Youth Development Coordinator (Karen/English)

Status: Full time with benefits
Salary: $19.25-$22.75/hr. DOQ
Benefits: Health insurance (100% of premium covered for employee), life insurance, short-term disability insurance, approx. 180 hours/year of paid time off, 10 paid holidays, and regular employer-paid training opportunities
Location: Hybrid between office, school and partner sites, and virtually from home
Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5:00PM, with some flexibility to attend evening/weekend assignments
Reports to: Lah Tha Pwee, Program Manager

Position Description: KOM seeks a bilingual (Karen/English) professional who is eager to make an impact in the lives of refugee youth to join our team as a Youth Development Coordinator. The Youth Development Coordinator will lead after-school tutoring, cultural activities, and leadership development activities for about 30 middle and high school aged youth in Saint Paul Public Schools. The Youth Development Coordinator will also organize field trips and guest presentations to help youth learn about local resources, volunteer opportunities, and Karen history, language, and culture. This position is based at KOM, with in-person after-school activities delivered at schools located in St. Paul.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Complete intake and assessment with students and their families in their native language
  • Enter student data into database, maintain accurate case files, and complete detailed training records and case notes in a timely manner
  • Provide cultural & language support to assist students’ integration into schools
  • Support students with English reading, writing, math homework during after-school programming
  • Lead after school activities in leadership skills, Karen culture, health, stress management, and college & career preparation
  • Communicate with volunteer tutors and mentors to provide additional support to individual students during and outside of group activity times
  • 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
  • Help improve programming by collecting and utilizing student feedback to ensure lessons, topics, and activities are engaging and relevant to youth
  • 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 fluently in English and either Karen (Po or Sgaw), Karenni, Burmese or Thai
  • Valid MN Driver’s 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 detailed enrollment forms, write 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 speaking in public (in Karen & English) and interacting with diverse groups
  • Comfortable interacting with school staff, law enforcement and community organizations

COVID Protocols: KOM requires employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation required by law. All vaccination doses must have been received at least fourteen days prior to starting employment. KOM requires and provides masks, social distancing, sanitizes common services regularly and is currently open to in-person services to vaccinated clients. As roles and responsibilities allow, most staff are working a hybrid schedule with some days in the office and some days work from home to allow for appropriate social distancing while working at KOM sites. Hybrid work arrangements is subject to change based on KOM’s protocols, the needs of specific roles, and the needs of those that KOM serves.

To Apply:

Email a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Sara Johnson, Program Director at


The Karen Organization is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants and employees will be considered for employment and advancement without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other basis protected by applicable laws. This policy applies to all employment practices and terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to: promotions, transfers, compensation, terminations, training, and participation in KOM-sponsored benefits or programs. Employees and applicants should raise any concerns they might have regarding possible discrimination or harassment with KOM’s Co-Executive Directors.

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