Graphic Designer

Date Posted: November 28, 2017
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.
Position Status: Regular / Full-time / Exempt
Reports To: Associate Director of Marketing and Audience Development
Normal Hours: Regular Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday. Typical work week is 37.5 hours. Duties may occasionally require additional evening or weekend hours, in conjunction with company events and/or projects.

Portland Opera offers productions of the highest artistic quality, bringing the world of opera to the region. Over the past 52 years, the company has presented more than 200 operas, including world premieres. In addition to its annual season, the company is also renowned for its outreach and educational initiatives, including Portland Opera-To-Go, and its Resident Artists Program, which supports the next generation of opera singers.

As we prepare to enter our 2018 season, Portland Opera is experiencing dynamic growth and exciting organizational changes. For that reason, we are seeking a graphic design rock star to join our External Affairs team and fill the newly created position of Graphic Designer.



The Graphic Designer will be a key member of the External Affairs Department. In this role, you will serve as an advisor in strategic branding conversations pertaining to the look, feel and identity of Portland Opera, and collaborate with department teams to create the visual brand and standards for all Portland Opera print, digital and public collateral.

As Graphic Designer, you will also manage all arts marketing and digital assets, oversee the design and production of advancement communications, serve as a company-wide resource for the creation of custom print and digital projects, and help to ensure the integration of Portland Opera branding.



Graphic Design

  • Minimum 5 years of graphic design experience with high-end print magazines
  • Minimum 2 years of publishing experience designing multi-page layouts with heavy text
  • Excellent knowledge of graphic production process
  • Expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite

Strengths and Competencies

  • Strong conceptual skills and high-level sense of design, including layout and typography experience
  • Broad thinker who is able to offer a variety of design solutions and exhibit a breadth of work that appeals to various audiences
  • Able to work well with tight deadlines in a team environment
  • Able to take projects from start to finish with minimal supervision
  • Strong creative, organizational, problem solving and time management skills
  • Adaptable and quick learner
  • Able to apply style guides creatively while upholding brand identity

The ideal candidate will also have experience with, and knowledge of, the performing arts in the City of Portland: Music, Dance, Theater. A degree in Graphic Design degree is preferred.

TO APPLY: Qualified candidates should forward a resume, portfolio examples (or link to your portfolio website) and three references to Please, no phone calls

Salary is competitive, based on experience. For a complete job description, click here.



Our mission is to inspire, challenge and uplift our audiences by creating productions of high artistic quality that celebrate the beauty and breadth of opera.


At Portland Opera, we are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and we are an equal opportunity employer. Portland Opera will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law. We are committed to eliminating barriers to access and equity and see a diverse workforce as a key step toward this goal. We invite you to join us on our journey.

Portland Opera is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer.