Job Description

Title: Graphics Specialist/Copy Editor

Location: USA

Categories: Media / Publishing Education/Higher Education
Job Description:


The Graphics Specialist/Copy Editor designs visual resources to increase the understanding of, and adherence to, Minnesota assessment programs and accurately and concisely communicate legislative requirements, policies, procedures and purpose of the Minnesota assessments and division initiatives. The high-stakes environment of statewide assessment requires the division to produce error-free material, either published on paper or electronically, that is clear, concise, and visually appealing. The intended audience(s) include educators, administrators, the public, agency staff and policymakers.

  1. Designs and implements visual resources, including infographics, which are accurate and concise. These resources ensure clear, effective and consistent messaging that informs and educates the public about federal and state legislation and the work of the division.
  2. Creates resources from an equity perspective (racial, gender, ability, etc.) to ensure these resources represent all students.
  3. Utilizes existing cast of characters used to represent students and administrators and maintains the image library for resource development.
  4. Ensure all resources meet state and federal guidelines for accessibility (for example color contrast, alt text, descriptive hyperlinks) and following the MDE Style Guide for formatting (for example headings, font size, spacing, use of color).
  5. Review and edit text thoroughly for correct grammar, syntax, usage, style, and consistency.
  6. Proofread rendered copy at various stages of development with a goal of 100% accuracy.
  7. Verify edits and ensure uniformity and consistency across components.
  8. Work proactively to identify training issues or process inconsistencies/gaps.
  9. Consistently follow established best practices and contribute to the development of new workflow processes.
  10. Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to produce top-quality materials.


Knowledge of:

  • InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint. Solid understanding of the use of HTML and XML in web publishing is desired.
  • How to apply and/or interpret information in print or online references (e.g., The Chicago Manual of Style , The Gregg Reference Manual , Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary , etc.)

Skill in:

  • All forms of communication (virtual, written, oral)
  • Problem solving, analysis, creative and critical thinking.
  • Utilizing a variety of technology and design software
  • Organizing activities and information into coherent and efficient steps to meet objectives.
  • Analyzing data/information necessary to come to conclusions and make recommendations.
  • Attention to details so materials and information is accurate.

Ability to:

  • Create visually appealing resources.
  • Proofread and copy edit at various stages of development with a goal of 100% accuracy.
  • Negotiate outcomes based on what is best for program and generate buy in
  • Track multiple tasks and schedules, excellent organizational skills.