SMART Reading is seeking a full-time Program Manager for our programs and operations in east Multnomah County. SMART Reading is the state’s largest volunteer-based nonprofit literacy organization. We partner with schools around the state and engage community volunteers to read one-on-one with nearly 11,000 PreK through 3rd grade children annually, helping strengthen literacy skills and encourage a love of reading. Participating children also receive new books each month to keep in order to begin building their own personal library. 

When you join SMART Reading, you join a team that shares your commitment to making this important work happen. Your position as a Program Manager will focus on leading a caseload of program sites, recruiting, training and managing volunteers, creating strong partnerships with schools and ensuring SMART Reading Program Standards are met. The Program Manager will be based out of our Portland office, and will work with the Metro Area team. 

IMPORTANT: Due to the Coronavirus, the global pandemic, the current stay-at-home orders, and the uncertainties in the economic environment, we are recruiting for this position with an anticipated start date sometime after June 1. HOWEVER, depending on the state of the economy at June 1 and the overall financial status of our organization, we may elect to postpone the hire date until sometime later in the year. If that doesn’t dissuade you, we welcome your application now.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for supporting children’s literacy, a strong commitment to equity, and stellar relationship development skills to support volunteer management and school relations. 

 If that’s you, here’s what we can offer: 

  • A team of equally-committed, passionate and experienced individuals. 
  • Plenty of opportunity to put your creativity and ideas to good use. (We’ve got great systems but we’re always interested in improvement.) 
  • A salary in the range of high 30’s and a generous benefits package. 
  • Professional development opportunities, both internal and external to SMART Reading. 
  • An organizational culture that values team, plays to the strengths of its members, and is tirelessly devoted to serving “our kids” well. 

Your team members have developed the following “must have” requirements:

  • Strong personal character, which guides the ethical practice of your work
  • Experience working in partnership with communities of color
  • Ability to develop, manage and lead a work team
  • Ability to work with school, business and community leaders
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to represent the program and implement quality improvement procedures 
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and duties
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to a learning, growing organization
  • Ability and means to travel to local sites as needed, proof of liability and property damage insurance on vehicle used is required
  • A sense of service and commitment to helping the children of Oregon learn to read

Bonus skills (preferred but not required):

  • 4 years of relevant experience or Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in recruiting, supervision, development and evaluation of volunteers
  • Experience in community partnership building
  • Fluency in one or more languages other than English (especially Spanish)
  • Proficient computer skills to include Microsoft office products and database experience

SMART’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. Our vision is an Oregon where all children can realize their full potential through reading 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.

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to travel throughout Oregon, particularly throughout the one counties served by this SMART area office. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to frequently use a computer at a desk. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

General Requirements:

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required for the position. 


To read the full position description, click here.

Please provide a resume with a brief cover letter that tells us how you meet our needs, what your experience and commitment is to equity and whether you have bonus skills outlined above.

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People of color, people living with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled but will begin the first review of all applications received by May 15, 2020. We will begin in-person interviews after this time. Finalists will be invited to a second round interview. At this point in our process we will ask for professional references and make an offer shortly thereafter.