Careers

KairosPDX is a non-profit organization focused on delivering excellent, equitable education to underserved children, their families and their communities. Through innovative pedagogy, community collaboration and family partnership we are closing Portland’s persistent achievement and opportunity gaps in measurable and sustainable ways. Our mission is to eliminate the prolific racial achievement and opportunity gaps by cultivating, confident, creative, compassionate, leaders. We do this through an organizational approach that includes: Kairos Learning Academy, Family Engagement Programming, Professional Development and Policy.

Working at KairosPDX

KairosPDX is always seeking candidates for year-round positions. Persons of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

KairosPDX Learning Academy was launched in 2014. It is a public charter school sponsored by Portland Public Schools, located on N. Gantenbein Avenue in Portland. Our educational model is inquiry-based. Our curriculum approach is culturally-responsive, workshop model that infuses mindfulness, restorative practice, studio art, STEM, music and fitness in our teaching. Small class sizes, extended school-day and year-round schooling are some of our distinguishing elements.

Kairos is Greek for a special moment in time and we believe we are creating this time and space for children and families, making KairosPDX a very special place to work. We are committed to the core values of Respect, Responsibility, Excellence, Honesty, and Service. We value data, reflection, feedback and continuous improvement as we work together on behalf of our children and families. We are collaborative, creative and passionate about being voices for change in our city. We believe that attacking systemic racism is foundational to our work and that considering our own identity, biases and experiences is a necessary step toward igniting change. Our expectation is that staff at Kairos are invested in our mission and participate in creating structures, developing school culture and communicating our work to families and the larger community. Staff work together to support the whole child – academically, socially, emotionally and culturally, using published curriculum, current research and children’s own interests to build their curriculums. KairosPDX values data, reflection, feedback and continuous improvement as we work together on behalf of our children and families.

Elementary Teacher Position

Core Responsibilities

  • Work toward the mission of KairosPDX:
    • to eliminate the prolific racial achievement and opportunity gaps by cultivating confident, creative and compassionate leaders;
  • Practice the values of KairosPDX in professional conduct and daily interactions:
    • respect, responsibility, honesty, excellence and service to community;
  • Incorporate the beliefs of KairosPDX in all approaches and instruction
    • Every child is uniquely capable, innately curious and inherently creative,
    • Character and agency are essential to achievement and are developed through relationship and service to others,
    • A multi-cultural context delivers a strong sense of self and is a requirement for participation in our global society, 
    • Children must be supported in the context of their families;
  • Support multicultural practice and inquiry based approaches that are:
    • Actively anti-racist — confronting bias in all of its forms,
    • Education for social justice — acknowledging history and studying the present to make informed decisions regarding a more equitable future,
    • Pervasive — Examining practices in all levels of school culture and organization,
    • Personal – Beginning with the necessary consideration of self as a cultural being,
    • Critical Pedagogy — Pursuing multiple perspectives, anticipating contradictions and challenging assumptions,
    • Empowering — Providing children the ego strength to challenge racist societal views,
    • Hoping children think deeply about themselves and others.
  • Work with a team of colleagues to further the mission of the school;
  • Teach and manage a classroom with approximately 20 children;
  • Discipline students in a fair and consistent manner, using clear routines and expectations as well as school approved behavior support techniques;
  • Interpret, plan and work toward the goals of the learning community;
  • Plan and prepare the environment for the academic and non-academic needs of children;
  • Assess for progress in the academic, social, emotional and cultural domains of student development;
  • Align curriculum, instructional strategies, and student assessment to the Common Core;
  • Document and maintain educational records for each child in the classroom;
  • Utilize data to inform instruction;
  • Responsible for planning for and orchestrating academic, social, emotional and cultural identity growth outcomes;
  • Work with a team of colleagues and families to provide a nurturing and positive climate that encourages student responsibility and intrinsic motivational
  • Participate in continous improvement practices including observation, reflection and collaboration;
  • Communicate regularly with families concerning the school’s program and their child’s progress (including quarterly family conferences, and annual home culture visit); and
  • Participate in professional development to facilitate growth of each student, staff member the organization overall

