Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

TITLE: Illumination Project Coordinator

CLASS: Academic Professional




The Illumination Project Coordinator manages and provides project oversight for the Illumination Project. The project is PCC’s innovative student leadership and education program designed to foster a climate of equality, compassion, justice, and respect for all people in the PCC academic community and the community at large. The Illumination Project uses interactive social justice theater as a venue for Student Educators and audience members to join together to rehearse ways to challenge racism, sexism, heterosexism and other forms of oppression and problems.


  1. Coordinates and implements recruitment, screening, interviews, and selection of volunteer student educators who write and perform plays on campus and in the community.
  2. Oversees the development and writing of plays created by student educators. Coordinates, schedules and directs rehearsal process and performances.
  3. Coordinates outreach and marketing of Illumination Project to on and off campus partners such as local area high schools, other colleges/universities, and community groups. Organizes and develops printed promotional material such as posters, handbills, flyers, and brochures.
  4. Coordinates Illumination Project Steering Committee, Curriculum Committee and other ad hoc committees as needed. This involves soliciting committee members, scheduling meetings, setting agendas, delegating assignments and providing technical and administrative support to committees.
  5. In conjunction with faculty members develops and regularly updates educational materials to be used as companion curriculum by classroom instructors whose classes attend the Illumination Project performances.
  6. Serves as liaison to campus, community and regional organizations for the Illumination Project. Provides direction and coordination of campus wide events that support the goals of the Illumination Project. Coordinates the development of a training video and curriculum for distribution to other college/universities to replicate program.
  7. Initiates and coordinates the development of grant proposals and solicits donations that support the goals of the Illumination Project in collaboration with the PCC Grants Office and the PCC Foundation. Coordinates data gathering and reporting for end of year report and on grants received.
  8. Plans, implements, and monitors budget expenditures for the Illumination Project in cooperation with Sylvania Women’s Resource Center Coordinator.
  9. May direct the work of casual and student workers.
  10. Performs related duties as assigned.


Work is typically performed in a classroom, theater and/or college environment. Occasional travel between campuses and remote sites, requiring the ability to drive and use personal vehicle.


Requires the ability to lift materials that may weigh up to 25 pounds.


Bachelor’s degree in Education, Psychology, Social Science or related field. Experience performing the duties of the job may substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Demonstrated experience working with culturally diverse populations. Demonstrated experience coordinating programs utilizing volunteers.


Knowledge of effective training techniques and learning theory.

Knowledge of social justice theater.

Knowledge of effective marketing techniques.

Skill in project management including communication, organization, facilitation and independent decision-making.

Skill in delivering public presentations and effective group facilitation.

Skill in operating a computer and various supporting software packages.

Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and work in an environment with regular interruptions.

Ability to cooperatively identify and resolve problems or issues with students.

Ability to work with an ethnically and culturally diverse staff and student population.

Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form.

NEW: 6/24/06