Production Assistant

Apply now Job no: 535306
Work type: Staff
Location: Humboldt
Categories: Unit 7 - CSUEU - Clerical and Administrative Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Marketing/Communications
Position Description

Production Assistant

Marketing & Communication, Print Services
Job #535306
Close Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2024

At Cal Poly Humboldt, bold hearts and open minds shape the future.

Founded in 1913, Cal Poly Humboldt began as a small college for teachers. Today Humboldt has grown into a comprehensive university with rigorous science and liberal arts programs. Designated a polytechnic in 2022, Cal Poly Humboldt provides hands-on, impactful educational opportunities that lead to meaningful, measurable outcomes for the individual, for the state, and the world.

Cal Poly Humboldt is proud to have nearly 6,000 students of all backgrounds spread across 61 majors, 13 graduate programs, and 4 credential programs — all of whom contribute passion and creativity within their fields and set the stage for a future grounded in equity and sustainability. Hands-on learning, inspired teaching, ground-breaking research, and thought-provoking creative activity happen daily at Humboldt.

Cal Poly Humboldt is a Hispanic-Serving Institution that strives to foster an inclusive and equitable community to support our students of diverse backgrounds. We are committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality committed to working in a multicultural and multiracial community that reflects the diversity of the state.

Finding a better future is a task for the bold and open, the down-to-earth and visionary. Cal Poly Humboldt strives to cultivate these qualities in leaders, innovators, and scholars in every field.

(Job #535306) Reprographics Specialist II, Production Assistant, Hiring Range: $3505-5293 monthly. This is a full-time, benefited, non-exempt, 12-month pay plan, temporary (2 – 3 years) position in Marketing & Communications. This position comes with a premium benefits package that includes outstanding vacation, medical, dental, and vision plans, life insurance, voluntary pre-tax health and dependent care reimbursement accounts, a fee waiver education program, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and 14 paid holidays per year. Additional benefits information can be found at

Position Summary: The Production Assistant operates digital printing presses, large format printers, automated mailing equipment, pre-press equipment, and bindery equipment. Jobs require time and materials accounting, quality control checks, light maintenance and troubleshooting of equipment, organizing, and cleaning the press room, assisting other operators, and back-up customer service.

Key Responsibilities:

  • 30% - Equipment production, including setting up, operating, and cleaning of digital presses, large format printers, bindery and mailing equipment.
  • 10% - Maintenance and cleaning of the equipment and work area. Keeping work areas cleared for efficient work production, and handling routine maintenance.
  • 10% - Customer service, including communicating on phone, in person, and by email to clients. Answering questions and advising.
  • 10% - Provide lead work direction to student assistants.
  • 30% - Keeping up to date on mailing regulations. Filling out appropriate paperwork and updating job tracking systems. Using graphics software for variable data printing, and setting up files to print correctly.
  • 5% - Troubleshooting equipment problems, making adjustments, and making minor repairs to equipment.
  • 5% - Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Associated with this Position Include:

  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to operate a wide range of reprographics equipment and systems.
  • Ability to learn new equipment and processes quickly, as well as troubleshoot applicable equipment.
  • Requires basic knowledge of lithography and reprographics systems and operations.
  • Ability to quickly learn to perform basic maintenance on standard equipment. Troubleshoot equipment problems and refer more complex problems to higher-level reprographics staff.
  • Ability to follow and comply with all safety and work rule regulations.
  • Ability to produce basic variable data on high speed copiers.
  • Working knowledge of mixing and matching ink, manipulating color values and ensuring even density on the sheet and consistent color throughout the job using applicable equipment. Ability to accurately perceive color.
  • Ability to provide lead work direction to student assistants.
  • Ability to work well with others in a diverse environment, and to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Minimum Qualifications:

Entry to the first level within this classification requires

  • Basic computer skills and working knowledge of reprographics operations and functions;
  • Ability to read and write at a level appropriate for the position,
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions;
  • Ability to perform mathematical calculations.

These entry qualifications would normally be obtained through:

  1. Completion of a high school education or equivalent certification;
  2. Plus one year of related experience or an equivalent combination of experience and education
  3. Valid CA driver’s license


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of reprographics operations and functions.
  • Experience operating standard print production equipment, including high speed digital presses, various bindery equipment, automated mail equipment, large/wide format printers, and a variety of small precision measuring devices.
  • Ability to perform basic maintenance on standard equipment and to troubleshoot equipment problems.
  • Knowledge of paper stock and other media used in printing.
  • Ability to stay current on postal regulations and to help the unit follow ever-changing standards.
  • Experience providing lead work direction to student assistants.
  • Experience with graphic software including Adobe Creative Suite.

Application Procedure: To apply, qualified candidates must electronically submit the following materials by clicking the Apply Now button:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for at least three professional references

Application Deadline: The deadline to submit application materials is 11:55 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, 2024.


Any inquiries about this recruitment can be directed to or Cal Poly Humboldt’s Human Resources Office at (707) 826-3626.

We acknowledge that Cal Poly Humboldt is located on the unceded lands of the Wiyot people, where they have resided from time immemorial. We encourage all to gain a deeper understanding of their history and thriving culture. As an expression of our gratitude we are genuinely committed to developing trusting, reciprocal, and long lasting partnerships with the Wiyot people as well as all of our neighboring tribes. Cal Poly Humboldt was the first campus in the California State University system to offer a stand-alone major in Native American Studies.

Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

Working in the state of California is a condition of employment for this position. Even if part or all of an employee's assignment can be performed remotely, the employee must maintain a permanent residence in the state of California. The employee must be able to accept on-campus work assignment, as assigned, and come to campus when needed.

CSU strongly recommends that all individuals who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus) operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications and comply with other safety measure established by each campus. The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and any questions you have may be submitted to

Cal Poly Humboldt hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. This position may be considered a “Campus Security Authority”, pursuant to the Clery Act, and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1107 a condition of employment.


Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) is required prior to the appointment date. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) is required for employment. Cal Poly Humboldt will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or if it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Failure to satisfactorily complete or adverse findings from a background check may affect the employment status of candidates or continued employment of current CSU employees who are being considered for the position.

Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. Additional information about Cal Poly Humboldt can be found at

Cal Poly Humboldt is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.  Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Additionally, all CSU staff and faculty receive training annually on their obligations in responding to and reporting incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. You will be notified by email when you are required to take this mandated training.

Class Code: 1481
Publication Date: July 9, 2024  

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