Teacher Qualifications

  • Valid TSPC license for the grade level(s) taught;
  • Documentation of “High Qualified Teacher Status” under the No Child Left Behind Act;
  • Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a classroom;
  • At least one or two years experience teaching in an elementary classroom; three to five years preferred;
  • At least one or two years relevant experience working with children from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds;
  • Training in early education and/or human development, preferred;
  • Experience working with children ages 5 to 11, preferred;
  • Training and/or experience with at least one special population such as special needs children, Talented and Gifted children, and/or English Language Learners, preferred;
  • Effective interpersonal skills in managing and interaction with diverse groups of stakeholders;
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage conflict through equitable decision-making and effective problem solving;
  • Willingness to learn about and adapt to KairosPDX culture;
  • Open to learning and practicing a constructivist approach to teaching and learning;
  • Commitment to culturally relevant practices;
  • Commitment to professional reflection and ongoing collaboration;
  • Share KairosPDX’s stance that excellent public education is a civil right of all children and families;
  • Possess a passion for helping each child reach his or her social, emotional and academic potential including a commitment to differentiated instruction and ongoing assessment;
  • Current Food Handlers Card and CPR First Aid Certificate (cost paid by applicant);
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary: Dependent on qualifications
  • Benefits include: Up to nine weeks of school closure breaks, paid sick/personal leave days, paid holidays, participation in Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), employer contribution for health insurance, professional development opportunities

How to Apply

Interested candidates please submit a cover letter and resume via email to: careers@kairospdx.org.  Please state “Elementary Teacher application” in the subject line.  In the cover letter please briefly describe your previous teaching experience, why you are interested in this position and what strengths you will bring to the job.  Resumes will be accepted until the positions are filled.

KairosPDX is an equal opportunity employer.  KairosPDX will not discriminate against any job applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, marital status, age, sexual orientation and/or gender identification.

Assistant Teacher Position

Core Responsibilities

  • Work toward the mission of KairosPDX:
    • to eliminate the prolific racial achievement and opportunity gaps by cultivating confident, creative and compassionate leaders;
  • Practice the values of KairosPDX in professional conduct and daily interactions:
    • respect, responsibility, honesty, excellence and service to community;
  • Incorporate the beliefs of KairosPDX in all approaches and instruction
    • Every child is uniquely capable, innately curious and inherently creative,
    • Character and agency are essential to achievement and are developed through relationship and service to others,
    • A multi-cultural context delivers a strong sense of self and is a requirement for participation in our global society, 
    • Children must be supported in the context of their families;
  • Support multicultural practice and inquiry based approaches that are:
    • Actively anti-racist — confronting bias in all of its forms,
    • Education for social justice — acknowledging history and studying the present to make informed decisions regarding a more equitable future,
    • Pervasive — Examining practices in all levels of school culture and organization,
    • Personal – Beginning with the necessary consideration of self as a cultural being,
    • Critical Pedagogy — Pursuing multiple perspectives, anticipating contradictions and challenging assumptions,
    • Empowering — Providing children the ego strength to challenge racist societal views,
    • Hoping children think deeply about themselves and others.
  • Work with a team of colleagues to further the mission of the school;
  • Support and help manage a classroom with approximately 20 children;
  • Discipline students in a fair and consistent manner, using clear routines and expectations as well as school approved behavior support techniques;
  • Collaborate, interpret, plan and work toward the goals of the learning community;
  • Help plan and prepare the environment for the academic and non-academic needs of children;
  • Assist anchor teacher with individual and/or small group instruction;
  • Support individualized behavior plans;
  • Collaborate in aligning curriculum, instructional strategies, and tune assessment to the Common Core;
  • Utilize data to inform instruction;
  • Collaborate in planning for and orchestrating academic, social, emotional and cultural identity growth outcomes;
  • Support students in recess/lunch times, transitions, lunch duty and other duties as assigned;
  • Work with a team of colleagues and families to provide a nurturing and positive climate that encourages student responsibility and intrinsic motivation;
  • Participation continuous improvement practices including observation, reflection and collaboration;
  • Participate in professional development to facilitate growth of each student, staff member and the organization overall.

