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Career Opportunities

Grow your career while empowering students

The team at JA North is committed to keeping students at the center of our work and helping them reach their full potential. We prepare students to become the leaders of tomorrow by building financial skills, exploring exciting career paths, and developing an entrepreneurial mindset. Our model builds experiential learning opportunities for students so they can creatively explore how lessons in the classroom can translate to life outside of school. We are focused on equitably serving K-12 students across our entire region of Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin. As we deliver programming, we inspire students, support educators, and partner with business and community organizations.

Our team consists of innovative, collaborative, and dedicated individuals committed to our mission. Together, we prioritize relationships, act with integrity, embrace change, and continually improve. We deepen impact across our entire region by supporting our colleagues and prioritizing our students. We're looking for engaging professionals to join this growing and dynamic team!

Along with being an equal opportunity employer, JA North offers a collaborative environment. We aspire to hire a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applicants from under-represented backgrounds.

About the Position:

The Program Coordinator – Southern MN High School Specialist is a full-time position that will support all K-12 programming needs in the Mankato and New Ulm communities as well as the growth and expansion of highly impactful JA high school programs in Southern MN. We are looking for an energetic, detail-oriented person who desires interaction with K-12 students served under our key JA North initiatives. This position will be an integral part of our strategy to provide a sequential JA Learning Path to learners in Mankato and New Ulm, MN as well as expanding high school programming to learners in Southern MN. This multi-faceted position will meet with administrators from school districts; support students, volunteers, and educators as they complete JA Programs; and will support events in the Mankato and New Ulm communities as needed. Some Southern MN area daytime travel required. The occasional evening or weekend will be required. Interested applicants can submit a resume and cover letter to

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Works closely with Senior Manager of Southern MN Districts to build program strategies in alignment with JA North’s strategic plan
  • Develop Programming implementation strategy to achieve superior stakeholder experience while exceeding program goals
  • Acts as the JA Programs subject matter expert and primary contact for program participants and stakeholders
  • Promotes employee engagement with Corporate Partners through volunteerism and program events
  • Develop and deliver presentations to partners/school districts when appropriate
  • Establish relationships with school districts that culminate in new/increased sequential K-12 programming and high school programming
  • Responsible for providing all program support needs of Mankato and New Ulm area school districts outlined in MOUs
  • Responsible for supporting high school program needs outlined in MOUs with Southern MN school districts
  • Plan and execute programs focused events including but not limited to Career Fairs, JA Company Program, and JA Job Shadow
  • Knowledge and commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Special assignments and programs support as assigned by supervisor

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Must possess strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize multiple assignments, think ahead, meet deadlines, and work effectively under pressure
  • Strong communication skills and experience. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively using verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office environment and with databases
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills with strong business judgement
  • Track record of achieving goals
  • Possess exceptional relationship building and influencing skills, as well as strong communications skills
  • Committed to quality and integrity and the ability to work with cross-functional teams and to foster teamwork by exhibiting JA North’s value-based behaviors
  • Strong commitment to team and mission
  • Ability to prioritize, manage and work on multiple projects

Summary of Employee Benefits 

  • Provided Coverage

    The following benefits are offered with 100% cost being paid by Junior Achievement North:

    ► Employee Life & Accidental Death Insurance
    ► Paid Family and Medical Leave

  • Combination Coverage

    The following benefits are offered to eligible staff members with Junior Achievement North contributing toward cost.

    ► Medical Insurance
    ► Dental Insurance
    ► 401k Retirement Plan with a generous Junior Achievement North contribution of 3%

  • Available Coverage

    The following benefits are offered to eligible staff members at their own cost.

    ► Flexible Spending Account – Medical and Dependent Care
    ► Supplemental Life Insurance
    ► Dependent Life Insurance
    ► Long-term Disability
    ► 403b Retirement Plan

The Importance of Work Life Balance

At Junior Achievement North, we recognize the importance of work/life balance for our staff members, and we offer the following programs to support your work/life balance.

► Paid Time Off (PTO)
► Paid Volunteer Time Off (VTO)
► Paid Holidays
► Two Paid Breaks:

  • 1-week Fiscal Year End Break
  • 2-week Calendar Year End Break

► Flexible Fridays during the Summer Months
► Technology Cost reimbursements

Other notes about our open positions:

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to: sit, walk, occasionally required to reach with hands and arms, continually required to talk or hear, occasionally required to bend, lift, or climb, frequently required to lift and carry light weights (25-50 pounds), and specific vision abilities include: close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust or focus.

This position is subject to the successful completion of a background check / verification of educational credentials contained in resume.

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship.

We encourage candidates with diverse experiences and backgrounds, Black, Indigenous and People of Color, LGBTQIA2+ individuals, and unemployed persons to apply. Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Junior Achievement North we aspire to find the best candidate for the job and someone who is committed to our mission and values. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our qualifications described.