The Consulting Opportunity

The Medical Director, Oregon for Reach Out and Read (ROR) Northwest serves as an advocate and external ambassador for ROR within the state of Oregon. The Medical Director provides expertise to support the successful implementation, growth, sustainability, and visibility of ROR across Oregon. The position reports to the Regional Executive Director and collaborates closely with the Medical Director, Washington to serve in a significant leadership role with Reach Out and Read partners and stakeholders within and beyond the medical community.

Key Responsibilities

Medical Provider Engagement (40%)

  • Co-chair the ROR NW Medical Provider Advisory Committee
  • Contribute to the creation and delivery of learning opportunities for medical providers and clinic staff such as webinars, presentations, conferences, trainings, and workshops
  • Contribute content to provider-facing communications such as newsletters, emails, conference calls, blog posts, etc.
  • Model high-quality program implementation and medical champion leadership at the Medical Director’s clinic of practice

Outreach, Advocacy, and Fundraising (35%)

  • Foster strategic partnerships with medical institutions (such as residency programs) and professional associations (such as the AAP, AAFP, NAPNAP, and AAPA)
  • Represent ROR Northwest on local, regional, and state level boards and committees
  • Foster potential funding and policy opportunities for Reach Out and Read by positioning and championing Reach Out and Read as a key intervention for families and engaging with funders and policymakers at the request of the Executive Director
  • Represent Reach Out and Read Northwest to the media and submit Op Eds/articles to relevant publications and newsletters
  • Host program site visits as needed for advocacy and public outreach events

Engagement with ROR Northwest and the National ROR Network (25%)

  • Work toward the success of ROR Northwest and National strategic priorities
  • Attend and participate in meetings with ROR Northwest staff, Advisory Committee meetings, and other ROR meetings and convenings
  • Represent ROR Northwest at the ROR National Leadership Conference
  • Collaborate with the Medical Director, Washington to coordinate activities and align strategy
  • Engage with the ROR National Medical Director and other Affiliate Medical Director colleagues, as requested by the Regional Executive Director
  • Maintain familiarity with ROR’s evidence base and other relevant research

Qualifications and Experience

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow, and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. We’ll honor your lived and professional experience as key aspects of your candidacy for the role and prioritize applicants with experience dismantling the structural inequities that disproportionately impact children and families with traditionally marginalized identities. We are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:

  • Family practitioner, pediatrician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant
  • Experience providing primary care to children and participating in the Reach Out and Read program
  • Experience successfully creating and leading medical practice change projects and initiatives
  • Experience leading, mentoring, and supervising medical providers and staff
  • Experience advocating and delivering results through others
  • Commitment to increasing equitable opportunities and outcomes for children and to recognizing factors known to significantly impact differential outcomes for children, including race, ethnicity, language, and socio-economic status
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to interact effectively with a diverse set of colleagues, partners, and stakeholders

Position Specifications

  • The Medical Director, Oregon serves in a part-time, consultancy basis as an independent contractor. An annual contract and scope of work will be developed each year with the Regional Executive Director to determine activities.
  • Compensation provided as an annual stipend of $14,400 for approximately 120 hours of work annually.
  • The contractor may reside in any location in the state of Oregon.
  • Occasional travel to meetings, presentations, or site visits within the states of Oregon and Washington and attendance at one National annual meeting is required. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Commitment to Diversity

Reach Out and Read is committed to building an organization that embraces diversity, pursues equity, and fosters an environment of inclusion. ROR sits at the intersection of health and education, uniquely positioned to play a critical role in addressing systemic disparities and inequities in the public health framework. ROR strives to be an antiracist organization, using its influence to fight against social injustice by supporting a culture of learning, empowerment, equity, and a deep appreciation for the unique experiences that we each bring to our communities. We believe that changing the world begins with holding ourselves and our workplace to that same standard.

About Reach Out and Read

Founded in 1989, Reach Out and Read is a national non-profit organization working to ensure all families have the opportunity to create meaningful everyday moments through shared reading aloud and building relationships. By leveraging pediatric care to champion the positive effects of reading daily and distribute books, Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success and reaches 4.2 million children across the county – half of whom identify as BIPOC and a quarter of whom come from low-income families.

Reach Out and Read’s tens of thousands of trained pediatric providers use books as a diagnostic tool during regular check-ups, and teach parents how to engage their child with a book to promote positive parent-child interactions during the rapid brain growth between birth and age five. The daily practice of reading aloud with a parent supports children’s literacy and math skill development, their social-emotional development, and prepares them for future success in school. Working together with our sites and providers, we leverage our three decades of expertise, build on our literacy foundations, and engage our shared networks as a catalyst for change, focusing on equitably strengthening and deepening our impact on the children, families, and communities we serve.

The Impact

  • Reach Out and Read program sites are located in 160 clinics, safety net hospitals, medical systems, and other healthcare settings across Oregon.
  • Reach Out and Read serves 90,000 Oregon children and their families annually.
  • More than 160,000 new, developmentally appropriate books are given to children annually.
  • Over 1,200 medical providers currently participate in Reach Out and Read in Oregon
  • Our peer-reviewed body of evidence demonstrates that Reach Out and Read parents are two-and-a-half times more likely to read regularly to their children, and that children experiencing Reach Out and Read show enhanced language development.

To learn more about Reach Out and Read, visit

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Reach Out and Read is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status. Reach Out and Read is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and we are committed to making special accommodations for your interview or work as a member of our team. If specific accommodations are needed, please email HR @ and our HR team will work to accommodate your needs.