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Plan to Rock the Trek…

Yes, I am still in the rainy (but beautiful) Emerald City of Seattle working with employers in finalizing the details of the 2010 Treks. 

Before I announce the newest participant, I have to share a little “fun” fact about myself: I love Michael Jackson music.  I do.   His music is always fun to dance to and no matter what “mood” I am in, I always get cheered up.  That is why I was left speechless when I actually got to see his glove in person.  Where, you might be wondering did I spot this piece of Pop Culture history?  At our newest excursion host: The Experience Music Project.

This excursion will include a tour of the museum along with Q&A from panelists answering what it really looks like to work for a non-profit.  All majors are encouraged, especially HR, Public Relations, Marketing, Education as the EMP has internships within those fields.  Not in those fields of study?  That’s okay, EMP would also be happy to meet with an interest in non-profit, event planning or development.

Registartion begins this Friday!  Stay tuned for more details.

Note: Corporate excursions are  made available exclusively for Gonzaga students (both undergraduate and graduate levels).  Alumni and friends of the university are encouraged to attend the networking social as well as the Career Fair.  More information to come.

Communications Opportunities in Portland

The following job leads were forwarded to the Career Center and we wanted to send them along to job hunting Zags….

  • Oregon Food Bank seeks a director of operations, responsible for food procurement, warehousing, transportation services, & product inventory management. The ideal candidate will have a passion for OFB’s mission of eliminating hunger and its root causes. Write to for more information.
  • Washington County Visitors Association is hiring an administrative and sales assistant. Hourly salary is $12-14. Application deadline is Monday, October 26, at 5:00 PM.
  • Portland Energy Conservation Inc. is hiring a Part-time communications manager Salary is commensurate with experience and the position is open until filled.
  • 1000 Friends of Oregon is looking for a Willamette Valley advocate. Starting salary is $36-39,000. Position is open until filled.
  • Oregon Environmental Council is seeking a program director for global warming. Annual salary $38-43,000. Application review begins November 2, but the position will remain open until filled.
  • Portland Rose Festival Foundation is hiring a sponsorship manager. Salary commensurate with experience. Position is open until filled.
  • The West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District is hiring a conservation technician in Portland. Beginning annual salary is $50-55,000. Please apply by October 26 at 5 PM.
  • Portland State University is hiring an associate director of government relations. The starting annual salary is $55-60,000, dependent upon qualifications and experience. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until finalists are identified.
  • Legacy Health is hiring for two positions in Portland: 1) PR and community relations specialists and 2) Coordinator of Interactive Marketing. Positions are open until filled.
  • OMSI is hiring a vice president of development. Salary is commensurate with experience and position is open until filled.
  • The OHSU Foundation is hiring a director of prospect research and management in Portland. Salary is commensurate with experience. Position is open until filled.

Susan G. Komen Internship

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Since it’s formation in 2002, the Eastern Washington Affiliate has raised more than $1 million for breast cancer education, research, screening and treatment.  The Eastern Washington Affiliate serves 13 counties: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman.

Internship Job Description


  • Must be enrolled in a four-year college or university
  • Must possess strong writing, verbal and organizational skills
  • Must possess a positive attitude and exhibit professional behaviors
  • Requires knowledge and experience with standard Windows software (i.e., Power Point, Word, Excel and MS Outlook)

Core Responsibilities:

  • Provide general office support consisting of: filing, scanning, data entry, preparing thank you letters to donors, mail prep, answering affiliate e-mails and phone calls
  • Assist with all aspects of health fairs, national cause marketing and third party events (some travel may be required)
  • Assist with various fundraising and education events, including the Race for the Cure
  • Assist in organizing office materials and literature
  • Support administrator, board members, race committee as needed

Time Commitment: 6 months, 4-8 hours per week.

For more information and to apply, contact Claudia Bell at  Applications to be reviewed immediately with position to be filled as soon as possible.

Director of Marketing & Public Relations: Portland

St. Mary’s Academy in downtown Portland is seeking a marketing/public relations director.

Some duties to include:

  • Designing a school-wide marketing strategy seeking out new opportunities for exposure, community involvement and leadership.
  • This position also includes project management of all marketing materials, news releases and media relations.
  • Technology and the maintenance and cultivation of dynamic communication and social marketing skills are important.
  • Manage advertising placement throughout appropriate media.

Salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits. Position is open until filled.

For the full job description and how to apply click here.

AmeriCorps VISTA Positions in Portland

Hands on Portland is hiring three AmeriCorps VISTA positions which start November 17. During the one-year term of service, members receive a modest living stipend (approx. $865/month before taxes), medical insurance, & loan forbearance.  Upon successful completion their term of service, VISTAS can choose either an education award of $4,725 or an end of service stipend of $1200.  Application deadline is August 24.

Seattle Development Internship

Interested in non-profit work, specifically within the field of development?  If so, consider applying for the Washington Trails Association paid part-time internship.

Various Responsibilities Include:

  • Gift processing: record individual and corporate gifts in the ebase donor database and prepare thank you letters to donors (60%)
  • Major giving program: help with year-end fundraising (editing, printing, mailing letters; facilitating personal contact between board members and donors) and planning of annual donor appreciation event (15%)
  • Special appeals: help with editing, printing, mailing, and tracking results for year-end fundraising appeal (5%)
  • Represent WTA at workplace giving campaign events (depending on qualifications and interest) (5%)
  • Help maintain hard copy and electronic records for development department (10%)
  • Other duties as directed (5%)

Application deadline is quickly approaching: August 28, 2009

For more information and apply, check out the posting here:

A Handful of Portland Leads

The following Portland job leads were forwarded to the Career Center today.  Many are communications and marketing based with a range of experience levels.  Is one of interest? Check it out directly!

Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) Leader Opportunity



AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) provides full-time members to nonprofit, faith-based and other community organizations, and public agencies to create and expand programs that ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty.


As the VISTA team coordinator, the VISTA Leader will provide training, technical assistance, resources and support to the WACC VISTA Project team across the state. The VISTA leader will maintain regular communication with all members of the team via phone, email, periodic in-person meetings and site visits. S/he will assist in organizing a minimum of 2 member training activities and will help to promote and facilitate those activities as needed.  S/he will develop additional resource material as needed and keep VISTA members up to date on professional development opportunities.  



1.    Prior experience as a full-time VISTA (required)

2.    College Degree – A.A. or B.A./B.S.

3.    Proven leadership ability; capacity to work within a team and also be self-directed as needed

4.    Experience working with post-secondary education students

5.    Knowledge of and experience in service-learning, volunteer management, and national service

6.    Strong organizational, project management and event planning skills.

7.    Ability to manage short and long term deadlines

8.    Excellent verbal and written communication skills, both with individuals and groups

9.    Strong computer skills such as Word, Excel and Outlook



For more information please contact Vaneitta Goines, Program Manager, at or (360) 650-6476.



Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest Opportunity

JVC Northwest is hiring two Area Directors (ADs) to begin in July, 2009. The full-time positions based in Portland, OR, are highly collaborative and involve significant travel. The AD supports and challenges 20-25 full-time volunteers living in intentional communities and working with people who are marginalized in society. One AD position is for communities in Alaska and the other for communities in the lower 48. The position requires experience in social activism, pastoral ministry and/or counseling, spiritual growth development, community building, retreat planning and work with diverse peoples. Organizational skills are important. Bachelor’s Degree required, post graduate schooling preferred. Former Jesuit Volunteer preferred. 

For the full listing details or to apply, check out  make sure to refer to ID#:2996 when searching for the position opening.

Position closes June 15, 2009

Marketing & Communications Intern

clip_image001The Career Center was e-mailed the following internship, for St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral on the South Hill. 

Duties include:

  • Writing press releases
  • Posting event information online
  • Working with webmaster on website updates
  • writing articles for e-newsletter

 Skills needed:

  • Excellent written & oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently on deadline

Unpaid position:

  • 10-20 hours per week
  • Start date: May 1, or later
  • Flexible hours
  • Can work remotely after initial training period 

Reports to:

  • Communications Chair, Dawn Picken (direct report)
  • Dean of Cathedral, Bill Ellis (secondary report)

 Works with:

  • Comm. Chair
  • Cathedral Secretary Joan Sulser
  • E-news editor Judith Shadford 
  • Webmaster Walt Johnson
Please send resumé and list of 3 references to : 
Dawn Picken  or call with questions:  509-220-9003
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