Program Manager

Full-time (40 hours per week)

Program Manager

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 looking for a full-time program manager to lead program staff in developing our ever-growing statewide conversation programs, strengthening relationships in urban and rural communities, supporting Spanish language program opportunities, and developing new partnerships. This person will also support our grants program and be ready to dive into organization-wide initiatives, including program evaluation and data management. These efforts will all be guided by our 2018–20 strategic plan and our diversity, equity, and inclusion frameworks, strategies, and tools.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Supervise three to four program staff and interns, providing support and feedback and conducting annual reviews
  • Develop and strengthen conversation program partnerships in urban and rural communities statewide
  • Oversee planning and implementation of conversation programs
  • Collaborate creatively and regularly with partnership and training manager and other program staff
  • Supervise and support the grants coordinator
  • Lead OH in evaluating programs for various uses, including business planning, goal and outcome metrics, and development support
  • Develop and refine collaborative program models and initiatives to best support OH mission and vision
  • Ensure all tracking and program reporting is accomplished accurately and on time
  • Support program and organizational budgeting process
  • Support the executive director and development staff to secure funding for programs and work independently to explore funding opportunities
  • Work with executive director, associate director, and colleagues on developing and implementing special program initiatives
  • Provide leadership in working toward OH’s vision of inviting diverse perspectives, exploring challenging questions, and striving for just communities
  • Work with the board of directors’ program committee to ensure that the board has an understanding of and commitment to Oregon Humanities programs
  • Develop and implement special projects as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Three years of progressively responsible program management experience
  • Direct experience managing staff and/or interns
  • Deep understanding of and dedication to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion work
  • Significant experience establishing organizational partnerships and relationships with under-represented communities
  • Strong skills in planning and coordinating workloads and multiple deadlines
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with colleagues and partners
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Experience in building civic and/or humanities programming
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and database applications; experience with Salesforce preferred

Any satisfactory combination of experience, training, and/or education which ensures the ability to perform the work may substitute for the above qualifications.

Preferred Attributes

  • Willingness and ability to travel statewide several times a year
  • Spanish language proficiency
  • Passion for Oregon Humanities’ work and vision
  • Strong commitment to social justice issues

Oregon Humanities’ downtown Portland office is a sunny, open-floor-plan environment. The office is generally open Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with many staff working flexible schedules that best accommodate their professional and personal needs. The program manager may work occasional weekends and/or evenings and take in-state overnight trips.

The program manager will use standard office equipment, such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets, and may perform some event setup and cleanup. This person is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Applicants must be able to lift up to twenty-five pounds and have a valid driver’s license. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

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 full-time, exempt position. If you are interested in applying, first please review the complete job description below. Then, by 11:59 p.m., June 25, 2018, send to the following: a résumé and a cover letter explaining how you can help us deepen statewide engagement and grow conversation programs. Please submit the required items combined as a single document.

No phone calls or email inquiries, please.

The Details

Reports to: Executive Director
Status: Exempt
Work Hours: 1.0 FTE (40 hours per week)
Fringe Benefits: Oregon Humanities offers paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; health-dental insurance; 403(b) retirement plan; and a life-insurance plan.
Starting salary range: $45,000 to $50,000, depending on experience

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