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.
As a Training Program Specialist, you will be providing on-site service delivery, school recruitment and outreach, single or multi-day training and providing support for Playworks programming across Indiana.
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 a Training Program Specialist, you will help demonstrate the power of Playworks by providing on-site service delivery, spreading awareness of Playworks through school recruitment and outreach, single or multi-day trainings and providing support for programming across Indiana. This position is split between school and office-based with time split between various program, training and school recruitment activities. This position may require frequent travel throughout Indiana and Kentucky.
Note: Playworks Indiana currently has two Program Specialist positions available. These roles are similar but are on different internal teams. If you are interested in both positions, you can apply for one and note that you’re also interested in the second position.
Specifically, you will:
External Playworks Trainings (60%)
- Become a certified trainer capable of delivering ‘Playworks Pro’ professional training services, including travel throughout the region.
- Implement and facilitate various trainings throughout Indiana and possibly nearby regions.
- Provide training and consultation to teachers, school staff and admin and youth workers within the areas of play, youth development, recess design, physical activity, group management, conflict resolution, youth leadership and program sustainability.
- Develop and maintain relationships with partners pre and post trainings, including visits to schools to provide recess observations, consultation, and collaborative action planning with school recess teams.
- Build strong relationships with key strategic partners to generate opportunities for future trainings, working closely with a Regional Partnership Director to vet and approach partners for continued relationships.
- Contribute to the development and continued quality improvement of Playworks curriculum, including developing training content and techniques.
- Support the creation of written materials and tools such as training packets, posters, conference programs, promotional materials and other educational and marketing.
- Provide feedback and support to other Playworks staff delivering trainings.
- Work in partnership with the Regional Partnership Director and Regional Trainer on Playworks programming and consultation services, including planning, scheduling, designing, facilitating, and implementing evaluation and program quality resources.
Assist in general outreach strategy that may include, school contact research, attending local conferences, conducting on-site demonstrations to recruit new schools, and being a creative partner in these efforts.
School-Based Program Implementation (40%)
- Plan and implement a consultative play-based program (Tag Team) at one – two public elementary schools in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis (BGCI).
- Maintain communication between Playworks staff, BGCI site staff, school staff, teachers, and volunteers
- Collect and maintain paperwork including organizing daily, weekly, monthly schedules, meeting agendas, notes and data.
- Support regional team and national program department with development of programmatic learning and management resources.
- Deliver onsite coaching, consultation, and modeling to school personnel the implementation of the following components.
- Recess – with BGCI and 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 group games with 20+ students as well as role modeling positive behavior.
- Student leadership program – with BGCI and School Personnel, organize a “Junior Coach” student leadership program by facilitating trainings for students as well as coaching recess staff to supervise and manage Junior Coaches during recess.
- Instructional classes – lead instructional classes with elementary grade levels students and their teacher in skills building, cooperative games, and activities to increase awareness of rules, boundaries, skills utilized and cultural expectations at recess.
If you’re a good fit for this position, you already know most of what this job entails. However, to be sure we’re providing a complete picture, here are some details:
- Success in this position will require the ability to make connections and sustain multiple relationships while multi-tasking other important projects.
- The strongest candidate will be a confident leader with the ability to take on many roles and maintain high quality facilitation.
- You will be successful if you can own projects, drive initiatives, and be a communicative team player.
Required Skills & Experience:
- Demonstrated experience leading groups of children of all sizes with the ability to engage and inspire youth.
- Proven ability to train adult participants including helping with change management, connecting strategies to outcomes and being able to speak on a micro and macro scales.
- 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 strong attention to detail and multitasking.
- Experience interacting with diverse communities and the ability to integrate into an existing school community.
- Knowledge of computer and internet-based programs for use in communication.
- 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.
- Must have access to reliable transportation to travel locally – this position will require travel to various regional locations.
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 that reports directly to either the Regional Partnership Director or Training Manager.
- A comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, disability, 401(k), life insurance, employee funded pre-tax health, and childcare 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!
- A cover letter describing your interest in Playworks and how your experience has prepared you for this role.
- 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, 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.