PDX Jazz Careers

PDX Jazz Seeks Artistic Director


PDX Jazz, a 501(c)(3) cultural arts non-profit and the leading jazz presenting organization of Portland, Oregon, is seeking an experienced, innovative and forward-thinking artistic leader to guide musical programming at an exciting stage of organizational development. The Artistic Director (AD) will shape artistic programming in a manner that appeals to and attracts a broad and diverse audience. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic artistic leader who, in tandem with the Executive Director, will set the artistic vision and strategy for the organization.


Position Summary

The Artistic Director (AD) reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for programming acclaimed and emerging international, national and local talent across PDX Jazz productions. With a focus on artistic programming, the AD will ensure that PDX Jazz has timely and accurate knowledge regarding music industry trends and activities and will possess an expert command of event management/production, strong relationships with talent agents/managers, solid business acumen, savvy negotiating skills, and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. In collaboration with the Executive Director, the Artistic Director participates in major decisions about the ongoing development and delivery of the organization’s mission, values and activities, with input from PDX Jazz staff, key stakeholders, and the community. The AD is an Independent Contractor position. The initial contract will be one year, renewable annually based on achievement of articulated goals. The AD does not supervise staff or volunteers.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Design a progressive and sustainable artistic programming model, achieving artistic merit, audience engagement and financial performance goals.
  • Identify, schedule and book musicians. Manage relations on behalf of PDX Jazz with artists, artist managers and talent agents.
  • Negotiate and administer artist contracts including fulfillment of technical and hospitality riders.
  • Secure marketing and publicity assets for each contracted artist, ensure all required artist approval(s) of marketing collateral.
  • Consult the Executive Director on financial elements pertaining to artistic programming including allocated budget management, artist offers, venue scaling/ticket pricing and settlements.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and staff to formulate comprehensive marketing strategies for PDX Jazz productions.
  • Collaborate with the Event Operations Manager in advancing PDX Jazz productions.
  • Collaborate with the Event Production Manager in facilitating technical and stage management activities for PDX Jazz productions.
  • Represent PDX Jazz at industry conferences/events. Build positive relationships on behalf of PDX Jazz with artists, artist managers, talent agents and jazz presenting organizations.


Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience programming musical talent, jazz genre experience required.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience programming a multi-venue/multi-day event.
  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university.
  • Strong interpersonal skills: communication, time-management, goal setting, priority management, financial management, critical decision-making, attention to detail.
  • Ability to work irregular hours (weekends/evenings) as necessary.
  • AD will be required to be physically present in Portland, Oregon as requested by the Executive Director.
  • Adherence to the PDX Jazz Conflict of Interests policy.


Additional Qualifications

  • Familiarity with the Portland, Oregon market.
  • Residency in Portland, Oregon is desired, but not required.


Application Process

Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2019. All correspondence will be confidential. It is understood that applicants may have other business interests, activities and industry relationships.  We welcome applications that clearly identify such situations.


Required application materials:

  • A cover letter.
  • A resume/curriculum vitae.
  • A one-page essay outlining your programming vision for the future of PDX Jazz.


Optional materials:

  • Show/presentation schedules, marketing collateral or other representational materials.


Applications and all supporting materials should be submitted via email to: [email protected] No phone calls, please.



PDX Jazz Seeks Education Manager


PDX Jazz, a 501(c)(3) cultural arts non-profit and the leading jazz presenting organization of Portland, Oregon, is seeking an Education Manager, reporting to the Executive Director, to design, grow and execute our education and community outreach programs including K-12 initiatives, Jazz in the Schools and Incredible Journey of Jazz, and Discover Jazz, aimed at adult learners.


Primary Responsibilities

  • In partnership with the Executive Director, assess opportunities to promote PDX Jazz education, expand education offerings and launch new education programs.
  • Oversee the development and assess the impact of PDX Jazz education programs ensuring alignment with the PDX Jazz mission.
  • Formulate relevant and innovative education curriculum and presentations. Schedule and present programs in K-12 classroom settings and partnering community organizations. Work in tandem with program participants to optimize curriculum and presentations for diverse audiences.
  • Manage a network of external relationships including educators and administrators; foundations, government, arts, cultural and civic organizations.
  • Provide leadership and supervision to education program volunteers.
  • Lead planning and production of PDX Jazz education events; assist with fundraising events.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director in identifying, researching, writing, and submitting education program grant proposals and reporting; cultivate donors for education programs.
  • Serve as the primary education program representative at PDX Jazz concerts.
  • Liaison with the Board of Directors, Education Chair.
  • Assist with general office management activities.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline.
  • Classroom experience in K-12 education.
  • Strong interpersonal skills: communication, time-management, goal setting, priority management, financial management, critical decision-making, attention to detail and mentoring.
  • Ability to work irregular hours (weekends/evenings) and overtime as necessary.
  • Ability to work at multiple school and community partner locations across greater Portland.
  • Appreciation for the arts and the ability to articulate the value and importance of art education.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.



Non-Exempt part-time thirty (30) hours per week, flexible schedule. Benefits include health-dental-vision and paid vacation.


Application Process

Please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected] No phone calls, please.


PDX Jazz is an equal opportunity employer. Every employee, contractor and volunteer of PDX Jazz is expected, with no exception, to behave, communicate, and present themselves in a positive, professional, and respectful manner toward patrons, vendors, partners, and fellow team members at all times.