Graphic Designer and Communications Assistant sought by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)

Deadline May 01, 2017

The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) is seeking a contract-based Graphic Designer and Communications Assistant to assist, from conception to production, with the communications, print and online collateral, and event design of PICA’s programs. Position primarily functions as a design position, but provides essential support to PICA’s Communications Director.

Job Responsibilities and Functions
: • Maintain PICA’s institutional presence as a leader in contemporary visual and performing art through refined and innovative design and branding.
• Design print and online advertising for year-round artistic programs.
• Maintain institutional branding and design standards, including logo design, identity materials, and general brochures.
• Produce Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival guidebook and performance programs.
• Assist with organized content management. • Create signage and other environmental designs and event decorations.
• Coordinate printing bids for cost effective production of printed materials.
• Assist with web site maintance and image production for website and email communications
• Produce additional printed or web collateral as needed.
• Assist with photo, video, and printed material archives and documentation requests.
• Assist Communicatons Director with miscellaneous design and communications related tasks.• Work alongside all PICA staff as needed, on other duties including, but not limited to: event staffing, general errands, and venue load-in/load-out.

Required Skills: 
Strong graphic design and branding capabilities required. Applicants should have experience with all stages of design, from conception to production, and be comfortable coordinating with printers on all of the technical aspects of realizing a finished piece. Ideal candidate will have hands-on production experience and a mind for creative, affordable solutions. Ability and interest in web design and video basic editing. Applicants should be articulate communicators with an interest in working as part of a small team of individuals dedicated to contemporary art. Knowledge of contemporary art and current art and design trends is important, as this position must be able to effectively understand represent PICA and our programs within the field.

Status: Contract-based immediately through October 15th with the possibility of full-time employment at the end of the contract-term, average of 40 hours a week. Competitive salary commensurate with experience; no benefits.

Reports to: Communications Director

Applications: Please send a cover letter, resume, and online or PDF portfolio to: Kirsten Saladow, Communications Director at

Deadline: 5/1/17

PICA is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status. PICA values perspectives, voices, and insights from people of diverse cultural backgrounds. PICA is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and we strongly encourage applications from LGBTQ and people of color candidates. Individuals with disabilities and veterans are also encouraged to apply.

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Portland Institute For Contemporary Art, Portland Oregon

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