Girls on the Run Portland Metro - Program Coordinator

Councils · Portland, Oregon
Department Councils
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation $16 - $18 hourly, DOE

Job Title: Program Coordinator  

Location: Portland, OR 

Reports To: Program Director 

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt; 40 hours per week

Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. At Girls on the Run of Portland Metro (GOTR), we believe that every girl has limitless potential. GOTR is a physical activity-based positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, psychological and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.


Girls on the Run believes that all girls and communities should have access to our programs. We warmly welcome the participation of any child who identifies as “girl”, non-binary, or gender expansive in our programs. We strive to eliminate barriers to participation, to create programming that engages all communities, to be intentional about staff and volunteer diversity and to promote a culture of inclusion across the organization.    


Meeting twice a week in small teams, we teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run volunteer coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing healthy relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. We use running to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. The season concludes with a celebratory 5K event. Completing a 5K gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. 


Girls on the Run of Portland Metro will engage more than 400 volunteers and serve more than 1,300 girls in 3rd through 8th grade this coming school year across Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Marion and Clark counties, and plans to strategically grow each year. This position plays a key role in enabling more girls to access Girls on the Run’s impactful program.

Position Summary: The Program Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of the Girls on the Run program from start to finish each season including site onboarding, coach training, and in-season program support through the end of season Girls on the Run 5K. This position reports to the Program Director (PD) and works collaboratively other staff on a small five-person team.   



Site Outreach & Onboarding

  • Participate in site outreach efforts, facilitating information calls or events as needed in alignment with the organization’s objectives and strategy.
  • Prepare sites for program delivery by meeting with volunteer Site Liaisons to discuss expectations and logistics, and identify potential barriers.
  • Support Site Liaisons in coach and participant recruitment by ensuring they have access to marketing resources and checking in regularly. Work creatively with staff and volunteers to address barriers to access.
  • Collaborate with Site Liaisons and GOTR staff to ensure sufficient coach recruitment for all teams.


Coach Training & Program Support

  • Lead the planning and implementation of Coach Trainings.
  • Ensure coaches have the resources needed to deliver the GOTR curriculum successfully and confidently by maintaining “Coach Corner” intranet site and sending weekly coach newsletter.
  • Provide direct support to address any concerns or issues during the season including behavioral issues, facility use, coach availability/substitute needs, and other challenges as they arise.
  • Play a key role in implementing a volunteer appreciation strategy.


Program Quality Assurance

  • Advocate for inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) by supporting and encouraging Site Liaisons and Coaches to adapt provided strategies for engaging a broad range of program participants.
  • Ensure adherence to all current program policies and procedures.
  • Collaborate with staff to identify areas for innovation and improvement as needed during the season and in post-season analysis.
  • Coordinate site visits to ensure program quality and consistency and to provide support to coaches.
  • Maintain quality records utilizing RacePlanner database and other systems as appropriate.
  • Implement an “empowerment” approach to site management with a goal to engage Site Liaisons in establishing strong sites with clear plans for program implementation and volunteer succession.


General Team Responsibilities:

  • Actively participate in weekly staff meeting, coming prepared and engaging in collective problem-solving.
  • Attend Girls on the Run International trainings.
  • A commitment to using the opportunities of this position to make Girls on the Run Portland Metro a more Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable and Accessible organization.

Qualities and Qualifications:

  • Passion for Girls on the Run mission and the ability to comprehend and effectively communicate issues surrounding empowerment, self-esteem, body image and whole-person health.
  • Outstanding communication skills in multiple environments and with a range of audiences (internal and external).
  • Demonstrated experience with project management.
  • Access to reliable transportation.
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred but not required.
  • Experience with Girls on the Run or other similar youth programs preferred.
  • Can-do attitude, with the ability to maintain high-quality work and communication during busy times.


Compensation and Benefits:

This is a non-exempt, full time position offering a compensation range of $16 - $18 hourly, depending on experience. Girls on the Run Portland Metro offers a generous PTO plan, a benefits package including company-subsidized medical and dental, vision coverage, life insurance and paid medical leave as well as a 401k plan with employer match.

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  • Location
    Portland, Oregon
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  • Compensation
    $16 - $18 hourly, DOE