Careers

Willamette Week is Portland’s go-to alternative media source for news, politics, arts and culture. WW produces a weekly newspaper, annual culture magazines, a podcast, major events and daily content across our website, newsletters and social channels. Each month we publish original content on wweek.com and in weekly print editions, keeping over 2 million unique readers consistently up to date, engaged and coming back for more through our newsletters, social channels, magazines, events and more.

We also operate a charitable effort that has raised more than $40 million for local nonprofits since 2004, and we are the only weekly newspaper ever to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.

We are a team of hard working individuals committed to making Portland a better place.


Circulation Director

Love Portland? WW Needs You!

Reports directly to the paper’s two owners.

Key assignment: Getting copies of Portland’s newsweekly in the hands of readers week in and week out, rain or shine, early every Wednesday morning.

The position has five main components:

  • Organizing routes using specialized (but easy to master) software.
  • Engaging independent contractors to deliver papers on those routes — and monitoring their performance.
  • Coordinating with our printer, Signature Graphics, which produces Willamette Week on Tuesday evening.
  • Labeling and mailing subscriber copies (fewer than 200 each week).
  • Supervising repairs to distribution equipment. This work is performed by a separate person. (Occasionally repairs to boxes are urgent, and must be handled by the Circulation Director.)

Several times each year, Willamette Week publishes glossy magazines. These require their own special route lists and additional drivers.

We estimate this to be a 15-20 hour per week assignment, and we pay on an hourly basis, starting at $19.75 per hour.

WW’s current circulation manager will be available to help with training and transition.

You must have a working and insured vehicle and a current Oregon driver’s license.

Being Willamette Week’s Circulation Director is far from the typical newspaper job — and calls for someone who’s a self-starter and sees things through on their own. For the right person, it’s an exceedingly rewarding assignment.

Please send an email expressing your interest to: rmeeker@wweek.com and jed@wweek.com.


Content Marketing Manager

We’re growing our small but mighty team and have developed a new role to focus on our digital marketing channels. We’re looking for a Content Marketing Manager to manage our newsletters, social media, and our events calendar. You’ll be responsible for daily posting, community management, employing strategies to grow our followers and subscribers, and creating original (photo/video driven) content fit for these platforms. This is a part time, salaried position, requiring roughly 20 hours of work per week.

What you’ll do:

  • Write weekly and daily newsletters, explaining and promoting WW stories to several distinct audiences.
  • Post our stories to social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and push notifications on OneSignal.
  • Grow subscribers, followers and web visits through cross-platform marketing strategies. (i.e. giveaways, contests, engagement tools).
  • Moderate comments on wweek.com and social media to nurture constructive debate.
  • Provide insights, and content guidance (i.e. “more pet content on instagram!”)
  • Work to understand and advocate for reader needs and preferences on various channels.
  • Push the business to adopt better content creation practices by testing new formats, tools and channels.

Who you are:

  • You write clean, concise, polished copy.
  • You’re versed in social media, content production and distribution - and committed to staying up to date with trends, platform changes, and competitive research.
  • Motivated by analytics, and eager to show the fruits of your labor through click-throughs, subscriber growth and positive reader feedback.
  • Maybe you’ve had a job working at an ad agency, or managing social media for a brand - - or maybe not. We care less about experience and more about demonstrated interest and fluency in digital marketing channels.

To apply, send your resume, and a cover letter to jobs@wweek.com. In your cover letter, please include a few examples of newsletters or social accounts you follow and like.


Give!Guide Campaign Assistant & Friends of Willamette Week Membership Manager

Job Title: Give!Guide Campaign Assistant & Friends of Willamette Week Membership Manager

Reports to: Toni Tringolo, Executive Director

Location: This position is mostly remote, but will require some shifts at WW.

Hiring Process: Review of applications will begin immediately. Interviews by the Executive Director will follow. Position will remain open until filled. We hope to hire quickly.

To Apply: Apply here (Google Form). Be prepared to submit a cover letter, upload your resume (pdf), and provide references (2 professional, 1 personal).

Hours & Compensation: This is a full-time position, with a flexible schedule, and eligible for benefits. Due to the nature of the Give!Guide campaign some scheduling adjustments may be necessary during November and December. Salary is $40,000-50,000 annually depending on experience and skill set.

Job Summary: This position combines two similar PT roles within WW into one FT position. The time spent on each role will vary depending on activities, but the default is a balanced 50/50 split. The first half of the year will focus on FOWW and then the second half will tilt heavily toward G!G. There may be periods with little to no G!G activity (springtime) which creates opportunities to make deep progress on FOWW plans. Planning ahead and frontloading your work will make each role more manageable and help to smooth the ebb and flow. Expect 10-20 hrs per week FOWW and the balance per G!G.

  • G!G Campaign Assistant: This role supports Give!Guide operations and is deeply involved with participating nonprofits, donors, and the general public. You’ll collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to ensure an equitable, efficient, and positive experience for all. Responsibilities include G!G operations and campaign activities such as:
    • Skidmore Prize and Big Give Day coordination
    • Marketing and communications
    • Support for the Executive Director, nonprofit, and donors as needed
  • FOWW Membership Manager: This role is the link between WW and its supporting members. It’ll require an active participation in helping WW shift its model to one that includes more reader support. The goal is to maintain and grow reader support. In addition, you’ll also develop communications, marketing, and fundraising strategies in coordination with the Executive Director, Publisher, and Give!Guide Founder. Fundraising strategies may include events, merch, NFT auctions, grants, or exploring corporate support. Responsibilities include:
    • Donor management including communications, solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship
    • Plan and execute annual fundraising campaigns (including one in the Give!Guide)
    • Administrative tasks including gift entry and acknowledgement, reports (internal and external), and database management

Qualifications

  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Experience supporting groups and working with community leaders
  • Advanced Google suite skills (Gmail, Calendar, Sheets, Docs, Forms, Meet)
  • Donor or customer database experience (we use Neon One)
  • Nonprofit experience, especially a fundraising background, is extremely helpful
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Acrobat Pro, and Photoshop) is a plus

We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and qualifications for the role. (Thank you, Oregon Community Foundation for this language.)

Values: Our ideal candidate will be passionate about nonprofits, journalism, and improvement. Other valuable traits include:

  • An eye for systems and data management with extreme attention to data integrity
  • Kindness and professionalism
  • Initiative and curiosity
  • Empathy and humor
  • Dependable—plans ahead and stays organized, not a procrastinator
  • Set priorities, take initiative, and manage simultaneous projects
  • Knowing when to ask for help
  • Collaborative partnership but with an independent work ethic
  • An ability to problem solve with transparency and positivity
  • Unafraid to ask for donations
  • Ability to work in a deadline driven environment, calm under pressure

About Willamette Week’s Give!Guide: Willamette Week’s Give!Guide is Portland’s easiest path to year-end giving. It’s a collaboration between WW and the participating nonprofits that’s anchored by community-centric fundraising principles (learn more here). This grassroots fundraising campaign has raised more than $48 million since its inception in 2004. Alongside raising money for nonprofits, a key goal of the campaign is to encourage Portlanders 35 and under in giving back to the community and to build a culture of active citizenship. WW’s Give!Guide raised $7,845,497 for 202 local nonprofits and the Oregon Cultural Trust during 2021.

About Friends of Willamette Week: In two short years the Friends of Willamette Week program (FOWW) has provided a significant degree of support for journalism about the very city we all chose to live and work in. FOWW raises more than $400,000 a year and currently has 7,500 members. View the donation page.