Communications Designer

Job Locations US-VA-Sterling
Job ID 2022-2606
# of Openings
Marketing/Sales/Business Dev


REI Systems is looking for a bright, creative, and passionate communications designer with a portfolio demonstrating skills in photography, video and graphic design to join the Creative Services team. The right person enjoys challenging their creative muscles, is a problem-solver, and isn’t afraid to speak up and explore the best solutions for the right reasons. Our creative services team supports a range of projects for marketing, internal communications, branding, and proposal efforts. We are experts at bringing communications to life producing videos, digital artwork, technical illustrations, infographics, print materials, branding for products and events, advertising, websites, photography, and more. Our clients rely heavily on our creativity and experience to understand the scope of work and seamlessly guide them through the design process. Our team enjoys a fully equipped production and media studio, professional development opportunities, a flexible work environment, and a beautiful campus.


  • Create, edit and produce digital video and photography content for REI.
  • Photography tasks include capturing dynamic photos during REI events, employee portraits, special events, and marketing photoshoots
  • Assist lead designer and proposal teams to create and edit visually compelling proposal graphics from conception­ to finalization.
  • Capture and edit videos of internal and external REI events
  • Create motion graphics for marketing videos, internal communication materials, and proposal submissions
  • Manage and upload content to REI's YouTube channel
  • Maintain, manage and organize REI's studio, photography and video equipment
  • Collaborating with other designers and stakeholders at strategic meetings to capture the story or solution, then coordinating with creative staff to develop a visually compelling product.
  • Provide artistic direction for photo and video shoots when leading projects.
  • Create strategic and visually compelling marketing materials and proposal graphics.
  • Collaborate with proposal team, marketing team, and other external clients to understand the requirements and scope of the project.
  • Brainstorm with client/team to determine the overall creative approach to reach a particular audience.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects / deadlines.
  • Effective and competent communicator while presenting to internal and external clients.
  • Iteratively incorporate feedback from other designers and clients to meet client expectations.
  • Review designs for quality assurance and provide feedback to other designers. Quality assurance, attention to detail a must! We pride ourselves in our high standards that our clients have come to expect.
  • Understand REI corporate brand and advocate for maintaining brand and identity in all projects, products, and web sites.


  • 3-5 years of industry experience, federal IT is a plus.
  • Must understand the importance of process and best practices in the design field to lead and justify creative approach and strategy in all interactions.
  • BA / BFA / BFS in photography, videography, graphic design, communication design, or interaction design
  • Must be proficient in Adobe Creative Suite—specifically: Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Illustrator, and Photoshop (experience with InDesign is desired).
  • Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent self-management skills—ability to work on multiple projects, prioritize work and schedule, and communicate with clients on expectations to meet all deadlines.
  • Expereince working on a creative team to develope videos and graphics.
  • Must have strong attention to detail, be collaborative, and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be comfortable communicating, collaborating, and presenting to clients.
  • Occasional overtime may be required in order to meet scheduled deadlines.


Location/Remote: Hybrid with 2-3 days in the Sterling office. Mandatory .


Covid Policy Disclosure:  Should the essential functions of this position require that the employee performing this role work on-site at REI’s Sterling location the following requirements will apply the individual holding this position must be fully vaccinated, as defined in CDC guidance, as a condition of continued employment. REI will consider requests to be excused from this policy whenever necessary to comply with legal requirements and will consider any requests for reasonable accommodations due to a disability, religion, or other exemptions on an individual basis in accordance with applicable legal requirements. Employees and applicants requesting accommodations should request the accommodation in writing and should explain in detail the reasons why they are seeking an accommodation. REI will request additional information or documentation it deems necessary to inform its decision on an employee’s or applicant’s accommodation request.


EEO Statement: REI Systems is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minority/Female/Disability/Vet)


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