Youth TCI is Hiring a Program Coordinator!

The  Youth Traveling Cooperative Institute is seeking to hire a self-directed individual to serve as Program Coordinator for the 2015 program year (~10 months). The Program Coordinator is responsible for data management, outreach, marketing, event planning, and serving as the program's administrative contact.


The Youth Traveling Cooperative Institute - part of Northcountry Cooperative Foundation’s Kris Olsen TCI program – educates youth in the potential of cooperative entrepreneurship. Using a peer-to-peer education model and curriculum, the Youth TCI walks participants through the cooperative entrepreneurship process and an exploration of how cooperative entrepreneurship could be relevant to their lives. Program goals are twofold:

  1. Increase youth awareness of and interest in the cooperative model, and their participation in the cooperative movement.

  2. Increase the number of youth cooperative development projects supported by cooperative development centers and practitioners throughout the country.

In 2014, the Youth TCI traveled through four Upper Midwest states and more than 15 towns, providing free cooperative entrepreneurship trainings to groups of young people. Outreach for the trainings –consisted of mailing posters to local businesses, calling into radio stations and working directly with host organizations. In 2015, the program will focus on 2014’s most effective outreach method: Relationships with host organizations. Using this method, we’ll continue to offer single and multiple training opportunities throughout the Upper Midwest. Additionally, a Train the Trainer workshop will be provided in the Twin Cities during the early fall, inviting youth trainers from all over the country to learn how to deliver and implement the Youth TCI curriculum in their own communities.


The Program Coordinator will work directly with the program director to implement the 2015 program schedule of Upper Midwest trainings and the new Train the Trainer workshop. Most work is self-directed. A summary of the duties of the position follows.

  • DATA MANAGEMENT: Youth TCI has several spreadsheets containing contact info for attendees and host organizations, training evaluation information, and expense tracking. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for maintenance of this database.

  • OUTREACH & MARKETING: Building on existing organizational partnerships that Youth TCI developed in 2014, the Program Coordinator will reach out to potential host organizations and individuals throughout the Upper Midwest to arrange and market the trainings. Conduct online outreach and directed recruitment for participants. Additionally, update the Facebook page and website with blog posts and pictures provided by trainers.

  • EVENT PLANNING: Manage all logistics of setting up and executing trainings: oversee the training schedule, coordinate trainers’ schedules, ensure training locations and trainers have needed supplies, run online registration, and communicate logistical details to participants and hosts. For Twin Cities Train the Trainer program in the fall: coordinate training location, food and materials, registration process, and lodging and travel for out-of-town participants.

  • ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT: Serve as the primary administrative contact by managing the program’s email address and inquiries submitted via social media.


  • Highly organized

  • Self-directed

  • Effective communicator (written and oral)

  • Past experience doing administrative office work and organizing conferences or other events is desired.

  • Familiarity with the cooperative model and movement is ideal, but not required.

  • Knowledge of and contacts in the Upper Midwest region are highly valued.


NCF and the program director are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is imperative that the Program Coordinator reside in the Upper Midwest and be able to meet at least monthly in person with the program director in Minneapolis or at a halfway point. If willing and able to work out of Minneapolis, office space will be provided.


This 10-month position will remain open until filled, though the ideal start date for the position will be May 1, 2015.


This is a temporary contract position without benefits. The contract will be for an average of 6 to 10 hours of work per week, for 10 months, at a rate of $25.00 per hour.


If interested in the position, please submit a Curriculum Vitae and Letter of Interest to All submissions will be considered and responded to, though not all applicants will be interviewed.