Graphic Designer II - City of Portland Planning & Sustainability (Closes Dec 24th)

This is a part-time, limited duration position.  Persons appointed to limited term positions will be designated as limited duration employees whose appointment shall not exceed two (2) years except for the extension of grants or funding from outside sources.

The Graphic Designer II performs a wide variety of routine to moderately complex assignments in the graphic design and production of web and printed publications, visual displays, and on-screen presentations; designs and produces logos for publications; and develops and formats print layouts. Graphic Designers II select appropriate methods and styles to best communicate information and ideas and determine cost-effective production methods. Incumbents are responsible for independently coordinating and managing assigned project time lines and completion. Duties include website development, producing graphic images, including drawings, elevations, isometrics, charts, logos, graphs and digital photographs, for use in paper publishing, Power Point presentations or web based applications; designing and preparing freehand graphic sketches, perspectives and cartoons to communicate ideas and concepts pictorially; and consulting with clients to determine project objectives, gathers information and develops design options and specifications, estimates materials, equipment, budget and time schedules to complete projects.
The current vacancy is a part-time position in the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS). The position may also support the needs of other bureaus, and other bureaus may fill vacancies that arise using this hiring list.

This classification is represented by Professional and Technical Employees Local 17 (PTE-17). To view this labor agreement, please go to  and click on the appropriate link.

BPS specific position:
The ideal candidate has solid technical skills and is creative, artistic, flexible and empathetic. This position will work in a highly collaborative environment, working closely with the broader creative team to understand the bureau's strategic communications and engagement objectives as well as accessibility requirements, and design engaging products to meet those needs -- managing design projects from conceptualization to completion.

Products created by BPS graphic designers are a critical element in engaging all members of the community. We are looking for a designer who is curious  about images and designs that are accessible and welcoming to all Portlanders, especially those underserved by government, and is excited by the opportunity to design the innovative, highly regarded and far-reaching products for which BPS is known.

About BPS:
The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) develops creative and practical solutions to enhance Portland's livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future.  In collaboration with community partners, we provide: comprehensive land use, neighborhood, economic, historic and environmental planning, and urban design; research, policy and technical services to advance green building, energy efficiency and the use of solar and renewable energy, waste prevention, composting and recycling, and a sustainable food system; policy and actions to address climate change; and policy, projects and outreach related to the Smart City PDX program. We are committed to advancing equity as a means of achieving prosperous, healthy, resilient communities.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization.  BPS encourages candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities to apply. Although not required, BPS encourages candidates that can fluently speak more than one language to include that information in your resume. BPS offers an excellent benefits package, flexible work schedules and support for training and skills development in a positive, engaging and creative work environment.

About the City of Portland:
Lauded as one of the best places to live in America, Portland is a city with a vibrant downtown, diverse neighborhoods, natural beauty, good schools and friendly people.  Home to about 680,000 residents within 145 square miles, Portland maintains deep ties to the Pacific Northwest's natural beauty. Portland is listed among the top 25 arts destinations in the United States, named one of the best cycling cities in North America, and one of America's best walking towns.  Mount Hood, the Cascade Mountain Range and the renowned Oregon Coast are all just over an hour away. There are 37,000 acres of parks and green spaces within the metropolitan area including the largest urban wilderness in the U.S.: the 5,000-acre Forest Park located within the city limits. Average temperatures range between 34° in winter to 80° in summer and Portland receives 37" of rain annually, less than Seattle, Houston, Baltimore, Boston and Atlanta.
Why join the City of Portland?
The City of Portland offers competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, offering medical, dental, vision, basic life, and long-term disability coverage that provides quality care, support and value to eligible employees and their family members. Additional benefits such as flexible spending accounts, supplemental life insurance and employee assistance program coverage is available to ensure employees have the appropriate tools to safeguard themselves and their family.  The City of Portland also participates in PERS, the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System. For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here.

To Qualify

The following Minimum Qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Experience consulting with clients to determine audience needs and strategic communications objectives, gather information and develop design options and specifications.

  2. Excellent communication and customer service skills; ability to work in a timely respectful and collaborative manner with a variety of internal and external clients, balancing competing demands.

  3. Ability to create designs that are culturally sensitive and remove barriers for community engagement. 

  4. Experience using graphics, design, presentation and desktop publishing software (such as Adobe's Creative Cloud suite of applications) to design and layout large, complex documents for print and web, and for layout and production of visual displays, marketing materials, infographics, illustrations, sketches, visualizations.

  5. Experience creating and designing content for use in web pages and web applications, including social media, using applicable programming languages (HTML, CSS) and web design protocols.

  6. Ability to maintain the bureau's website using applicable content management systems (such as Drupal), including providing dedicated website content creation, editor support, collaboration with sections on website content, help maintain ADA compliance, and recommendations for website improvements and new features.

  7. Ability to manage time and workload against multiple project timelines; estimate materials, equipment, budget and time schedules, and coordinate and schedule print production.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and cover letter weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.
Recruitment Schedule:

  • Job Posting: 12/3/18 - 12/24/18

  • Applications Reviewed: 12/26/18 - 1/4/18

  • Eligible List / Notices Generated: week of 1/7/19

  • 1st Round of Interviews: 1/14/19

  • 2nd Round of Interviews (if needed): 1/28/19

  • Job Offer: February 2019