Playworks AmeriCorps Member

Posted by: Playworks

Saint Paul, MN, US

Job Description

Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s physical and emotional health. Playworks currently serves more than 900 schools in 23 U.S. cities, and reaches almost half of a million 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. More

About AmeriCorps:

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:

About the Position:

Our Playworks AmeriCorps Member position is a full-time role bringing healthy play and physical activity to primarily urban and low-income schools to create a positive environment for learning and teaching. Members are provided with extensive training and placed in an elementary school to work alongside teachers and school administrators to implement our on-site Playworks Coach program. Members also generate community and family involvement in their school community by recruiting and supporting volunteers and facilitating community engagement activities.

Playworks AmeriCorps Members commit to serving a full term of service and commit to at least 1700 service hours. The position often requires more than 40 hours per week and may include night and weekend sports league and community engagement activities. Members typically start August and are expected to work through the school year.

Essential responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Program Duties:

Plan and implement play based programming during recess, in school and after school hours at a public elementary school through:

  • Recess – create a safe and inclusive playground, be a significant presence on the playground by organizing and playing large games with 20+ students and be a role model.
  • Junior Coach Program – implement a youth leadership program by providing student leadership opportunities at recess and facilitating trainings for students before or after school
  • Class Game Time – lead individual classes in skills building, cooperative games, and activities to increase awareness of rules and boundaries at recess
  • Interscholastic leagues – recruit and coach students for developmental sports leagues
  • Community Engagement Events – design and implement one or two service projects during the year that engage students’ families at the school site
  • Volunteer Recruitment – recruit and coordinate volunteers to build a strong school community that supports positive, inclusive play
  • Service Projects – participate in national days of service and weekend service projects in the greater community

Administrative Duties:

  • Maintain communication and a professional relationship with school staff, teachers, families, volunteers as a representative of Playworks and AmeriCorps
  • Organize daily, weekly, and monthly program schedules
  • Complete timesheets to track member service hours
  • Supervise volunteers and collect volunteer logs
  • Collect and enter data for various grant and evaluation requirements in online database

AmeriCorps Member Commitment:

  • Commitment to serve a minimum of 1700 hours over the 2016-2017 school year
  • Participation in a minimum of three (3) National Days of Service
  • Participation in ongoing training, meeting and professional development with Playworks

For more information about the position check out our Day In the Life of a Corps Member

Required Qualifications:

  • Be at least 17 years of age and have US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Demonstrated experience leading and/or teaching groups of children with the ability to engage and inspire youth
  • Demonstrated commitment to national and community service
  • Dedicated to completing a full year of service (typically a 10 month school year and 1700 hours of service)
  • 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 multitasking
  • 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
  • Access to reliable transportation (public transportation or personal transport) to/from assigned school
  • Candidates must clear a National Sex Offender Public Registry, State criminal check, and FBI background check
  • Successful completion of TB test, health screen and Live Scan/fingerprinting (upon hire)

What are the benefits of being an AmeriCorps member at Playworks:

  • Individuals will be enrolled as AmeriCorps service members (see
  • Modest living stipend (paid out semi-monthly, with amounts varying by region)
  • Education award up to $5,775 for use at Title IV college or university tuition or to pay back qualified student loans (requires completion of a minimum of 1700 hours of service)
  • Health insurance for member at no cost
  • Possible child care expense reimbursement (
  • Develop leadership skills and gain valuable experience for a career in education and youth development
  • Make a lasting difference in children’s lives and your community

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.

To Apply:

  • Apply online with a resume and cover letter. Note that a cover letter is required for review. Please include 3 references in your cover letter.
  • Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted on a rolling basis

As an equal opportunity program, Playworks encourages applications from all individuals regardless of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, physical ability or political affiliation.

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