AmeriCorps Program Coordinator

Playworks is currently recruiting for full-time Program Coordinators for the 2011-2012 school year.  We’re looking for people who have experience working with kids, who are enthusiastic and motivated to be working in Baltimore City Schools, and who have a passion for service (this is a full-time AmeriCorps position with Playworks). 

If interested go to this link:

About the Organization:

With more than 300 professionals in cities across the country, Playworks is a fast growing national nonprofit. We provide safe, inclusive, healthy play and physical activity to low-income schools, to improve learning and teaching. Playworks maximizes the value of recess, making play a part of every day and ultimately transforming the learning environment for children nationwide. For more information, please visit:

About the Position:

Our enthusiastic, well-trained Playworks coaches 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.

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
  • After School Program – organize a homework/snack and a physical activity period for around 15 students focusing on building a community as well as reinforcing the
  • Playworks philosophy
  • Interscholastic leagues – recruit and coach students for developmental sports leagues.
  • This includes building a school community and coordinating volunteers
  • Administrative Duties:
  • Maintain communication between Playworks staff, school staff, teachers, families, and volunteers
  • Collect and maintain paperwork including organizing daily, weekly, and monthly schedules and timesheets
  • Collect and maintain paperwork and data for various grant requirements



  • Demonstrated experience leading groups of children with the ability to engage and inspire youth
  • Ability/Willingness to commit to completion of 1700 during the program year (40+ hours/week of service, including participating in occasional night and weekend service opportunities such as community service projects)
  • 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 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
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written



  • Individuals will be enrolled as AmeriCorps service members (info at
  • Living stipend for the 10 month period
  • Education Award of $5,550 for use at Title IV institutions or to pay back qualified student loans (pending completion of a minimum 1700 hours of service)
  • Health plan includes medical benefits
  • Possible reimbursement of childcare expenses


To Apply:

  • Go to
  • 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.