Program Coordinator, Youth Tech + STEM

Pillsbury United Communities
 Minneapolis, MN


We are community builders co-creating enduring change toward a just society where every person has personal, social, and economic power. Our united system of programs, neighborhood centers, social enterprises, and partnerships connects individuals and their families across the region.


The primary objective of this position is to plan, implement and coordinate high-quality OST & summer youth development activities for grades 6-12 under supervision by Senior Director, Youth + Future Focus. The Youth Program Coordinator will engage in relationship building with youth and families in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and surrounding community and contribute to development of Brian Coyle culture and programming. The Program Coordinator will facilitate programming and supervise a team including specialist(s), tutor(s) and college intern(s), as assigned, to co-facilitate activities.

Primary Responsibilities (Essential Functions)

Strategy and Thought Leadership

  • Creation of high-quality youth development activities focused on high-demand tech, media and STEM skills delivered through experiential learning in collaboration with Youth Department team leaders, including program design, implementation, reflection, and continuous improvement
  • Model asset-based, community youth development practices in direct service programming
  • Collaborate with internal media social enterprises North News and KRSM to build out agency-wide youth media platforms to promote youth storytelling
  • Facilitate youth/stakeholder reflection sessions to center the desires, passions of program participants
  • Pilot and develop new activities based on participant feedback
  • Make recommendations for program improvements
  • Stay current with and connected to available community resources

Operations and Outcomes

  • Develop and execute on program goals related to culturally relevant youth development and career pathways in Tech/STEM/Media
  • Planning and implementation of weekly after-school group sessions (School-year) and facilitate/supervise intensive summer internships
  • Participate in ongoing program improvement planning with Youth Department, including annual M3 evaluation retreat
  • Conduct outreach and enrollment for all programs. Actively promote the program in community and recruit youth participants
  • Collaborate (and attend monthly meetings) with the PUC Youth Department. Collaborate (and attend weekly meetings) with Brian Coyle youth staff. Participate in weekly check-ins with Youth Employment team. Attend monthly virtual Best Buy Teen Tech Center meetings and annual conference.
  • Ensure daily attendance recording and all necessary other tracking logs and record keeping for progress towards goals
  • Ensure intakes, attendance + youth surveys are completed for your specific program. Work with Youth Evaluation Manager on outcome planning and timelines
  • Direct Communication with youth and families (EX: scheduling, updates, check-ins, requesting feedback, events)
  • Create feedback channels for partners, families and youth to improve the program and address the specific needs of youth participants
  • Lead facilitator/Internship supervisor for Ladders to Leadership cohorts. Manage an active roster of 10-15 paid interns (school-year) and 6-10 interns (summer). Coordinate 1:1 youth mentoring, coaching, training and supportive services including goal setting and goal tracking for each intern

People and Community Development

  • Assist in creating new community partnerships to enhance program offerings and opportunities for youth; participate in citywide and larger networks regarding youth development or other relevant affinity groups or coalitions
  • Support programmatic implementation for C2C “National Partners“
  • Establish community standards with/for youth participants to provide an emotionally, psychologically and physically safe environment for all youth participants
  • Create youth-centered environments that are inclusive and identity-affirming
  • Direct supervision (including training, scheduling and feedback/performance reviews) for Youth Specialists, youth interns, volunteers, tutors and college interns, as assigned
  • Customize 1:1 mentoring, coaching, supportive services including goal setting and goal tracking for participants. Navigate post-secondary systems access and coach individual youth

Financial Management

  • Actively participate in planning and managing expenses for materials, supplies, field trips and events.
  • Document all related expenses.
  • Record time tracking for grants.

Required Skills/Experience

  • A minimum of two years experience in youth development or K-12 education setting
  • Able to build positive, nonjudgmental relationships with community
  • Open to working in low-income neighborhoods with diverse community
  • Understanding of appropriate personal boundaries and professional ethics
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings (school-year) and weekends (occasionally)
  • Self-motivating with excellent time management and accountability skills
  • Dedication to social, racial, economic and restorative justice with a deep interest in building authentic relationships and engaging Black, Indigenous, Immigrant and Youth of Color.

Desired Attributes

  • Passion for what’s possible
  • Clear sense of personal purpose
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Creative problem-solver
  • Skilled communicator and motivator


Benefits are offered to all regular employees who work at least 20 hours a week. Our benefits package includes health insurance, dental insurance, vision coverage, employer paid short term and long term disability, employer paid life insurance, health saving account (HSA) option, flexible spending account (FSA) option, retirement plan option with an employer match, paid time off and floating holidays, and 16 paid holidays.

A Note to Potential Candidates:

Studies have shown that women, trans, non-binary folks, and BIPOC are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization, and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a background less traditional to our field of work, and that’s okay. We would strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.

Affirmative Action/EEO statement

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Pillsbury United Communities is intentional about its responsibility of maintaining an equitable environment that is inclusive and welcoming. We hire, support, and promote talented individuals using a process that is fair and equitable to all that apply. We believe differences such as age, race, culture, ability, and sexual orientation are valuable and an asset to our organization, and employees are protected from reprisal. All applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance