Classification Description

TITLE: Portland Teacher Program Coordinator

CLASS: Academic Professional





The Portland Teacher Program Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and implementing the overall recruitment and retention strategies for target minority students pursuing the teaching profession. The incumbent in this classification is responsible for actively coordinating efforts between Portland Public Schools, Portland Community College, and Portland State University, ensuring student issues are addressed. The incumbent will market the program, working closely with middle and high school programs as well as acting as an internal liaison between both higher education institutions. This position requires active case management of students currently enrolled in the program including providing student and family advocacy, advising, and counseling as needed.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES (Includes some or all of the following)

1. Coordinates and implements the recruitment of targeted minority groups into the teaching profession for Portland Public Schools, Portland Community College, and Portland State University. Works closely with community leaders and school officials in developing and implementing appropriate strategies.

2. Markets the Portland Teacher Program, working closely with middle and high school programs. Travels through the state of Oregon to promote the program. Writes newsletters to keep businesses, key leaders, politicians, and faculty aware of program issues.

3. Works with businesses in raising funds for scholarship programs. Researches and identifies various funding sources. Writes program grants. Manages grant funds and Portland Teachers Project budget.

4. Manages an active case load of enrolled students, both at Portland Community College and at Portland State University. Provides student and family advocacy. Provides general advising, job search assistance, and counseling as needed. Refers students to community agencies based on identified need.

5. Facilitates quarterly colloquia for program students. Coordinates guest speakers and table discussion topics.

6. Develops and implements program policies and procedures. Actively participates in professional organizations and committees at the local and state level in advocating for teacher reform.

7. Directs the work of casual and student workers as grant monies allow. Screens, interviews, selects, and trains employees.

8. Performs related duties as assigned.


Work is typically performed in an office environment, although regular travel is required to various schools in the metropolitan area and client homes requiring the use of a personal vehicle and a current driver's license. Requires the ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours.


Training sessions requires the ability to move and lift materials and equipment that may weight up to 25 pounds.


Bachelor's degree in Education or related field. Experience performing the duties of this job may substitute for the degree requirement on a year for year basis.

Demonstrated experience working in or with Education Equity programs. Demonstrated experience working with cultural and ethnic minority populations. Experience in project and case management. Experience working in post-secondary and secondary education settings desirable.


Considerable knowledge of socio-economic issues and current barriers faced by minorities.

Considerable knowledge of various cultures.

Knowledge of educational institutions, bureaucratic structures, and political issues.

Knowledge of program and grant budgets.

Knowledge of effective supervisory practices and techniques.

Skill in cross-cultural communication.

Skill in operating a computer and various supporting software packages.

Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Ability to effectively manage and prioritize program requirements from multiple institutions and multiple supervisors.

Ability to work with people of diverse age groups and social, cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.

Ability to operate a variety of office equipment.

Ability to effectively communicate in oral and written form.

Est. 9/97