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Non-Classified Opening

Web Services and Graphic Design Specialist

Non-Classified Classification

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Open for Recruitment: March 8, 2018 - March 19, 2018
Announcement # NONCLS031558
Salary Range: $20.00 - $26.00 per hr. ($41,600 - $54,080 yearly) -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

SPECIAL NOTIFICATION:  This position is exempt from classified state service and the rules of the Division of Human Resources and the Idaho Personnel Commission.

The State Department of Education (SDE) is looking for a graphic design and website developer to join our Communications department to ensure stakeholders in Idaho are well informed about K-12 education in the state. 


The principal function of this employee is to design and update front-end web development and web-based integration for the State Department of Education (SDE). This position also provides support to SDE programs in designing and producing professional publications. The work requires both graphic design skills and information technology skills necessary to develop and maintain a website.

The SDE follows federal guidelines to accommodate those with disabilities. The Web Services and Graphics Design Specialist must possess an understanding of the principles of accessibility and can build products that are accessible to users with disabilities.

Work is performed under the supervision of the Communication department director, but considerable latitude is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative in design work. The duties of this position are performed in a general office environment. This is a full time position serving under an appointment of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.


  • Confers with and advises staff on design and use of website, including performance, accessibility and usability.
  • Creates design concepts; determines format, graphics, interactivity, links and usage.
  • Performs routine website maintenance.
  • Develops and maintains new web pages.
  • Reviews and updates home page and existing web development standards.
  • Promotes proper use of Uniform Resource Locators (URL’s) and design standards.
  • Provides advice and education to SDE staff on branding and marketing techniques in support of department programs.
  • Provides user training on how the website is used and how best to organize web-based information.
  • Generates textual and graphical web content for publishing.
  • Troubleshoots and resolves web-based problems and determines appropriate solutions.
  • Participates in helping evaluate accessibility tools and compliance, to include policies, standards and third-party reviews.
  • Ensure systems are compliant with SDE’s online accessibility policies.
  • Researches available tools and technologies and stays current on new technology and theory.
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with SDE policies, procedures, and safety practices.
  • Designs marketing materials for conferences (booklet, signage, banners and conference-specific web pages).
  • Performs other related duties as required.     


  • Three to five (3-5) years creating and designing art work and digital files; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques of computer graphic design.
  • Knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Visual Studio, HTML-HTML5, CSS-CSS3 and Responsive Design.
  • Understanding of the printing process and techniques.
  • Experience with front-end web development, testing, implementation and maintenance.
  • Understanding of website interaction with other programs and systems.
  • Experience in designing for accessibility, ensuring adequate access to information through assistive technologies.
  • Experience with marketing and publication techniques, styles and trends.
  • Possess good customer service skills and techniques.
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions and comply with department policies and procedures.
  • Ability to analyze the needs of users of the SDE and provide design assistance in web applications and publications.
  • Ability to analyze website information and issues to develop and implement effective solutions.
  • Operate standard office equipment, including a personal computer using program applications appropriate to assigned duties.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other SDE employees, supervisory personnel, administrators, and the general public.
  • Perform multiple tasks simultaneously, including handling interruptions, and return to and complete tasks in a timely manner.
  • Perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under stress and the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Demonstrate integrity, ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design or related field is preferred.
  • Five to ten (5-10) years or more experience creating and designing art work and digital files; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides advanced knowledge and abilities in this line of work.


  • Eligibility for university fee waiver program.
  • Vacation and sick leave, accrual beginning immediately upon hire.
  • Comprehensive benefits, including medical/dental/vision insurance, life insurance, PERSI retirement plan.


Click on the “Apply Online” button to the left and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position.

When updating your online application information, you must complete all items in the Application Checklist (this serves as your Employment Application). Without this information, your name cannot be referred for consideration. Items in the Application Checklist include: Personal Information, Education, Work History, Cities (please select "Boise"), Agencies (please select "Superintendent of Public Instruction"), Job Type/Shift (please select "Full time").

The exam for this position is to submit a letter of interest and customized resume or curriculum vitae. Click the "Preview Exam" button below to review the exam questions. In the letter of interest, please include a link to a website where you were a major contributor on the project.  Your letter should include an explanation of your role in the project.


All applications received for this opening will be reviewed and screened to determine the most suitable candidates to be called for interviews. 

First-round finalists will be asked to provide a portfolio of your work to include no less than five (5) samples of printed graphic materials and three (3) web-based examples of your work, which you were primarily responsible for designing, you utilized the software to create, and you were responsible for the final product.  We'd like to know on each sample what software was used and what your role was in the project.  All portfolio materials will be returned.

Second-round finalists will be invited for an in-person interview.  Interviews will take approximately one and one-half (1.5) hours, and will include an oral interview and a practical exam utilizing computer-based graphic software.  Each candidate will also be asked to provide three (3) letters of recommendations, or the names and contact information for three (3) professional references.  Additional information, documentation, or transcripts may be requested.


The State Department of Education seeks to fill this position as soon as possible following the closing date.  Interview dates have not been determined at this time. Those applicants not selected will be notified.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the State Department of Education!


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At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.