Assistant Teacher Qualifications

  • Valid TSPC license for the grade level(s) taught;
  • Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a classroom;
  • At least one or two years experience teaching in an elementary classroom;
  • At least one or two years relevant experience working with children form diverse racial and cultural backgrounds;
  • Training in early education and/or human development, preferred;
  • Experience working with children ages 5 to 11, preferred;
  • Training and/or experience with at least one special population such as special needs children, Talented and Gifted children, and/or English Language Learners, preferred;
  • Effective interpersonal skills in managing and interacting with diverse groups of stakeholders;
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage conflict through equitable decision-making and effective problem solving;
  • Willingness to learn about and adapt to KairosPDX culture;
  • Open to learning and practicing a constructivist approach to teaching and learning;
  • Commitment to culturally relevant practices;
  • Commitment to professional reflection and ongoing collaboration;
  • Share KairosPDX’s stance that excellent public education is a civil right of all children and families;
  • Possess a passion for helping each child reach his or her social, emotional and academic potential including a commitment to differentiated instruction and ongoing assessment;
  • Current Food Handlers Card and CPR First Aid Certificate required (cost paid by applicant);
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary: Dependent on qualifications
  • Benefits include: Up to nine weeks of school closure breaks, paid sick/personal leave days, paid holidays, participation in Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), employer contribution for health insurance, professional development opportunities

How to Apply

Interested candidates please submit a cover letter and resume via email to: careers@kairospdx.org.  Please state “Assistant Teacher application” in the subject line.  In the cover letter please briefly describe your previous teaching experience, why you are interested in this position and what strengths you will bring to the job.  Resumes will be accepted until the positions are filled.

KairosPDX is an equal opportunity employer.  KairosPDX will not discriminate against any job applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, marital status, age, sexual orientation and/or gender identification.

Educational Assistant Positions

Educational Assistant Core Responsibilities 

  • Shared responsibility with a team of colleagues and parents to honor the mission and values of the school;
  • Responsible for upholding classroom expectations and language as set by classroom teachers while providing supervision of children;
  • Assist classroom teacher and support team with development and implementation of individualized academic and behavior supports by:
    • Collaborate and communication of all observations and experiences while implementing support needs;
    • Participating in professional development and training around trauma-informed care;
    • Supporting individualized plans and providing consistent responses to daily behavior;
    • Daily documentation in internal student databases
  • Responsible for leading students in recess, park, nutrition breaks, transitions, lunch duty and community action sessions;
  • Assist classroom teacher with preparing the environment for the academic and non-academic needs of children;
  • Assist classroom teacher with individual and/or small group instruction for children;
  • Assist classroom teacher with facilitation of home/school information and relationship:
    • Responsible for the exchange of information between home and school i.e.: creation of flyers, conference reminders, etc.;
    • Supporting classroom teachers to communication with families regarding student behavior, needs and growth;
  • Assist classroom teachers to develop culturally relevant instructional opportunities that engage and empower all students;
  • Distributing food during nutrition breaks in classrooms;
  • Tracking and maintain first aid and safety supplies in classrooms;
  • Participate in continuous improvement practices including observations, reflections and collaborations;
  • Preparing materials and technology needs in support of learning;
  • Perform other related duties as needed by teaching staff.

