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The Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) is seeking a part-time, Graphic Designer and Communications Assistant to assist, from conception to production, with communications, printed materials, online collateral, and event design for PICA’s diverse programs. Position primarily functions as a graphic design position but additionally provides essential support to PICA’s Communications and Marketing Manager.

Job Responsibilities and Functions:
• Maintain PICA’s institutional presence as a leader in contemporary visual and performing art through refined, expressive, and innovative design.
• 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 PICA’s iconic Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival guidebook, visual art catalog, and performance programs.
• Assist with organized content management. • Create signage and other environmental designs and event decor.
• Coordinate printing bids for cost effective production of printed materials.
• Assist with web site maintenance (WordPress) 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 Communications and Marketing Manager with a range of related tasks such as posting events to RACC/• As time outside of core job functions permits, jump in and 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 basic video editing. Seeking applicant who is an articulate communicator with an interest in working as part of a small team of individuals dedicated to contemporary art. Knowledge of contemporary art and current understanding art and design is important, as this position must be able to effectively understand then represent PICA and our programs within the field. Ability to prioritize projects for timely completion and maintain attention to detail in a fast-moving environment. Ability to experiment, make great work and, of course, competent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.

Status: Part-time, average of 32 hours a week. Competitive salary commensurate with experience; no benefits. Reports to: Communications and Marketing Manager

Applications: Please send a cover letter, resume, and online or PDF portfolio to: Noelle Stiles, Communications and Marketing Manager at [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

Deadline: 11/7/14



Are you a current student seeking professional experience with a nonprofit arts organization? Starting a new career in arts management and administration? Our interns work closely with PICA staff on all aspects of programming and operations, contributing to our small team while gaining an insider’s perspective on everything from marketing to development to curation.

We expect each intern to identify and carry out independent projects in addition to assisting staff with general duties. All interns are expected to demonstrate an appreciation for and understanding of contemporary art.

Interns receive a PICA membership and free admission to programs and special events. While PICA cannot provide housing, travel, or monetary compensation for interns, we are happy to work with your educational institution to arrange for course credit.

PICA’s internship program runs seasonally. See below for current openings, position descriptions, application requirements, and deadlines. For general questions, please email Roya Amirsoleymani, Community Engagement Manager, at [email protected].


Overview: PICA seeks two (2) interns to support our Development staff with projects and tasks in the areas of membership; donor relations and corporate sponsorship; special event coordination; our annual, end-of-year fundraising campaign; and early preparations for the launch of our 20th Anniversary funding initiative in 2015.

Responsibilities: Assist with administrative and communications tasks related to individual giving, donor and corporate relations, and patron services, including acknowledgement, recognition, reconciliation, and data entry using the Patron Manager donor management database. Support planning, preparation, and follow-up on fall season special events, including on-the-ground, day-of event and volunteer support. Assist with administration of our annual, end-of-year fundraising campaign. Assist with research in preparation for PICA’s 20th Anniversary fundraising initiative (2015).

Qualifications: Must be highly organized, reliable, detail-oriented, and possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Comfortable working with Apple computers; Google Drive; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram; Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; and basic internet research skills. Though not required, mail merge skills are a plus, as is some experience with a donor management program/database. Development interns will be trained in both if need be. This internship is ideal for those with an academic background and/or professional interest in arts administration, nonprofit management, fundraising, and/or event management. An understanding and appreciation of contemporary art is expected.

Dates: Starts immediately; preferred availability now through mid/late December

Hours: 5-8 hours per week; flexible schedule

Deadline: Email a resume and cover letter to Erika Osurman at [email protected] by Oct. 31, 2014.

Note: PICA internships are unpaid, but we are happy to arrange for academic credit as well as benefits associated with all ticketed programs and the next TBA Festival (September 2015).