Youth Development Coordinator (Karen/English)

Status: Full time with benefits

Salary: $17.00-$20.00/hr. DOQ

Scheduling: Monday-Friday 7:30-5:00 (40 hrs/wk based on school schedules)

Reports to:  Program Manager

Posting Close Date: Open until filled

Position Summary:

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 youth in grades 9-12 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 postsecondary education. This position is based at KOM with in-person after-school activities delivered at Harding High School two afternoons per week.

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 students’ integration into schools
  • Support students with English reading, writing, math, and homework help 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
  • 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 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 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 Director, at This position is open until filled.

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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