Educational Assistant Qualifications

  • Two (2) years relevant college experience;
  • Minimum two years experience working in school, nonprofit, community setting;
  • At least one or two years relevant experience working with children from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds
  • Interested in exploring the field of education;
  • Training in early education and/or human development, preferred;
  • Experience working with children ages 5 to 11, preferred;
  • Ability to work with children and families from a low-income background and with whom English is a second language;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage student behavior;
  • Willingness to learn about and adapt to KairosPDX culture;
  • Effective interpersonal skills in managing and interacting with diverse groups of stakeholders;
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage conflict through equitable decision-making and effective problem solving;
  • Open to learning and practicing a new approach to teaching and learning;
  • Commitment to culturally relevant practices;
  • Share KairosPDX’s stance that excellent public education is a civil right of all children and families;
  • Possess a passion for helping each child reach his or her social, emotional, and academic potential including a commitment to differentiated instruction and ingoing assessment;
  • Current Food Handlers Card and CPR First Aid Certificate (cost paid by applicant);
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary: Dependent on qualifications.
  • Benefits include: Up to three weeks of school closure breaks, paid sick/personal leave days, paid holidays, participation in Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), employer contribution for health insurance, professional development opportunities.

How to Apply

Intersted candidates please submit a cover letter and resume via email to: careers@kairospdx.org.  Please state “Educational Assistant application” in the subject line.  In the cover letter please briefly describe your previous teaching experience, why you are interested in this position and what strengths you will bring to the job.  Resumes will be accepted until the positions are filled.

KairosPDX is an equal opportunity employer.  KairosPDX will not discriminate against any job applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, marital status, age, sexual orientation and/or gender identification.

After-school Assistant Positions

After-school Assistant Core Responsibilities 

  • Shared responsibility with a team of colleagues and parents to honor the mission and values of the school;
  • Responsible for upholding classroom expectations and language as set by Care Coordinator while providing supervision of children;
  • Assist Care Coordinator and after school teachers with development and implementation of individualized academic and behavior supports by:
    • Collaboration and communication of all observations and experiences while implementing support needs;
    • Participating in professional development and training around trauma-informed care;
    • Supporting individualized plans and providing consistent responses to daily behavior;
    • Daily documentation in internal student databases
  • Responsible for leading students in recess, nutrition breaks, transitions, bathrooms and end of day;
  • Assist Care Coordinator and after school teachers with individual and/or small group instruction for children;
  • Assist Care Coordinator with facilitation of home/school information and relationship:
    • Responsible for the exchange of information between home and school ie: creation of flyers, conference reminders, etc.
    • Supporting Care Coordinator to communicate with families regarding student behavior, needs and growth
  • Assist Care Coordinator to develop culturally relevant programming opportunities that engage and empower all students;
  • Distributing food during nutrition breaks in classrooms;
  • Tracking and maintaining first aid and safety supplies in classrooms;
  • Participate in continuous improvement practices including observations, reflections and collaborations;
  • Perform other related duties as needed by teaching staff.

After-school Assistant Qualifications

  • Two (2) years of relevant college experience;
  • Minimum two years’ experience working in school, nonprofit, community setting;
  • At least one or two years relevant experience working with children from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds;
  • Interested in exploring the field of education;
  • Training in early education and/or human development, preferred;
  • Experience working with children ages 5 to 11, preferred;
  • Ability to work with children and families from a low-income background and with whom English is a second language;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage student behavior;
  • Willingness to learn about and adapt to KairosPDX culture;
  • Effective interpersonal skills in managing and interacting with diverse groups of stakeholders;
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage conflict through equitable decision-making and effective problem solving;
  • Open to learning and practicing a new approach to teaching and learning;
  • Commitment to culturally relevant practices;
  • Share KairosPDX stance that excellent public education is a civil right of all children and families;
  • Possess a passion for helping each child reach his or her social, emotional and academic potential including a commitment to differentiated instruction and ongoing assessment;
  • Current Food Handlers Card and CPR First Aid Certificate required (cost paid by applicant);
  • Ability to passa a criminal background check.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary: Dependent on qualifications.
  • Benefits include: Paid holidays, participation in Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).

How to Apply

Intersted candidates please submit a cover letter and resume via email to: careers@kairospdx.org.  Please state “After-school Assistant application” in the subject line.  In the cover letter please briefly describe any previous experience you have working with children, why you are interested in this position and what strengths you will bring to the job.  Resumes will be accepted until the positions are filled.

