This position is for the 2017-2018 school year with expected start of August 2017.
Do you believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid? Would you like to serve where you are encouraged to promote fun, creativity and play? If you are motivated and you possess leadership experience- both on and off the playground – we want you to join our team and use your passion for play with us.
Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s physical and emotional health. Playworks currently serves more than 1,300 schools in 23 U.S. cities, and reaches 700,000 students directly and through professional training services.
At Playworks we believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. We are changing 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. We partner with schools, districts, and after-school programs to provide a service or mix of services including on-site coaches, professional training for school staff who support recess, and consultative partnerships.
AmeriCorps is a national community service program where people commit to serve with an organization. Nationwide, AmeriCorps members, commit to either a part-time or full-time position. At Playworks, our full-time AmeriCorps members commit to serving a 1700 hour term of service. This typically coincides with a full school year (about 10 months).
More information about Playworks and AmeriCorps can be found here: http://www.playworks.org/careers/school-openings/americorps-faq
Here's where you come in:
In the role of a Playworks AmeriCorps Member, you are responsible for bringing healthy play and physical activity to primarily urban and low-income schools to create a positive environment for learning and teaching. You are provided with extensive training and placed in an elementary school to serve alongside teachers and school administrators to implement our on-site Playworks Coach program. You will also generate community and family involvement in the school community by recruiting and supporting volunteers and facilitating community engagement activities.
Specifically you will have program, administrative, and special AmeriCorps duties as follows:
Plan and implement play based programming during recess, in school and after school hours at a public elementary school through:
AmeriCorps Member Commitment:
If you're a good fit for this position, you already know most of what this position entails. However, to be sure we're providing a complete picture, here are some details:
For more information about the position check out our Day In the Life of a Corps Member
Required Skills & Experience
What are the benefits of being an AmeriCorps member at Playworks:
Playworks is a hands-on, creative, playful and fun-loving place to be, 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!
Typical physical and mental demands:
Playworks AmeriCorps Members are required to frequently balance, bend, climb, grasp, kneel, reach, sit, squat, stand, stoop, twist, walk, and write on a daily basis. Members must also be able to occasionally lift and carry light to medium loads of 10 – 50 pounds, and be able to occasionally pull and push loads of 10 – 50 pounds.
Requires a normal range of hearing and eyesight to communicate with children and adults. Also requires flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environment.
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.
As an equal opportunity program, Playworks encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical ability or any other legally protected basis. Playworks evaluates all candidates on a merit basis.
Apply online here.