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Lead the Play Movement

School Based StaffRochester, New York

Site Coordinator

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.

Here’s where you come in, in the role of Site Coordinator, located in Rochester, NY, you will implement the Playworks TeamUp program, working directly with designated school administration, teachers, and recess teams to provide expertise on Playworks’ best practices, model and teach the strategies, games, and systems to develop and sustain a positive classroom and recess culture. In partnership with schools, the Site Coordinator creates opportunities where students and school staff are active, learn leadership skills, conflict resolution tools, and practice respectful and inclusive behavior. Site Coordinators are expected to participate in national and regional meetings, internal training and professional and organizational continued learning, as well as support with other programmatic needs such as preservice, resource creation, and other related activities.

School Based Program Duties:

  • Plan and implement Playworks Team Up, a consultative play-based program at 2-4 public elementary schools for one week per school every month.
  • Design program schedule with input and support from school administration.
  • 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.
  • Meet regularly with recess teams including administrators and recess staff at least once per monthly rotation.
  • Communicate with schools regarding goals and action steps before and after the week onsite.
  • Administer and collect evaluation data through methods such as the Great Recess Framework, Annual Survey, success stories, photos, quotes and testimonials.
  • Model Playworks core values, program implementation, group management, and rapport building strategies for school personnel.
  • Deliver onsite training, coaching, consultation, and modeling to support school personnel with the following components:
    • Recess - with school personnel, create and coach recess staff to develop a safe and inclusive playground and be a significant presence on the playground by organizing and playing large games with 20+ students as well as role modeling positive behavior.
    • Student leadership program – with school personnel organize a “Junior Coach” student leadership program by facilitating training as well as coaching recess staff to supervise and manage Junior Coaches during recess
    • Instructional classes - lead instructional classes such as Class Game Time with elementary grade level students and their teacher in skill building, cooperative games, and activities to increase awareness of rules, boundaries, skills utilized and cultural expectations at recess.

Playworks Staff Duties:

  • Consistently represent Playworks’ brand in a professional manner.
  • Provide timely client communication, proactive internal Playworks communication and timely reporting.
  • Collect and maintain paperwork including organizing daily, weekly, and monthly schedules, timesheets, and expense/mileage reports.
  • Support school recruitment administration that may include, school contact research, analyzing outreach data, attending local conferences and resource fairs.
  • Provide Playworks Program Manager with weekly observational updates on program quality and partner in consultation priorities for school partners.
  • Facilitate school partner transition to other Playworks training, programs, and products in preparation for future school year.
  • Participate in opportunities to become a certified trainer in Playworks Pro
  • Support in delivering corporate engagements to adults such as School Beautification, Play Days, Corporate Recess in person or virtually.
  • Support regional team with delivery of programmatic learning, pre-service training, management resources and contribute to the development and continued quality improvement of Playworks curriculum.
  • Participate in fundraising projects and events i.e. End of the Year Appeal and annual events.


  • Self-starter. You set clear goals and follow through with flexible and creative problem solving. You can work independently with minimal supervision. You also seek and incorporate feedback from your colleagues. 
  • You are not afraid to ask questions. You openly communicate with teams and departments that are different from yours, facilitating collaboration and serving as a thought partner for members of the entire organization.
  • Relationship Builder. You have an ability to manage, motivate and develop diverse individuals and teams, knowing how to meet an individual's unique needs. You also thrive in situations where you are developing and maintaining external relationships and partnerships, especially in a consultative role. 
  • Highly organized. You are great at multitasking and able to manage your time across multiple priorities.
  • Detail Oriented. You catch the little things and think it’s a big deal. You understand that every word you write to an external audience is a reflection on Playworks.
  • You thrive in an environment characterized by significant growth, diversity and constant change.
  • Mission Driven. You are committed to Playworks’ mission and vision to improve outcomes for children and schools. You are also committed to Playworks Equity Statement, recognizing that equity learning is a journey that will require a willingness to participate in organizational-wide learning and development.

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Proven organizational skills in meeting or exceeding expectations in production of timely planning and deliverables such as program plans, reports and observational notes.
  • 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 and facilitating trainings for adults with an empathetic and high energy approach.
  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills with the ability to facilitate small and large group presentations.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining professional relationships with internal leadership and teams and external clients through excellent interpersonal skills and professionalism.
  • Experience interacting with diverse communities and ability to integrate into school communities.
  • Knowledge of computer and internet based programs especially Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) Google Drive, and virtual meeting platforms such as Google Meets and Zoom.
  • This position may require travel to various regional locations. School sites may be widely dispersed in the city/region therefore daily access to reliable transportation is required.
  • Requires flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environment.
  • Ability to work from home if needed for any change to virtual programming.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation - this position will require travel within Rochester to different school partners.

Compensation & Benefits:

This is a full-time, exempt position that will be paid at a rate of $39,825 per year.  Playworks offers the full package - great benefits, a fun place to work and an opportunity to grow professionally.

  • Competitive nonprofit salary. This is a full-time, exempt position.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, disability, 401k, life insurance, employee funded pre-tax health and child care spending accounts.
  • Generous flexible time off with 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.

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

Service Environment: This position operates in both a school and office environment both indoors and outdoors. The position interacts with children on playgrounds and in classrooms on a daily basis.

Typical physical and mental demands: This position requires sufficient physical ability and mobility to stand for extended periods at times; walk on a school site in various weather conditions; to climb stairs at some sites; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach and twist and, dependent on assignment the employee may occasionally lift, push, pull and/or move up to 50 pounds.

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.