Communications Associate

Portland, OR

Portland, OR (location flexible within Oregon)

At SMART Reading, we believe that reading is the gateway to learning and opportunity for Oregon’s kids. For 31 years, we’ve been mobilizing our statewide community to make a direct impact by connecting kids, books, and volunteers who understand that education creates a brighter future for all. Our model provides two essential ingredients for early literacy and learning success: shared reading time and access to books. Without those supports, it’s almost impossible to become an excited, confident reader, or be prepared for learning and success. By helping thousands of children build confidence, literacy skills, and a love of reading—right in our own neighborhoods—we can reduce the negative ripple effects of illiteracy and help children realize their full potential.

When you join SMART Reading, you join an inclusive team of dedicated, hardworking, and passionate people working toward our shared goal. Your position as the Communications Associate will focus on supporting a statewide communications strategy that drives awareness for the organization’s mission in order to accomplish our goals for fundraising and volunteer recruitment. The three-person Communications Department serves as a full-service agency serving all other organizational departments in support of their priorities, as well as the needs of regional offices statewide. 

The ideal candidate will have a passion for supporting children’s literacy, a strong commitment to equity, and experience implementing marketing and communications activities.

The Communications Associate will report to the Communications Director, who is based in Portland at the organization’s main office. While location for this role is flexible within the state of Oregon, the Communications Associate should plan to make periodic visits to Portland.  SMART Reading is committed to supporting our staff with remote work and flexible work options. We know life happens.

Who you are:

  • 1-3 years experience in communications or a relevant field such as development, public relations, or marketing, especially for nonprofit or other community-based groups

  • Demonstrated personal commitment to racial equity and ability to bring an equity lens to all internal and external communications

  • Excellent writing/editing skills across a variety of media 

  • Excellent organization and administrative skills

  • Understanding of print production 

  • Knowledge of basic HTML, Wordpress or similar web platforms, and graphic design (Adobe Suite and Canva) preferred 

  • Experience with major social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn) and understanding of social media strategies for nonprofits/similar organizations

If that’s you, here’s what we can offer:

  • A salary of 40K, and a generous benefits package worth $24K.

  • Support for remote work, flexible schedules (early or late start) or a compressed work week, while covering “core” hours as necessary.

  • A team of equally-committed, passionate and experienced individuals.

  • Plenty of opportunity to put your creativity and ideas to good use (We’ve got great systems but we’re always interested in improvement).

  • Professional development opportunities, both internal and external to SMART Reading.

  • An organizational culture that values team, plays to the strengths of its members, and is tirelessly devoted to serving all kids with the most inclusive, high-quality programming possible. 

SMART Reading’s Commitment to Equity:

As an early literacy program focused on helping children succeed with reading and learning, SMART Reading 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 where all children can realize their full potential through reading 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 a unique perspective to further SMART Reading’s work in serving children of color and commitment to antiracism.  


Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and/or sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  Accommodation is available. 

General Requirements:

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required for the position. 


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Please provide a resume with a brief cover letter that tells us about your experience in communications or a related field, as well as your experience and commitment to equity.

People of color, people living with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled but will begin the first review of all applications received on September 8, 2022. We will begin phone interviews after this time. Selected applicants will be invited to move forward to in-person (or video) interviews. At this point in our process we will ask for professional references and make an offer shortly thereafter. We would like to have the selected candidate start by early to mid-October