Creative Design Manager

Creative Design Manager
Organization East Bay Regional Park District
Location Oakland, California
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Jul 6, 2022

Creative Design Manager


$54.45 – $76.55 Hourly

$9,438.00 – $13,268.67 Monthly

$113,256.00 – $159,224.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 06/08/22

CLOSING DATE: 07/06/22 05:00 PM


The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful parklands and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to the east of San Francisco. Established in 1934, the Park District is the oldest and largest regional park system in the United States, managing over 125,000 acres of parkland within 73 regional parks, and encompassing over 1,300 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.

What You’ll Be Doing:

Under general direction, serves as Manager of the Creative Design Group, managing Graphic Design, Environmental Graphics, and Exhibits departments.  This position is responsible for the design and production of all District branding and graphics, including publications, signs, interpretive panels, exhibits, videos, and marketing collateral to enhance and promote the District’s mission.

Ideal Candidate:

• Strong creative direction skills, with a keen eye for innovative ideas and trends

• Experienced in art direction, with the ability to affably bring out the best work in others

• Has deep technical knowledge and practical application of the complete design process for environmental graphics and exhibit design, from concept to installation

• Hands-on experience and knowledge of production equipment (C&C Router, large format printers, hand and shop tools)

• Strong creative skills and the vision to turn briefs into creative projects

• Excellent organization and analytical skills

• Good collaborative and communication skills

• Strong leadership and management skills to oversee a highly talented team of creative design, development, and production staff

A Few Reasons Why You May Love This Job:

• Opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects ranging from the East Bay’s urbanized shoreline to the open landscapes and rural communities in East County and the Delta.

• Contributing your own tangible legacy to the Park District’s mission.

• Excellent benefits including Medical (100% employer paid), Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending, and pension benefits through California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

• Working with a purpose – the preservation of open space and a commitment to the environment and access to parks for all East Bay communities.

• A community of colleagues who are passionate about the East Bay Regional Park District and its mission.

• Tuition reimbursement and professional development.

• Free on-site parking.

Our Values:

• Respect – We honor each other, the park visitors we serve, and the land we steward.

• Resilience – We creatively adapt to change. We address challenges with empathy, perspective, and determination.

• Relationships – Our greatest strength lies in the trust, accountability, and teamwork we cultivate with our colleagues, partners, and the public we serve.

• Responsiveness – We communicate openly, honestly, and reliably.

• Transparency – We hold the public’s trust through meaningful stakeholder engagement and access to timely and reliable information on decisions and performance.

 A Few Reasons Why You May Love This Job:

• Working with a purpose for a better world today and in future generations through the preservation of open space, public access to the outdoors, and a commitment to the conservation of the natural world found east of the San Francisco Bay across 33 cities in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

• A community of colleagues who are passionate about public service and the East Bay Regional Park District, the communities it serves, and its mission.

• Excellent benefits: Medical (100% employer paid), Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending, and pension benefits through California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). Click for additional benefits.

• Tuition reimbursement and professional development.

• Consideration of telework opportunities and flexible work schedules.

• Free on-site parking.


• Planning, organizing, overseeing construction, and managing all functions and projects related to the design and production of work in Creative Design Group;

• Producing the highest professional quality multi-media and marketing collateral used for exhibits, signage, branding and marketing materials;

• Ensuring all deadlines are met;

• Coordinating activities and fostering cooperative working relationships with District stakeholders, contractors, outside agencies, subordinate employees, and staff from other District Divisions;

• Additionally, this position maintains critical records, prepares various written correspondence including staff reports, and monitors budget expenditures;

• Proposes clear and current guidelines for District branding, wayfinding, exhibit development and graphics standards;

• Obtains necessary construction and installation permits and identifies alternative solutions to obstacles in the implementation of design and production objectives;

• Stays current on new trends and innovations in the field of environmental graphics, industrial design, interpretive exhibits, and makes recommendations for the procurement of software and hardware as necessary to maintain safety and efficiency in the production of graphics and exhibits;

• Continually assesses the inclusionary and interactive effectiveness of collateral production and makes adjustments accordingly;

• And provides direction and exercises the full scope of supervisory responsibilities over professional, technical, and administrative staff in support of the divisional and organizational goals.

