Onsite Coordinator for Humanity in Perspective

Onsite Coordinator for Humanity in Perspective

Part-time temporary (16–20 hours per week, May 2018 to April 2019)

Oregon Humanities, an independent nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities.

The onsite coordinator for the Humanity in Perspective (HIP) program is a one-year temporary position with commitment hours of approximately 16 to 20 hours per week, depending on the needs of the program at any given time. This position manages logistics and is the primary student contact for Humanity in Perspective, a college-level course that strives to increase civic participation and educational and economic opportunities for adults living on low incomes by removing barriers to lifelong learning opportunities and higher education.

Between May and August 2018, planning meetings with Oregon Humanities staff will take place at our downtown office. From September 2018 to April 2019, this position will primarily be based at the Rosewood Initiative in East Portland.

The coordinator is expected to attend all class sessions, which take place two evenings a week (days and times to be determined), and to plan and prepare for these class sessions during normal office hours. The coordinator will mainly act as the point of contact for students and as the liaison between Oregon Humanities and the Rosewood Initiative, a key partner and the host organization for HIP 2018–19.

Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinate outreach and recruitment of potential students, volunteer study group leaders, and classroom assistant intern
  • Provide support to students, instructors, and volunteer study group leaders before and during the eight-month course
  • Coordinate volunteer study group leaders sessions with students for academic support
  • Work with instructors to prepare and produce course materials
  • Manage onsite course logistics at the Rosewood Initiative location
  • Maintain clear communication channels between Oregon Humanities staff and the Rosewood Initiative staff
  • Support and manage classroom assistant intern
  • Provide support services, with emphasis on student retention and meeting academic goals
  • Work with OH staff for program planning, administration, evaluation, and reporting. This includes data entry and management.
  • Connect program and students with community services and civic and cultural opportunities

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Experience working with people of a diverse range of backgrounds (racial, cultural, economic, gender identity, sexual orientation, learning styles)
  • Excellent written and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Nonprofit or educational program coordination experience
  • Proficiency with MS Office programs and database applications


  • Experience working with communities in East Portland and Rockwood
  • Resident of East Portland
  • Conversational or proficient in another/multiple languages
  • Experience with humanities disciplines or humanities programming
  • Office administrative and event planning experience
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher

Oregon Humanities values equity, justice, empathy, and respect as key attributes of vital, flourishing communities. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups, whose professional and personal experiences will help us work toward our vision of an Oregon that invites diverse perspectives, explores challenging questions, and strives for just communities.

This is a one-year temporary position for 16 to 20 hours per week. If you are interested in applying,  by 11:59 p.m., March 28, 2018, send to jobs@oregonhumanities.org the following: a résumé and a cover letter explaining why you want to join our team and how your experience and skills will help us in our work of bringing people together across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds. Please submit both required items combined as a single document.

No phone calls or email inquiries, please.

The Details

Deadline to Apply: March 28, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time

Reports to Programs Manager

Work hours: .4–.5 FTE/16–20 hours per week; weekly schedule to be determined. Primary work location is at the Rosewood Initiative in East Portland

Compensation: $17/hour and paid time off as accrued at .4–.5 FTE