May 28, 2021

Wanted: Youth Programs Coordinator

The Duluth Folk School is hiring a Youth Programs Coordinator!

If you would like to help develop a robust program serving a wide range of youth in our community, this position may be for you!

The position will start on a very part-time basis, and you will be responsible for building the position and the program (with plenty of support!). As the program grows, hours will increase.

To apply: please send a cover letter and resume to

Position: Youth Programs Coordinator
Compensation: $15 per hour to start
Work Hours: Will begin with ~5 hours per week, eventually building to a full-time position (as programming develops)
Benefits: Paid time off (accrual-based), discounts, flexible, and a crafty-fun work environment
Reports to: Executive Director
Hours: Variable, but generally days/afternoons. MUST be able to work when programs are scheduled, which may include evenings/weekends.


If you love working with youth, and love working with your hands, this job may be for you! The main role of this position is to develop and deliver Duluth Folk School youth programming and camps.

Duluth Folk School

The Duluth Folk School is a positive, energetic, and community-focused organization which brings people together to learn to work with their hands.  Our slogan is, ‘Handcrafting, Building Community, Having Fun!’

Overview of Position

The Youth Programs Coordinator is responsible for all aspects related to the planning and delivery of:

  • Youth Boatbuilding Programs
  • Craft Camps
  • Youth Outreach Programs

Youth Boatbuilding Programs This is a partnership between the folk school and the Urban Boatbuilders program in St. Paul, and is a program for at-risk and under-served teens to learn how to build boats, paddles, skateboards, etc, and in the process develop teamwork skills, building skills, and craft/art skills.

Craft Camps are currently geared toward three age groups: 3rd – 5th grade; 6th – 8th grade; and 9th – 12th grade. During Craft Camp, students get a sampler of a wide range of different craft and art forms. The Youth Programs Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of planning and delivery of the camps, including making connections with local artists, crafters, and professionals to help deliver content to kids. Craft Camps take place in the summer, and during some school breaks during the regular school year.

Youth Outreach Programs include delivering shorter-term craft and art projects for after school programming, collaborative community youth programs, and other similar programs.


Strong candidates will have an established background in working with at-risk and under-served youth populations. Candidates must be able to teach some crafts/skills/arts directly (examples could include: carpentry, carving, sewing, felting, painting, etc); have enthusiasm for our mission and an understanding of the barriers families face to accessing craft education and hand skills development; be comfortable engaging in challenging conversations and asserting self as a moderator; and have a willingness to take on new challenges and adapt as the program grows and new needs emerge.


  • Model an open, inclusive, and proactive culture that reflects the values, mission, and spirit of the Duluth Folk School.
  • Coordinate all aspects of youth programming, including program delivery, daily logistics and scheduling, long-term planning, and budgeting.
  • Build oneonone and small group relationships with youth to nurture strengths and promote social and emotional growth.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with schools and local youth-serving agencies, build new community connections and develop new markets for program delivery, and new partners for programs.
  • Locate, coordinate and oversee guest instructors and assistants for youth programs as necessary
  • Assist in the coordination of marketing efforts, including social media.
  • Ensure program models current best practices in youth programming.
  • Ensure program equipment functions properly; perform regular equipment maintenance.
  • Respond to all inquiries related to youth programming.
  • Ensure proper setup and tear-down for all youth programming events.
  • Work closely with staff to ensure program success, manage program budget, and ensure alignment with the Duluth Folk School’s overall strategic plan

Does this sound like you?

If so, we’d love to hear from you! Please submit a resume and cover letter to

The Duluth Folk School embraces diversity, and is an equal opportunity employer


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