• Performs highly responsible, complex assistance to the Assistant General Manager of Public Affairs and the General Manager;

• And performs related duties as assigned.


Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in environmental graphics, industrial or graphic design, architecture, or a related field.

Experience: Four years of professional or technical experience in production of environmental graphics or exhibit design. At least two of the four years must be at the supervisory level.



• Expertise in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop

• Expertise in MS Office

• Knowledge of SketchUp, Rhino, or other 3D software is a plus.

• Knowledge of SmartSheet, and DAM platforms is a plus.



• Must be proficient in the knowledge of methods, materials, tools, and production techniques of digital photography, videography, media duplication, non-linear editing, compression, and sign making.

• Must be knowledgeable of ADA regulations; federal, state, and local regulatory requirements; and District ordinances as they relate to signage and exhibit production and installation.

• Must have excellent skills in the design, production, and installation of environmental graphics and exhibits; establishing and maintaining positive and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work at all levels; supervising staff and volunteers; written and oral communication; project management; budget administration; and exercising sound independent judgment.

• Must have the ability to operate and maintain a network of computers, printers, and plotters; and produce the full variety of environmental graphics and exhibits.

• Must be able to drive to various work sites to meet with stakeholders and install visual graphics, and must be able to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Conditions of Employment:  

• All East Bay Park Regional District employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

• A valid California State driver’s license is a condition of initial and continued employment in this position.

• Persons in this classification must be able to use a respirator in the performance of their work. In accordance with CAL OSHA respirator regulations, incumbent shall not wear beards or long sideburns that impede the effectiveness of the respirator.

• This position is in the Management group and is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (i.e. is not eligible for overtime).

• The selected candidate must pass the Park District’s Level 1 background check, which consists of Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprinting, FBI fingerprinting, professional references, and education verification. Pursuant to the Federal Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, all hired applicants will be required to provide proof of identity and appropriate work authorization documents prior to commencement of employment.

Application materials for these positions consist of three (3) required parts:

1. A current East Bay Regional Park District application submitted online, and

2. Completed supplemental questions

Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least one (1) hour to submit your application if you are a new user to the system.  If you have previously applied on, please take care to update your existing profile. Applications are accepted online only. Our online application system is provided by NeoGov. If you encounter problems while applying online, please contact NeoGov Help Desk toll-free at (855) 524-5627.

Notification:  All applicants will be notified of the disposition of their application via email, generally within two to three weeks after the closing date. You may also sign into your account to view your current application status and notifications.

Selection Process: The application materials for all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be reviewed by a screening panel to select the best qualified for testing or interview. The District reserves the right to set up a written test, performance test, and/or other assessment procedures before or after the interview process. Possession of minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview or invitation to test. Pursuant to the Federal Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, all applicants who are hired will be required to provide proof of identity and appropriate work authorization documents prior to commencement of employment.

Management Designation: This position is in the Management group and is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (i.e. is not eligible for overtime). The probationary period for this position is one year.

Special Testing Arrangements: If you require special arrangements due to a verified disability or medical condition, please contact the Human Resources Department at (510) 544-2154.

Tentative Date of Examinations:

July/August 2022

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The East Bay Regional Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects a diverse workforce and community. It is committed to promoting an equitable and inclusive workspace that is welcoming to all. Applicants from all backgrounds and life experiences are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.


2950 Peralta Oaks Court

Oakland, CA 94605

(510) 544-2154

[email protected]

Position #22-2E-01



Creative Design Manager Supplemental Questionnaire

* 1. Briefly describe your work history of leading a diverse graphic design operation that specializes in design and production of signage and exhibits.

* 2. Describe a complex graphic design multi-media project you oversaw that included signage, promotional materials and/or exhibits.

* 3. What is your experience with design applications specifically Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop, SketchUp, Rhino or other 3D software, and DAM platform?

* 4. What types of production and printing equipment, e.g., large format printers, C&C routers, are you proficient in?

* 5. Describe your managerial style and your experience managing employees represented by labor unions?

* Required Question 

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