Playworks: Americorps Program Coordinator
Playworks - San Francisco, CA

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Playworks: AmeriCorps Program Coordinator (San Francisco)

About the Organization:
For more than 15 years, Playworks has leveraged the power of play at recess and throughout the school day to accelerate children's learning and improve school climate. In partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Playworks is currently serving more than 300 schools in 22 cities across the country, reaching 120,000 children daily. Principals and teachers tell us that as a result of having Playworks on their campus, kids are more active, bullying, fights and injuries significantly decrease, and students return to the classroom focused and ready to learn. For more information please visit:

About AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps is a national community service program where people commit to serve with an organization. Nationwide, these people, called 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: Playworks and AmeriCorps

About the Position:
Our enthusiastic, well-trained Playworks Program Coordinators manage a safe and inclusive recess where children are inspired to get off the sidelines and into the game. They employ play and physical activity as tools for generating more community and family involvement through teaching and implementing conflict resolution strategies. This is a full-time non-exempt position that lasts for the school year and is located in San Francisco, CA.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Program Duties (if applicable):
Planning and implementing sports and play based programming during recess, in school and after school hours at a public elementary school.

  • Recess - create a safe and inclusive playground yard and be a significant presence on the yard by organizing and playing large games with 20+ students as well as role modeling positive behavior
  • Junior Coach Program -- organize a youth leadership program by facilitating trainings and working with teachers and staff
  • Class Game Time - lead individual classes in skills building, cooperative games, and activities to increase awareness of rules and boundaries at recess
  • Out of School Program -- continue to promote Playworks' core values in an out of school setting through an after school program, including small group homework, snack and physical activity or a before school program, consisting of early morning play and physical activities on campus
  • Interscholastic leagues - recruit and coach students for developmental sports leagues. This includes building a school community and coordinating volunteers
  • Volunteer Program - recruit and coordinate volunteers (e.g. school family members) to build a school community that supports positive, inclusive play and physical activity
  • Service Projects - participate in monthly service projects and national days of service, working together as a team to serve the community

Administrative Duties: * Maintain communication between Playworks staff, school staff, teachers, families, and volunteers

  • Collect and maintain paperwork including organizing daily, weekly, and monthly schedules, timesheets and volunteer logs
  • Collect and enter data for various grant requirements in online database

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  • Demonstrated experience leading groups of children with the ability to engage and inspire youth
  • Commitment to serving for one full school-year and completing 1700 hours of service during that school-year (40+ hours/week of service, including participating in occasional night and weekend service opportunities such as community service projects)
  • Motivated self-starter with strong interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written
  • 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 a strong attention to detail and multi-tasking
  • Experience interacting with diverse communities and the ability to integrate into and existing school community
  • Knowledge of computer and internet based programs for use in communication and grant requirements

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Individuals will be enrolled as AmeriCorps service members (info at
  • Living allowance for the service period
  • Education award for use at Title IV institutions or to pay back qualified student loans (pending completion of a minimum of 1700 hours of service)
  • Health plan includes medical benefits
  • Possible child care expense reimbursement (

These positions are for the 2013-14 school year. Interviews for these positions are held throughout the spring and summer with start dates in early/mid August.

This position is located in San Francisco, CA

How to Apply

Please no phone calls

Position will remain open until filled
As an equal opportunity program, Playworks encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, or physical ability, and evaluates all candidates on a merit basis.