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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.

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.

 

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.

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.

Program Director, SMART Portland

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SMARsmart-logo-vertical-blackT’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. SMART’s 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.

POSITION SUMMARY

Want to be the heartbeat of our organization?  Consider a leading role on the front lines of the state’s largest volunteer-based literacy nonprofit organization, SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) reading program.  SMART partners with schools around the state and engages community volunteers to read one-on-one with 10,500 PreK through third-grade children annually, helping strengthen literacy skills and encourage a love of reading. Participating children also receive new books each month to keep and read with their families.

Behind the scenes, our Program Director leads program initiatives and implements the strategic plan. 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.

With 10,500 children, 5,000 volunteers, and nearly 40 employees in 9 regions, you need to know how to provide commanding leadership, make the team believers in our values, and orchestrate memorable celebrations of our success.

This position is one of five on the organization’s core leadership team. You are at the table as the subject expert on early childhood literacy with the Executive Director and Directors of Finance, Communications, and Development. To view the complete job description, click here.

To catch our attention please tell us what you know about:

  • Educational equity. First-hand experience in underrepresented communities is a plus.
  • Supporting literacy development for English Language Learners.
  • Management of geographically disbursed sites.
  • Motivation of volunteers and staff.

You will also want to confirm your formal training and university education in literacy.

Please upload your resume and cover letter using the following link: https://smart.hiringthing.com/job/39392/program-director   

First review of applicants will be March 14. The position will be considered opened until filled.

Salary range and benefit information will be disclosed if selected for phone interview.

Happy New Year!

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Hello Everyone and Happy New Year!

As we reflect back on our first year as an organization there is a lot to be thankful for. Over the last year we were able to build a stellar team who have brought with them a high level of expertise and passion as well as a diverse set of perspectives and skill sets. We couldn’t be more excited about the community we are developing at CEI. As we move into the new year we will continue to focus on building a strong foundation
that is in integrity with the tenants of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

In 2016 we partnered with over 30 local and national organizations; these organizations ranged from non-profits to for profit, education to philanthropy. Whether it was an organization of 14 staff members or as large as 25,000; we had the great pleasure to partner with individuals and organizations who made a conscious decision to invest in their employees, and communities they serve, by committing to a transformative process to advance equity, diversity and inclusion within their workplaces. The courage and will that it takes to invest the time, energy, and resources in such a comprehensive approach to this work has been nothing short of inspiring to be a part of. Additionally, in the last quarter of 2016 we had over 90 individuals sign up for workshops and events at CEI in order to build the skills and community needed to create inclusive communities in their personal and professional lives. Over this past year we have been heartened by the commitment to equity that we are experiencing.

We also want to acknowledge what a difficult year 2016 was in the context of race and social justice in this country. Amidst the ongoing injustices and disparities felt by marginalized communities in our country, CEI has become more steadfast and determined in what we have to offer.  Now, more than ever we are inspired to guide others in organizational and personal transformation, so our generation and the generations that follow live in a more inclusive world.  We must come together. We must act together in the name of a more just social/ political experience.

Here we come, 2017!

In solidarity,

Hanif Fazal, CEO

Vice President of Programs, Boys and Girls Club Portland

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bgcBGCP is committed to ensuring an inclusive, diverse and equitable work environment. We aspire to filter all policies and practices through a trauma-informed care and equity-based lens. We position ourselves as lifelong learners, and seek individuals who have a desire to serve youth, enhance communities, and are hungry for ongoing personal growth and professional development.

General Position Summary:

The VP of Programs (VPP) reports to the CEO and serves a critical role on BGCP’s executive management team, representing the work and the voices of the organization’s diverse and talented youth development professionals. The VPP contributes to the successful execution of the strategic vision and leadership of the overall organization; oversees a senior program management team; is responsible for fiscal, staffing and professional development; and the delivery of quality service, and impact goals set forth for BGCP’s program areas. BGCP programs are designed for, and guided by, these key focus areas: Development of Character and Leadership skills; Education and Career advancement; Health and Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.

To learn more about this position, view the description below or click here.

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