Job Details

Grapic Designer

Portland Children's Museum, 4015 SW Canyon Rd

Job - Other

Close Date: 07/29/2019

To develop innovative problem-solvers through playful learning experiences that strengthen relationships between children and their world.

Portland Children’s Museum consists of three aligned entities: (1) the Museum, where exhibits and programs serve the public both on- and off-site, (2) Opal School, a tuition-based preschool and K-5 public charter school, and (3) Professional Development, which documents and disseminates fresh approaches to education and provides professional development for educators. In this description, Museum, School, and Professional Development refer to the specific entity, while Portland Children’s Museum (or, “the organization”) refers to the whole.

In the Portland metro area, 47% of students are children of color. At Portland Children's Museum, we strive to have our guest and school families reflect that diversity, and for our staff and board to be equally diverse. We are committed to eliminating barriers to access and equity and see a diverse workforce as a key step toward this goal. We actively seek to recruit, hire, promote, and retain a diverse workforce—one that welcomes and engages people from every background. We value our staff members, volunteers, and board members and their individual backgrounds, which further our ability to serve and learn from the diverse families that enrich our community. We invite you to join us on our journey.

The Graphic Designer, a member of the marketing team which includes a Marketing Manager and a Digital Marketing Specialist, collaborates closely with members of all departments to create visual solutions that are engaging, beautiful, and aligned with organizational values. The Designer works independently, creating pieces from scratch, and also receives art direction from the Marketing Manager. Supporting the three organizational business lines—the Museum, Opal School, and Professional Development—the Designer satisfies needs across the organization. They may produce web and digital pieces, promotional materials, fundraising collateral, invitations, and/or environmental and exhibit signage, always maintaining brand integrity, promoting brand awareness, and strengthening brand loyalty.


Graphic Design (45%)
• Create inviting design solutions for a variety of audiences and programs, reflecting each opportunity differently while instilling playfulness and remaining loyal to brand requirements.
• Develop and illustrate skillful concepts and final pieces with layout of art and copy for formats that may include: brochures, signage, invitations, flyers, booklets, stationery, digital graphics, advertisements, banners, and more.
• Thoughtfully consider and create pieces that are inclusive and welcoming to all kinds of people, helping increase diversity of our audiences and support access and equity.

Graphic Design Planning (30%)
• Collaborate with co-workers to choose creative design solutions, providing direction and redirection as to what best portrays a message.
• Strategize efficient, economical design solutions without sacrificing visual impact.
• Assist in unifying look and feel across departments, programs, exhibits, and activities.
• Be familiar with brand style guides; be an internal and external ambassador of that brand; maintain brand integrity in all design work.
• Evolve the brand as the organization changes while keeping visual output playful and relevant.

Design Production and Work Organization (20%)
• Print, cut, and assist in installation of design pieces, as needed.
• Coordinate and maintain relationships with printers, vendors, freelancers, and interns.
• Keep vendors to deadlines while maintaining quality control.
• Produce wide variety of print-ready and digital file formats.
• Create and manipulate digital illustrations and photography.

Other (5%)
• Commit to continued learning about organizational values and pedagogy to reflect them in visual pieces.
• Support and engage in rebranding efforts.
• Assist with website maintenance and design as needed.
• Organize design files for Museum-wide access and archives.
• Participate in about three External Relations events per year, including Fancy Pants Ball.


• BA/BS in graphic design or related field, or equivalent experience
• Expertise with Adobe Creative Cloud programs for design and digital imaging
• Ability to create visually appealing designs for diverse children and families
• Solid knowledge of design fundamentals and typography
• Vector illustration (preferred) and image manipulation skills for design needs
• Understanding of file preparation best practices from start to finish
• Experience in overall planning and management of multiple projects and files
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Photography skills a plus

• Committed to representing Museum in professional and positive manner
• Enjoys working with others, positive attitude, enthusiastic, and open to feedback
• Culturally sensitive design perspective for diverse audiences and families
• Reliability working on multiple projects simultaneously and meeting deadlines

• 24 hours per week guaranteed with opportunity for 28, with advance notice
• Able to sit/stand at a desk for periods of time
• Regular and reliable attendance required
• Successful background check required
• Some evenings or weekends may be required up to six times per year

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to with “Graphic Designer PD” in the subject line.

Please include samples of independently created design pieces. Position open until filled.

Given our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQIA, gender non-conforming, and differently abled people to apply.

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