Job Opportunity: Senior Graphic Designer at Cal OES


Excited to join an innovative, nation-leading team of crisis communications and public affairs professionals?

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is now hiring a Graphic Designer III within our Office of Crisis Communication and Public Affairs.

We take pride in being innovative, agile employer and as a department is constantly evolving our communications approach to advance our mission of protecting Californians from hazards of all types. Our vision is to create culture-defining, innovative and groundbreaking work across key partners in emergency management.

We believe in attracting and nurturing world class talent with a focus on diversity, community and career development. We’re seeking a graphic designer III with a strong conceptual craft and a deep curiosity around informing the public before, during and after emergencies. This position will help build and maintain comprehensive brand identities and design systems to ensure for cross-collaboration. This role is part of a team of other audio and visual experts, working within a larger growing team of 20+ media professionals.

In this role, the selected candidate will help visually guide public education and outreach campaigns housed within the Office of Crisis Communication and Public Affairs to reach California communities. In addition, the position will work across the organization, playing an integral role in owning brand guidelines to design a variety of creative solutions across a many channels, including digital, print, social and other platforms.

With some of the industry’s best talent on the team, we are proud to communicate life-saving messaging across preparedness, response and recovery emergency phases.

Job Description

Under direction of the Staff Services Manager II, the Graphic Designer III is responsible for the consultation, research, concept development, and execution of the most complex activities and work assignments that support Cal OES’ communication efforts and creative strategies.

The position will plan and execute high quality artwork, drawings, layouts, graphs, charts, diagrams, and design materials in print and electronic format, using state-of-the-art graphic design techniques.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.


  • Experience with brand design definition and leadership;
  • Experience collaborating with or working on a product team;
  • Experience leading with creative vision, purpose and innovation;
  • Experience building portfolio brands and working with brand architecture;
  • Experience across integrated design work;
  • Experience collaborating, driving consensus among highly cross functional teams;
  • Experience managing partners and leading teams from the concept phase to execution;
  • Proficiency in presenting and pitching creative concepts and ideas to senior leaders and internal/external partners;
  • Proficiency in graphic design, art direction, typography, photography, retouching, layouts & grids, and color strategy;
  • Proficiency in design software;
  • A certification or degree from an accredited or recognized professional institute or body in the program areas of art, design, visual communications, and computer graphics; and neatness.

Apply at Cal Careers

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting.

Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareers Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included.


For List Eligibility, this position requires the Graphic Designer III exam. If you need to take the exam or if your score has expired, click the link to gain list eligibility: 3HP37.PDF (

California Highway Patrol (CHP) is currently offering the Graphic Designer III exam. Please review the examination bulletin and follow the exam application instructions. Be advised that the cut-off date(s) are as follows:

  • November 13, 2023
  • December 13, 2023

To apply for the Graphic Designer III examination and obtain list eligibility, you must submit an application package to the address indicated on CHP examination bulletin.

To apply for the Graphic Designer III position with Cal OES, you must submit an application package as outlined on this job bulletin.

**Please follow both instructions, individually.**


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