Employment Opportunities with White Bird



White Bird, Portland, Oregon’s premiere nonprofit contemporary dance presenting organization, seeks a full time Communications Director.


The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic and positive leader in communications who enjoys working closely with a small team. They take initiative to seek out new ways of sharing information with diverse populations and are tech-savvy. They are highly organized and deadline-oriented, and work well in a fast-paced environment. They are thinking two steps ahead and do not procrastinate. They have an interest or passion for the arts and are familiar with the world of dance, and eager to learn more. 


The Communications Director’s role is to lead the design and implementation of strategic communications and marketing efforts to increase ticket-sales, promote engagement with donors/patrons, and increase awareness of White Bird’s mission. The CD will report directly to the two Co-Founders and will work with the Staff and Board of Directors. The CD is the channel through whom all White Bird news is shared with the public. With this in mind, the CD’s task is to communicate effectively the White Bird brand and mission. 


We are looking for someone with demonstrated skills in: 

  • Graphic design--comfortable with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

  • Media/press relations

  • Strong writing skills, attention to details in editing 

  • Social media content creation, aesthetic sensibilities, and campaign implementation

  • Web design and maintenance

  • SEO, Google Analytics

  • Email marketing- campaign design and implementation

  • Budget development and management


Video-editing skills and advanced graphic design skills are a plus, but not necessary. 


Additional responsibilities: 

NEST Coordinator- NEST is a cornerstone program of White Bird's community engagement. Created 19 years ago, NEST partners with 11 non-profit health and human service organizations in Portland and provides subscriptions to our Dance Series to the clients of our partner organizations in addition to tickets donated by White Bird subscribers and single-ticket buyers. 

The NEST Coordinator works closely with one of the Co-Founders to manage all partnerships and organizes ticket distribution for each NEST organization. NC meets with each organization 2-3X per year to facilitate the best experience for NEST ticket recipients. The NC tracks all NEST recipient attendance and sends reports to each organization.


Show-Week Duties-There is an expectation to work at all the performances, as well seeing each of the dance companies. Additional duties include front-of-the house load-in at the theater, setting up the artist catering on show days, and load-out after final performance of each company’s run.


Salary ranging from $40,000 and up, commensurate with skills and experience. Includes health insurance, vacation and personal/sick days. For further information and to apply, email wjaffe@whitebird.org.  Qualified applicants should email a comprehensive resume with cover letter and names of 3 references.



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Portland OR 97207

​​Tel: 503.245.1600