Playworks for every kid

Program Associate

About the Organization: 

At Playworks we believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid.

Playworks is a national nonprofit that provides safe, healthy play and physical activity to low-income schools, helping create a positive environment for learning and teaching. Playworks maximizes the value of recess, making play a part of every day ultimately transforming the learning environment for hundreds of schools across the country. We put trained adults on the playground to introduce classic games that are disappearing from schoolyards, like kickball and four-square, as well as new games designed to build leadership and foster teamwork. When Playworks partners with a school, kids are more physically active and they return to class focused and ready learn so the whole school day goes better. Playworks' track record of success across the country has attracted multi-million dollar investments from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AmeriCorps and private philanthropists. 

About the Position: 

A versatile role that assists with the oversight and coordination of Playworks' administrative and capacity building functions. This position is a key resource for the city to advance Playworks' goals and work with staff and volunteers to create a sustainable and well-organized community-based organization. Also responsible for administrative functions of local, state and federal government grant program management and compliance, particularly AmeriCorps. This is a non-exempt position reporting to the Program Director.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

Administrative Duties:

  • Support central office efforts by overseeing school and agency invoice distribution and collections
  • General office management (answering phones, supplies inventory, office upkeep)
  • Materials assembly, ordering, distribution and invoice/packing slip reconciliation
  • Maintenance of city database (funders, donations, staff and member information)
  • Serve as Solutions Team liaison between local office and national team
  • Assist with the coach recruiting process (posting open coach positions on various online/print sources, coordinate interviews and manage recruiting database)
  • Facilitate the hiring process for all staff ensuring all necessary paperwork is completed
  • Facilitate background check procedures for all new hires including FBI, State and NSOPR
  • Ensure current TB test and CPR/First Aid certification is on file for all AC/PC
  • Ensure I-9 is on file for PCs
  • Assist PC/AC with benefit sign up via ADP
  • Maintain personnel files via Recombo
  • Receipt tracking and maintenance for charge cards and checking accounts
  • Preparing expense reports on behalf of EDs for ED approval and submission on a monthly or more frequent basis as delegated
  • Handle petty cash box and submit petty cash reporting on a monthly basis if assigned
  • Deposit fundraising receipts via Remote Deposit Capture and upload League fee reports to school opportunities
  • Coordinate purchases of Playwear via the Locker; Playground Equipment from S&S; Business cards, office supplies from Staples, and process shipments via UPS

AmeriCorps program support (when applicable):

  • Distribute, collect and maintain personnel documentation to ensure AmeriCorps member eligibility
  • Update personnel/program information on government databases including eGrants
  • Conduct final review of member’s electronic time sheets and monitor member hours progress against benchmarks
  • Work in collaboration with the program staff to calendar, plan, monitor and input program data
  • Support/facilitate AmeriCorps events and trainings, including but not limited to preservice, motivation workshops, AC graduation, AC work activities, and timesheet training.
  • Maintain calendar of grant proposal and reporting deadlines
  • Manage AmeriCorps service projects including but not limited to:
    • Complete all onboarding requirements for volunteers
    • Provide/organize orientation for all volunteers
    • Support member service projects
    • Provide members with appropriate information regarding AmeriCorps benefits including child care, loan deferment, Education Award, and Public Assistance.
    • Support team with planning and implementing community building and reflection opportunities for members.
    • Plan appropriate service project opportunities
    • Contact agencies
    • Organize logistics and attend weekend and evening service dates as needed
  • Support AmeriCorps members with volunteer recruitment within their school community

Capacity Building (percentage of time dependent on AmeriCorps members):

  • Support Executive Director and the city development team with fundraising including board meeting coordination and research of potential grant and funding opportunities
  • Provide logistical support and assist in planning and coordination of special events and staff meetings
  • Support updating communication on website and social media outlets
  • Responsible for managing volunteer recruitment, orientation, training and recognition
Qualifications: 
  • Self-starter with strong organizational skills
  • Excellent attention to details and accuracy
  • Strong computer skills, ability to use existing technology to achieve desired results and proficiency in MS Word and Excel
  • Ability to handle ambiguity, juggle many tasks at once and quickly shift from one situation or task to another
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to thrive in an environment that is characterized by significant growth, diversity and constant change
  • Comfort with a playfully professional workplace culture
  • Interest in and commitment to the tenets of AmeriCorps and national service programs
  • Passionate commitment to Playworks’ mission and vision to improve outcomes for children and schools
  • This position may require travel to various locations:
    • If you use a vehicle, you must provide a current MVR, proof of liability and property damage insurance with a minimum of (100,000; 300,000) on vehicle used in addition to a valid drivers license
Compensation and Benefits: 
  • Hourly wage dependent on geographic location
  • Employer-paid health coverage
  • Access to employee-funded pre-tax health and child care spending accounts
  • Paid vacation, sick and holiday leave
How to Apply: 

  • Please no phone calls
  • Position will remain open until filled
  • Playworks employees please visit the HR Google site to submit your resume and cover letter

As an equal opportunity program, Playworks encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, or physical ability, and evaluates all candidates on a merit basis.