KairosPDX is an equal opportunity employer.  KairosPDX will not discriminate against any job applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, marital status, age, sexual orientation and/or gender identification.

Nutrition Assistant Positions

Nutrition Assistant Core Responsibilities 

  • Shared responsibility with a team of colleagues and parents to honor the mission and values of the school;
  • Follow all food and safety procedures to ensure safe food is received, prepared and served to all customers;
  • Employee may be required to do any or all of the following, as directed by Nutrition & Garden Coordinator:
    • Participate in the maintenance of proper sanitary conditions including: cleaning utensils, dishes, serving areas, equipment and facilities;
    • Assist in preparing and cooking large quantities of food (main dishes, salads, fruits, sandwiches, etc.);
    • Arrange food and trays for serving and re-stock salad bar or serving lines;
    • Understand and ensure proper storage and rotation of food;
    • Operate and oversee safe operation of commercial kitchen equipment and appliances (dishwasher, oven, hose wells, etc.);
    • Assisting with ordering and receiving of food and supplies;
    • Sub-leading in the absence of the Nutrition Coordinator;
    • Meal count claiming and reporting;
    • Monthly support of front office for lunch payments
  • Oversee and work with students to support green team;
  • Maintain kitchen and cafeteria tables in a clean, safe and sanitary condition;
  • Check, store and care for food and supplies;
  • Food preparation, cooking and service;
  • Work with a team of colleagues to further the mission of the school;
  • Participate in continuous improvement practices including observation, reflection and collaboration;
  • Perform other duties as needed;
  • Participate in profesional development to facilitate growth of each student, staff member and the organization overall.

Nutrition Assistant Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent;
  • Maintain current Multnomah County Food Handler’s certification;
  • Prefer experience in quantity food preparation and service;
  • Knowledge of standard safety practices and procedures related to preparation and serving of food and maintenance of kitchen area;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative relationships with supervisors, other staff, students and general public;
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-pace environment;
  • Ability to operate according to KairosPDX policies and procedures;
  • Ability to perform essential functions with minimum supervision;
  • Operate basic kitchen equipment;
  • Regular attendance is essential
    • Required to report for assigned days and hours of work;
  • Lift up to 50 lbs;
  • Stand and/or walk for up to six hours;
  • Use full range of motion at a standard height work table, dishwasher, and/or pot and pan sink
    • This includes bending and reaching;
    • Push and/or pull rolling racks or carts;
  • Demonstrate ability to exercise careful judgment, diplomacy, and tact with co-workers and other district staff and outside personnel;
  • Plan daily work effectively and complete this work on time with minimum supervision;
  • Work effectively in challenging situations;
  • Flexible and organized;
  • Understand basic math;
  • Willingness to learn about and adapt to KairosPDX culture;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Kairos’ mission and values;
  • Commitment to culturally relevant practices;
  • Commitment to professional reflection and ongoing collaboration;
  • Experience working with children ages 5 to 11, preferred;
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary: Dependent on qualifications.
    • Additional hours available for monthly evening events
  • Benefits include: Up to three weeks of school closure breaks, paid sick/personal leave days, paid holiday, participation on Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), employer contribution for health insurance, professional development opportunities.

How to Apply

Intersted candidates please submit a cover letter and resume via email to: careers@kairospdx.org.  Please state “Nutrition Assistant application” in the subject line.  In the cover letter please briefly describe your previous kitchen experience, why you are interested in this position and what strengths you will bring to the job.  Resumes will be accepted until the positions are filled.

KairosPDX is an equal opportunity employer.  KairosPDX will not discriminate against any job applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, marital status, age, sexual orientation and/or gender identification.

