AIGA Portland is an all-volunteer organization and is only as good as its dedicated volunteer team. It takes smart, creative people like yourself to make it happen.

Who volunteers for AIGA Portland?

People that design, people that support design, and people that work with designers. Sound like you? Most of our volunteers are print designers, interactive designers, copywriters, art directors, small business owners, and more.

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Why volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to meet other creatives with similar interests, hone your professional craft, as well as give back to the creative community. Plus, without you we couldn’t do what we do!

Volunteer Opportunities at AIGA Portland

We have three ways of volunteering:

  1. Day-of Event Volunteer: Offer day-of event help on an as-needed basis. Examples of tasks include: helping with set-up, staffing registration, greeting guests and helping with tear-down.
  2. Design/Photography/Videography Volunteer: Help promote and capture AIGA events on an as-needed basis.
  3. Committee Volunteer: Take charge of a specific task or event. This role is ongoing and requires more of a time commitment. Duties vary by committee.

Open Volunteer Opportunities

Education Committee

Portfolio review committee
Promotion Designer
(1 year commitment, 1-2 hours a week)

The Portfolio Review Committee is looking for an Event Promotion Designer to help create event graphics for our upcoming 2019 AIGA Portfolio Review. The designer will attend monthly portfolio review meetings, and work with the Education Director and Committee Chairperson. The designer will be responsible for creating design event promotions (poster/postcard/social media graphics), produce and/or purchase materials for the day of the event such as name tags, takeaways, signage, swag, etc. This is a deadline driven position and relies on the designer to maintain good and regular communication.

Portfolio review committee

Day of Event Coordinator (3 month commitment, 2-3 hours a week)
The Portfolio Review Committee is looking for a day of coordinator for our upcoming 2019 AIGA Portfolio Review. The coordinator will attend a few monthly portfolio review meetings closer to the day of the event, and work with the Education Director and Committee Chairperson. The tentative date for the event is June 22nd, 2019. The coordinator will be responsible for the catering for morning pastries and coffee and lunch, tables and/or tablecloth rentals if needed, manage additional volunteers the day of the event, and general help. This is a great opportunity to help with an awesome event, but for a short period of time. The volunteer needs to be available via email and in-person meetings with the Portfolio Review Committee between March and June of 2019 to finalize details of the event.

Content Specialist (1 year commitment, 1-2 hours a week)
The Education Committee is looking for a Content Specialist to help manage all social media for AIGA Portland Education Committee related events. The Content Specialist will work closely with the Education Director and Committee Chairpeople. They will be responsible for managing promotional content on social media before, during and after the events. They will plan and manage social media posts, newsletter content, organize a photographer, and write event recaps. The position is ideal for a person who is interested in managing social media, and writing original event content for the web.

Programming Committee

Career Tools Chairperson

(1 year commitment, 2-3 hours a week)

Career tools is a quarterly lecture and speaking series planning by AIGA Portland. The Career Tools Chair would work closely with the Programming and Promotions Directors to help plan and execute these events. This is an ideal opportunity for someone who is interested in networking with prominent design professionals in our community. Click the link to read a more detailed job description.

Content Committee

Editorial Chairperson
(1 year commitment, 2-3 hours a week)

The Editorial Chair works with the Content Director to help the development and implementation of AIGA Portland content, strategies, of AIGA Portland events and overall communications. The chair will ensure content communications are in alignment with AIGA National and AIGA Portland’s missions and goals. Work to present a clear, unified voice that is consistent with AIGA National ethics and communication guidelines. Click here for a more detailed job description.

Promotions Committee

Live Social Media Chairperson
(1 year commitment, and needed for events)

The Live Social Media Chairperson reports to the Promotions Director. The chair is in charge of live posting content on Instagram and Twitter at AIGA events. If the chair is unable to attend the event, they will help find a volunteer to help with the event. The chair will work with the Volunteer Director to help recruit and train volunteers who can provide live social media support.

Photography Chairperson
(1 year commitment, and needed for events)

Are you a skilled photographer with your own equipment? We are looking for someone who will help manage our photography needs. The photography chairperson would attend AIGA events and take photos. When the chairperson cannot attend they will find an equally skilled photographer to go to the event instead. Ideally, this person is well connected with other photographers and in an excellent communicator.

Partnership Committee

Partnership Committee Members
(1 year commitment, 1-2 hours a week)

Do you enjoy networking and meeting new people? Are you business minded, love strategy, and want to connect with other business leaders in our community? AIGA Portland is looking for 2-3 committee members for our Partnership Committee. You will regularly meet and work with the Partnership Director to strategize and plan how to make an facilitate business partnerships. This is an amazing opportunity to network while also volunteering in service of AIGA Portland and the greater Portland design community.

Special Events Committee

Lead Planning Volunteers
(1 year commitment, 2-3 hours a week)

The AIGA Portland Special Events Committee is looking for 2-3 proactive volunteers to help plan an execute an AIGA Portland and Design Week Portland co-event. The event will bring together top talent in sound design, new media design, and mixology to create an innovative sensory bath/tasting at The Jupiter Hotel in early April. The volunteers will meet monthly with the Special Events Director.

Design for Good Committee

Design For Good Committee Members
(1 year commitment, 2-3 hours a week)

The Design For Good Committee is looking for 2-3 leaders to help plan and facilitate AIGA Portland Design For Good projects and events. Volunteers will be supported by the Design for Good Director. These lead volunteers will help manage other volunteers, forge connections with design organizations in the community, and own the coordination of the projects and/or event they undertake.

dMob Committee

dMob Series Chair
(1 year commitment, 1-2 hours a week)

We are seeking a passionate individual to lead our popular dMob event series. This person will be accountable for producing 6 dMob events (every other month in 2019), managing relationships with local agencies to produce event branding, and scoping out new venues and bars. The ideal candidate is someone who is well-versed and relevant on the current design scene in Portland, not afraid to reach out to potential event new partners, and someone who will proudly represent AIGA Portland to talk to new faces at events. This volunteer position requires proper self-time management in order to efficiently help our team promote the events. Event planning experience is a plus, but not required.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee:

D&I Committee Members
(1 year commitment, 1-2 hours a week)

We are seeking volunteers to help support our Diversity and Inclusion Director plan POC meetups and publish a newsletter. Volunteers would be responsible for helping the Director gather content specific to diversity and inclusion in the design community in Portland. Along with content from the broader AIGA community. Volunteers will assist in coordinating the monthly POC meetups

D&I Youth Outreach Committee Members
(1 year commitment, 1-2 hours a week)

We are seeking volunteers to help support our Diversity and Inclusion Director plan and develop a youth outreach program. Volunteers would meet once a month with the youth outreach team to develop and create design history presentations. Volunteers would assist in community outreach with local organizations whose focus is on youth education, minority demographics, art, tech, or design.

Interested in volunteering?

Email volunteer@portland.aiga.org or fill out the form below to get in touch with our Volunteer Director.