Comedy on 3/13 to Benefit Shadow Kids

Comedy on 3/13 to Benefit Shadow Kids

The Oregon Public House’s Comedy Benefit for The Shadow Project
Village Ballroom, 704 NE Dekum St.
Tickets only $10! Buy online here or at the door

Here’s the line-up:

7:30 p.m. Portland super-teachers take the stage to share how Shadow empowers students with challenges such as dyslexia, ADHD, and autism.

8 p.m. Local comedians offer a PG-13 improvisational take on what they learn from our teachers, with audience participation.

  • Win a signed Jusuf Nurkic Blazer Jersey! Raffle tickets $10; or 3 for $20.
  • A portion of your food and drink ALSO benefits The Shadow Project.
  • Can’t make the show? You can still support our kids by buying a ticket.

Thanks to The Oregon Public House for choosing The Shadow Project as one of its 2019 charity partners. Our kids benefit from a portion of your OPH food and beverage purchases through July 14. Just remember to “vote” for Shadow at the register.

Shadow Hiring for Operations Coordinator

Shadow Hiring for Operations Coordinator

Employment Opportunity

The Shadow Project teams with teachers to make school a place where children who learn differently can thrive. We are seeking highly-organized, technologically-adept, and mission-driven applicants for our Operations Coordinator position.  The Operations Coordinator is a full-time position which 1) coordinates The Shadow Project’s Goal Setting program, and 2) maximizes the organization’s capacity to grow by creating and maintaining efficient and effective systems for data collection and evaluation, fundraising, and office administration.  This position serves as a key player on the Shadow Program team, which focuses on standardization of our three programs and continuous program improvement.

The Operations Coordinator reports to the Director of Programs, but will work with other staff on database management, stewardship, and administrative support duties.

The Shadow Project is growing, and we are looking for a dynamic problem-solver who is ready to learn and grow with us.


The Shadow Project is a Portland-based nonprofit committed to making school more accessible and engaging for children with learning challenges. The only nonprofit of its kind in the country, Shadow serves 1,600 boys and girls grades kindergarten through eight whose dyslexia, ADHD, autism, or other special education need can turn reading, writing, or paying attention into a daily struggle. Shadow Project: equips teachers with three evidence-based programs that motivate discouraged learners; provides access to tools for success, including tailored reading and sensory materials; and supports teachers in integrating these tools and techniques into their classrooms.  Shadow Project works to advance equity for our diverse learners, most of whom attend low-income schools and are from communities of color.

Key Responsibilities

Goal Setting Program & Warehouse Coordination (60%)

  • Operate free online Shadow Store for special education teachers, including inventory        management, Shopify website, and in-person educator support.
  • Manage warehouse volunteers who build teacher orders, and deliver materials, and collaborate to build warehouse volunteer base.
  • Collect data and report on program evaluation metrics.
  • Collaborate to promote teacher fidelity to program.
  • Maintain positive relationship with warehouse partner and lessor, Schoolhouse Supplies.

Program Team Collaboration (20%)

  • Actively participate on The Shadow Program team, with focus on program standardization, and continuous program improvement.
  • Assist with scheduling, installing, and maintaining Sensory Spaces.
  • Assist with planning and staffing of Shadow events.

Evaluation Support & Database Management (10%)

  • Maximize organizational use of Salesforce for donor relations and tracking. potential school partner marketing; and partner communications, relations, and tracking.
  • Assist with execution of program evaluation.
  • Design and maintain program evaluation tools.
  • Collect and analyze data; produce internal reports.
  • Administer student evaluations.

Office Management & Administrative Support (10%)

  • Manage office supplies inventory and ordering.
  • Manage in-house technical and Internet issues.
  • Assist with budget maintenance.
  • Help update organization website content.
  • Assist with organization development tasks, including soliciting and tracking in-kind donations for Shadow Store, and overseeing thank you letter production and mailings.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 1 year of experience (paid or volunteer) coordinating projects or programs
  • Strong technical and computing skills; highly proficient in Excel, WordPress, and Survey Monkey, or
    similar programs
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • A sense of service and commitment to The Shadow Project’s mission
  • Ability to travel among Shadow’s 30+ school sites in Portland and East Multnomah County

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working in K-12 education
  • Experience working with data, reporting, and budgeting
  • Experience using e-commerce sites (Etsy, Shopify, etc.), Salesforce or other CRM, and basic coding
  • Familiarity with learning challenges or disabilities
  • Ability to work independently, be a strong team player, and learn new skills via research
  • Reliable access to a vehicle and current car insurance

Additional Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and/or sit. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Hours are flexible, with an occasional evening or weekend required.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and short cover letter outlining how they meet the minimum requirements, via email, with their name in the subject line to Salary is $34,000 to $36,000 based on experience.  Benefits include health insurance and three weeks vacation annually. The Shadow Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We encourage applications from candidates with disabilities, from communities of color, veterans, and those who identify as LGBTQ.






Become a Shadow Audiobook Mentor

Become a Shadow Audiobook Mentor

Do you want to make a difference for children with learning challenges like dyslexia, ADHD, and autism? Become an audiobook mentor, and empower our students to get hooked on reading and reach their potential.

Shadow audiobook mentors meet with elementary school age students one-on-one, helping them learn to use an online audio-visual book library designed specifically for children with learning challenges. Mentors guide children in exploring their interests, find books they love, and read more!

You’d make a great mentor for a child with learning challenges if you are able to:

  • Commit two hours a week, during school hours, October to May;
  • Interact compassionately with children who are diverse learners, encouraging them to set reading goals and celebrate their progress;
  • Complete a background check.

For more information, please contact Alejandra Gurrola, 971-373-3457.


Dinner Cruise to Benefit Courageous Kids

Dinner Cruise to Benefit Courageous Kids

Join us Jan. 19 for Red Gala Foundation’s dinner and dancing cruise aboard The Columbia Sternwheeler to benefit The Shadow Project. Fewer than 100 tickets remain so click now to buy.

Boarding starts at 7 p.m., and the boat leaves dock at 7:30 p.m. sharp.

Dinner is included with the the $70 ticket. There is a no host bar, silent auction, DJ, dancing, and much more!

The Sternwheeler is located at 1000 SW Naito Parkway.


The Shadow Project Helps Build Perseverance

The Shadow Project Helps Build Perseverance

Ronan, a third grader with dyslexia, didn’t want to read aloud, because his classmates sometimes made fun of his slow pace. Ronan’s teacher used the Shadow Project to help Ronan persevere, and he doubled his reading speed. In fact, 89% of Shadow students say they continue trying, even when schoolwork is difficult.

Ronan’s teacher, Heather Stearns, set regular reading goals with Ronan, and used Shadow reinforcers to build his confidence. Naturally quiet, Ronan began emerging from his shell and is now the first one in class to raise his hand to share ideas. He is completing work regularly and is reading 50 percent faster than before, said Heather.

Mom, Alissa, is thrilled. “For Ronan, school is really hard. Watching him struggle with reading has been the hardest for me as a parent.

“But Ronan is so determined,” said Alissa. “No matter how frustrating the work is, he never gives up. He has a great attitude. I’m so grateful that organizations like The Shadow Project are out there to get Ronan the tools that he needs.

“The Shadow Project has been very positive. The program does a good job of making reading something you can do so you’re never embarrassed or ashamed. The news of Ronan’s improvement made my whole year!”

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