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Bilingual (Spanish/English) Program Assistant 

The Program Assistant (PA) provides support to Shadow Project’s four programs, three school-based and one summer offering. The PA provides direct support to the Program Director and other program staff, focusing efforts on expanding support to Latine and Spanish-speaking families and children in our programs. As with all members of our staff, the Program Assistant is responsible for centering equity in all aspects of their processes and products, and continually seeking out opportunities to improve practices of equity and anti-racism.

The Program Assistant position is full time position (40 hours/week), with a hybrid work environment. In-person work sites include: our NE Broadway office, the NE Portland warehouse, and Multnomah County partner schools. The position reports to the Executive Director, and performs tasks under the general direction of the Program Director.

About the Shadow Project

We are on a mission to make school a place where children with learning challenges can thrive. Since 2003, we have partnered with talented special education teachers and staff to increase academic success and inclusion for the 1 in 5 students who experience learning and attention challenges in school. Our school-based and summer programs give teachers and parents resources and training to nurture the strengths of children who are neurodivergent and/or experience disability, so they can achieve to their potential.

We are passionate about advancing educational equity for underrepresented students, and believe that diversity of experience and perspective makes us stronger. Thus, we encourage and support applicants from all backgrounds to join us in our work. This includes — but is in no way limited to — people experiencing disability, those from communities of color, and people who are LGBTQIA2S+.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support Program Director in implementation of Shadow Project programs:
    • On-board and supervises volunteer reading mentors in schools
    • Serve as a student mentor, as needed
    • Assist with Sensory Spaces installation and educator training
    • Coordinate with school personnel to schedule educator trainings, mentoring students, and other program components
    • Support Program Director to maintain regular communication with partner teachers via email, phone calls, and scheduled mailings
  • Assist Program Director with program evaluation and impact story collection, conducting student interviews, disseminating surveys, and following up with survey respondents.
  • Represent The Shadow Project at family and community engagement events throughout the Portland Metro area and virtually.
  • Collaborate with Communications staff to develop culturally responsive and linguistically accessible program and outreach materials for Spanish-speaking program participants and community members. 
  • Translate program and outreach materials to Spanish and communicate in person and via phone/text/email with Spanish-speaking program participants

Minimum Qualifications

  • 1 year of paid or volunteer experience working with school-aged children
  • Ability to communicate fluently, verbally and in writing, with Spanish-speaking program participants and community members
  • Significant experience working within Spanish-speaking communities
  • Ability to organize complex material and manage multiple projects at a time
  • Highly proficient in Google Drive applications, particularly Sheets, and Microsoft Excel 
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to a growing organization
  • A sense of service and commitment to The Shadow Project’s mission
  • Willing to reflect on and take action to increase racial justice and equity
  • Able to perform work at The Shadow Project’s two offices in NE Portland and Multnomah County school sites, and travel between school and office locations
  • Able to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Able to pass a criminal background check

Additional Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the Program Assistant is required to stand, walk, and/or sit. The PA must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Collaborative work with team members is regularly performed within the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, with occasional evenings or weekends required. The PA will be provided with a laptop and reimbursement for general office supplies and mileage for travel between work sites.


$41,000 annual salary. Shadow Project covers 100% of premiums for employee medical, dental, and vision insurance. Generous time off policies totaling up to 29 days of paid leave. Access to professional development fund and $50/month WFH stipend.

Ready to Apply?

Please email a resume and brief cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position to Bryan Baker, bryan@sasquatchhr.org.

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