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Youth Development Coordinator (Karen/English)

Position Title: Youth Development Coordinator (Karen/English)
Reports to: Program Manager
Status: Full time with benefits
Salary: $14.00-$15.00/hr. depending on qualifications
Scheduling: Monday-Friday 7:30-5:00 (40 hrs/wk based on school schedules)
Posting Close Date: March 12, 2017 / open until filled

Position Summary:

The Youth Development Coordinator will work collaboratively with teaching staff and administrators to help newly arrived refugee youth in grades 6-12 integrate into the American school system. The Youth Development Coordinator will provide support in ELL classrooms to increase academic performance. The Youth Development Coordinator will also lead after-school and summer activities focused on American cultural transitions, volunteer and leadership skills, stress, and health.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Complete intake, assessment, and service plans with students in their native language.
  • Enter student data into database, maintain accurate case files, and complete detailed case notes in a timely manner
  • Provide cultural & language support to assist studentsí integration into schools
  • Support students with English reading, writing, and math in the classroom, and provide cultural & language support for ESL teachers as needed
  • Lead after school activities in leadership skills, Karen culture, health, stress management, and college & career preparation
  • Provide ongoing communication between school staff and parents to promote parents' involvement in school activities and address individual student concerns
  • Identify social/emotional health needs and refer to appropriate resources
  • Support volunteers & students in KOMís Youth Mentorship program
  • Support overall KOM organizational goals, including assisting with walk-in clients


  • High school diploma or GED from an American or International education institution or equivalent youth development coordination work experience
  • Able to speak, read and write fluently in English and either Karen (Po or Sgaw), Karenni, Burmese or Thai
  • Valid MN Driverís License with proof of insurance and good driving record required. Must be able and willing to use personal vehicle to transport clients.
  • Able to work independently with refugee clients (youth and adults) as well as school staff and community services
  • Able to complete intake and assessment forms, keep complete case notes and maintain accurate case files.

Required Competencies (Knowledge, Skills, & Behavior):

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the cultures of different refugees from Burma
  • Demonstrated knowledge of American culture and public school systems
  • Competency using Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and database applications
  • Competent in lesson planning and teaching groups of students
  • Comfortable with speaking in public (in Karen & English) and interacting with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Comfortable interacting with school staff at all administrative levels, law enforcement and community organizations

To Apply:

Email your resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references to Moses Moe, Program Manager, at mmoe@mnkaren.org. Applications must be received by March 12, 2017. This position is open until filled.





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