CITY OF BROOKLYN PARK – Program Coordinator – BrookLynk (FT)

SALARY: $35.54 – $48.08 Hourly
$6,160.27 – $8,333.87 Monthly
$73,923.20 – $100,006.40 Annually
OPENING DATE: 08/02/21
CLOSING DATE: 08/16/21 11:59 PM
BrookLynk, a youth workforce development training program run collaboratively by the cities of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center, is looking to hire two talented Program Coordinators. The BrookLynk Program Coordinators will work closely with program staff and community partners and will be responsible for overseeing the planning and implementation of BrookLynk’s key youth workforce activities including the summer internship program and work readiness trainings offered to youth 14-24. The Program Coordinator’s primary duties include recruitment and outreach, youth engagement, employer engagement, data collection, project management, financial and grant coordination, and supervising summer job coaches.

These positions will be responsible for the following results:

  • Coordination of BrookLynk’s summer internships, work readiness training, and online training series for youth 14-24.
  • Support BrookLynk goals and initiatives in collaboration with the Cities of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park, and other partners to enhance college and career opportunities for youth.
  • Coordinate the delivery of high-quality data driven youth programming that benefits the community and demonstrates positive workforce development outcomes.
  • Assist with the coordination and implementation of the program’s supervisor training and employer engagement.
  • Support capacity building efforts to enhance BrookLynk Programs and increase number of participants across Brooklyn Park & Brooklyn Center.
  • Develop partnerships with area schools, community organizations, & public sector partners, to build a youth referral and recruitment network
  • Recruit, train, and supervise summer job coaches.
  • Coordinate and implement job coaching services provided to youth interns.
  • Lead and coordinate support services for youth and employer partners
  • Build positive and caring relationships with youth participants & families
  • Provide job coaching to a co-hort of 30+ youth placed in summer internships to include site visits, on-call supports to supervisors and interns, etc.
  • Assist in development of systems that enhance the delivery and experience of BrookLynk
  • Manage logistics and coordinate all aspects of the summer internship program
  • Attend and participate fully in BrookLynk Advisory Committee meetings and department staff meetings
  • Assist other department staff in moving the mission of BrookLynk and the Economic Development Authority (EDA) at the cities of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center
  • Coordinate and lead Youth Pre-Employment Training
  • Oversee the design and delivery of BrookLynk’s youth training curriculum
  • Facilitate youth pre-employment training and train the trainer program
  • Manage logistics and coordinate all aspects of Get Ready! BrookLynk’s youth pre-employment training
  • Assist in the development and implementation of data systems to collect and track participant data
  • Manage the states Workforce 1 data system
  • Co-coordinate annual program events and special projects with the BrookLynk team
  • Manage multiple applications and platforms such as Zoom, Teachable, Microsoft Teams, etc. for the delivery of online programs and meetings
  • Other duties as assigned or apparent
Bachelor’s degree in related field (e.g., Social Work, Education, Youth Studies, Human Services)

Four (4) years related experience in workforce development, youth development, and/or program coordination

Valid driver’s license

An equivalent combination of education and experience closely related to the duties of the position MAY be considered

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Previous experience with project management
  • Previous experience with group facilitation
  • Ability to follow through on tasks in a timely and organized manner
  • Ability to communicate effectively both oral and in written
  • Demonstrated skills in working with individuals and communities
  • Demonstrated ability to build positive relationships with youth and families
  • Works well under pressure
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work and complete tasks with little direction
  • Ability to collect, analyze and report results
  • Ability to think critically to solve complex problems in compliance with policies, procedures and practices.
  • Ability to carry and lift up to 40 lbs
  • Ability to provide a level of customer service that meets or exceeds customer expectation and satisfaction
  • Ability to relate and work effectively with people from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • Embrace and engage in cultural shift toward Continuous Improvement

Desired Qualifications

  • Previous experience organizing meetings
  • Five (5) or more years of experience in workforce development
  • Facilitation training or certification
  • Project Management training or certification
  • Experience managing large projects from conception to completion
  • Advanced training in computer software programs and databases with proficiency in Office 365 (i.e., Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Canva, Indesign, Squarespace, and more
  • Demonstrated commitment to furthering racial equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Knowledge of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center; and familiarity with community assets and resources
  • Previous experience working with people from various cultural, socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • Fluency in Spanish, Hmong, Russian, Somali, Laotian or Vietnamese language(s)
  • Alumni of a youth workforce development program similar to Step Up, Right Track, or BrookLynk

Background Check
The City has determined that a criminal background check and/or qualifications check are necessary for this job title. Applicants are required to sign an informed consent form allowing the City to obtain their criminal history and/or verify their qualifications in connection with the position sought. Applicants who do not sign the informed consent form will not be further considered for the position.

Selection Process
The selection process will consist of one or more of the following steps: a rating of relevant education and experience and/or an oral examination (100%). It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. This information will be used to determine which candidates will proceed in the selection process. A submitted application is also used to verify the answers to any supplemental questions.  Only those candidates who attain a passing score (70%) on each step in the selection process will be placed on the eligible list. Human Resources Department reserves the right to limit the number in any phase of the selection process.

Brooklyn Park is a thriving northwestern suburb of Minneapolis and the sixth largest city in the state with over 82,000 residents and 30,000 jobs. As the 11th fastest growing city in Minnesota, the city has become even more vibrant because of our remarkable racial and cultural diversity. Fifty-four percent of residents are people of color, 22 percent are foreign-born, and more than a quarter speak a language other than English at home.

 Our Vision, Values and Goals 

Resume/Cover Letter Requested To help us evaluate candidates’ education, experience and skills, we are asking all candidates to provide a resume and cover letter for this position.

Department/Division:  Community Development/BrookLynk
Positions will report to the BrookLynk Program Manager, who will provide executive oversight for the position and the program.  BrookLynk Coordinators will utilize the Program Manager, an Advisory Board, a full-time Program Assistant and two BrookLynk Youth Liaisons, to accomplish the desired results.

Anticipated Work Schedule:  Positions are exempt, full-time, non-union positions.  The schedules will be flexible, but will require both daytime and evening availability.  Hybrid schedules of in-person and remote work may be arranged.

Anticipated Interview Schedule:  First interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of August 30th.

We welcome applications from all individuals, including (but not limited to): people of all abilities, persons of color, Veterans, LGBTQ and women.  If you need these materials in an alternate format or if you have a disability and need assistance with the application process, please contact Janis Lajon at either 763-493-8016 or via e-mail at



5200 85th Avenue N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

Position #2021-00084-CO


Program Coordinator – BrookLynk (FT) Supplemental Questionnaire


* 1. Which of the following best describes your level of education in Social Work, Education, Youth Studies, Human Services or a related field?
 Degree in unrelated field
High School or equivalent
Some College
Associate’s Degree
Bachelor’s Degree
Master’s Degree or higher
* 2. How many years of experience do you have in workforce development, youth development, and/or program coordination?
 No experience
Less than 1 year of experience
1 year to less than 2 years
2 years to less than 3 years
3 years to less than 4 years
4 years to less than 5 years
5 years to less than 6 years
6 years to less than 7 years
7 years to less than 8 years
8 years to less than 9 years
9 years to less than 10 years
More than 10 years
* 3. Which level best describes your project management experience?
 No experience
Less than 1 year
1 year to less than 2 years
2 years to less than 3 years
3 years to less than 4 years
4 years to less than 5 years
5 years or more
* 4. Please list or describe any experience, training, or certification you have in project management, facilitation methods or data and evaluation. Enter NA if not applicable to you.
* 5. Do you have experience as a participant, volunteer, or trainer with a youth workforce development program (e.g., BrookLynk, RightTrack, or Step Up)?
 No experience
Yes, as former participant
Yes, as volunteer
Yes, as staff member
Yes, other position with a youth workforce development program
* 6. Please describe your experience coordinating a youth development program; specifically, for youth with high barriers.
* 7. Which level best describes your knowledge of and familiarity with the Brooklyn Park or Brooklyn Center community and geography?
* 8. What is your connection with the City of Brooklyn Park?
 Current Brooklyn Park Resident
Active Member of Community Group in Brooklyn Park
Currently enrolled in school in Brooklyn Park
BrookLynk alumni
None apply
  9. If you listed other, please explain your connection to Brooklyn Park.
* 10. Are you able to fluently speak, write, and understand any of the following languages? (Check all that apply)
None of the Above
* 11. Which veteran’s preference points, if any, are you claiming?
 Not claiming veteran’s preference
Veteran’s preference
Disabled veteran’s preference
Spouse of a deceased veteran
Spouse of a disabled veteran
* Required Question