Job Details

Human Resource Manager

SMART Reading, Portland, OR

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 03/30/2020

SMART Reading Hiring Human Resource Manager

SMART Reading, the state’s largest volunteer-based children’s literacy nonprofit, is looking for an energetic individual with human resource experience to join our team in a newly-created role.

SMART Reading partners with schools around the state to mobilize community volunteers to read one-on-one with 11,000 PreK through 3rd grade children annually, helping strengthen literacy skills, build self-confidence, and encourage a love of reading. Participating children also receive new books each month to keep and read with their families. In the past 28 years, we have served nearly 225,000 children, with the support of 140,000 volunteers and have given away almost 3 million books.

When you join SMART Reading, you join a committed statewide team that shares your resolve to make this important work happen. This position, which reports to the Finance Director, is the lead staff member for all human resource activities. Responsibilities range from organization-wide efforts such as helping to set culture and engage employees, to managing recruitment, retention, and professional development activities of staff members. The HR Manager is also responsible for payroll administration, employee benefits management and compliance, and ensuring that SMART human resource policies and practices are up-to-date, inclusive, and ensure equitable treatment of all team members. The HR Manager is critical in helping to ensure that our employee practices create and support a vibrant, diverse work culture and engaged staff team.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for supporting children’s literacy, a strong commitment to equity, and an enthusiasm for creating “team” and cultivating organizational culture.

If that’s you, here’s what we can offer:
- A team of equally-committee, 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 $55-$63K and a generous benefits package.
- 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 “our kids” well.

Your team members have developed the following “must have” requirements:
- Demonstrated experience in human resources or organizational management in public, private or non-profit sector (minimum three years’ experience)
- Bachelor’s degree in relevant field; two years additional experience may be substituted in lieu of a degree.
- Knowledge of human resource best practices and compliance
- Excellent communication and relationship-building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
- Experience with and ability to advance SMART’s work to address inequities and build relationships to address the needs of diverse staff, communities, and children.
- Understanding of workplace dynamics, interpersonal relationships
- Strong attention to detail and accuracy
- Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team
- Exceptional written and verbal skills
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the SMART Reading mission.

Bonus skills (preferred but not required):
- Progressive experience as relates to the requirement for independent action and initiative and the ability to prioritize
- Bilingual (preferred; not required)

SMART’s Commitment to Equity
As a children’s literacy nonprofit focused on helping children succeed with reading and learning, SMART Reading 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 our work in serving children of color and children from other marginalized groups.

To Apply
Please provide a résumé with brief cover letter that tells us about how your skills meet our needs, your experience with and commitment to equity, and how you meet the requirements outlined above.

Please apply at the following link:
Applications received through other sites will not be considered.

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We will do the first review of all applications received on or before March 23, 2020.

We promise to provide a team of staff members who will personally review your submission. Your interest and application will be treated with respect. People of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply.

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