Consultant, Solid Ground Consulting

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Solid Ground’s Commitment to Equity

Solid Ground Consulting wants our firm to mirror the communities we live in and serve. We are committed to creating a multicultural workplace grounded in equity and inclusion, and we are committed to continuously learning and evolving as individuals and as a firm. We are currently engaged in a year-long, transformative process to examine our internal culture and the work we do through an equity lens. We look forward to having our new colleagues join and contribute to this important work.

About Us

The team at Solid Ground Consulting – six great people here in Portland, one in Vermont and other partners around the country – is connected by a common bond:  We want to make a difference.  It’s a desire we share with people in every corner of every community.  As organizational, strategy, and leadership consultants, we’re on this planet to partner with others make a greater impact – to build greater confidence, by expand their capability, and  partnering to discover a clear pathway to achieve their goals.  Within organizations, these are not small things: They often represent transformational changes that can make all the difference in the world.

The Opportunity

Solid Ground Consulting approaches organizational development consulting through an integrated approach that organizes our work around four dimensions of organizational impact –leadership, strategy, brand and culture. We are looking to build our expertise in the Culture Practice – guiding organizations as they seek to build an intentional culture including equity and inclusion.

Solid Ground works with nonprofits and public-sector organizations with missions focused on healthy environment, thriving economy and / or vibrant community. Our clients in Oregon and SW Washington are quite varied and we have a national practice in land and water conservation. Our projects range from small planning engagements to complex large scale mergers and strategy initiatives.

To learn more about this opportunity, click HERE.

Summer Session Open!

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When folks heard that our next Reframing Racism workshop was scheduled for October, they let us know that waiting that long would just not work!  We’ve taken that feedback, moved a few things around and are happy to announce a summer session of Reframing Racism!  We must meet a minimum number of 25 participants so help us get there!

Here are the dates-

  • August 1-3 – this is the intensive portion (2.5 days)
  • August 24, September 7 and September 14 – these are the follow up sessions (6-9pm)

Click here for more details!

Click here to register!

We look forward to seeing you in August!

Executive Assistant, Solid Ground Consulting

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Commitment to Equity and Inclusion

Solid Ground Consulting wants our firm to mirror the communities we live in and serve. We are committed to creating a multicultural workplace grounded in equity and inclusion, and we are committed to continuously learning and evolving as individuals and as a firm. We are currently engaged in a year-long, transformative process to examine our internal culture and the work we do through an equity lens. We look forward to having our new colleagues join and contribute to this important work.

About the Job

We are seeking a highly capable Executive Assistant to support the Owner / Principal of the firm. The Executive Assistant is an integral part of an energetic, growing team working on projects that make a difference in the community. This is a great opportunity for a serious – but not too serious – administrative pro! We demand a lot and have a lot of fun along the way.

Responsibilities

  • Support Principal needs through a broad variety of administrative duties, including complex travel coordination; calendar and task management; and office organization
  • Work closely and effectively with Principal to help him manage upcoming commitments and responsibilities
  • Anticipates and shares Principal’s project management responsibilities
  • Organize and maintain office files and client/project binders for Principal
  • Assist with material preparation and notes following meetings, facilitations, and retreats facilitated by the Principal, including participation at retreats
  • Communicate on behalf of Principal with clients and colleagues
  • Provide some personal support to the Principal
  • Oversee the work of the Office Assistant

To learn more about this position please click HERE.

Senior Director of Programs, “I Have a Dream” Oregon

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Equity Statement

We believe that cultural, institutional, and individual racism creates disparities and barriers that are neither fair nor equitable. We are committed to advancing racial equity as a foundational element of all aspects of our work and with all of our stakeholders. In addition to racism, we recognize that ALL other forms of bias must also be addressed in order to create a more just and equitable society. We remain steadfast in our commitment to comprehensive community partnerships to help close the racialized achievement gap in our schools and colleges. We strive to create a truly equitable organization: one where students, families, and communities are welcomed and supported, where their faces, voices, and experiences are reflected and valued. We listen and respond with great care and intentionality to the students and families with whom we partner. We consistently analyze our organizational commitment to equity and inclusion as expressed through our policies and practices, our workforce and board composition, and engagement of students and families as central guiders of our work. We are committed to collaborating with other organizations towards advancing equity for all.

