General Duty Statement
The Sprockets Network offers an exciting opportunity to support St. Paul’s youth and serve the community.
Sprockets is Saint Paul’s out-of-school time network which includes the City of Saint Paul, Saint Paul Public Schools and over 45 community organizations. Sprockets key strategies are designed to improve the quality, availability, and effectiveness of out-of-school time (OST) learning for all youth in Saint Paul. Sprockets communications and network building strategies are key to our mission. Sprockets is focused on building public awareness about the importance of after-school and summer learning while helping families and youth learn about and connect to OST opportunities in Saint Paul.
Sprockets also focuses on network communications, ensuring our network partners and other stakeholders have reliable information about both the state of after-school and summer learning in Saint Paul and the opportunities available to them through Sprockets to strengthen quality and accessibility. Sprockets is also committed to infusing youth voice and decision making throughout the City of Saint Paul through our Youth on Boards initiative. The Youth on Boards initiative is a collaboration of the Mayor’s Office, Parks and Recreation, Sprockets, and Libraries, that introduces young people of Saint Paul to civic engagement and potential career pathways in local government while actively engaging young people to participate on Saint Paul boards and commissions.
Sprockets seeks a Communications and Youth Engagement Coordinator to coordinate communications and event activities, lead direct service youth work through the Youth on Boards initiative, while providing some administrative support. This position is completely funded by grant dollars, and continued employment in this position is contingent upon continued grant funding.
Additional Information about the position: The position’s main location is at Baker Center, 209 Page Street West, Saint Paul, MN 55107, has daytime work hours, and reliable transportation is frequently needed to visit various sites in and around Saint Paul.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities:
Manage Sprockets Youth Engagement:
- Provide a safe, supportive, interactive, and engaging space for young people,
- Develop positive relationships with youth,
- Supervise and guide youth through employment and Youth on Boards experiences,
- Complete administrative tasks such as attendance, progress reports, coordinating transportation, and ensuring healthy snacks.
Design Youth on Boards Experience
- Partner with Right Track, the Saint Paul Youth Commission, and Saint Paul’s boards and commissions to meaningfully engage youth,
- Provide support and training to youth and adults involved in Youth on Boards,
- Assist with recruitment of youth,
- Provide logistical support to young people’s participation.
Expose Youth to Civic Careers:
- Design summer youth employment experience that helps young people learn about City careers,
- Partner with City departments to create a series of job shadow and learning opportunities.
Manage on-line content:
- Update Sprockets website with direction and input from Sprockets staff team,
- Ensure the Sprockets program finder and event calendar have complete, current youth program information which includes recruiting and supporting Sprockets network partners to enter program information,
- Act as the staff link between Sprockets and network partners for all matters of web content and on-line communications,
- Address problems with website by working with web host.
Coordinate and implement communications and social media strategies:
- Design, write, and edit Sprockets monthly newsletter with content support from Sprockets staff team,
- Manage Sprockets Facebook and twitter presence and content with direction and input from Sprockets staff team.
Manage Sprockets GovDelivery communication system: Manage and create customized lists in Sprockets GovDelivery account and send appropriate information to appropriate lists.
Contribute to Grant Writing and Sprockets Reporting:
- Prepare grant proposals with direction and input from Sprockets Director,
- Oversee the design and creation of various Sprockets reports including grant reports, public reports, and other external communications.
Provide administrative support to the Sprockets network
- Maintain network meeting calendar and send out meeting reminders,
- Take minutes and notes at appropriate meetings, type and send to appropriate group,
- Ensure appropriate materials are available at key meetings (e.g. food, nametags, sign-in sheets
Coordinate event planning and implementation:
- Create event planning and implementation timeline and “to do” plan for related Sprockets events,
- Secure event locations, speakers, food, invitation/recruitment and materials.
Provide special projects support: manage logistics and scheduling for Sprockets special projects.
The City of Saint Paul’s mission is to integrate equity and inclusion into how we approach all our work. Our vision is to be committed to building an equitable and inclusive city that will shift culture in city processes and policies, eliminate structural inequities, and ensure timely and relevant access to services, resources, support, and opportunity to every person in Saint Paul.
Four years of clerical experience which may include customer service, compiling information, and working with office equipment.
- Associate degree or higher;
- Ability to speak Spanish, Hmong, Somali or other language;
- Minimum of one year of relevant experience working with communications and social media;
- Minimum of one year of relevant experience in youth work or education environment.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to work in a team environment, and work independently with little supervision;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills;
- Ability to show initiative, organize workflow, manage one or more projects, and handle frequent interruptions;
- Understand best practices of high quality youth development;
- Ability to be flexible and adapt to a changing working environment;
- Strong relationship building skills and the ability to work with others.
By Closing Date, you MUST
1. Submit City of Saint Paul online application, including answers to the Supplemental Questionnaire.
2. Upload or submit a resume and cover letter via the online application system, mail, in person, email, or fax. Zip files will not be accepted. Each uploaded attachment is limited to 5 MB. You will not be able to submit your application without attaching a copy of your resume/cover letter.
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Selection Process Information
Provisional Employment: This posting is open to anyone who meets the position requirements. Provisional employees are not certified employees, but are eligible to receive benefits on the 1st of the month following 30 days of employment.
Salary ranges between $20.16 – $27.41 per hour ($41,932.80 – $57,012.80 per year). Salary is based on experience.
Human Resources Contact Information:
Diane Turnbull at 651-266-6506
200 City Hall Annex
25 West Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
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The City of Saint Paul is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Veterans, women, persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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