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Creative Designer

Encinitas, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Who We Are

Dudek is a leading environmental, planning, and engineering firm that helps public and private clients achieve compliance, practicality, and innovation through our project work. Founded in 1980, Dudek has grown steadily to more than 800 professionals across the U.S. and received the Top Workplace Award for 2021.

As a 100% employee-owned company, Dudek’s culture rewards smart, productive team members with ownership, professional development, and financial benefits. Our work communities are designed to encourage collaboration, sustainability, and connectivity with the surrounding communities.

We invest in our Employees and communities through various initiatives that make Dudek a great place to work! Dudek makes it a priority to DuGood by giving back to the communities in which we live and work, and offer Dudekians the opportunity to take a paid volunteer day each year. Our experts are encouraged to eDUcate school groups about planning, engineering, and preserving the natural and built environments. We promote environmental sustainability through our DuGreen initiative by working to improve our environmental footprint. We also DuWell to educate our associates on their health and wellness. And our Du Something Fun team brings everyone at Dudek together to balance our hard work with exciting activities.

At Dudek, we understand the best problem solving happens when diverse viewpoints and experiences are shared. We recognize that different perspectives, inclusivity, and trust build a stronger culture and add value to our firm. We celebrate our differences and strive to make meaningful progress toward becoming a more diverse company.

Learn more about our culture.

About The Job

Dudek is looking for a mid-to upper mid-level graphic designer who is interested in a full-time position working directly with our marketing and creative design service groups to help craft visually compelling publication design and layouts for a variety of environmental, planning, and engineering projects.

This position requires a candidate who has a passion for designing stunning publication layouts and is constantly striving to increase the efficiency of a layout by utilizing styles, libraries, developing templates, etc. If you live and breathe grids, parent pages, table styles, love alignment, white space, and balance of design—then this position could be for you!

This position could be performed either in-office or hybrid in proximity to one of our Dudek office locations. Note that while this position is not required to be near the Encinitas (HQ) location, San Diego County is where the majority of our close-knit Creative Team resides.

Learn more about the projects you will have the opportunity to shape.

Who You Are

To thrive at Dudek, you should be comfortable with freedom and accountability. We value collaborative, resourceful, and independent thinkers. We look for curious, solution-focused people who are able to adapt quickly to an ever-changing industry. There is no single way to solve a problem, so we support your creative approaches to solve problems.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Publication Layout. Design, edit, and produce high quality multi-page (20-200 pages) publication layouts for digital and print distribution. 

  • Create stunning publication layouts from scratch or from templates using Adobe InDesign.
  • Coordinate printing and/or digital export of printed or interactive publication layouts.
  • Ability to source assets, extremely organized and resourceful.
  • Work within schedule and budget parameters to meet tight deadlines.
  • Have a positive, supportive attitude towards all that you interact with.

General Graphic Design. Design, edit, and produce high-quality graphics for internal and external client use (including but not limited to proposals, reports, presentations, brochures, flyers, banners, signage, logos/style guides, infographics, etc.).

  • Must have the ability to follow brand style guides and ensure all graphic products are visually consistent with the style guide, and the capability to design with no limits.
  • Bring creativity and a strong design aesthetic to all work. 

Minimum Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, or related is preferred.
  • 5 years of applicable industry experience.
  • Proficient in creating designs in Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office.

Key Skills

  • Excellent Designer. Excellent design skills and design aesthetic.
  • Teamwork Skills. Capable of constructively learning from teammates. A positive attitude in the face of changing demands and deadlines. Bring creativity, thoughtfulness, innovation, and proactive problem-solving to your work and relationships with teammates.
  • Excellent Communication Skills. Responds promptly to verbal and email requests in a clear and respectful way. Sensitive to client requests while maintaining established processes. Bring a positive attitude with a willingness to learn and grow from others.
  • Adaptable. Be willing and able to learn new software applications or seek out new processes that may improve the overall process. Be able to be productive and create a quality end product under changing demands and deadlines.
  • Organized with Extreme Attention to Detail. Must be able to keep track of multiple files related to one project, recognize and maintain organized file structures, and use project management tools. Actively participate in asset and template maintenance and management.
  • Ability to Multitask. Manage multiple projects at the same time. Be able to prioritize. Respect deadlines. Have a high level of pride in your work.

Perks of Being a Dudekian

Not only will Dudek provide you with a competitive salary, but we also strive to create an environment that promotes growth, career development, and a flexible work–life balance. Dudek offers an array of benefits, from your typical medical, dental, and vision coverage to the opportunity to share in Dudek’s success through discretionary bonuses, based on firmwide, divisional, and individual performance. We also offer a yearly merit review, an employee stock ownership program, and dog friendly offices! Since we encourage our colleagues to take time off when needed, Dudek also provides a generous vacation package. If you’re tired of an overly structured environment and decision-making process to get your job done, Dudek is a place where your ideas are heard and your initiative is rewarded. Speak with your recruiter to learn more about the great perks of being a Dudekian.

Dudek is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Protecting the health and safety of our communities is our highest priority. Please note that due to the federal government’s recent Executive Order for federal contractors, Dudek has adopted a policy requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exemptions/accommodations based on medical conditions, sincerely held religious beliefs, or applicable state laws and regulations.  In addition, a number of Dudek’s clients have similarly issued requirements that any personnel working on their projects must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

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