We’re hiring: English/Spanish Program Assistant

Interested in working for a small nonprofit that helps support students with learning challenges? Join our team!

Bilingual Program Assistant

As the Bilingual (English/Spanish) Program Assistant, you will be a key member of the Shadow Project team, helping kids who learn differently to thrive in school. In this role, you will bring our neurodiversity-affirming programs and resources to 60+ schools in under-resourced communities, and expand support to Spanish-speaking and Latino children and families. 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 schedule, approximately 30% in-person. Work sites include our NE Broadway office, the NE Portland warehouse, and Portland Metro and Clark County partner schools. The position reports to 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 supervise 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 Latinx and 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 living and working within Latino and 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.
  • 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.
  • Valid US driver’s license, vehicle insurance, and access to a car for weekly travel to Shadow’s school sites in Portland, East Multnomah, and Clark counties.

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.


$22.25/hour. Shadow Project covers 100% of employee 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, reimbursement for work-related mileage and $50/month WFH stipend.

To Apply

Applicants should submit their resume and an example of a document they have written or translated to Spanish to Bryan Baker, Sasquatch HR bryan@sasquatchhr.org. Qualified applicants will be contacted by email for a brief phone interview, and finalists will have at least one Zoom interview and one in person interview, including answering questions in Spanish.

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