Advocacy Intern

Advocacy Intern Core Responsibilities 

  • Ability to work within the community and with parents/families;
  • Ability to update the newsletter weekly, social media, email updates;
  • Experience writing summaries related to grants, policies, bills and legislation;
  • Experience in conducting intensive research, that will be analyzed and shared;
  • Support Executive Director with KairosPDX vision;
  • Background, experience, or knowledge of writing testimony, cheat sheets, phone banking, lobbying, and other politically charger work;
  • Ability to attend meetings and be a liaison with community partners;
  • Knowledge of advocacy and organizing work;
  • Work with a team of colleagues to further the mission of the school;
  • Participate in continuous improvement practices including observation, reflection and collaboration;
  • Participate in professional development to facilitate growth of each student, staff member and the organization overall.

Intern Qualifications

  • Full-time student
    • Undergraduate (completed freshman year);
  • Minimum of a B average (cumulative 3.0 on 4.0 scale);
  • Plan to continue education in the following term/semester
    • Internship assignment may coincide with last term/trimester, inter must disengage upon graduation;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Ability to analyze and summarize data/research;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Effective interpersonal skills in managing and interacting with diverse groups of stakeholders;
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage conflict through equitable decision-making and effective problem solving;
  • Willlingness to learn about and adapt to KairosPDX culture;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Kairos’ mission and values;
  • Commitment to culturally relevant practices;
  • Commitment to professional reflection and ongoing collaboration;
  • Experience working with children ages 5 to 11, preferred;
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.

Submit with Application

  • Resume;
  • Recent transcript attesting to their GPA and standing as a full-time student;
  • Unpaid interns must also provide documentation of the participation in a bona-fide college intern program under which their internship either qualifies them to receive course credit OR fulfills a graduation/coursework requirement.

How to Apply

Intersted candidates please submit a cover letter and resume via email to: careers@kairospdx.org.  Please state “Advocacy Intern application” in the subject line.  In the cover letter please briefly describe your previous advocacy experience, why you are interested in this position and what strengths you will bring to the job.  Resumes will be accepted until the positions are filled.

KairosPDX is an equal opportunity employer.  KairosPDX will not discriminate against any job applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, marital status, age, sexual orientation and/or gender identification.

AmeriCorps VISTA, Project Specialist Position

Summary of Position and Project Goal: The mission of Kairos is to overcome the racial achievement and opportunity gaps through transformative education and we are focused on delivering equitable education to historically underserved children, their families and their communities.  KairosPDX Learning Academy will serve over 260 students and their families in the 2018-2019 school year.  The VISTA will assist in expanding the reach of our program to serve more children at Kairos, and our reach to the greater Portland community, and beyond by managing deliverables specific to post-award projects that support the expansion within Kairos, and also allow us to share the Kairos pedagogy with other schools and organizations.  Kairos currently has over 30 awarded grants and contracts that play a key role in funding the work we do at our Learning Academy and nonprofit.  For each ward there are deliverables required on a monthly, quarterly and/or annual basis.  The goal of the project is to develop a tracking system, and track the post-award deliverables to ensure they are completed within the parameters outlined in each contract.

Essential Responsibilities/Activities:

  • Create systems for tracking post-award and upcoming grant opportunity deliverables;
  • Document all deliverables in tracking system;
  • Work with all accountable parties to ensure they know what tasks they need to complete and when they need to be completed by;
  • Track and drive the projects and tasks to completion per the requirements specified on the contracts;
  • Work with Development Associate to communication all upcoming deliverables;
  • Prepare weekly report out for Leadership Meeting that covers all upcoming deliverables;
  • Track upcoming dates associated to new grant opportunities;
  • Prepare documentation on process and communicate to Kairos staff.

Marginal Responsibilities:

  • Engage in community and Kairos culture to gain an understanding of the population we are serving;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage conflict through equitable decision-making and effective problem solving;
  • Commitment to culturally relevant practices;
  • Commitment to professional reflection and ongoing collaboration.

