Request for Proposals: Human Resources Consultant

The Oregon Humanities team is a group of idealistic, collaborative, creative people who are committed to bringing Oregonians together across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds. Each year, we offer hundreds of public conversations and programs across the state, train and support dozens of discussion leaders, and award tens of thousands of dollars in grants to organizations that, like us, believe in the power of people in rooms listening, learning, and struggling together. In our magazine and on our website, we publish essays, photographs, films, and audio recordings that explore the thoughts, perspectives, and experiences of Oregonians, especially those who have been ignored, generalized, or oppressed.

We are seeking to retain a Human Resources consultant for a combination of guidance on specific projects, and ongoing, responsive support to managers and employees. 

In addition to working on specific projects such as: 

  • An audit of our current pay scale

  • Recommendations regarding living wage 

  • Developing and implementing principles regulating pay for highest and lowest paid employees

  • Pay transparency 

  • Reviewing and updating processes such as onboarding and separation. 

We also seek assistance with best practices and ongoing active reflection related to equity and team-building more generally, and with ensuring ongoing compliance with state and federal standards.

We anticipate this role to be a 10–15 hour a month position, for the year running from March 2021 to February 2022, assessment of position to be done at that time. This position will require one to two regular meetings with key staff monthly; email communications; and responsive meetings as needed. 

We are most interested in applications from people and organizations who have significant experience working with small and mid sized nonprofits and who bring a strong equity lens to this work. We are also interested in continuing to take steps toward making Oregon Humanities a workplace that goes far beyond compliance with legal standards; we’re hoping to learn from other organizations doing imaginative work in this area and to think through and implement best practices ourselves.

Oregon Humanities connects people and communities through conversation, storytelling, and participatory programs to inspire understanding and collaborative change. We offer public conversations across the state, convene learning cohorts, train people to facilitate reflective discussions, publish articles, videos, and other media that explore the ideas and experiences of Oregonians, and award grants to organizations and fellowships that help people connect, reflect, and cultivate a stronger sense of agency in their communities. Our goal in this work to help bring about our vision of an Oregon that invites diverse perspectives, explores challenging questions, and strives for just communities. 

We recently completed a strategic framework to guide our work over the next three years, centering our core values of community, equity, and imagination.

If interested, please send as one file a cover letter explaining your interest, experience, qualifications, and rate/pricing, as well as a resume or CV, to Adam Davis at We will begin reviewing proposals on January 29, 2021