Occ. Code 2210100









New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard


Brief Description of Class series


          Graphic Designers conceptualize, design and create graphics to communicate messages for educational, commercial or promotional purposes in print and electronic media. They consult with and advise clients,  and develop design and layout, using various tools, to produce communications products that are effective and aesthetically pleasing. These positions, which are in the non-competitive jurisdictional class, exist in various State agencies.


Distinguishing Characteristics


          GRAPHIC DESIGNER 1: full performance level; independently complete a wide range of design and graphics projects; may supervise lower level administrative support and other positions.  


          GRAPHIC DESIGNER 2: supervisory and/or lead designer level; may supervise lower level Graphic Designers and administrative support staff; personally handle or coordinate the largest, most visible, or highly creative graphics design projects.  May serve as the highest position for an active graphics design component that produces a variety of sophisticated products.  




          Multimedia Production Program Specialists plan, develop, coordinate, and produce print and electronic elements such as video and audio to communicate and support an agency's programs and initiatives. The primary focus of these positions is on the integration of various media, especially electronic media, to communicate or promote an agencys message. Duties include script writing, storyboarding, copy editing, directing and producing content for different platforms.


          Multimedia Production Technicians develop and capture multimedia content for numeorus distribution channels such as radio, television, internet and discs. They record multimedia content using video and still cameras in both studio and field environments; coordinate and set up production lighting and audio; and execute post-production projects including editing videos, outputting compositions to the web and physical media.


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          Graphic Designers have frequent oral and written communication with customers seeking creative products and services, and vendors that produce these products and services. The purpose of the interaction is to convey and exchange information, and sometimes persuade the customer to accept a better approach.



          Graphic Designers 1 do not typically supervise other positions. An incumbent, however, may oversee administrative or lower level positions and perform the full range of supervisory activities.  Graphic Designers 1 normally report to Graphic Designers 2 or higher level positions in marketing, advertising, public information, or line program. 

          Graphic Designers 2 may supervise lower level graphic designers and sometimes other lower positions engaged in publications production, administrative support, or creative areas such as photography and videography. In this role, incumbents assign work, provide general guidelines from which content and subject may be developed, review the work to ensure that instructions are followed and that completed products and services are consistent with the clients goal and objectives. As the highest level graphic designers in agencies, they report to upper level positions in marketing, advertising, public information, or in program. 





Non-Competitive: Bachelors degree in an art or design field such as art, drawing, painting, illustration, digital design, or interactive media; or associates degree in the same fields and two years of experience.




Non-Competitive: Bachelors degree in an art or design field such as art, drawing, painting, illustration, digital design, or interactive media and two years of experience; or an associates degree in the same fields and four years of experience.



Date:  4/14



NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent, and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum requirements for appointment or examination.