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Program Director, SMART Portland

By April 6, 2017No Comments

SMARsmart-logo-vertical-blackT’S COMMITMENT TO EQUITY

As an early literacy program focused on helping children succeed with reading and learning, SMART can’t ignore that deep racial, cultural, social, and economic inequities in our country and state make it harder for some children to succeed compared to others. SMART’s vision is an Oregon in which every child can read and is empowered to succeed, and we are making equity a top priority.  As part of this, we particularly seek staff members, volunteers, and board members whose personal or professional background gives them unique perspective to further SMART’s work in serving children of color and children from other marginalized groups.


Want to be the heartbeat of our organization?  Consider a leading role on the front lines of the state’s largest volunteer-based literacy nonprofit organization, SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) reading program.  SMART partners with schools around the state and engages community volunteers to read one-on-one with 10,500 PreK through third-grade children annually, helping strengthen literacy skills and encourage a love of reading. Participating children also receive new books each month to keep and read with their families.

Behind the scenes, our Program Director leads program initiatives and implements the strategic plan. A top goal is advancing our overarching commitment to equity: on our team, in our selection of books, with our volunteers, the children we serve, and in the schools.

With 10,500 children, 5,000 volunteers, and nearly 40 employees in 9 regions, you need to know how to provide commanding leadership, make the team believers in our values, and orchestrate memorable celebrations of our success.

This position is one of five on the organization’s core leadership team. You are at the table as the subject expert on early childhood literacy with the Executive Director and Directors of Finance, Communications, and Development. To view the complete job description, click here.

To catch our attention please tell us what you know about:

  • Educational equity. First-hand experience in underrepresented communities is a plus.
  • Supporting literacy development for English Language Learners.
  • Management of geographically disbursed sites.
  • Motivation of volunteers and staff.

You will also want to confirm your formal training and university education in literacy.

Please upload your resume and cover letter using the following link:   

First review of applicants will be March 14. The position will be considered opened until filled.

Salary range and benefit information will be disclosed if selected for phone interview.

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