Job Details

Program Director

SMART, Portland

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 06/24/2019

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 over 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, you join a team that shares your commitment to making this important work happen. Your position as Program Director will play a leading role in statewide program initiatives and strategic plan implementation. 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.

This position is one of five on the organization’s executive leadership team. You are at the table as the subject matter expert on early childhood literacy with the Executive Director and Directors of Finance and Administration, Communications, and Development Operations.

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 full-time, exempt position, a generous benefits package, and a competitive salary.
• Professional development opportunities, both internal and external to SMART.
• An organizational culture that values team, plays to the strengths of its members, and is tirelessly devoted to serving children.

To be successful in this position, you will need the following knowledge, skills, and experience:
• Sufficient management experience to successfully perform the planning, leadership, reporting and administrative responsibilities of this position
• Strong leadership and interpersonal skills
• Strategic thinker with excellent project management skills
• Demonstrated ability to design and implement program improvements
• Ability to meet people with ease
• Excellent organizational skills, well disciplined, able to meet deadlines, self- starter
• Ability to work under pressure of many priorities and deadlines
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
• Commitment to educational equity
• Demonstrated ability to build strong community partnerships with diverse communities

We are also looking for someone with the following education and work experience
● Bachelor’s Degree (required); Advanced degree in related field desired.
● 5-7 years of relevant program experience
● 3-5 years of management and supervision experience
● Experience in the PreK-12 school system
● Additional experience in one or more of the following fields preferred: early childhood, literacy, mentoring and program evaluation
● Non-profit experience
● Demonstrated ability to design and implement program improvements
● Understanding of program evaluation, data management and analytics

To highlight your fit for this opportunity please speak to your experience in the following in your cover letter:
• Equity in literacy and in life (first-hand experience in underrepresented communities is a plus)
• Program management of geographically disbursed sites
• Motivation of staff and volunteers
• Early literacy evaluation tools

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 in which every child can read and is empowered to succeed, and equity is 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 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 apply for this position please visit the following link:

A full position description is available here:

Please provide a resume with a cover letter that addresses the items 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 on June 17, 2019.

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