SMART Reading is seeking a full-time Program Manager for our programs and operations in Marion, Polk, Lincoln, Yamhill and Tillamook counties. SMART Reading is the state’s largest volunteer-based nonprofit literacy organization. SMART Reading 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.

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 Salem office, and will work with the Northwest Area team.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for supporting children’s literacy, a strong commitment to equity, stellar relationships skills to support volunteer management and school relations, and be bilingual in English and Spanish.

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:

  • Bi-lingual/Spanish speaking; intermediate
  • 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):

  • Bachelor’s degree or 4 years of relevant experience
  • Experience in recruiting, supervision, development and evaluation of volunteers
  • Experience in community partnership building
  • Proficient computer skills to include Google, Microsoft office products and database experience

Compromiso de SMART Reading con la equidad:

Como un programa de alfabetización temprana enfocado en ayudar a los niños a tener éxito con la lectura y el aprendizaje, SMART Reading no puede ignorar las profundas desigualdades raciales, culturales, sociales y económicas en nuestro país y estado que dificultan el éxito de algunos niños en comparación con otros. Nuestra visión es un Oregon en el que cada niño puede leer y tiene el poder de tener éxito, y estamos poniendo la equidad como una prioridad principal. Como parte de esto, buscamos particularmente a miembros del personal, voluntarios y miembros del consejo directivo cuyos antecedentes personales o profesionales les brinden una perspectiva única para el trabajo de SMART Reading en el servicio a niños de color y niños de otros grupos marginados.

Requisitos físicos:
Mientras realiza las tareas de este trabajo, el empleado deberá viajar por todo Oregón, particularmente en los tres condados atendidos por la oficina del área de SMART Reading. Mientras realiza las tareas de este trabajo, se requiere que el empleado use una computadora en un escritorio con frecuencia. El nivel de ruido en el ambiente de trabajo es usualmente moderado.

Requisitos generales:
Las declaraciones anteriores tienen el propósito de describir el tipo y nivel del trabajo que realizan las personas asignadas a este puesto en general. No pretenden ser una lista exhaustiva de todos los deberes, responsabilidades o habilidades requeridas para el puesto. 


To read the full position description, click here.

Please provide a resume and 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.

Please apply at the following link:

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 on December 18, 2019. We will begin phone interviews after this time. Selected applicants will be invited to move forward to in-person interviews. At this point in our process we will ask for professional references and make an offer shortly thereafter. We would like to have the selected candidate start by late January.