AmeriCorps VISTA Member Responsibilities:

  • Attend all Campus Compact of Oregon AmeriCorps VISTA required trainings and events
  • Complete and submit all Campus Compact of Oregon AmeriCorps VISTA required progress reports, timesheets, and other paperwork

Required Qualifications:

  • 18 years and older
  • Must have at least an Associates Degree or equivalent credits
  • Demonstrate a commitment to or willingness to explore issues of racial justice and equity
  • A U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident
  • Able to serve full-time for 365 days
  • Ability to pass a criminal history background check

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Project management experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast paced environment
  • Self-starter who can work independently
  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office software

AmeriCorps VISTA Member Benefits:

  • A living allowance of $14,136 (for VISTAs serving in Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill counties)
  • A living allowance of $12,311 (for VISTAs serving in any other county of Oregon)
  • An education award of $5,920 or cash stipend of $1,500 upon successful completion of service
  • Health benefits
  • Loan forbearance and interest accrual payment on qualified student loans
  • Child care (if eligible)
  • Training and professional development opportunities
  • Access to an extensive network of AmeriCorps Alums
  • Federal jobs non-competitive eligibility for one year after service

Site Specific Benefits:

  • Experience working in a culturally-responsive and trauma-informed school and nonprofit organization with deep community ties
  • Access to high quality professional development hosted on site
  • Networking opportunities with other non-profits and organizations in the community
  • Professional Development specific to professional and personal growth.

AmeriCorps VISTA, Project Specialist Position

Summary of Position and Project Goal: Kairos is an organization that is of the community and by the community.  We really on our community partnerships with agencies, business and nonprofits to help us achieve our mission to overcome the racial achievement gap and end the cycle of poverty. We currently partner with many organizations to help run day-to-day operations and to enhance the programs we offer our children. We have had more offers to partner than we can keep up with, and the goal is to track and steward existing partnerships, and identify and track new partnerships. Over a three-year period, the goal is to have recurring partnerships that allow us to provide a rich breadth of programs for our students, for aftercare, for Community Action Fridays, and for fulfilling some of our other programs like our garden, farm to scratch food for our kids and nutrition programs.

Essential Responsibilities/Activities:

  • Reach out to existing partners to ensure we are maximizing partnership and facilitate engagement
  • Follow up on some of the potential partnerships we have been stewarding
  • Continue to maximize our existing and potential partnerships with in-person meetings and thorough documentation
  • Coordinate all aspects relevant to having partners on site
  • Evaluate partnerships and activities on an on-going basis based by collecting feedback from students, teachers and partners to identify areas of growth

Marginal Responsibilities:

  • Engage in community and Kairos culture to gain an understanding of the population we are serving;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage conflict through equitable decision-making and effective problem solving;
  • Commitment to culturally relevant practices;
  • Commitment to professional reflection and ongoing collaboration.

AmeriCorps VISTA Member Responsibilities:

  • Attend all Campus Compact of Oregon AmeriCorps VISTA required trainings and events
  • Complete and submit all Campus Compact of Oregon AmeriCorps VISTA required progress reports, timesheets, and other paperwork

Required Qualifications:

  • 18 years and older
  • Must have at least an Associates Degree or equivalent credits
  • Demonstrate a commitment to or willingness to explore issues of racial justice and equity
  • A U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident
  • Able to serve full-time for 365 days
  • Ability to pass a criminal history background check
  • Site Specific Requirements:

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Project management experience
  • Event coordination experience
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and self-start
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office software

AmeriCorps VISTA Member Benefits:

  • A living allowance of $14,136 (for VISTAs serving in Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill counties)
  • A living allowance of $12,311 (for VISTAs serving in any other county of Oregon)
  • An education award of $5,920 or cash stipend of $1,500 upon successful completion of service
  • Health benefits
  • Loan forbearance and interest accrual payment on qualified student loans
  • Child care (if eligible)
  • Training and professional development opportunities
  • Access to an extensive network of AmeriCorps Alums
  • Federal jobs non-competitive eligibility for one year after service

Site Specific Benefits:

  • Experience working in a culturally-responsive school
  • Access to high quality professional development hosted on site
  • Networking opportunities with other non-profits in the community