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.

When you join SMART, you join a team that shares your commitment to making this important work happen. Your position as a Program Administrator for the Douglas area will focus on supporting the Area Manager in program implementation, volunteer management and recruitment, and administrative duties. The Program Administrator will be based out of our Roseburg office.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for supporting children’s literacy, a strong commitment to equity, and stellar relationships 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 half-time position (20 hours per week) with an hourly rate of $16 and pro-rated PTO, paid holidays and supplemental leave.
  • 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:

  • Personal character, which guides the ethical practice of your work.
  • Ability to be collaborative and work with a team
  • Ability to work with school, business and community leaders
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and duties
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to a learning, growing organization
  • 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 2 years of relevant experience
  • Experience in recruiting, supervision, development and evaluation of volunteers
  • Experience in program coordination and administration
  • Experience in community partnership building
  • Proficient computer skills to include Microsoft office products and database experience
  • Bi-lingual/Spanish speaking

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 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 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 view the complete job 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.

Please apply at the following link:

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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 on October 24, 2018.

We will begin phone interviews after the application deadline above. Finalists will be invited to a second round, in-person interview. 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 in early to mid-November.