Seasonal Job Posting—Program Coordinator, Summer Youth
Location: Open Book - Minneapolis, MN
Organization: The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis

The Loft Literary Center is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit literary centers, offering more than 300 creative writing classes a year for youth and adults. The Loft also supports writers and readers through grants, mentorships, writing studios, regular readings and a spoken word series, and on its website through a wealth of resources about craft and the writing life.

The award-winning Loft is renowned for the quality of its programming and its service to the community. Loft staff members enjoy a flexible and enjoyable workplace, health and other benefits, generous paid time off, a four-day work week, and the company of dedicated and creative colleagues.

Position Purpose: The Program Coordinator for Summer Youth is a contract position with somewhat flexible daytime hours, Tuesday-Friday July 18 through August 11, 2023, typically between 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., onsite at Open Book. There will be 1-2 paid planning sessions with the Program Manager in June 2023. The Program Coordinator engages students in midday creative activities, fun walking field trips, and supervises onsite lunch.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Supervise children, ages 6-13, during lunchtime hours
  • Create and implement creative activities for multiple age levels
  • Plan and coordinate "walking field trips" for students to nearby locations
  • Provide logistical and administrative support for teaching artists, students, and parents.
  • Provide back-up support as a substitute in case of teaching artists absence. 
  • Supervise students with the assistance of two interns

NOTE: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions and it does not prescribe or restrict tasks that may be assigned. The list above is representative of the essential responsibilities for the job, but it is not necessarily an all-inclusive list of duties required to perform this role. As a member of the Loft Literary Center staff, other duties may be assigned to fulfill the Loft’s mission, vision and strategic plan objectives.

Job Requirements:

  • Be able to work reliably and dependably Tuesday–Friday for all 4 weeks of the summer program July 18 through August 11  between 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m
  • Interest in developing activities that are related to developing creativity and building community
  • Have experience working with and supervising large and diverse groups of children and teens ages 6–13 in a summer enrichment education program setting
  • Self-confidence to ask for help when needed and make judgement-calls as necessary
  • Ability to work independently and in teams
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • An outgoing, warm, and friendly personality
  • Patience and a sense of humor
  • Comfort providing technical support and assistance to callers and walk-in constituents. 
  • Knowledge of Google based email and document platform, basic online research, and social media or blog platforms
  • Proficiency with email, word processing, spreadsheets and data entry and fearlessness with technology
  • A minimum of a high school diploma is required for this position; current degree seeking college or graduate students preferred.

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • A love of creative writing and reading
  • A love for working with students
  • A desire to develop skills in the educational field
  • An exhibited passion for mission-driven nonprofit organizations 
  • Ability to manage a classroom

Time: This position is contracted work Tuesday-Friday from July 18 through August 11; 1-2 days in early June 2023 will also be required for training and orientation, exact date(s) TBD.
Pay: $35/hr
Location: Open Book - Minneapolis, MN
To Apply: The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2023. Interviews will take place in April. Please prepare a cover letter and a resume as MS Word or PDF documents.

Please contact Program Manager Lucia LoTempio <llotempio [at]> with any questions.

Due to the expected number of applicants, we request that you do not call or email to check on your application status. You will get a confirmation by email to let you know that your application was received.

A complete criminal background check will be required of anyone filling this position.

The Loft is an equal opportunity employer.

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