Position and Duties
The Mayor’s Office of the City of San José seeks a talented Digital MultiMedia Coordinator who would enjoy working with a fast paced, dynamic office for the goal of creating attractive, logical, and easy to understand information that benefits the residents and businesses of San José. This is an opportunity to exercise your print and digital graphic design and video editing skills. The Coordinator is overseen and guided by the Mayor’s Communications Director and will have support and guidance from web coordinators in other departments.
Employees in this classification are not members of the classified civil service and are appointed "at will." Each appointment is for a specified period of time to be determined by the appointing Mayor and does not extend past the end of the elected official's or appointing authority's term. This unclassified position requires a disclosure of outside investments, real property interest, income, and business positions.
Please note that this is a part-time, temporary position with an initial term of 6 months. The position will be working 15-19 hours per week.
The Graphic Design Coordinator will be responsible for designing a wide variety of pieces that promote, support and inform the public of the Mayor’s policy priorities, initiatives, and events. The type of pieces produced by the Mayor’s Office may include, but are not limited to: videos, print fliers, event programs, official reports, presentations, infographics, customized images for print, web and social media, style guides and templates that can be easily edited by staff members who do not have limited design skills.
The coordinator is responsible for ensuring that all department collateral adheres to the identity guidelines for the City logo. The ideal job candidate will have graphic design skills and video editing skills that include these abilities and knowledge:
- Knowledge of graphic design, typography, and printing principles as practiced in the graphic design profession, and how these principles are applicable to different mediums.
- Experience and skills with Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.
- The ability to determine the process for creating compelling materials by working in partnership with fellow staff members and/or external partners.
- Ability to learn new graphic design techniques as they evolve and become applicable to print, the web, and social media.
- Solid experience with digital technology and editing software packages (e.g. Avid Media Composer, Lightworks, Premiere, After Effects and Final Cut)
- Demonstrable video editing ability with a strong portfolio
- Thorough knowledge of timing, narrative and continuity.
Other Related Duties: The coordinator may also be asked to assist with a wide variety of other duties to support the Communications Department, such as:
- Updating content on the Mayor’s website via the City’s content management system (CivicPlus) and social media accounts, under the direction of the Communications staff.
- Assisting with the planning and staffing of Mayoral events (i.e. press conferences, State of the City event).
To be considered for this position, a candidate must contain the following minimum requirements:
- Education: A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in web design, graphic design, marketing, communications, technology, or a related field. Or in the process of acquiring a degree in a related field.
- Proficiency in all of the basic functions with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator.
- Experience with videography and video editing software.
- Experience creating, and integrating complex design elements into, PowerPoint presentations.
- Photography skills that can support the production of brochures and newsletters.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills, with strong proofreading skills a plus.
- Ability to effectively prioritize and manage a varying workload
- Ability to be self-directed, but also to build strong collaborative relationships as a member of a work team.
- An online portfolio showing web and graphic design work is required.
- Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Department of Labor.
Desired Skills and Core Competencies
Desirable experience, knowledge, and skills for this position include:
- Demonstrated knowledge of how to lead and manage the updating of website content.
- Experience in developing original art for newsletters, brochures, advertising, reports, and displays.
- Deep Adobe InDesign experience reflected through the production of brochures, newsletters, handouts, and/or fliers.
- Experience in using Photoshop to color correct and enhance photographs or resize and reformat files.
- Experience with developing infographics to achieve a compelling message.