Education and Volunteer Coordinator – Lyndale Neighborhood Association

Job Title: Education and Volunteer Coordinator

Type: Non-Exempt

Hours: 32-40 hours per week (flexible outside of teaching with some remote work available)

Classes: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 5:30 – 8:30 pm (includes one hour of prep/clean up for each class)

Reports To: Executive Director

Salary: $21-25/hour


  • PTO accrual
  • 8 Paid Holidays
  • 3% Employer Simple IRA match
  • Employee sponsored dental and vision

Organization Summary:

Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) is a place-based nonprofit that strives to empower neighbors to assume leadership roles in their own community, while also striving to diversify that leadership to allow for a better mixing and sharing of ideas and cultures. We are a community led organization, established in 1992. Our main programs include 4 community garden sites, business façade revitalization grants, the LNA Education Program which provides high-quality in-person adult English language and computer basics instruction, as well as several community engagement events and committees. Learn more at

Program Summary:

The Lyndale Education Program serves adult students in the Lyndale and surrounding neighborhoods of South Minneapolis. The program provides high-quality in-person adult English language and computer basics classes to help students become more connected to the community.

Position Summary:

The Education and Volunteer Coordinator teaches adult English classes, coordinates the Lyndale Education Program, and coordinates volunteers for all LNA Education Programs.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Education Program Volunteers

Primary Duties & Responsibilities: Instruction / Classroom Maintenance – 45%

  • Teach a beginning level (CASAS 180-200) class
  • Assist volunteer teachers as needed during class; oversee 1:1 tutor
  • Manage in-class new student registrations
  • Organize pre-set curriculum materials including print units for groups, maintain student binders, track unit progress, etc.
  • Coordinate MN driver’s license exam preparation course and development; teach the course

Volunteer Coordination and Training – 35%

  • Manage volunteer recruitment including recruiting online, in-person, flyering, etc.
  • Guide volunteers on how best to support students
  • Coordinate and attend bi-annual volunteer training
  • Manage volunteer communications and appreciation
  • Coordinate annual volunteer survey
  • Coordinate volunteer substitutes, sub for volunteers as needed

Administration and Data Entry – 10%

Oversee LNA’s Student Information Database (SiD) data collection for all education programs, ensuring accuracy and timeliness of entries

  • Assist with creation and implementation of Lyndale Education Program policies and procedures
  • Enter class attendance into MN ABE database tracking student attendance and progress
  • Register new students and administer CASAS pre- and post-assessments according to MN and federal guidelines; enter and maintain student and volunteer data in MN ABE database
  • Assist with Lyndale Education Program student testing at 40 hours for each student
  • Assist with data, feedback, communication to ED for grant and consortium reporting, as needed
  • Coordinate annual class observations for the Lyndale Education Program
  • Assist with new instructor onboarding, as needed


Student Engagement, Outreach and Retention – 5%

  • Assist with ongoing student recruitment efforts and course advertisement
  • Assist with Lyndale Education Program Level Gains oversight and coordinate student/instructor support, as needed
  • Ensure all students feel welcome and integrated within the classroom community
  • Assist with sharing LNA events and programs with classroom communities, schedule visits with LNA Community Organizer and local support services
  • Assist with the development of a student retention strategy, as needed LNA Staff Duties 5%
  • Attend monthly LNA Education team meetings
  • Attend monthly check-in meetings with ED and LNA staff meetings
  • Provide LNA Education update to LNA Board of Directors at least once annually
  • Assist with occasional LNA events and organizational work as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:

  • Minimum 1 year experience teaching adult English (ESL/ELL) required, preferably providing formal/informal instruction to adults with limited English proficiency
  • Comprehensive understanding of adult learning
  • Spanish or Somali language proficiency strongly preferred
  • Preferred education & training: TEFL/TESOL certification or Hamline’s Adult ELL Certificate; current MN teaching licensure with EL instructional training
  • Ability to relate effectively with people of other cultures and varying educational backgrounds; learners range in proficiency from emerging literacy to advanced, so experience with a range of levels a plus
  • Strong digital literacy and technology skills
  • Ability to respond effectively to individual and cultural needs as well as different learning styles
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience working with volunteers and/or supervising volunteers

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift 25 pounds
  • Ability to continuously sit, stand or walk.
  • Ability to bend, squat, push, pull and lift often.


Work Environment:

The majority of work completed at LNA will be at LNA’s office or Sagrado Corazon (Incarnation Church) in a classroom environment and include regular interactions with individuals receiving services, volunteers, donors and other community members. It is expected that each of these interactions is done with the highest levels of professionalism and confidentiality as required in the parameters of those relationships. These interactions may occur in person, on the phone, via e-mail or through the use of social media.

  • Will work outside of the office within the community in places such as the YMCA, apartment buildings, faith communities, schools, and community centers.
  • Will be required to interact with community members and may require small amounts of public speaking, being photographed for media use as well as appropriate use of social media as a marketing tool.
  • May include activities outside.
  • May occasionally walk on slippery or uneven surfaces.
  • May climb ladders.


How To Apply:

  • Please send a cover letter, resume, and proof of qualifications (scanned copy of TESOL/TEFL or Adult ELL certificate or MN teaching license if applicable) to Sami Smetana (she/her), Executive Director, at [email protected]
  • Applications for this opportunity will be accepted through Wednesday, June 26, 2024.