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Program Manager



Detroit, MI, USA
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2023

ABOUT THE POSITION, 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 AmeriCorps Members, Site Specialist and/or Site Coordinators, maintain strong relationships with school partners, develop new training for program staff, and facilitate the implementation of any new or modified programming. This is a full-time, exempt position.

Specifically you will:

  • Collaborate with regional teams to oversee Playworks’ programs, planning and implementing school-based programming at elementary school sites.
  • Hire, manage and support Site Coordinators.
  • Conduct regular program observations & data reviews to ensure high quality programming.
  • Participate in curriculum development.
  • Organize and facilitate staff trainings.
  • Perform evaluations of TeamUp staff according to Playworks’ protocol and oversee curriculum implementation during the school year to ensure fulfillment of expectations and responsibilities.
  • Serve as primary contact person for school administrators and consult with schools as needed in achieving program outcomes.
  • Mediate program issues with schools, staff and principals.
  • Assist in special events, field trips, etc.
  • Lead administrative tasks related to program management (data collection, paperwork, etc.) and additional areas as needed (grant writing, etc.).
  • Represent Playworks in building community relationships and supporting national expansion through various special projects such as development of curriculum for specific student populations, building relationships with new funding sources and developing training for new sites.
  • Support Playworks local training efforts.

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 additional details:

  • The most successful candidate will be a self-starter with strong organizational skills and proven ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • You will be successful if you possess a “Get It Right” attitude and you seek and incorporate feedback easily.
  • The strongest candidate will have demonstrated high professional standards with the ability to see the big picture and manage practical details.

Required Skills & Experience

  • Successful experience as a Playworks’ coach or similar experience such as a background in youth development with a variety of skills and approaches to sports and play.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining professional relationships with external clients in diverse communities and community organizations with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and support staff.
  • Strong experience with computer and internet based programs especially Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and Google Drive.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills with the ability to facilitate small and large group presentations.
  • Ability to thrive working both independently and within team settings.
  • Must be creative and passionate about youth work.
  • Sense of humor and resourcefulness are essential.
  • This position may require travel to various regional locations. School sites may be widely dispersed in the city/region, therefore daily access to reliable transportation is required.
  • Requires flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environment.

Compensation & Benefits:

Playworks offers the full package - great benefits, a fun place to work and an opportunity to grow professionally. We offer:

  • This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Program Director.
  • At Playworks, our starting salary takes into consideration internal pay equity, geographic pay differential and robust external market data. We highly value transparency and equity within compensation and therefore are committed to adhering to established compensation pay points. The salary for this position is $57,100.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, 401(k) and 3% employer match, employee funded pre-tax health and child care spending accounts.
  • Generous Flex PTO 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.

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. 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.

We are committed to racial equity, and we make a particular effort to recruit people of color, indigenous people, gender non-binary people, and people with historically more marginalized identities to apply for open positions. Our core values of cultivating play, center equity, continued learning and collaboration within communities are the foundation of our organization and are infused in all aspects of our work.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If that is you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself!

As an equal opportunity program, Playworks encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, gender identity/expression, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, faith, marital status, physical ability, or any other legally protected basis. Playworks evaluates all candidates for employment, volunteering opportunities or board service on a merit basis.