Senior Graphic Designer/Cartographer

About Alta
Alta Planning + Design is an active transportation company dedicated to creating active, healthy communities through planning, landscape architecture, engineering, and education/encouragement programs. Alta was founded in 1996 when cities and communities were calling for safer streets for people walking and bicycling as the non-motorized transportation movement developed into a profession in the United States. We pioneered the field of active transportation, evolving our planning and design work into a visionary global practice that empowers people to live active, healthy lives and getting them to where they need to go.

Our core values and work bring about positive change by creating places that are geared toward moving people rather than cars, connecting community members to daily needs and human experience, and empowering every person to live an active healthy life. As a global leader in mobility innovation for over 24 years with 175 people on staff, we are dedicated to connecting people to places by working across disciplines and scale to address social justice, safety, and environmental resilience.

About the position
We are seeking a Senior Graphic Designer and Cartographer to join our team in Los Angeles, CA. If you are passionate about using visual communication and maps to tell stories focused on enabling people to bike, walk, and use transit more often, this position is for you. As a Graphic Designer, you will be responsible for brand development, design, and production of materials for digital, print, and fabricated mediums. This position has a special focus on mapping and cartography, including coordination with Alta’s Civic Analytics and Web teams. In addition, you may be involved in a range of general graphic design projects requiring both creative and technical skills, including wayfinding design, icon/symbol design, typography, complex infographics, and print collateral.

Our in-house Graphic Design team works closely with a multi-disciplinary team of planners, landscape architects, and engineers. We create graphics for a wide variety of projects including: wayfinding and sign systems for trails; planning and user maps; bicycle and pedestrian master plans; marketing and outreach campaigns; digital and print media campaigns; bicycle/pedestrian safety education; walking/biking events; and Safe Routes to School programs.

**Due to COVID-19 this position may temporarily start out as a work from home position. However, this position requires that the employee be based near one of the Alta offices listed above, as in-office attendance (at least twice a week) may be required when it is safe to return to the office.**

Position Priorities

An understanding of graphic design; cartography and maps; branding and typography, and demonstrated ability to thrive in collaborative environments; are required in order to successfully meet the requirements of this position.

The essential priorities of this exempt, salaried position are to:

Contribute to the conceptualization and development of cartography and graphic design elements for print and digital media including reports, websites, apps, and campaigns.

Work with Alta’s GIS specialists to develop standard ArcGIS Pro map templates, ensuring quality and integrity in Alta-produced maps

Ensure accuracy in all prepared documents.

Responsibilities + Tasks
Responsibilities of this positions include, but are not limited to:

Regularly collaborate with Civic Analytics and/or Web staff with a focus on improving and maintaining Alta standards, branding, and accessibility across a wide range of deliverables that span those three service areas.

Lead the development and regular review of Alta’s cartographic standard for print and digital maps.

Design and layout of long documents such as reports and master plans

Project management and communication with internal and external clients from concept to completion

Assist with design briefs by gathering information and data through research

Manage and coordinate production and fabrication of materials and files with external vendors

Ensure accuracy in all graphic files; including proofreading

This position requires a combination of skills and experience including, but not limited to:

5-7 years of experience as a graphic designer/cartographer or 3-5 years of experience and a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, Geography, or related field of study

Portfolio showcasing experience in maps and cartography, infographics, and print production and/or fabrication.

A strong interest in working closely with Alta’s Civic Analytics team as the designated point person for cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Must be able to take direction, as well as conceptualize and design projects independently

Design and prepare project deliverables for print and digital including: maps (planning and user/kiosk), complex data-driven infographics, and other outreach and/or marketing collateral (as assigned).

Project management experience

Consistently apply and enforce branding and style guidelines

Ability to communicate design concepts to a general audience

Ability to learn from and handle critiques; flexible and responsive to feedback

Ability to work independently and efficiently to meet tight deadlines

Ability to collaborate remotely across disciplines and geographic boundaries

Excellent time management skills, strong organizational skills, and superior attention to detail

Expert in Adobe Creative Suite software including Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and Acrobat, and proficient in MS Office including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint

Proficiency with GIS including the ESRI Suite (ArcGIS Pro), and/or open source GIS tools (QGIS, Mapbox, Carto) to create high-quality map products

Existing Experience with ArcGIS Pro and willingness to learn its deep cartographic functionality and its integration with Adobe Products.

Preferred Skills + Certifications
The following skills are not required, but would be a plus:

Knowledge of, and interest in, the field of active, non-motorized transportation

Experience working in an agency environment or in-house design department

Skill in interactive mapping (html, CSS, JavaScript), and general awareness of interactive mapping options that are currently available

Experience managing and mentoring staff

Experience using SketchUp

An understanding of and ability to read architectural drawings

Familiarity with pioneering artists and cartographers

Master’s Degree in Graphic Design, GIS, or a related field of study

Reporting + Management Structure
Reports to the Art Director and generally will manage no one.

Physical Requirements

This is a mostly sedentary position that requires sitting or standing for long periods of time. Manual dexterity and visual acuity are required for computer work.

What We Offer

The pay range for this job in Los Angeles, CA is $77,000-$96,000 annually. Placement within the range is based upon experience, skill-sets, and qualifications.

Alta offers comprehensive benefits to all full-time employees.

Medical: PPO or HSA medical plans, Alta pays 75% of the cost.

Dental/Vision: PPO, Alta pays 90% of the cost.

Life Insurance: Alta pays 100% of the premium for life and AD&D, equal to your base compensation.

401k: Alta provides a safe harbor match up to 4%.

PTO: 21 days accrued annually to start.

Holidays: 11 total company paid holidays

Additional benefits: Wellness reimbursement up to $800 annually, Bike maintenance reimbursement up to $150 annually, transit reimbursement up to $750 annually, 5-year travel award, and professional development opportunities.

To Apply:

Please apply via our website: https://altago.com/careers/senior-graphic-designer-cartographer-1473/

Please be prepared to upload a resume and cover letter.