Youth Programs Coordinator

Minneapolis, MN

The Walker Art Center empowers people to experience the transformative possibilities of the art and ideas of our time and to imagine the world in new ways. In our over 125-year history, we have become one of the most celebrated art museums in the country and we are known for our innovative presentations and acclaimed collections of contemporary art across the spectrum of the visual, performing, and media arts.

The Youth Programs Coordinator provides facilitation, outreach, and administrative support to the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC) program and other out-of-school learning initiatives for high school and middle school audiences. Established in 1994 as one of the first museum-based teen programs in the country, WACTAC centers youth-led inquiry, collaborative problem solving, and social emotional learning. Teen participants meet weekly to learn about working at an art center, connect with contemporary art and artists, and create new ways for their peers to experience the Walker. The Youth Programs Coordinator will work closely with the Youth Programs Manager to support and engage WACTAC members as they learn the civic and internal functions of the Walker, connect with staff and artists, participate in inquiry-based gallery discussions, and plan events for their peers.


  • Coordinate logistics for WACTAC.
  • Provide facilitation support for WACTAC meetings and other programming for teen audiences.
  • Steward communication with WACTAC participants.
  • Work with Manager of Youth Programs to ideate for and develop annual WACTAC curriculum and program schedule.
  • Support research and ideation to initiate new museum programming designed for middle school-aged participants.
  • Assist in planning, organizing, and staffing events.
  • Share information across the organization and collaborate with colleagues in a manner that supports teens in accessing the Walker.
  • Coordinate with contracted artists and external guests to WACTAC and other programming as needed.
  • Maintain timely and accurate program statistics. Prepare reports as needed.
  • Collect and administer surveys to track participant engagement and satisfaction.
  • Coordinate with local schools, community organizations, and other non-profit partners to support out-of-school learning for youth.
  • Track and represent the Walker at outside youth community activities such as school resource fairs, job fairs, local exhibitions, studio visits, local gallery and other openings, and nonprofit engagement with a focus on outreach and relationship building for program promotion.
  • Assist in preparing presentations for Board and internal/external stakeholder meetings.
  • Perform other duties and tasks as assigned including intra-departmental program support for other areas of PELI. 


Minimum Requirements

  • 1 to 2 years experience working with youth or teens in learning settings.
  • Familiarity with creative youth development, youth centered pedagogies, social emotional learning, and 21st century skills.
  • Flexibility to work evenings and occasional weekends required.
  • Must be available to help facilitate WACTAC meetings, which take place weekly on Thursday evenings, September through June.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work with a wide range of constituents (artists, administrators, funders, donors, community partners, patrons, staff), personalities, and people across a variety of cultures, generations, and abilities.
  • Ability to multi-task, handling many projects simultaneously.
  • Detail oriented and highly organized with ability to problem-solve.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.

Preferred Skills

  • Education in education, fine arts, design or architecture, art history, or art education.
  • 1 – 2 years administrative experience and/or experience assisting with programming.
  • Fluency in a language in addition to English with preference for Hmong, Somali, Spanish, and/or American Sign Language
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite.


  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk using a computer.
  • Occasional lifting up to 15 lbs.

JOB SPECIFICATIONS This position is considered full-time (35 hours per week), non-exempt. As a non-exempt position, it is eligible for overtime pay. The compensation for this role is $25.09 an hour. The Walker offers a wide range of benefits for both part-time and full-time employees.

This position is covered by the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) labor contract.

This position is not eligible for relocation assistance.

All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States without the need for employer sponsorship.

Vaccination Expectation The Walker Art Center’s COVID vaccination policy requires staff to be fully vaccinated or to supply a negative test every 6 days. We will consider requests for reasonable accommodations based on disability or sincerely-held religious beliefs

Walker’s DEI commitment The Walker is committed to being an employer with a staff who, at all job levels, reflects the rich diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We are dedicated to ensuring inclusion and equity in all our employment practices. We deeply value and welcome all the unique lived experiences in our applicants and encourage anyone meeting the minimum requirements to apply.

Recruitment Timeline All positions are open until filled.