Overview of Organization and the Dreamer School

“I Have a Dream” Oregon is seeking applicants for the full-time position of Senior Director of Program. This is an opportunity to join a mission-driven team unified around educational equity and a vision to break the cycle of poverty and change the game at a systemic level for children and families in poverty-impacted communities. Beginning in 1990, “I Have a Dream” (IHD) partnered with schools in poverty-impacted areas to select their 3rd grade class to be a Dreamer Class. IHD has selected 10 such classes; five are still active—one just graduating high school with the remainder in college. “Dreamers” receive three core services: mentoring, academic and social services, and exposure to a “culture of college and career” through post-secondary education. Building on this success, in 2010 IHD moved to a “Dreamer School” model, expanding our reach to annually serve over 800 Dreamer students and their families in the Reynolds School District through a highly collaborative shared-cost model with more than 70 nonprofit and higher education partners. 84% of these students are children of color and many are bi-lingual, with over 25 languages represented. In addition to continuing the three core services cited above, the Dreamer School model includes expanded emphasis on early childhood education, college completion and career transition, and unprecedented community collaboration. The Dreamer School model follows students who begin their pre-K-12 journey at Alder Elementary – one of Oregon’s most poverty-impacted schools – through middle school, Reynolds High School and eventually, post-secondary education/certification and family-wage careers. For more information, please visit www.dreamoregon.org.

Goals and Beliefs

Our ultimate Dreamer School goal is to help students and families break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, including 100% of Dreamer students completing high school and at least 80% completing a post-secondary degree or certificate. We also spur systemic change in poverty-impacted communities by creating innovative, systemic approaches to remove barriers and create opportunities for educational success and by leveraging our Dreamer School model as a demonstration project from which others can learn. We believe that all children start out curious, creative and full of potential. We believe that families wake up every day and do their very best to support their children.

Senior Director of Program Responsibilities

The Senior Director of Program (SDP) is highly a motivated, entrepreneurial leader. The SDP will serve as a member of the leadership team of IHD, sit on the Reynolds School District’s Reynolds Transformational Team (RTT) and direct program staff. They are responsible for setting the vision of the program, leading the collaboration with school/district leaders, major educational and nonprofit partners, families, and community residents to transform a poverty-impacted school and create more neighborhood stability. The SDP will provide central leadership to ensure the continued success of all Dreamer programming, including but not limited to:

  • Setting the vision for the Pre-K to career program continuum.
  • Ensuring culturally responsive programming, communication and evaluation is occurring.
  • Leading a dynamic professional Program Team including five program managers. Working with staff to develop annual work plans and measurements for accountability and program efficiencies. Facilitating and monitoring program budgets.
  • Actively participating with the leadership team on organizational, board, budgetary and HR issues while representing the Program Team.
  • Establishing and executing a comprehensive program assessment and reporting system using in-house database (Effortsto-Outcomes) to track and monitor Dreamers’ progress against goals from early childhood programming through college and career. Implementing programmatic adjustments based on data.
  • Cultivating highly productive relationships with “I Have a Dream” leaders, Dreamer program principals and other building leaders, Dreamer families, district leaders, and members of the community.
  • Maintaining highly effective partnerships with a wide range of best-in-class partner organizations (e.g. leading educational and nonprofit organizations, local associations and businesses). The SDP will be expected to initiate collaborations with college and career partners.
  •   Enhancing the organization’s culture by reinforcing core values and promoting a positive work environment.  Actively assisting in fund raising, public relations, and media relations for IHD.

To review the full job description please click HERE.

 

Save Your Spot Now!

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The CEI Reframing Racism workshop series will be returning in Fall, 2017.  Due to the high demand for this workshop, we’ve opened registration for October sessions now!  Mark your calendars and sign up today!

 

Click here to learn more about this workshop opportunity.

Here is a small sampling of past participant feedback!

“I would highly recommend this workshop to others. In this crucial time of conflict in our country workshops, such as this one, are important for individuals, both POC and white people, to form a common ground of understanding on how the systems of racism affects everyone.”

“Be prepared – the CEI “Reframing Racism” Workshop will have you questioning the motives and intentions of your entire life. This work is high stakes, deeply personal, and a transformational experience!”

“Reframing Racism was an invaluable experience. It helped me to locate myself in my path to doing effective racial equity work, and helped me gain a better understanding of the experience I have been having, as a white person. I will continue to reference the cycle of empowerment to keep myself accountable to changing my unhelpful patterns and responses.”

We hope to see you in October!

Strategic Initiatives Director – New Avenues for Youth

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Our Commitment to Equity: 

New Avenues for Youth imagines a community where all young people thrive and experience health, well-being, and a self-determined home. Historical inequities and intersecting forms of oppression such as racism, poverty, adultism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism, among others contribute to marginalization and exploitation of youth. We believe, to redress youth homelessness and housing instability we must challenge and dismantle racism and other forms of oppression and build relationships within our communities that advance equity.

At New Avenues, advancing equity is an ongoing commitment without closure. We remain open-minded and presume best intentions, knowing that discomfort and conflict are inevitable. We take risks and make and learn from our mistakes. We seek multiple perspectives, strive for transparency, remain humble, and resist the urge to silence hard truths.

