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Special Education Coordinator

Program Leader, Part Time, Day Hours

Seeking an energetic individual to lead one-hour Scouting programs in school classrooms for people who have special needs. Current programs are held during daytime hours and are located mostly in the north and west metro. Can work 15 to 20 hours per week, depending on your availability. Some evening programs at group homes may be available if you're interested. May be asked to work occasional Saturdays.

Training will be provided. This is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to gain or expand their teaching experience, and to serve as an advocate for people who have special needs.

The program is offered through Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America, and brings both traditional Scouting and "Learning for Life" programs to physically and developmentally challenged boys, girls, and adults (with cognitive challenges). In 2015, 2,644 individuals were served through Scouting's Special Needs program.

The Program Leader maintains a viable and effective program in targeted areas by providing adapted programs. Success is measured in two ways: a) effective programs are provided for people who otherwise wouldn't be able to participate; and b) ties to community organizations using the program are strengthened.

Responsibilities include:

  1. Assist in planning and development of the monthly program curriculum with appropriate adaptations.
  2. Prepare materials for every assigned program.
  3. Schedule date and time for each site monthly. Implement each unit's program to ensure a positive learning environment conducive to developing teamwork, leadership, and confidence building.
  4. Complete all administrative duties including site records, advancement reports, meeting plans and notes, expense and mileage reports, time sheets.
  5. Complete training as assigned by supervisor to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. Attend additional meetings as recommended.

Qualifications include:

  • Must be age 21 or older
  • Must be available between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Experience and skills: Required: Demonstrated ability to facilitate program with adults who have special needs. Excellent organizational, recordkeeping, communication skills. Preferred: Volunteer experience in a teaching or leading capacity, previous Scouting experience as a youth or adult leader, camping experience, knowledge of outdoor equipment.
  • Education: High school diploma or equivalent, post-secondary education in Education, Social Work or other relevant program preferred. Must be willing and able to learn details of the Special Needs Scouting program.
  • Flexible and able to adjust to last-minute program changes as needed
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Must have (or be able to obtain) a valid driver's license, ability to drive personal vehicle to and from program sites, reliable transportation, and current automobile insurance at levels of $100,000/$300,000/$100,000.

Compensation: Reimbursement for business mileage is provided. Wage to be discussed in interview.

To apply: Email resume (and a cover letter would be a plus) to Or you can fax to 763-231-7202, or mail to Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America, Attention: HR, 393 Marshall Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

Northern Star Council BSA is an Equal Opportunity and Veteran Friendly Employer


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