Multi-Media & Digital Accessibility Designer

  • The person who fills this position can be based at any of our three offices (Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; or Bay Area, CA).
  • Regular Full-time (40 hours/week), hourly-benefitted Position.
  • Overtime exempt.
  • Annual salary range between $74,880 - $91,520, plus benefits.
  • Applications accepted until position filled.

Our community

Our EnviroIssues team is passionate about supporting communities in having a voice and opportunity to influence the issues impacting their everyday life. As a consulting firm, we work with a wide variety of clients, mainly in the public sector, on public involvement and community outreach to bring community voices into a variety of projects – whether that’s addressing wastewater discharge into Puget Sound, large infrastructure projects across counties in the Bay Area, replacing a bridge in Portland, or helping communities plan how they grow. While our largest area of work is transportation and transit, we also work in water utilities, land use, natural resources, climate, cleanup, energy and other sectors that impact people in our communities. With more than 100 staff across our Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, and Oakland offices, we collaborate and support each other in defining collective success.

We believe Black Lives Matter and are committed to a journey toward being an antiracist workplace. We have a long way to go to address our structural and institutional racism and come together as a community for mutual support and respect. We need people to join our community who are committed to addressing their personal racism, as well as stand with us in learning and developing a new culture of antiracism. In 2019, we officially stated the necessity of becoming an anti-racist organization. Although, our journey began with a small group of staff a couple of years earlier, we were clear we could not strive for excellent service without this mandatory ingredient. With this awareness, we have clarity in our mission, to decolonize and eliminate racism in community engagement by actively and assertively transforming to be an anti-racist, human-centered organization. This will equip us to amplify the voice, power, self-determination, and practices of the communities we serve.

We share this commitment to equity and are early in our journey. We are stumbling and making mistakes; and growing in our collective humanity. We are working to build a team that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we work, diversity of ideas, leadership and work styles; and will support our vision of an equitable and thriving workplace. We strive to stay humble in our growth and understand that in order to effectively serve our communities and clients, we must begin our work internally. The ideal candidate will see themselves in this journey and eager to bring their wisdom and experience in service to our equity journey.

Our design team

Our design team is a small group of dynamic humans who are passionate about creating culturally responsive, accessible, and beautifully designed pieces with and for the communities we serve. Central to our team culture is relationship and a spirit of support—professional, emotional, and intellectual. We see ourselves as valuable partners to our greater EI team, co-creating strategies to meet project needs. Our deep belief is that all human beings desire and deserve creativity in their lives and it is our joy and honor to be creative practitioners.

The role and position

We are looking for someone to join our team who brings years of experience working with multi-media design and graphic accessibility. In this role, we need someone focused on partnership, who will work alongside our Creative Director with a focus on offering mentorship and coaching to others on the team while also being interested in collective learning and growth. In the role, you’ll work with various project teams and clients offering you design expertise and working on a variety of print materials such as fact sheets, to online website, videos, animation, maps, and various visual engagement elements. We’re seeking someone who is committed to antiracism and can bring an equity lens to their design work and work in alongside our team to continually improve equity in our work. We want to welcome someone who is comfortable giving and receiving feedback and who understand their work/life boundaries and respects and supports our team achieving their own goals and needs for health and well-being.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Demonstrate ability to collaborate every day and bring a desire to build strong relationships with our design team and broader EI community.
  • A desire to work as part of a team that sees redundancy as an important contribution and is willing to pitch in in support of other teammates.
  • Experience as a people manager offering mentorship, coaching, and supporting the growth and skill development of others.
  • A deep knowledge of design principles and experience using design software including InDesign, Illustrator, PSD, AfterEffects, PremierePro, and the Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Understanding and experience in the following mediums:
    • Virtual reality
    • 3D modeling
    • Drone photography and video capture
    • Branding and visual identity development
    • Video production and video animation
  • Experience facilitating creative brief development and working in partnership with non-graphic designers to define a creative approach. This includes problem solving with our project teams in order to receive relevant information that allows the Design team to engage and offer strategies throughout a project effort.
  • Commitment and experience applying antiracist graphic design practices and willingness to offer mentorship and coaching with our design team.
  • Familiarity and experience applying accessibility practices in graphic design and has an understanding of Federal 508 compliance guidelines and practices.
  • Experience with branding and visual identity development, video production, and animation
  • Ability to review technical documents, design plans, and maps and translate them into more accessible community-orientation graphic elements.
  • Understand core constructs such as structural racism, equity, justice, white privilege, internalized oppression, anti-racism, and more.
  • Understand how race-based privilege and power has contributed to “the range of barriers to equal opportunity and the depth of embedded racial inequities” – how they were created, are currently reinforced and maintained, and can be removed.
  • Exhibit cultural responsiveness and humility.
  • Commitment to seeking and offering direct feedback with a growth mindset.
  • Excellent writing focused on being accessible to a wide variety of specific audiences.
  • Ability to focus and demonstrate attention to detail.
  • Experience navigating conflict and addressing concerns from community members who are upset.
  • Organizational and computer skills (especially with Word and Excel).
  • Ability and interest in self-reflection.
  • Ability to communicate in a language other than English.

Conditions of employment:

  • Local travel to sites/events outside of regular business hours.
  • A willingness to build awareness of racial equity strategies and practices to apply toward duties while at EI.

How EI is responding to COVID-19

Based on understanding of current science and public policy, we are working under a mandatory work from home policy, likely through fall 2021. Our team is continuing to consider current trends and recommendations and may extend this mandatory work from home policy as necessary. The safety and wellbeing of EI employees, their families, and our communities is our top priority. We are also working with clients to ensure outreach activities in communities are implemented in ways that are safe for our team. We will not require anyone to perform onsite/in-person outreach activities who does not feel safe doing so, or who is not able to because of their home circumstances or obligations. Upon hire, EI will partner to provide any technology, technical support, and supplies needed to effectively and safely complete position duties.

To apply, please email the below listed directly to resumes@enviroissues.com

  • Resume highlighting relevant experience.
  • Cover letter sharing information about you, your interest in this position, and why you feel ending racism is important and what strategies have you created to dismantle racism in your life.
  • Work samples or a portfolio demonstrating your work in multi-media design and accessibility accepted in various formats.
  • Self-Identify Form from our website (maintained separately from your application materials).
  • We encourage anyone who brings bilingual and/or multicultural background and/or lived experience that help us include all voices in an equitable way to apply.