30 August 2013

Playworks AmeriCorps Flex Program Coordinator


Playworks AmeriCorps Flex Program Coordinator

About the Organization:
Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that improves school climate, reduces bullying and increases student engagement in school through play and physical activity. Through both our training programs and our on-site direct service, Playworks teaches children to resolve their own conflicts that arise at recess and carry over to the classroom, restoring valuable teaching and learning time. We help transform recess into a safe, fun and inclusive time that gets students active and engaged so they can return to the classroom focused and ready to learn.  For more information, please visit www.playworks.org.

About AmeriCorps:
AmeriCorps is national movement of “service.”  It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. It is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. Each year, AmeriCorps offers more than 75,000 opportunities for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to “serve”  through a local or national nonprofit organization. Serving in a non profit as an AmeriCorps member is an intensive experience that meets our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.  AmeriCorps programs focus on work to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. More information can be found at www.americorps.gov.

About the Position:
The Flex Program Coordinator’s primary role is to support the school based program.  The day-to-day of the position will fluctuate to address the program’s needs throughout the program year.  The position will be responsible for providing extra program support on and off-site, training/collaborating with the current Program Coordinators and office staff, and providing feedback and suggestions for professional development for the Program Coordinators.  This position reports to an Program Manager.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Program Duties (if applicable):
The primary role of the full time Full Year Flex Coordinator is assisting and filling in when necessary for school Program Coordinators in the implementation of play-based programming during recess, in school and after school hours.  In the event that a Program Coordinator leaves mid-year, the AmeriCorps Flex Coordinator would be placed at that school full time.
       Fill in when necessary at various school sites regionally
       Assume a school program in the event of an extended Program Coordinator absence
       Work diligently with school Program Coordinators to create an environment where play is supported and encouraged at each site
       Assist in coordinating skills-building classes for each classrooms to create and reinforce a school-wide culture of play (including planning and prep time)
       Assist in coordinating a high quality after-school program for 15 kids with a homework center, healthy snack and structured activities/field trips
       Assist in running a daily Junior Coach youth leadership program with monthly trainings
       Assist with the developmental sports leagues including: coaching, organizing practices, and coach/referee one evening a week during each league if necessary
       Attend and/or plan tournaments, field trips and specfdsgaial events for during school hours and after school
       Plan, attend, and implement special projects for school sites and AmeriCorps service projects
       Work with the Program Managers to evaluate and provide feedback to Program Coordinators as necessary

Administrative Duties:
       Travel to, attend, and actively engage in staff development trainings
       Maintain and submit all required paperwork in a timely manner including timesheets, observation sheets, tracking logs and school site paperwork when necessary
       Ability/Willingness to develop working relationships with teachers/school site staff
       Attend bimonthly meetings with supervisor
       Communicate clearly and regularly with school sites and respective Program Manager

Check out our “Day in the Life” for a sample of what your day could look like: http://www.playworks.org/files/dayinthelife.pdf
       Demonstrated experience leading groups of children with the ability to engage and inspire youth
       Demonstrated commitment to serving the greater community
       Commitment to serving for one full school-year and completing 1700 hours of service during that school-year (40+ hours/week of service, including participating in occasional night and weekend service opportunities such as community service projects)
       Motivated self-starter with strong interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written
       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 multitasking
       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

     Individuals will be enrolled as AmeriCorps service members (info at www.americorps.gov)
     Living allowance for the service period
     Education award for use at Title IV institutions or to pay back qualified student loans (pending completion of a minimum of 1700 hours of service)
     Health plan includes medical benefits
       Possible child care expense reimbursement (http://www.americorpschildcare.com/)

To Apply:
       Please no phone calls

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.

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