How the hell would I know? You haven't applied. However, there could be a very good reason you haven't applied—for example, you might not meet the requirements outlined below. HOWEVER! You might know the perfect person for this position (which might make them very, very happy)! So spread the word, bird!


The Portland Mercury is searching for an experienced editorial Art Director. Considered one of the best-designed alternative newsweeklies in the country, this is a dream opportunity for candidates with vision and ambition. From choosing the weekly cover art, to managing a talented team of designers, to working with our spirited editorial staff on design, presentation, and conceptual issues—this position demands brilliant creativity, while working quickly and calmly under deadline pressure.

Responsible for the overall design quality of the publication, the successful candidate will be well versed in CS5 (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), OSX, social media, basic HTML, web optimization, have experience commissioning quality photography and illustration, and be able to forge and foster relationships with local and national artists. Due to the fast-paced nature of the position, good prioritizing and accurate multitasking are necessary. Enthusiasm, professionalism, people skills, and a sparkling sense of humor are a must. This is a full-time position, with competitive salary and benefits. Evening and occasional weekend hours are not a regular component of the weekly schedule, but not entirely unheard of. We work and play hard!

Interested applicants should electronically submit resume, portfolio, web links, and cover letter to or via snail mail to “Art Director Job,” c/o Wm. Steven Humphrey, Portland Mercury, 115 SW Ash Street, Suite 600, Portland OR 97204

We are an equal opportunity employer.