About New Avenues for Youth:  

New Avenues for Youth imagines a community where all young people thrive and experience health, well-being, and a self-determined home.  New Avenues works in partnership with the Portland area community to provide homeless, foster-care, and at-risk youth of all backgrounds with the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives.  We are a diverse non-profit organization in our 20th year serving youth.

The Position:

As a member of the New Avenues Executive Leadership Team, the Strategic Initiatives Director will report to the Executive Director and drive a number of youth service expansion projects.  This includes multiple capital projects in addition to the implementation of, and providing ongoing leadership for, a large youth shelter care pilot.  This position will be responsible for all facets of successful execution of these projects, includes strategic planning, tactical planning, budget development, supervision, monitoring, delegation, oversight, resource brokering, evaluation, and an ongoing focus on the continuous improvement process.

Required for Consideration:  

  • Minimum of three years of project management experience
  • Demonstrated financial literacy – Ability to read a P&L, perform financial analysis, make decisions guided by financial data
  • Prior experience with Compliance/Quality Assurance and the Continuous Improvement Process
  • Minimum of two years of experience supervising staff
  • Established experience with strategic writing (public/private grant writing, persuasive written communications etc.)
  • As member of the Executive Leadership Team, a strong desire to lead agency’s equity work (equity planning & implementation, applying an equity lens to communication and decision making)
  • Behavioral/mental health facility oversight experience a plus

Skills & Knowledge:

  • Detail oriented; ability to track and organize large amount of data
  • Proven inclusive leadership style and commitment to advancing equity
  • Background with identification and vetting of business opportunities
  • Expressed interest in developing and managing teams to support a positive team culture
  • Adept at public speaking and presenting to diverse audiences
  • Ability to identify ideal candidates for employment opportunities with New Avenues
  • Knowhow to secure proper training and onboarding for new members of the New Avenues team

New Avenues for Youth offers a very generous benefits package.  To apply, send your cover letter and resume to jobs@newavenues.org.  Please be sure to include where you came across this opportunity in your response.  You can learn more about New Avenues by visiting our website at http://www.newavenues.org/contact-us/employment-opportunities.  New Avenues for Youth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Employment Specialist – PAVE Job Training Program, New Avenues for Youth

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New Avenues Commitment to Equity: 

New Avenues for Youth imagines a community where all young people thrive and experience health, well-being, and a self-determined home. Historical inequities and intersecting forms of oppression such as racism, poverty, adultism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism, among others contribute to marginalization and exploitation of youth. We believe, to redress youth homelessness and housing instability we must challenge and dismantle racism and other forms of oppression and build relationships within our communities that advance equity.

At New Avenues, advancing equity is an ongoing commitment without closure. We remain open-minded and presume best intentions, knowing that discomfort and conflict are inevitable. We take risks and make and learn from our mistakes. We seek multiple perspectives, strive for transparency, remain humble, and resist the urge to silence hard truths.               

About New Avenues for Youth:  

New Avenues for Youth imagines a community where all young people thrive and experience health, well-being, and a self-determined home.  New Avenues works in partnership with the Portland community to provide homeless, foster-care, and at-risk youth of all backgrounds with the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives.  We are a diverse non-profit organization in our 20th year serving youth.

The Position:

The Employment Specialist will work with New Avenues PAVE job training program to support homeless and at-risk youth develop and follow through on employment, education, and personal goals. The Employment Specialist integrates the results of academic, life skills, and work readiness assessments to develop an individualized goal plan with youth. This position will also provide one-on-one services and support in order to help youth obtain and retain employment and complete education goals.  As a part of the PAVE team, the Employment Specialist will help maintain a structured, supportive and safe milieu. In addition, the Employment Specialist will collaborate with staff across New Avenues in order to create a model that provides the most effective, comprehensive services for program youth.

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred
  • At least 2 years’ experience working with at-risk youth
  • Workforce development experience preferred
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong organizational and detail-orientation skills
  • Strong computer skills required
  • Willingness and ability to drive company vehicle in order to transport clients to various community activities is required
  • Ability to work with multicultural staff and youth
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred


Skills & knowledge:

  • Provide educational and vocational assessments to determine youth’s current skills and areas of growth.
  • Develop an individualized youth service plan with youth’s input that is guided by the assessment results, for each youth enrolled in PAVE.
  • Utilize traditional and non-traditional methods of education to engage youth in the program and identify school and work related goals and plans.
  • Provide support and guidance to help youth expand work readiness skills, post-secondary readiness, and accomplish identified goals.
  • Provide job support when needed to assist a youth in retaining employment
  • Maintain regular bi-weekly to monthly contact with youth enrolled in PAVE.
  • Facilitate individual and group opportunities for youth to further develop employment and post-secondary skills.
  • Provide referral to other programs and services as needed.
  • Maintain accurate and timely documentation of all services. Track youth participation in activities and document youth progress in these activities in accordance with performance reporting requirements using an electronic data collection system.

