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Printshop Director

Directs the operation of the college printshop to produce printed college materials; applies knowledge of graphic design, printing and bindery techniques along with sign making methods. Works with users to create and produce printed items that balance cost-effectiveness with quality and meet the needs and timelines of the users.  Oversees mail preparation and delivery along with processing and delivery of UPS parcels campus wide.


Reviews print shop requests; prioritizes work load by job complexity and due date; groups jobs requiring similar specifications, paper size and weight, etc., to minimize changes in equipment set up, maximize efficiency and productivity, and control costs.

Manages campus signage and way-finding needs, including production of new signs, updating existing signage, and ensuring compliance with current standards (ADA compliance and licensing). Supervises the use of the sign making equipment/software, fabrication of sign blanks and the application of sign making materials including lighting.

Uses and supervises others in the use of the most up-to-date desktop publishing and graphic art concepts to create large format prints, large format scans, camera ready art, imposition, and prep work such as layout and negative stripping to prepare for plate making or digital plate output for eventual printing press applications.

Supervises and is involved in the setup, maintenance, and troubleshooting of printshop equipment. Researches and assists in the purchase, troubleshoots and maintains departmental copiers, fax machines, and multi function printers (MFPs).

Prepares and monitors department budget; orders supplies and equipment and monitors inventory; develops bid specifications and chooses vendors for outsourcing of labor intensive printing projects; works with outside vendors to take advantage of sales and price breaks.

Sets up methods to quickly and accurately determine the fixed costs of print jobs; oversees monthly billings to charge back departments for printshop services.

Plans, researches, evaluates and recommends equipment, software/hardware and machinery purchases to meet the future printing and copier needs of the college.

Assigns work, trains, and advises staff on work methods and techniques in the operation of printshop equipment; monitors work processes to assure quality, conformance to specifications, and timely completion.

Keeps printshop staff up-to-date on current postage needs, including new regulations that pertain to the college.  Oversees the daily operation of the mail department and UPS deliveries.

Supervises, trains, and evaluates department staff and student workers.

Performs other related tasks as required.

SUPERVISION – Works under the general supervision of the director of institutional services

ATTENDANCE– Individuals in this position are expected to be available during the normal business hours of the college, and may occasionally be asked to vary their schedule to meet department requirements

WORKING CONDITIONS – Conditions are those of a typical production printing environment, requiring frequent communication with colleagues and the use of various types of moving machinery.  Must have the ability to move and lift up to 50 pounds.


  • Associate degree or 2-3 years of college, technical, vocational, or business school
  • Five or more years of experience in all aspects of graphic reproduction: graphic design, darkroom procedures, layout, advanced stripping, press operation, and experience in specialized publishing software, or combination of education and experience commensurate with the requirements of this position
  • The ability to set up, maintain, and resolve problems with printshop equipment
  • Experience in supervising and/or managing the job performance of other employees.

JOB DIMENSIONS – Analysis, Judgment, Planning and Organizing, Influence, Sensitivity, Technical/ Professional Self Development, Knowledge of Work, Commitment to College, Performance Results, Delegation, Attention to Detail, Work Standards, Initiative, Informal Communications, Written Communications, Stress Tolerance, Teamwork, Dependability, Self Reliance.


Kirtland Community College is an equal opportunity employer

* This job description is intended to describe the type and level of work being performed by a person in this position. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required by a person so classified.