICATIONS QUESTIONNAIRE FOR GRAPHICS DESIGNER
  • I acknowledge the conclusion of the Qualifications Questionnaire for Graphics Designer


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