Motion Designer

Creative · Portland, Oregon
Department Creative
Employment Type FT Exempt
Minimum Experience Experienced

Who are we?

Thesis, a digital agency in Portland, OR. We're hell-bent on humanizing the relationship
between people and brands, which starts with our teams: real people making real work.
Come as you are. Bring what you bring. We’ll all be better for it.
The name is new-ish to us, but we've been around for 17 years. In contrast to our former identity
that reflected what we do, we chose the name Thesis as it better represents how we do it: a
full-service agency that believes our strength is in our approach—that the work we make is only
as strong as the thought—and data—we put behind it.
That sounds intense. But make no mistake, we also play real hard.

The Job

The Motion Designer is a detail-obsessed maker, a culture-hound, a digital geek, or someone
who is constantly redesigning the world around you. This role will work directly with the design
director and design leads while mentoring and supporting other team members in delivering
exceptional creative work.

As a Motion Designer, you know more than just the ropes. You are a master in your craft—thinking
in multiple dimensions, with a well-defined approach to motion design—and the skills to
efficiently deliver high-level work. You communicate clearly and know how to inspire. Along with
your experience, you bring talent, technique, and unflinching pursuit of excellence. You never
settle. You have a track record of exceptional work, yet you’re still driven to hone new skills and
experiment with new tools and new techniques.

You will create and execute motion/animation work alongside our designers, writers, and
developers and in collaboration with client services, our clients, and other partners. You seek out
collaboration with teammates to constantly shape an environment that far surpasses the status
quo. You have a hardworking disposition, deliver above and beyond what’s expected. You are a
self-starter who actively solves problems. You have no issues working either autonomously or
collaboratively and can take on several concurrent projects without skipping a beat while
keeping your cool. You have a point of view and know-how to effectively articulate it to the team.
You model greatness while providing professional and creative structure to the studio.

● Ability to work on multiple jobs simultaneously while feeling comfortable with changing

workflows and priorities.
● Ability to maintain and adhere to brand guidelines, including calling out when and where
they don’t make sense.
● Exceptional organizational, listening, and communication skills.
● Experience working on global brands.
● Adaptable to changing client needs and priorities.
● Demonstrated excellence in content services, motion design, and 3D animation.
(Interest in VR, and related digital work a plus).
● Solid core design competency, including creative ideation, type and color theory, scale,
and composition.
● Strong familiarity with current trends in design and animation.
● Experience retouching at a global brand level is a plus.
● Exceptional organizational, listening, and communication skills.
● Detail master: No pixel, no comma, no inconsistency escapes your gaze. Create
pixel-perfect output for our clients. Establish and maintain the best production practices.
Seek out and destroy the loose ends: one element that’s a tad out of alignment, kerning
that is just slightly off, a misplaced comma, and a stray extra space.
● Driven self-starter: You take full ownership of your work and the work of your team. You
establish best practices and new workflows whenever necessary.
● Flexible and responsive: You receive and give feedback well, and you approach changes
with a positive attitude.
● Problem solver: You understand the clients’ and users’ needs before any pixel gets
placed. You believe everything can be improved and you see new challenges as new
● Roll up your sleeves: You’re willing to help out wherever needed—producing all kinds of
outputs 2d with 3d capability—while driving and maintaining design consistency across
● Team player: You don’t win on your own and you look out for those around you. Be a core
part of our creative team, helping to deliver excellent work across a variety of media.
● Able to work in our Portland office.


● Bachelor’s degree in design, animation or motion graphics (or comparable experience).

● Three-plus years of experience in a design studio or agency (or comparable experience).
● A portfolio and experience that demonstrate your ability to deliver accuracy and
● Working knowledge of production processes, technologies, and design.
● Expert knowledge of industry-standard software (Adobe CC, After Effects, Cinema 4D,
and/or similar).
● Working knowledge of Asana or other project management software.
● Working knowledge of the Google Suite (Drive, Docs, etc.).

Workplace equity is not a single checkbox.

It's a crucial way of thinking, of working, and of moving through the world. At Thesis, we
prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion. You'll see this in our hiring practices, growth plans, and
workplace programs—because our agency, our work, and our society are better when diverse
perspectives come together.

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  • Location
    Portland, Oregon
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    FT Exempt
  • Minimum Experience