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The Shadow Project

Employment Opportunity

The Shadow Project teams with teachers to make school a place where children who learn differently can thrive. We are seeking an experienced Program Manager (PM) to oversee our services that support children with special education needs and their teachers at the organization’s partner schools. This position is responsible for: ensuring effective, impactful delivery of Shadow programming; managing relationships with education stakeholders; and conducting presentations and trainings for teachers. The Shadow Project is growing, and we are looking for a dynamic and highly organized team player that can navigate the education system while helping to ready our services for replication. This is a full-time, salaried position that reports to the Executive Director.



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 a goal-setting program that motivates 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

Program Delivery

  • Meet regularly with principals and other key staff at select schools to plan and schedule services and events, access data, and ensure all organizational commitments are met
  • Lead and refine Shadow Project’s emerging Professional Development trainings on sensory tools which are conducted in collaboration with an occupational therapist
  • Help standardize and grow Shadow Project’s SuperSensory Literacy Spaces, working closely with Shadow staff responsible for executing and documenting these services
  • Help standardize and grow Shadow Project’s emerging high-tech reading coaching pilot, working closely with the Program/Volunteer Coordinator (PC), who is responsible for executing this service and managing volunteer reading coaches
  • Supervise the PC, supporting the development of a scalable volunteer model
  • Oversee quality control and feedback protocols to ensure continuous program improvement

Educator Relationships

  • Build relationships with principals at prioritized schools to ensure effective, streamlined delivery of contracted services
  • Represent The Shadow Project at Portland Public Schools partner meetings
  • Lead and recruit members for Shadow’s Parent/Teacher Advisory Board, which meets quarterly


Education And Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree
  • Minimum 5 year’s experience in K-12 education and/or nonprofits or related field
  • Prior program development or management experience is a plus
  • Bi-lingual is a plus
  • Familiarity with learning disabilities or special education is a plus
  • Familiarity with sensory tools is a plus
  • Experience in Go-To-Market or business development is a plus
  • Experience in leading trainings or conducting presentations is a plus


Knowledge, Skills And Personality Traits

  • Ability to work independently and be a strong team player
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong verbal presentation skills; ability to speak on behalf of the organization
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to a growing organization
  • A sense of service and commitment to The Shadow Project’s mission


Additional Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the PM is required to stand, walk, and/or sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The PM will be required to travel to our participating schools in the Portland Metro area, requiring a driver’s license and insurance. Regular office hours are weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with occasional evenings or weekends required.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a short cover letter and a resume with their name in the subject line to gro.tcejorp-wodahsnull@ofni. Salary is based on experience.  Benefits include health insurance and three weeks vacation. 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.

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