Playworks: Elementary School Program Coordinator

About the Organization: With more than 300 professionals in cities across the country, Playworks is a fast growing national nonprofit. We provide safe, inclusive, healthy play and physical activity to low-income schools, to improve learning and teaching. Playworks maximizes the value of recess, making play a part of every day and ultimately transforming the learning environment for children nationwide. For more information, please visit:

About the Position: Our enthusiastic, well-trained Playworks coaches manage a safe and inclusive recess where children are inspired to get off the sidelines and into the game. They employ play and physical activity as tools for generating more community and family involvement through teaching and implementing conflict resolution strategies. Program Coordinators work to enhance the relationship between the school community and Playworks’ core values; they also collaborate with other Playworks program staff to further develop Playworks’ curriculum.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Program Duties (if applicable): Planning and implementing sports and play based programming during recess, in school and after school hours at a public elementary school. ● Recess – create a safe and inclusive playground yard and be a significant presence on the yard by organizing and playing large games with 20+ students as well as role modeling positive behavior ● Junior Coach Program — organize a youth leadership program by facilitating trainings and working with teachers and staff ● Class Game Time – lead individual classes in skills building, cooperative games, and activities to increase awareness of rules and boundaries at recess ● Out of School Program — organize a safe, inclusive and physical activity period for students in the before school or after school hours ● Interscholastic leagues – recruit and coach students for developmental sports leagues. This includes building a school community and coordinating volunteers ● Teacher Training/Staff Energizers — work with Program Managers/Directors to facilitate training of school staff, as well as offer AM/staff meeting energizers for the school staff when possible; represent Playworks in school wide initiatives such as Wellness Council, School Climate Team, etc.

Administrative Duties: ● Maintain communication between Playworks staff, school staff, teachers, families, and volunteers ● Collect and maintain paperwork including organizing daily, weekly, and monthly schedules and timesheets ● Collect and maintain paperwork and data for various grant requirements

Curriculum Building: ● Work collaboratively with other Playworks Program Coordinators to develop new curriculum for the organization; over the course of the school year, create, submit and/or pilot at least 2 learning units with a minimum of 3 lessons each. New curriculum can be tested in one or more component of their program (ASP, JCs, specific grade level CGT)

Qualifications: ● Minimum of 60 credits from an accredited university or college Demonstrated experience leading groups of children with the ability to engage and inspire youth ● Experience working with small and large groups of children ● Motivated self-starter with clear and open communication skills ● Humorous and playful with ability to set clear goals and follow through with flexible and creative problem solving tools ● Conceptual ability for the larger perspective with a strong attention to detail and multi-tasking ● Experience interacting with diverse communities and the ability to integrate into and existing school community ● Knowledge of computer and internet based programs for use in communication and grant requirements ● Strong interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written ● Ability to manage assorted tasks with a focus on enhancing the experience for youth during the school day

Benefits: ● Hourly rate dependent on geographic location and years of service ● We provide full health benefits ● Dental/vision ● Paid vacation for all school breaks and paid sick-leave ● Opportunities for professional development ● Health and wellness benefit for qualifying items ● Opportunity in a quickly growing organization

How to apply

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 Playworks is an Equal Opportunity Employer

St. Paul, Minnesota