New Avenues for Youth offers a very generous benefits package.  To apply, send your cover letter and resume to jobs@newavenues.org.  Please be sure to include where you came across this opportunity in your response. You can learn more about New Avenues by visiting our website athttp://www.newavenues.org/contact-us/employment-opportunities.  New Avenues for Youth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Communications Specialist, Girls Scouts of Oregon and sw Washington – Portland

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Girl Scouts of Oregon and sw Washington’s Commitment to Equity:

Girl Scouts has valued and supported all girls since our inception in 1912. The foundation of diversity that Juliette Gordon Low established runs throughout Girl Scouting to this day. Our mission extends to all girls, and through our program they develop the necessary leadership skills to advance diversity and promote inclusion. We wish for all girls to see themselves reflected in the organization they are a part of, and seek to model the values of diversity and inclusion we hope to instill in them. In order to achieve these goals, we are committed to creating and fostering racial and ethnic diversity at every level of the organization.

Position Summary:

The Communications Specialist is an integral part of a fast-paced, project and results-oriented communications team. She or he is primarily responsible for Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington’s digital brand, and works collaboratively with the Director of Communications to develop and manage other forms of communication for the council.

Please click HERE for a full job description and how to apply instructions.

Reframing Racism Workshop – May Dates!

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Reframing Racism workshop is back with May dates!

Choose between a weekday or weekend intensive:

Wednesday – Friday, May 3-5, 2017 OR Friday – Sunday, May 19-21, 2017.

Registration is open!  There is no better time than right now to join this conversation.

A transformative workshop designed to increase racially consciousness and develop more culturally competent individuals who understand how racism operates and what we can do about it.

During this training series, participants will: This training series will include:
  • Explore how race was constructed
  • Build a racial vocabulary
  • Analyze current events
  • Practice communicating cross-culturally
  • Develop an equity toolkit
  • Make a plan for advancing equity
  • Facilitated dialogue and discussion
  • Experiential activities
  • Assigned readings and viewings
  • Planning sessions
  • Personal leadership

Secure spot with a $175 deposit.  All materials included.

CEI will gladly issue PDUs via CEI certificate for educators.  Participants must work with district and TSPC to verify acceptance.

Schedule:

Weekday: 

May 3 (9-5), May 4 (9-5), May 5 (9-2) with three follow-up sessions from 6-9pm on May 18, June 15, and July 13

Weekend:

May 19 (5-9pm), May 20 (9-5), May 21 (9-5) with three follow-up sessions from 6-9pm on June 8, June 29, and July 27

 

Equity & Inclusion Coordinator, Oregon Food Bank

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Oregon Food Bank’s Commitment to Equity:

At Oregon Food Bank (OFB), we hold people experiencing hunger and food insecurity in Oregon and SW Washington at the center of our actions and decisions. We envision a community where each person can participate, prosper and have access to food that is both nourishing and in keeping with their culture. We recognize that systemic injustices exist – such as racism, classism, and sexism – and that these create and perpetuate conditions that sustain poverty and hunger.

Understanding this, we commit to serve marginalized communities, in both urban and rural environments, in ways that value who they are and their lived experiences. We resolve to listen to and include these communities in our work, and to respond where bias and inequities appear. We will confront oppression and poverty by developing solutions to hunger that are community-driven, honor a diversity of needs, and value everyone. Our food programs and public policy efforts aim to build a society where everyone can thrive – celebrating our differences and working together to overcome injustices that might divide us…because no one should be hungry.

Oregon Food Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our organization.

Position Summary

Who we are looking for:

As part of the People & Culture (Human Resources) department, the Equity & Inclusion Coordinator will help put Oregon Food Bank’s equity plans into action. This position will help level-up our internal capacity to provide culturally-relevant services to clients we serve.  This will be accomplished in part by advising internal teams and/or providing trainings; supporting and project-managing our Equity Plan tasks; assisting in the development of communications about our equity and inclusion work; helping us consistently apply an equity lens to our decisions; and strengthening relationships with communities of color or other social service organizations.  This full-time role reports to the Director of People & Culture and could be based in either our NE Portland or Beaverton office.

Who you are:

You care deeply about people experiencing hunger and are passionate about empowering them by helping to shape OFB’s equitable and inclusive practices that address the root causes of hunger. You are a courageous advocate who can both collaborate with others and also speak your truth. You have skill both in building relationships and “getting stuff done.”  Staff at all levels feel comfortable seeking you out for advice knowing you start from a place of strength and partnership to assist them in problem-solving or mapping activities or changing processes to support our equity initiatives. An effective project manager, you are known for your ability to prioritize multiple tasks to meet deadlines, and to move others into action. Inclusivity and equity is both a passion and a lived experience.

Click HERE for the full job description.