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Title:  Marketing & Graphic Design Manager

Immediate Supervisor: Senior Director of Marketing & Communications

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Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) serves more than 13,000 participants with intellectual disabilities year-round and statewide through the organization's life changing sports programs. Athletes gain self-confidence, social competency, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Learn more at

Description: The Marketing & Graphic Design Manager is responsible for developing, designing and managing a wide variety of marketing and communication assets for print and digital media. In addition, individual will also assist in overall brand management, strategic communication plans, digital content planning and expanding social media platforms. Strong graphic design skills are needed as projects will include creating and designing event marketing, directional signage, banners, posters, brochures, web & Facebook ads, photo editing and more. This position will also be focused heavily on creating digital assets and written content for web, marketing, social media and email communications across platforms.

• Using established branding guidelines, applicant must be able to design and distribute marketing and communication projects adhering to SOOR standards
• Bring design creativity to projects from concept to completion, with reviews and feedback by senior management
• Meet all deadlines for print and publishing partners
• Experience in web content management, including planning, organizing and managing digital and social media channels:
     o Including regularly scheduled and timely updates
     o Create and implement content calendar for web and social media channels
     o Coordinate and manage production and distribution of annual Champion Newsletter (printed), monthly e-newsletter
     o Coordinate web design when necessary
• Working with outside contractors including but not limited to graphic artists, photographers, videographers, web development
• Strong storytelling skills using written, verbal and visual communications to advance SOOR’s mission and impact

Technical Experience:
• Advanced skills in Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• Strong understanding of layout for signage, banners, posters, brochures and more including appropriate use of white space
• Editing PDF’s
• Knowledge of vector-based images and logos
• Photography editing and storage
• Have excellent content & copywriting, editing and proofreading skills
• Experience using social media platforms including, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter to communicate with audience in engaging and creative ways
• Understanding of web and social media analytics and how to use them to drive growth
• Familiar with AP Style writing

Minimum Qualifications:
• 3-5 years of graphic design experience
• Ability to implement marketing and communication strategies, preferably in a non-profit setting
• Demonstrated ability in managing copywriting and layout
• Knowledge and experience with digital strategies and solutions
• Proficiency in the following skills:
     o Organizational
     o Interpersonal
     o Time management
     o Microsoft Office Suite
• Willingness to work evenings and weekends during busy times of year and occasional travel
• Other duties as assigned

Application Guidelines:
Please send a cover letter and resume (no more than three pages) that includes the following:
• A description of your proficiency in graphic design and editing skills and how you’ve developed or created visually exciting marketing and communications materials for multi-channel outlets (print, digital, email and social media)
• Describe your ability to manage multiple projects at once and how you work to meet deadlines
• Share your experience working as part of team and accepting and incorporating feedback into your work
• Please include your salary requirements
• A link to a portfolio or any work you feel showcases your best creative output

Email all components in one email with “Marketing & Graphic Design Manager” in the subject line to

Or mail to:
Special Olympics Oregon
Attn: Sr. Director of Marketing & Communications
5901 SW Macadam Ave Ste 200
Portland OR  97239

No phone inquiries please


We offer customized, staff-level internships to qualified college students, recent graduates, and individuals making a career change or returning to the workforce. SOOR internships are unpaid, but the experience is well worth your time. You are placed with enthusiastic mentors, who help you develop future job skills and discover the inner workings of a major sports organization.

Our goal is to provide you with opportunities to form a well-rounded, professional experience.  The most successful interns are interested in working for and with individuals with intellectual disabilities, have good interpersonal skills and can articulate their goals. Enthusiasm is important.  Internships typically require a minimum of an eight week commitment. Many internships are part-time for a three to six month period.

Many of our interns do receive college credit for their internships. Contact your advisor or department chair to inquire about your school's policy and procedures for awarding credit for internships.

Ongoing Opportunities:

CHAPTER SPORTS MANAGEMENT: This is a great position for those interested in gaining experience in sports management. Work closely with Special Olympics Oregon staff in Portland to provide hands-on support in planning and developing Chapter Championships, assist with the development of athlete and coach recruitment practices, assist with the delivery of coach education programs and courses, and more. Contact: BJ Mealy,   This internship is available: 

  • Winter Season 2017 ... January - March ... POSTION FILLED
  • Summer Season 2017 ... May - July
  • Fall Season 2017 ... September - November

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS: This is an excellent opportunity for those looking to gain experience in marketing and communications. The person in this position will work closely with staff to help promote and share information about Special Olympics Oregon, its mission, events and campaigns through traditional and social media channels. This internship is available year-round with the duration based around the schedule of selected applicants. Contact: Chad Carter,


VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT: An opportunity to acquire professional skills in manpower planning and resource management. Work with our staff in our Volunteer Services Department in volunteer sourcing and recruiting. Assist with continued training practices and database administration. Manage individual and group volunteers during regional & state competitions and special events as needed. Contact: LouAnne Tabada,  

POLAR PLUNGE EVENT: Works with the Director of Development, LETR  on the Polar Plunge. The Polar Plunge is the largest grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics Oregon. Duties will include team support, sponsor fulfillment, data entry, and event logistics. This is a two month internship in January and February. Please contact Jenelle Clinton at


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