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:: Program Specialist for Minneapolis Kids ::

Minneapolis Kids

Position Code:
30023897 - Program Specialist for Minneapolis Kids

Work Hours:
$28.72/hour; 40 hrs/wk; 52 wks/yr

Application Deadline:

Position Description:

Summary --Under general supervision, administers and coordinates specialized educational support and services programs for MPS; assists with managing operations & personnel, budgets & fiscal systems, program evaluation & planning, marketing, contracts & agreements, and compliance with quality standards.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS --Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Administers and coordinates a variety of support programs, student services, community services, and fundraising in support of MPS goals; performs duties within scope of authority and training, and in compliance with MPS policies; duties will vary according to job assignment.
  • Assists in managing staff and operations of assigned resource development and learning programs to meet MPS goals; evaluates and analyzes program issues, and recommends and implements solutions.
  • Exercises independent judgment within policy guidelines; analyzes issues and recommends solutions.
  • Reviews program operations and operational reports, and assures that program activities meet agency standards and are in compliance with all policies, regulations and goals.
  • Researches and compiles data on program metrics, demographics and statistics; updates database and analyzes information.
  • Compiles and evaluates program information, and prepares statistical reports and program evaluations.
  • Completes and coordinates special projects and research assignments.
  • Develops and monitors programs, budgets and contracts; writes grant applications, and assures compliance with program standards and performance guidelines.
  • Prepares and administers contracts; assures operations meet State laws, technical requirements, and quality standards; coordinates evaluation and reporting of program achievements.
  • Supervises, trains, and leads staff; prioritizes and assigns projects; provides coaching, counseling and guidance on professional responsibilities and technical skills.
  • Coordinates program communications and information; coordinates marketing and community outreach.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of policies and procedures for assigned programs.
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment
  • Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.
  • Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis
  • At times may be required to work outside normal business hours and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.


Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Business or Information Management or related field; AND three (3) years of experience working with public education support programs; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.

Knowledge of:

  • Applicable policies, procedures and regulations covering specific areas of assignment.
  • Rules and regulations of the Minnesota Department of Education and other governing agencies.
  • Principles and practices of public sector administrative management, including strategic planning, budgeting, purchasing, contract management, customer service and employee supervision.
  • Local community resources, regional community services programs, and regional training programs.
  • Specialized MPS and state agency software applications and procedures.
  • Principles of record keeping and records management.
  • Personal computers utilizing standard and specialized software.
  • Safety rules and regulations.

Skill in:

  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Administering educational and school support programs.
  • Identifying problems and opportunities, and developing solutions.
  • Planning, organizing, and coordinating the work of assigned staff.
  • Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
  • Researching computer databases, and compiling information for reports and special projects.
  • Operating business computers with standard and specialized software applications.
  • Making mathematic calculations with speed and accuracy.
  • Providing effective customer service, and dealing tactfully and courteously with the public.
  • Collaborating as a team member, with colleagues, staff and community representatives.
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with co-workers, clients and community agencies.
  • Effective verbal and written communication.


A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required. Specific technical training and certification may be required for some incumbents in this job class.


Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage. Office at the Davis Center, routine visits to Minneapolis Kids locations that operate from 6:30AM-6:00PM



 METHOD OF APPLICATION: All applicants, including MPS employees, must complete an on-line application. For accessing the Employment Application:  Go to the Minneapolis Public Schools home page:

Click on Careers

Click on Online Employment Application

 Only complete applications, which include all of the following items, will be considered: · Cover Letter · Resume · On-Line Application

 In addition, upload an electronic copy of both your cover letter and resume to your application at the time that you apply. Make sure that you apply for the specific position in which you are interested.

 Final candidates may be invited to interview.

Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.

Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.