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Do you believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid? Would you like to work where you are encouraged to promote fun, creativity and play? If you are motivated and you possess leadership experience – both on and off the playground – we want you to join our team and put your passion for play to work for us.
ABOUT PLAYWORKS, Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s physical and emotional health. Playworks makes recess a fun, safe place for all students. We create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills. When kids do better at recess, they do better in class. When they have developed social and emotional skills, they do better in life. That’s where you come in.
Playworks partners with elementary schools to make this fun, inclusive recess a reality. We provide multiple services including on-site coaches, professional training for school staff who support recess, and consultative partnerships.
ABOUT THE POSITION in the role of Site Coordinator, you provide on-site consultation by teaming up with elementary school staff who support recess. You work directly with a designated school recess team to model and teach the strategies, games, and systems to develop and sustain a positive recess culture. In partnership with the school, Site Coordinators create opportunities where students and school staff are active, learn leadership skills and conflict resolution tools, and practice respectful and inclusive behavior.
Specifically you will have Program Implementation, Coaching, and School Partnership duties as follows:
Program implementation duties
- Plan and implement a consultative play-based program (TeamUp) at three elementary schools.
- Maintain communication between Playworks staff, school staff, teachers, and volunteers.
- Collect and maintain paperwork including organizing daily, weekly, monthly schedules, meeting agendas, notes and data.
- Plan and implement the learning units and recess staff trainings for program components.
- Support regional team and national program department with development of programmatic learning and management resources.
- Support Playworks local training efforts.
- Become certified to deliver Playworks trainings and deliver locally as needed to support the professional development team.
- Play games! Lead by example and build rapport with students by playing alongside your kids.
- Deliver on-site coaching, consultation, and modeling to school personnel by implementing the following components:
- Recess – work with recess staff to develop a safe and inclusive playground. Be a significant presence on the yard by organizing and playing games.
- Student leadership program – organize a “Junior Coach” student leadership program for 4th and 5th graders by facilitating monthly trainings and working with school staff to manage Junior Coaches during recess.
- Instructional classes – lead one to two classes at a time, teaching games students can play at recess. Through these classes, students will learn what, how, and where to play at recess. They'll gain experience and confidence in themselves, and feel more comfortable joining in at recess.
- Model Playworks core values, program implementation, group management, and rapport building strategies for school personnel.
- Provide school personnel with action plans, goals setting, and feedback regarding program implementation.
- Lead monthly meetings with school personnel to discuss best practices for program implementation and program quality goals.
- Provide Playworks Program Manager with observation notes and program strategy for program quality consultation priorities to school.
- Facilitate trainings with your Program Manager for school staff.
School Partnership duties
- Consistently represent Playworks in a professional manner.
- Design program schedule with input and support from school administration.
- Communicate with school administration regarding program implementation logistics and management support needs.
- Facilitate school’s transition to other Playworks trainings, programs, and products in preparation for future school year.
- Showcase Playworks services in additional prospective schools to assist with an existing school recruitment strategy for growing TeamUp services within the region.
- Manage school partnerships and support partnership renewals.
Desired Skills & Experience
- Extensive knowledge of youth development principles and practices, especially relating to social and emotional learning, play and inclusion
- At least 2 years of experience working directly with small and large groups of children
- Experience working collaboratively with adults
- Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills
- Experience establishing and maintaining professional relationships with external clients, and excellent interpersonal communication skills.
- Experience facilitating trainings for adults.
- Experience interacting with diverse communities and ability to integrate into school communities.
- Knowledge of computer and internet based programs, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), and Google Drive.
- Daily access to reliable transportation is required.
- Requires flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environment
- Success in this position will require you to be highly organized, great at multitasking, with a strong attention to detail and ability to manage time and multiple priorities
- The strongest candidate will be a motivated self-starter with ability to set clear goals and follow through with flexible and creative problem solving.
Compensation & Benefits
Playworks offers the full package - great benefits, a fun place to work and an opportunity to grow professionally. We offer:
- Competitive nonprofit hourly wage commensurate with experience. This is a full-time, non-exempt position which reports directly to a regional program lead.
- A comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, disability, 401(k), life insurance, employee funded pre-tax health and child care spending accounts.
- Generous paid time off with paid vacation, sick and holiday leave.
This is a hands-on, creative, playful place to work, all while contributing to the success of our nation’s youth. If you're ready to immerse yourself in the education sector, and if you've got the skills, experience, and passion, apply!
- A cover letter describing your interest in Playworks and how your experience has prepared you for this role.
- References will be requested.
Typical physical and mental demands:
Playworks Site Coordinators spend time in both a school and office environment. Site Coordinators must be able to frequently balance, bend, climb, grasp, kneel, reach, sit, squat, stand, stoop, twist, walk, and write on a daily basis. Site Coordinators must also be able to occasionally lift and carry light to medium loads of 10 – 50 pounds, and be able to occasionally pull and push loads of 10 – 50 pounds. Requires a range of hearing, vision, and speech that enables the employee to exchange information, to hear and locate the source of a sound in a noisy environment and to see effectively to monitor student activities. Also requires flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environments.
Playworks is changing the way children experience school every day by leveraging the power of safe and healthy play. We create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills. Our ambitions demand that we invest in recruiting, developing and managing a team that reflects the broad diversity of our communities.
Our core values of inclusion, respect, healthy community and healthy play are the foundation of our organization and are infused in all aspects of our work, including recruiting and retaining the best talent we can. While diversity is often used in reference to visual characteristics such as race, ethnicity, age, sex and physical appearance, we embrace a broader definition of diversity that also includes less visible factors, We also recognize that individuals can affiliate with multiple identities.
As an equal opportunity program, Playworks encourages applications from all individuals regardless of national origin, religion, gender, differing abilities (physical, mental, learning), sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, political affiliation, military experience, and any other legally protected basis. Playworks evaluates all candidates on a merit basis.