Program Manager
Playworks - Boston, MA

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The Program Manager will oversee the planning and implementation of Playworks’ comprehensive school-based play and youth development programming. This includes training and oversight of program coordinators, developing new trainings for program staff and facilitating the implementation any new or modified programming. This is a full-time, exempt position which reports directly to either a city executive director or a program director.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Overseeing the Playworks’ programs, planning and implementing sports based programming during recess, lunch, and after school at elementary school sites. This will include, but not be limited to, the following:
  • Manage and support 8-12 program coordinators
  • When applicable, support AmeriCorps program coordinators including tracking hours, organizing and participating in volunteer service activities, encouraging completion of term of service, etc.
  • Participate in curriculum development
  • Organize and facilitate staff trainings
  • Perform evaluations of program coordinators according to Playworks’ protocol and oversee curriculum implementation during school year to ensure program coordinator fulfillment of expectations and responsibilities
  • Serve as primary contact person for school administrators. Mediate program issues with schools, staff and principals and program coordinators
  • Serve as volleyball/basketball league coordinator and contact person which includes additional evening hours. Additional league responsibilities include creating league documents and schedules, as well as recruiting and training of volunteers
  • Participate in hiring of new program coordinators
  • Assist in special events, field trips, etc
  • Represent Playworks in the community and work to build new relationships
  • Support administrative staff and executive director and/or program director as needed (paperwork, 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

  • Successful experience as a Playworks’ program coordinator or similar experience such as a background in youth development with a variety of skills and approaches to sports and play
  • Self-starter with strong organizational skills; proven ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Ability to interact with diverse communities and community organizations
  • Ability to manage and support staff
  • “Get It Right” attitude as well as someone who seeks and incorporates feedback
  • Strong computer skills, ability to use existing technology to achieve desired results and proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and internet based programs
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm
  • Ability to thrive working both independently and within team settings
  • High professional standards with the ability to see big picture and manage practical details
  • Must be creative and passionate about youth work
  • Ability and means to travel on a flexible schedule as needed
    *Proof of liability and property damage insurance on vehicle used is required in addition to a valid drivers license
  • Sense of humor and resourcefulness essential

Compensation and Benefits:
  • Competitive nonprofit hourly rate based on geographic area
  • Employer-paid health coverage
  • Access to employee-funded pre-tax health and child care spending accounts
  • Paid vacation, sick and holiday leave

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Playworks is the only nonprofit organization in the country to send trained, full-time coaches to low-income, urban schools, where they...