Our Work

SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) is the state’s largest volunteer-based nonprofit literacy organization. SMART partners with schools around the state and engages 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. In the past 30 years, we have served nearly 234,000 children with the support of more than 144,000 volunteers, and have given away over 3 million books. Additional information about our organization can be found on our website: www.smartreading.org.

When you join SMART, you join a team that shares your commitment to making this important work happen. Your position as the South Valley Area Manager will focus on fundraising, community relations, program oversight, staff supervision, and overall leadership of SMART’s activities in Lane, Linn, and Benton counties.  The Area Manager will be based out of our Springfield office, and will lead a staff of two and indirectly lead hundreds of volunteers in implementing SMART’s program and strategic priorities in the area. 


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

Position Summary

This position is responsible for the overall management of the SMART Program in our South Valley Area: Lane, Linn and Benton counties. SMART’s South Valley office is located in Springfield, Oregon. Major responsibilities include: fundraising, community relations, program oversight, staff supervision, and overall leadership of SMART’s activities in the area. The Area Manager is part of a team of seven Area Managers working across Oregon and is responsible for overseeing implementation of the SMART program at approximately 45 SMART program sites; building relationships with school district leadership to achieve SMART program standards; raising funds through corporate solicitations, individual fundraising, and grant writing; and building the public visibility and credibility of SMART in the region.

Direct Reports Program Manager (2)

Primary Responsibilities

Fundraising – Approx 65%

    • Work with State Development Team members to implement an area development plan to achieve SMART’s annual area fundraising goals
    • Develop and manage relationships and fundraising efforts including:
      • local events and promotions
      • corporate contributions and involvement
      • individual giving through direct solicitation, major donor development, and legacy giving
      • foundation grant writing

Program Management – Approx 25%

  • Support and supervise Program Managers in recruiting, training, and managing SMART leadership and reading volunteers 
  • Support and supervise Program Managers in implementing program-related statewide initiatives
  • Create and maintain strong relationships with school districts and educational leaders in the area
  • Support and supervise Program Managers in risk management around program implementation

Area Office Leadership & Administration – Approx 10%

  • Provide leadership to advance SMART’s mission in the local community in alignment with statewide strategic plan, priorities, and initiatives
  • Create and maintain community relationships to increase local capacity in all areas including:
    • Fundraising
    • Program
    • Public Relations
    • Administration
    • Equity and Inclusion
  • Recruit and work with leadership-level volunteers to assist with fundraising, marketing, and other efforts
  • Manage area office operations including creation and management of expense and revenue budgets, staff supervision and management, and general administrative tasks

Public Relations – Time allocation included above

  • Work with SMART Communications Director to implement an area communications plan in accordance with statewide marketing campaigns and initiatives
  • Maintain the visibility of  SMART in the local community through positive relationship building and media appearances

Volunteer Management

SMART is possible because more than 5,000 volunteers contribute their time, energy and experience to helping us carry out our mission; that means volunteers account for nearly 100 percent of the people working on the ground to deliver SMART’s proven literacy support and book program.  Because of this, all SMART employees work and interact with volunteers in varying capacities.  

  • SMART employees understand the value of our volunteers and ensure their interactions with volunteers are appreciative and professional.  
  • Because volunteers are donating their time and talents to SMART, employees may need to be flexible and solution-oriented when it comes to expectations around deadlines, communication, ability to attend meetings, etc. 
  • SMART employees publicly acknowledge the importance of volunteers to the organization, providing ample recognition and praise for their contributions when speaking about SMART in external settings. 

Knowledge and Skills

  • Proven track record in fundraising, program, and volunteer management 
  • Experience in hiring, supervision, development, and evaluation of staff
  • Ability to multi-task and lead a team in implementing a range of activities 
  • Ability to work with school, business and community leaders 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with leadership, peers, colleagues, external constituents, and community members 
  • Ability to represent SMART in public settings, including public speaking
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changes in the environment
  • Ability to advance SMART’s work to address inequities and build relationships to address the needs of diverse communities and children. 
  • A sense of service and commitment to helping the children of Oregon love reading
  • Strong computer skills 

Education and Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or relevant experience 
  • Minimum 5 years experience in community engagement, including fundraising and volunteer management

Compensation and Benefits

  • Starting salary range: $50 – $55K.
  • Health, Dental and Vision covered at 100% for employee, generous PTO, paid holidays, supplemental leave, 401K Retirement plan and Match, Life Insurance, FSA Plan, Employee Wellness plan, professional development stipend, cell phone stipend, incidental stipend and more.

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to travel throughout Oregon, particularly throughout the three 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 and is occasionally required to stand, walk, and/or sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. 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. 


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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.

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 in July, 2021.