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School Based StaffBoston, MA

Engagement Specialist

Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. Learn about the energetic, creative people working to ensure every kid has the chance to play—every day.

ABOUT PLAYWORKS, at Playworks we believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. We are changing the school climate by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school every day. We create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills by partnering with schools, districts, and after-school programs through services including digital engagement, on-site coaches, professional training for school staff who support play, and consultative partnerships.

ABOUT THE POSITION, in the role of Playworks New England Engagement Specialist, you will assist with the oversight and coordination of Playworks’ administrative, capacity building, evaluation, and impact functions. In addition, you will support implementation of external communications, social media, and events. This position is a key resource in advancing Playworks’ goals and will work with all Playworks New England staff members and AmeriCorps coaches, as well as with external partners, donors, and volunteers to create and grow a sustainable and well-organized community-based organization. The Engagement Specialist reports to the New England Program Director, providing them with capacity building support and implementation in the region. They will also collaborate with the New England Development team.

Responsibilities, including but not limited to:
Impact and Community Implementation (~20%)

  • Impact Events & Community Engagement Initiatives: The E.S. will lead the strategy and execution of annual Impact Events (Run for Recess and JCLC) as well as the development and design of new events as appropriate. The E.S. will oversee and project manage event timelines, staff engagement, program development, marketing collateral production, and onsite logistics.
  • Community Engagement Initiatives: The E.S. will support AmeriCorps Coaches in the successful design and execution of Community Engagement Initiatives.
  • Service Projects: The E.S. will support implementation of regional impact events, service projects and community engagement initiatives. 
  • Internal Training & Professional Development: In coordination with the Hub leaders. and NE Program Director., the E.S. will support the coordination and facilitation of internal training, including but not limited to preservice training, motivation workshops, weekly professional development, and AmeriCorps training.

Data & Evaluation Compliance (~ 20%)

  • Evaluation Lead: The E.S. will serve as the NE lead for all data collection and evaluation efforts, including MESH, HSAR, Annual Survey, and Output Tools. 
  • Junior Coach Data: The E.S. will support all Junior Coach Data Collection Procedures including Enrollment, Assessments, and Training hours tracking throughout the year.
  • External Liaison: The E.S. will serve as a point of contact for external evaluation projects in NE.

Development (~20%)

  • Impact and Financial Reporting: The E.S. will support the creation of mid-year and end-of-year reports for all funding partners and major donors, ensuring all reports and supporting documentation are submitted in accordance with deadlines.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: The E.S. will support volunteer project timelines, including scheduling, coordination with internal/external parties, material preparation, budget oversight, onsite facilitation, and pre/post communications with participants. These include but are not limited to: Playground Paints, Corporate Coach, Play Days, and Corporate Recess. The E.S. will coordinate internal efforts so all opportunities are donor centric and deliver an increased knowledge and understanding of Playworks’ impact.
  • Data Management: The E.S. will enter and maintain accurate information within databases in order to ensure data integrity and efficiency of information pulling. The E.S. will work to gain deeper knowledge of internal systems in order to maximize potential in Salesforce, Marketo, Wordpress, and other platforms as appropriate.
  • Analysis: The E.S. will be responsible for tracking and reporting on key metrics across all areas of responsibility in order to produce fundraising and communication reports on a regular basis. The E.S. will be expected to leverage data to shape and strengthen internal strategies.
  • Calendar Management: The E.S. will support and maintain the Development calendar to ensure all grant application and reporting deadlines are successfully met.

Marketing & Communications (~20%) 

  • Communication: The E.S. will develop and maintain knowledge of Playworks’ mission and programs in order to effectively communicate sophisticated strategies to external stakeholders.
  • Stewardship: The E.S. will support a stewardship calendar to recognize and inform funding partners, major donors, and other external stakeholders as appropriate, including processing acknowledgment letters and other correspondence.
  • Digital Marketing: The E.S. will support an annual digital marketing strategy, including content development for website stories and social media. Content strategy will target diverse stakeholders and focus on program initiatives, development events, and key partner spotlights, aligning to external strategies when/where appropriate.
  • E-Communication: The E.S. will serve as the NE Marketo point person and work with the HQ E-Comms Manager to support the build-out and listserv development for email communications, including but not limited to: newsletters, school partner updates, invitations, event recaps, and e-solicitations.
  • Collateral Development & Graphic Design: The E.S. will support the creation of New England collateral and marketing materials, including impact sheets, sponsorship one-pagers, development partnership components, and other marketing materials.

General Administration (~ 20%)

  • General Office Management: The E.S. will be the point person for NE’s in-person office space and will be responsible for answering phones, mail distribution, supplies inventory, and office upkeep. The E.S. will coordinate logistics for staff meetings and training, including securing space, food, etc..
  • Hub/HQ Operations Liaison: The E.S. will coordinate with Hub Operations Manager and HQ Operations/Solutions leads to ensure effective office management, including regional technology needs, etc.
  • Internal Processing: In coordination with the Hub O.M., the E.S. will be responsible for internal financial processing, as well as organizing and maintaining Program and Development files.
  • Project Management: The E.S. will organize, prioritize and execute complex projects to ensure successful delivery by agreed upon internal and external deadlines. 
  • Team Health & Culture: In coordination with the Hub O.M. and Sunshine Committee, the E.S. will be responsible for overseeing the strategy and execution of team health initiatives (office recess, funsies, holiday party, end-of-year party, Sunshine Committee).

You’ll be a good fit for this position if:

  • You are flexible and adaptable with the ability to quickly shift from one situation or task to another.
  • You are a self-starter with superior organizational skills in addition to excellent attention to detail and accuracy.
  • You possess the ability to thrive in an environment that is characterized by growth, diversity and change.

Required Skills & Experience

  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience, preferably with nonprofits, fundraising and/or education/school/youth development services (significant volunteer and/or student leadership experience may be considered)
  • General administrative and office experience 
  • Strong presentation and communication skills both verbally and in writing with experience communicating effectively with broad and diverse audience 
  • Advanced computer skills, especially Google Suites with ability to learn new technology quickly. Knowledge of Salesforce is a plus
  • Demonstrated database management skills.
  • Proven ability to problem solve, set priorities and juggle competing demands effectively with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to use discretion, professionalism and good judgment and maintain a high level of confidentiality and sensitivity
  • Ability to communicate/interact professionally and effectively with a broad and diverse range of individuals (includes executives, business leaders, coworkers, students and teachers, variety of cultures and backgrounds)
  • Interest in and commitment to the tenets of AmeriCorps, volunteerism and national service programs. Experience working with an Americorps program a plus!
  • Flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environment
  • Passionate commitment to Playworks’ mission and vision to improve outcomes for children and schools.

Compensation & Benefits:

Playworks offers the full package - great benefits, a fun place to work and an opportunity to grow professionally. We offer:

  • Competitive nonprofit salary commensurate with experience. This is a full time non-exempt position reporting to the regional Program Director.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, disability, 401(k) with employer match, life insurance, employee funded pre-tax health and child care spending accounts.
  • Generous paid time off, sick and holiday leave.

This is a hands-on, creative, playful and fun-loving place to work, all while contributing to the success of our nation’s youth. So if you're ready to immerse yourself in the education sector, working on a rewarding set of challenges and if you've got the skills, experience, passion, and a team spirit, apply!

Please include:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in Playworks and how your experience has prepared you for this role.
  • Resume.
  • References will be requested if competitive for the position. 

Typical Physical & Mental Demands: Requires prolonged sitting with some bending, stooping and stretching, and eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, telephone, photocopier, calculator and other office equipment. 

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.