Portland State Graphic Design Center (GDC)

Job Type: On-campus, part-time, 12-18 hours

Compensation: $11.25 per hour ($12.00/hr starting July 1, 2018)


Application Open: 12:00AM, March 17, 2018

Schedule will be revised to reflect the new deadline

Application Closed: 11:59PM, April 22, 2018

Application Review: April 16–20, 2018

Interviews: April 23–27, 2018

Start Date & On-boarding: April 30 – May 11, 2018

Training/Job Shadow: May 14 – June 15, 2018 (New Manager expected to work alongside with current Manager until June 15, 2018.)



Founded in 1999, the Graphic Design Center is a student-run design studio on campus. Our clients range from PSU student organizations, PSU departments, to external clients, such as non-profits, food carts, and restaurants. This position begins in the Spring 2018, and the new Manager is expected to be around in the Summer to go through the annual budget process with the PSU Student Fee Committee. The GDC Manager reports to the Coordinator of Student Operated Services (SOSes) housed within Student Activities and Leadership Programs and includes participation in the SOS Community of Practice.

As a GDC manager, the position allows experience to run a design studio and encounter real-life business situations. It allows freedom to create their own work schedule and the ability to practice advertising and marketing skills whether it be for promoting the GDC or client projects. There are opportunities to collaborate on projects or work solo. This job is what you create it to be.

The ideal candidate is self-driven, passionate about design, and eager to bring new and fresh ideas to the table. They must be able to work well within a team and have organizational skills to be able to delegate multiple projects. Candidates must have a high level of competence in time management and efficiency, as well as the ability to adhere to deadlines. They must also be willing to become a contributing member of the team in addition to fulfilling duties of the position. Having knowledge and proficiency in tools of modern graphic design (Adobe Creative Suite) and other computer programs is required. We’re looking for the next manager who is ready to broaden the GDC’s network and client base.


Interested? Here’s what you will be doing:

Responsible for the project management pipeline–client communications and meetings, price negotiation, project assignments to designers, overseeing workflow, and problem solving.

Leveraging weekly team meetings to develop organizational culture and create an environment for critique and brainstorming ideas. Mentors designers to develop their professional skills and network with GDC alumni. Makes annual revisions to strategic plan and set team and individual goals.

Serves as a creative lead for continual development of the GDC brand. Takes on design projects as able; may be responsible for picking up projects from other designers. Willingness to learn from other designers.

Works with the Coordinator of Student Operated Services to oversee the hiring process including updating position descriptions, determining a hiring timeline, reviewing applications, scheduling interviews, and training.

Oversees the GDC’s email, OrgSync portal, Asana platform, and social media accounts. Scheduling office hours, team meetings, and advisor meetings each term. Archiving project files, invoicing clients, and submitting monthly billing summaries to accountants.

The GDC Manager is expected to be an ethical and responsible steward of student fees. They work with the advisor throughout the year for meeting the deadlines and requirements of the annual Student Fee Committee budget process. This includes attending budget school and rollover/overage hearings in the Summer, proposing and presenting annual budgets with projected revenue and expenses, submitting quarterly reports, accessing additional funding sources as relevant, and monitoring expenses to stay within budget. The SOS Community of Practice serves as a learning community for developing these skills.

Uses different means of communication for client outreach and promoting GDC services to student organizations, PSU departments, and external clients. This may include social media, tabling at events, and print and digital media.



– Cumulative PSU GPA 2.50 or higher for undergraduate students or 3.0 cumulative PSU GPA for graduate students
– Earn a 2.5 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 graduate GPA for each term enrolled
– Enrollment in and successful completion of a minimum of 6 undergraduate credits or 5 graduate credits at least three terms per year
– Expected graduation date of Spring 2019 or beyond


– Demonstrated attention to detail and organizational skills (ie. for meeting deadlines, coordinating schedules, overseeing multiple projects and team members, facilitating meetings, budget management)
– High standards of professionalism and responsive communication with clients and designers
– Passion for cultivating various design skills and styles in a design team of various backgrounds
– Ability to apply strategic design thinking to the organization development
– Willingness to learn, problem-solve, and take creative leaps
– Interest in developing a culture of learning, commitment, and sense of belonging among the design team
– Experience with Asana or other project management software
– Pursuing a design-related major or minor combined with business, marketing, advertising, or communications


– Photography
– Videography
– Animation
– Web design and development
– Ability to grow followers through active social media platforms

To Apply:

Please submit an application here: https://orgsync.com/50621/forms/310465, along with a cover letter, resume, and design work samples (in the same form.)