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Program Manager

Company: Playworks
Location: Newark
Posted on: November 18, 2021

Job Description:

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, as the Program Manager role is located in the Playworks New York/New Jersey region reporting to the Program Director. In the role of Program Manager, you will assist in the planning and implementation of Playworks' comprehensive school-based play and youth development programming. You will train and oversee Program Coordinators/AmeriCorps Members (Coaches), maintain strong relationships with school partners, partner with the regional trainer and Site Coordinators to develop new training for program staff, and facilitate the implementation of any new or modified programming. This is a full-time, exempt position which reports directly to the regional Program Director. This position is based in New Jersey working with Newark and Jersey City schools. Specifically, you will: * Collaborate with the regional and national team to oversee Playworks' programs, planning and implementing school-based programming at elementary school sites. * Manage and support 8-12 Program Coordinators. * Conduct regular program observations & data reviews to ensure high-quality programming. * Support AmeriCorps coaches including tracking hours, organizing and participating in volunteer service activities, encouraging completion of the term of service. * Communicate regularly with school leadership regarding program implementation, program quality, scheduling of training and site visits and other relevant information. * Participate in curriculum development. * Develop, organize and facilitate Playworks related and personal staff trainings. * In partnership with the Program Director, responsible for renewal of school partnerships. * Perform evaluations of Coaches and oversee curriculum implementation during the school year to ensure fulfillment of expectations and responsibilities. * Serve as interscholastic/developmental sports league coordinator and contact person and serve as staff liaison to external league stakeholders which includes additional evening hours. * Manage the recruitment and hiring process for new Program Coordinators. * Represent Playworks at events and support activities and training as needed. * Document and photograph programs that the Region will share via newsletters, social media and website. * Assist with administrative tasks related to program management (data collection, paperwork, etc.) and additional areas as needed. * Other duties as assigned. JOB REQUIREMENTS * Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience in related field. * A minimum of two years' experience in a professional position, preferably in a non-profit youth development organization. * Daily access to reliable transportation. This position will require travel to various regional locations, including school sites that may be widely dispersed throughout the city/region. * Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and G Suite. Prior experience with Salesforce is a plus. * Proven ability to work collaboratively with different teams across the organization. * Proven ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing, to a variety of different audiences. * Proven ability to organize and prioritize work, as well as work independently with little supervision as well as within a team setting. WHO YOU ARE * 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. * Communicator. 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. * 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. * Flexible. 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. 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, exempt position which reports directly to either a city executive director or a program director. * A comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, disability, 401(k), life insurance, employee funded pre-tax health, and child care spending accounts. * Generous flexible paid time off policy with paid 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. 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 and other office equipment. 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, and 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.

Keywords: Playworks, Newark , Program Manager, Executive , Newark, New Jersey

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