Division of Student Services

SEEDS (Students for Education, Empowerment, and Direct Service) builds mutually beneficial relationships within the Portland community to foster sustainable and positive change. SEEDS is committed to expanding the scope of the academic mission and supporting Reed students in developing tools for self-reflection and passion for lifelong community engagement.

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SEEDS is hiring! 

SEEDS student coordinators engage with Reed and Portland communities in a meaningful way by facilitating Reed students’ connection to community engagement opportunities. All SEEDS coordinators make a commitment to their individual program and also contribute significantly to the overall success of all SEEDS programming.

We are currently hiring for 7 SEEDS Coordinator positions (year-long appointment) and 9 SEEDS Orientation Odyssey positions.

Application requirements:

  1. complete the SEEDS Job Interest Form, including two references and supplemental questions
  2. submit a resume (email to or slide under door to Student Center #112)
  3. submit a Release of Information form (scan/email to or Student Center #112)

Deadline: Interviews begin the week of March 19th. Our suggested deadline is March 16th. Accepted on a rolling basis until position filled. Candidates will be considered upon receipt of all application materials. Early submission is strongly advised.

Learn more about each of the following open positions on Griffin Door. 

Long-term employment - Academic year (weekly): 

  • SEEDS @ Schools - Coordinate volunteer team in-class programs at Lane Middle School and Cleveland High School.
  • Reed Community Pantry -Coordinate volunteer team for Reed food security program. Track volunteer data. Etc.
  • Research and Program Development - Conduct research related to  community engagement. Compile data. Develop programming. Etc.
  • Admin and Marketing - Coordinate marketing for SEEDS programs. Create physical and virtual marketing. Etc.
  • Community Engagement Events - Coordinate on campus events with local organizers. Contribute to MLK Day and Cesar Chávez Day programming. Coordinate on-campus blood drives. Etc.
  • Civic Engagement Committee and Faculty Support - Manage co-curricular community engagement programs. Member of Civic Engagement Committee. Support faculty with community-based learning. Etc.
  • Off-campus Federal Work-Study - Coordinate off-campus FWS programming. Track volunteer data. Etc.

Quick, summer employment: SEEDS Odyssey Experience

  • SEEDS Odyssey Trip Leader - Co-lead a small group of 10 incoming students on a 3-day community engagement trip in Portland. Etc.
  • SEEDS Odyssey Trip Assistant - Coordinate logistics for a 3-day community engagement trip for 35-40 Reedies. Etc.

Don't forget: The Center for Life Beyond Reed can help you with application, resume, and interview prep.

Questions? Contact SEEDS Program Manager via

Weekly Community Engagement 

Starred (*) programs qualify for off-campus Federal Work Study
  • Are you FWS-eligible? Get paid to work with organizations in Portland! 
    • Follow 6-step process to get started
  • Not FWS-eligible? You're welcome to volunteer!

Weekly programs coordinated by Reed students

Other weekly programs

  •  Map of 40+ SEEDS community partners
    • sign into gmail account to access map
  • *S.M.A.R.T (Start Making a Reader Today)
  • Community based learning in Reed Psychology courses:
    • *Clinical, *Motivation, and *Developmental
  • Reed College Science Outreach Program
  • Opportunities offered through Portland-area community organizations

One-time Community Engagement Events

Note: one-time events are not eligible for off-campus Federal Work Study. Find FWS-eligible opportunities here.

Weekend Community Engagement events
On-campus Advocacy Workshop
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Engagement
On-campus blood drives
Community Day Engagement Event 

Trips & Projects

Note: community engagement trips & projects are not eligible for off-campus Federal Work Study. Find FWS-eligible opportunities here.

Orientation Odyssey - for incoming 1st year & transfer students
Sophomores Rising Social Justice Odyssey - for rising 2nd year students 
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) service trip
Davis Projects for Peace - $10,000 summer project award
Project Pericles - Debating for Democracy (D4D) 

Contact SEEDS

Tara Sonali Miller
SEEDS Program Manager
Student Center 112

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