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Project Coordinator and Parent Advocate

Job Title: Project Coordinator & Parent Advocate
Department: Parent Training & Advocacy
Type: Full time, exempt position
Salary Starting at $50K (Final Salary to be determined based on experience and qualifications)
Supervisor: Rose Quintero, Manager, Parent Training & Advocacy Department
Position Available: As soon as possible

Project Coordinator; Essential job functions (60%)

  • Oversee planning and implementation of partnership project with the Minnesota Department of Education to develop information and training for school districts and families in order to increase graduation rates of American Indian students with disabilities.
  • Establish collaborative partnerships with partnering school districts, parent groups, and organizations that serve parents and families of American Indian students with disabilities.
  • Develop resources and training curricula for parents and families of American Indian students with disabilities, as well as educators.
  • Present training curricula to parents and professionals.
  • Participate in school outreach and engagement activities for parents and families of American Indian students with disabilities.
  • Collect and manage program data and write project reports.
  • Other activities as required.

Parent Advocate; Essential job functions (40%)

  • Provide in-person, telephone, and e-mail assistance (information and guidance) to parents regarding special education procedures for school-age children with disabilities.
  • Develop and present trainings online and in communities throughout the state for parents of school-age children with disabilities and professionals.
  • Assist in public informational and educational activities by providing presentations to various organizations and professional groups.
  • Other activities as required.


  • Ability to work well with others and interest in relating to parents of children with and without disabilities.
  • Technical assistance experience and cultural competence working with tribal communities in Minnesota is required.
  • Familiarity with laws and rules related to the education of children with disabilities.
  • Experience in public speaking and assisting others over the telephone and via email.
  • Excellent communications skills and ability to relate to diverse groups.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to keep good records and collect data for evaluation purposes.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and data entry.
  • Ability to provide own transportation and flexibility to occasionally travel throughout state. Trainings may be scheduled during both daytime and evening hours.
  • College degree or equivalent background gained through training or work experience.

Additional Information

  • Applicants with tribal affiliations and are (foster) parents of children with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • PACER staff are currently working a hybrid (remote and in-office) model.

To apply, submit resume with cover letter to [email protected] 

Applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance.

Posted January 2024