Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Graphic Artist (#20003548)

General Statement

Under direction, performs work at the professional level in the design and production of a variety of graphic presentations and materials.

Essential Job Functions

Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Provides art direction, template design, photography, layout, typesetting, illustrating, editing and final production of professional quality brochures, newsletters and other communication materials; designs and/or edits presentations and printed exhibits in accordance with District brand guidelines; creates custom signage, forms and stationery in both electronic and printed format.
  • Creates and/or edits graphics such as diagrams, maps, motion graphics and animation used to illustrate complex technical information; creates professional, custom-designed maps using existing graphics and data.
  • Plans, writes and designs targeted communications materials including graphics, brochures and illustrations to clearly convey technical information to the general public or other specific audiences.
  • Assists with web design and art direction for the District website.
  • Photographs various district facilities, waterways and other subjects needed for graphics work; archives photographs; edits and processes images; mounts, mats and frames photos and other documents as needed.
  • Meets with requesting departments to develop concepts and provide technical assistance related to the design and cost of graphics projects.
  • Maintains and orders graphics supplies and equipment; plans the selection of materials for graphic projects; coordinates with external vendors for material purchases or production needs.

Other Job Functions

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Environmental Conditions

Work is performed in a typical office environment and requires the use of standard office equipment including computers.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, materials and techniques of the graphic arts.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of photography including printing and developing of photographic materials.
  • Ability to plan and execute graphics such as charts, graphs, diagrams, maps and other visual aids in both printed and electronic format.
  • Ability to utilize various graphic design technologies and software packages in the design and production of graphic materials in printed and electronic format.
  • Ability to undertake and complete complex and sensitive public information assignments effectively and according to schedule.
  • Ability to provide technical assistance to operating department staff regarding the design, editing and cost of developing graphic materials.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a major in graphic design, marketing or communications.


Experience in graphic design at the professional level may be substituted for the college study on a year-for-year basis. Technical training beyond high school in graphic design may be substituted for the college study on a year-for-year basis.

Promotional Requirement

  • None

CLASS: 20003548; EST: 1/1/1984; REV: 5/1/2024;