The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Job Details

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan’s mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan’s facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 800 miles of pipeline, and 16 hydroelectric power plants.

Job Summary

Metropolitan’s External Affairs Group, Media and Communications section has one (1) opening for a Graphic Arts Designer available at its Headquarters in Los Angeles, California.

As a Graphic Arts Designer you are expected to produce journey level graphic design, display, lithographic, photographic and web development products and services using proven advanced technical skills and commercial art production expertise. The amalgamation of your journey level skills must demonstrate the capability to routinely produce unique, highly aesthetic, technically correct communication collateral that conveys a corporate agenda in the following:

• Graphic Design: Using industry standard software and/or traditional manual techniques, candidate must demonstrate comprehensive experience and aesthetic application of graphic design principles, techniques, and succinct execution that is conducive to a corporate environment.

• Photography: Comprehensive technical skills and experience using contemporary photographic equipment that results in unique, effective and aesthetic composition of portraiture, environmental and industrial assignments. Journey level skills in post-production editing software for image enhancement.

• Web: User experience, user interface, responsive website development by proficiently utilizing HTML, CSS, JavaScript/jQuery, CSS and JavaScript frameworks; CSS preprocessing; and leverage testing, debugging and management; version control/Git; browser developer tools; and web automation resources and practices for optimum web performance.

• Illustration Aptitude: Effective skills in traditional or digital illustration that can add unique creative enhancement to work assignments.

• Environmental Displays: Comprehensive experience in producing informational signage, museum quality exhibit components and in the design, layout, and implementation of complete gallery spaces.

• Lithography: Comprehensive experience in traditional and digital printing workflows, including preparation and outsourcing management of pre-press, production, bindery and logistical requirements.

• Animation: Working knowledge of Adobe After Effects or similar software to create animations for speaker support presentations and on-line platforms.

1. Develops strategies with clients on high profile, complex, and/or critical corporate assignments and projects to convey a corporate message in a graphically concise manner; reviews and adheres to associated budget and project time-lines; makes recommendations based on project criteria and develops advanced-level solutions to meet clients’ specialized and diverse graphic communication needs; develops production schedules and cost estimates consistent with assignment criteria.

2. Develops and presents corporate-level graphic communication strategies and solutions that may include specialized promotional campaigns with numerous innovative graphic displays, print, and online media elements. Routinely develops concepts, creates designs, and produces sample layouts and final artwork based on layout principles and aesthetic design composition for corporate partners, executives, managers, and customers.

3. Provides graphics project management and/or research, design development, art creation, maintenance or programming support of the Metropolitan’s Internet and Intranet web sites.

4. Designs, prepares and revises advertisements, publications, displays, exhibits, and publishing materials manually or by using desktop publishing applications and graphic input and output devices; routinely works directly with upper and executive management to produce visual and graphic communications for internal and external audiences.

5. Researches and evaluates industry standards for page and document layout and graphic design applications, training, and equipment; makes recommendations for inclusion into production environment.

6. Acts as information technology liaison: performs testing on graphic and page layout applications, identifies and troubleshoots technical issues, and coordinates system upgrades and solutions.

7. Coordinates technical production, timeline and budget with internal and external service providers.

8. Leads and develops project specifications for outsourcing assignments, evaluates vendor cost estimates and recommends selection. Coordinates assignment specifications, production timeline, deliverables, and budget with internal and/or external service providers. Monitors and insures contracted work meets quality standards. May assist in developing the scope of work for outsourcing vendor solicitations, and may participate in vendor screening process and selection committees.

9. Maintains and assists in the modification of the project tracking system. Produces project tracking system reports. Enters and maintains project data in the project tracking and production file management system.

10. Provides production, revision, and maintenance of technical and isometric illustrations

Work Schedule: (9/80) Alternate Friday’s Off

5% Oral Communication
10% Project Management / Analytical
15% Job Preparation
20% Interpersonal Skills
50% Technical Skills and Knowledge
(15% graphic design, 15% photographic, 20% web development)

IMPORTANT: For your application to be considered you must upload your resume and four sample documents of your work [1 Graphic Design, 1 Photographic, 1 free hand drawing sample, and 1 hyperlink to an advanced level web-design written with (HTML5, CSS3, or jQuery)] within one PDF file. Please ensure that the file size is less than 5MB. If you have trouble uploading your documentation, please send an email to

Job Requirements



• Competitive compensation
• Excellent medical, dental, life, vision plans.
• Deferred compensation in the form of a 401(k) plan (with matching contribution) and a 457 plan.
• Retirement benefits under the California Public Employees' Retirement System
• Tuition reimbursement
• Training and advancement opportunities
• On-site fitness center
• Excellent working environment
• Hub of public transportation: rail, subway, buses, and taxis

• Public transportation reimbursements and van pools


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Reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities may be requested by calling (213) 217-7738 at least 5 working days in advance of the scheduled examination date(s). 

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