Join our crew! MOI is currently hiring for a Program Director!

Position: Program Director

Reports To: Executive Director

Supervises: Program staff, interns, volunteers

Salary: $40,000-$45,000 commensurate with experience with additional $5,000 health stipend

Benefits include a health stipend and four weeks paid vacation, including holidays.

Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute is a non-profit organization that empowers underserved K-12 students to think creatively, write effectively, and succeed academically alongside a community of caring volunteers.

Overview of the position:

The Program Director oversees all educational programming at Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute (MOI), a youth writing center. This role includes strategic direction, planning, implementing, and assessing all academic/creative writing programs. These programs include field trips, after-school homework help, in-school writing programs, Young Authors’ Book Project, writing workshops, and MOI’s retail store. The Program Director works with and reports to the Executive Director to support all aspects of MOI’s operations including grant writing and reporting, event planning, fundraising, staff and volunteer training, forging and maintaining partnerships with outside schools and organizations, and program evaluation. The position requires engaging with a diverse population of students, teachers, family members, volunteers, and community members at large.

MOI seeks an individual with a passion for youth development, creative writing, and closing the opportunity gap. This person is a dynamic leader, skilled communicator, and an inspiration to others. The ideal candidate will be excited about growing a small non-profit organization with connections to a national network of creative writing and tutoring centers (826 National).

Position Description:

Program Development, Coordination and Evaluation (40%)

  • Oversee all of MOI’s academic and creative writing programming including development of original curricula and delivery of established MOI programs to ensure quality support for the 2,000 students MOI will serve in the 18-19 school year.

  • Oversee MOI’s volunteer department which trains and engages 50-100 members of the community each year.

  • Coordinate Young Authors’ Book Project (a published anthology of student work) including volunteer recruitment, training, curriculum design, and coordination with various stakeholders.

  • Develop schedule of publications and other end-products for programs and ensure high-quality execution of these products.

  • Evaluate program effectiveness to ensure program quality improvement through observation, surveys, and assessing student work.

  • Oversee outreach to students, families, schools, and organization to ensure student recruitment and engagement in MOI’s programs.

  • Communicate regularly about MOI’s programs internally and externally.

  • Develop new writing curricula, publishing projects, and collaborations with schools and partners.

  • Oversee pilot programs and partnerships and evaluate effectiveness.

Supervision (30%)

  • Support and guide program staff in effective youth development practices.

  • Supervise Americorps VISTAs working at MOI’s site, and MOI’s satellite location at South High School.

  • Oversee and develop other programming positions as needed.

  • With support of Executive Director, provide professional development and coaching to MOI staff.

  • Oversee MOI’s internship programs for local high school, college, and university students as well as community members.

  • Provide support for trainings and orientations to various sized groups of volunteers.

  • Complete all training, data tracking, and reporting required by AmeriCorps Program.

Community Relations (30%)

  • In partnership with Executive Director, steward MOI brand and program expansion.

  • Assist with grant writing and reporting for program funding.

  • Assist with special events.

  • Be an advocate for MOI for donations, resources and support.


  • Minimum of three years working in youth development with a diverse group of youth in grades K-12.

  • A passion for working with youth and an ability to lean into whimsy and fun programming.

  • Proficient with computer applications (google suite).


  • Bachelor’s degree in education or a related field.

  • Experience with Indesign and Photoshop.

  • Experience with staff supervision.

  • Experience with copy editing and publishing.

  • Fluency or proficiency in Spanish or Somali.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Ability to manage multiple workstreams.

  • Ability to travel independently and alone in the Twin Cities metro with occasional US travel.

  • Ability to lift and move up to 30 pounds.

  • Ownership of a cell phone to communicate with constituents, and a car to travel to programming sites.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should send their resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to MOI Executive Director at

Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks persons of color; women; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons; and people with disabilities for this position.