IMESD designated as one of Oregon’s 2013 Top Workplaces

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The largest-ever survey of U.S. companies has identified the InterMountain Education Service District as one of the best places to work in Oregon. The Top Workplaces program, run by Workplace Dynamics, LLP, and sponsored in Oregon by The Oregonian newspaper, named IMESD one of the top 15 mid-sized workplaces in Oregon based on surveys completed by IMESD employees earlier this year. The Top Workplaces program asked IMESD to be a part of the program for 2013.

“I am very pleased our agency was recognized for this award,” said Dr. Mark Mulvihill, Superintendent of the IMESD. “Over the past several years, public education has experienced a significant reduction in funding. IMESD has had to do more with less in order to effectively serve our schools as they grapple with increased expectations. Our staff repeatedly steps up to these challenges; I am very proud of them.”

IMESD was compared with other similar-sized organizations in Oregon, and met benchmarks established by comparison data from other educational entities from across the country. A total of 75 organizations in Oregon were ranked as top workplaces in either the small, mid or large size range.

Survey results showed IMESD staff feel genuinely appreciated for the work they do, and also say their jobs make them feel a part of something more meaningful. In addition, staff say they enjoy the flexibility they have to balance home and work life, as well as believe the IMESD is headed in the right direction overall.

“Since the Top Workplace award is based on comparison data with other educational entities, it is really encouraging to see that we rank near the top,” Mulvihill said. “It will only motivate us to continue to improve.”

Earlier this year, a separate survey initiated by IMESD revealed a 97 percent approval rating from its constituent school districts – those public school districts in Umatilla, Morrow and Union counties.

The IMESD has worked hard over the past several years to make improvements in its programs and services to school districts, as well as for non-profit organizations and other public agencies. IMESD has developed solid partnerships with other regional agencies – including Blue Mountain Community College, Eastern Oregon University, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Inc., Head Start and local libraries, among others – to establish new programs and initiatives to improve learning opportunities for children birth through college.

At the statewide level, IMESD has established itself as a regional leader. Mulvihill serves on the Governor-appointed Oregon Education Investment Board. IMESD also assisted in the development of the new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment and Early Learning Initiatives, as well as broke ground on access to college credits for high school students through the Eastern Promise program with BMCC, EOU and Treasure Valley Community College.

“This recognition reinforces IMESD’s growing reputation as an education change agent both regionally and statewide,” Mulvihill said.

The Oregonian published the full list of Oregon Top Workplaces a special section in its Sept. 15, 2013, edition. The IMESD received the award during a banquet at the Governor Hotel in Portland on Sept. 11.