Environmental Graphics Design Specialist

Washington D.C
Apr 18, 2022
May 15, 2022
Full Time
Are you a visual communications designer who is highly motivated and thrives in complex environments?

Do you have a keen understanding of accessibility and safety in public spaces?

Do you want to have a lasting impact on the DC Metro area and its public transit system?

Apply today to become a member of the Environmental Graphics Design Team in the Office of Engineering and Architecture (ENGA).

ENGA supports the overall mission of WMATA to provide safe, reliable and efficient Metrorail transportation throughout the DC Metro area by providing design and project management services for WMATA facilities and infrastructure renewal and new construction tasks.

The successful candidate will have a degree in Graphic Design, Architecture, or related field of study, and will contribute to the Authority's Digital and Static Signage and Wayfinding Program. This position reports to the Environmental Graphic Design Manager.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design, Architecture, Fine Arts or a related field of study

  • A minimum of six (6) years of demonstrated, progressively responsible graphics design experience
    • A Master's degree in a relevant field can substitute for two years of work experience

  • N/A

  • A master's degree in a relevant field such as visual communications or graphic design

Medical Group

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Job Summary

The Environmental Graphics Design (EGD) Specialist works within the ARCH department's "signage" scope - addressing Metrorail's wayfinding, customer information, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Roadway safety requirements. The incumbent conducts site surveys, signage inventory reporting, production-ready artwork file creation in support of maintenance activities, new signage strategy collaboration for Capital Improvement Projects, and signage compliance implementation required for safety and ADA accessibility. Supports large-scope signage improvement presentations and proposal on occasion. The EGD Specialist participates in all project phases including survey and assessment of existing signage conditions; preparation of signage and environmental graphic design packages and provides guidance for design performed by others.

Essential Functions
  • Designs layout for Metrorail System signage, utilizing industry standard graphics software and ensures that files are accessible and editable for future iterations and reproduction.
  • Produces 2D and 3D illustrations, as well as, high-end presentation graphics for concept development and briefing materials, to convey the vision of new design element proposals and serve as a visual communication tool to seek approval from governing committees and evaluate potential impacts on localized environmental factors.
  • Executes file preparation and formatting for production, including file output selection, color correction, font verification, and fabrication specifications to avoid print errors or default settings that are inconsistent with original design criteria
  • Maintains database of sketches, working drafts, revisions, and final production files for networked project folders and archives to be able to track tasks, source past materials for maintenance, improve design consistency, and share files for collaborative design efforts.
  • Performs site surveys in support of signage project tasks, including replacement of existing signage as well as installation of new signage to meet safety and accessibility requirements.
  • Creates photo referencing and composite rendering for signage placement plans to supplement placement diagrams and offer elevation views of signage plans that will provide a visual simulation to signage requestors, in advance of submitting project files for production, as well as, provide guidance to installers after fabrication.

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.