Job Details

Graphic Designer

Mercy Corps, Portland, OR

Job - Corporate/Business

Close Date: 12/06/2019

Full-time / Exempt / Portland, Oregon / United States
Unrestricted U.S. work authorization required
Starting salary, based on experience, is $52-55K


Please submit a resume, thoughtful cover letter, 3-4 relevant work samples, and brief application information.

MERCY CORPS is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.
In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.


The Resource Development (RD) department advances the organization’s strategic goals and supports our worldwide team by raising flexible funds, profile and influence. The team is several dozen dynamic professionals who possess a wide range of skills. We are gift officers, direct response fundraisers, web developers, marketers and media relations strategists. We are database managers, digital specialists, strategic designers, storytellers and teachers. Most of all, we are passionate about Mercy Corps’ mission and believe a better world is possible.


Create brand aligned visual communication and content promoting Mercy Corps’ programs, participants and work across the globe.
Visually communicate complex concepts and messages in a way that is authentic, engaging and accessible to a wide range of audiences.
Partner with colleagues to develop creative concepts that reinforce Mercy Corps’ values, mission and platform.


visual design is cohesive and consistent across mediums including day-to-day content, campaigns and new materials
strategy, technical constraints and audience objectives are considered in design solutions and recommendations
diverse perspectives and points-of-view inform design solutions and decisions
presentation of concepts and design work are comprehensive, complete and professional
quality assurance of final deliverables: Final project files are error-free, to spec and well-communicated to vendors and partners
deadlines are committed to and met
we remain current on visual trends, new technology solutions, and content strategies – including fundraising


the development and definition of brand and visual guidelines including photography, iconography, etc.
evaluation and application of project feedback
validation and development of strategic and creative approaches
brand stewardship across the agency
project schedule building and process


existing and future agency-wide assets and templates
an environment of openness and trust where curiosity and creative excellence is valued


You are driven to develop and produce engaging work—using design to bring visual directions to life in unique and novel ways. You naturally experiment with new formats, investigate ideas and embrace strategy, while championing the craft of project production. You are a resourceful, flexible and thoughtful individual who can adjust to solve immediate problems with a positive outlook and attention to detail while retaining focus on strategy and on schedule. You are passionate about Mercy Corps’ mission and will use the elements of design and the power of brand to convey a sense of urgency and purpose about the global issues central to the work of our program teams.


A Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in design or a related field
3+ years' relative design experience
Expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) and Sketch
Strong command and understanding of design fundamentals (typography, composition, balance, art direction, pacing, narrative) and demonstrated ability to maintain a high standard for quality of output
Familiarity partnering with writers, editors and videographers to develop projects
Experience connecting creative and business rationale—both written and via presentation—to colleagues and stakeholders
Working knowledge of MS Office products (Word, PowerPoint)
Strong time management skills and attention to detail
Bonus for experience in After Effects, Premier and Canva
Solid written and verbal communication skills, along with a high degree of emotional intelligence


Robust Team Member Benefits
Zero-premium health, dental and vision coverage for team member, spouse and dependents
90% subsidized annual TriMet pass
403(b) retirement savings account with a 6% employer contribution at 1 year
(Eligibility requirements may apply)

Ongoing Learning

In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development

Equity & Inclusion

At Mercy Corps, we believe that empowering people and fostering a diverse and inclusive environment where all feel equally respected and valued will help us create a secure, productive and just world. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and welcome applicants of all religions, ethnicities, citizenships, educational backgrounds, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, ages, socioeconomic statuses, disabilities, and veteran statuses.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our stakeholders and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

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