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8/6: Playworks Trainer

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Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that improves school climate, reduces bullying and increases student engagement in school through play and physical activity. Through both our training programs and our on-site direct service, Playworks teaches children to resolve their own conflicts that arise at recess and carry over to the classroom, restoring valuable teaching and learning time. We help transform recess into a safe, fun and inclusive time that gets students active and engaged so they can return to the classroom focused and ready to learn. For more information, please visit www.playworks.org.

About the Position:

Working primarily with external clients, a Trainer will help foster relationships with and deliver trainings to key strategic partners such as school districts, youth organizations, after school programs, corporate clients and community based organizations. This is a full-time exempt position which reports to an Executive Director.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

● Provide trainings and technical assistance to teachers, school staff and youth workers within areas of recess design, physical activity, group management, and conflict resolution

● Develop and maintain relationships with recess teams

● Provide trainings to clients outside of the youth worker sphere to support strategies that bring in new resources and partnerships to heighten the profile of Playworks

● Develop content for trainings and means to enhance existing curriculum

● Contribute to the development and continued quality of current Playworks curriculum, including working with Playworks Training (PT) Department to develop training content and techniques

● Support the preparation of written materials such as training packets, posters, conference programs, promotional materials, and other educational and marketing resources to ensure accuracy and quality

● Provide feedback and support to PT and/or contractual trainers as necessary

● Increase visibility of Playworks by building on-going relationships with school and community representatives and generating opportunities for providing trainings

● Execute corporate recess and corporate events

Qualifications:

● 2-3 years experience delivering training to adults

● Extensive knowledge of youth development (K-12) principles and practices, especially relating to issues of equity, inclusion and healthy competition

● Strong and dynamic facilitation skills

● Ability to provide support in the development of trainings and curriculum

● Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage details

● Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills

● Comfort with a playful, exuberant and mildly irreverent workplace culture

● Ability to thrive in an environment that is characterized by significant growth, diversity and constant change

● Able to work outside of normal business hours as needed

● Must own vehicle or have ongoing access to vehicle to ensure adequate and efficient transportation to and from training engagements

● Valid State-issued driver's license required

Compensation and Benefits:

● Competitive nonprofit salary 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

To apply:

● Go to http://www.playworks.org/careers/office/apply-now

● Please no phone calls

● Position will remain open until filled

● Playworks employees please visit the HR Google site to submit your resume and cover letter

As an equal opportunity program, Playworks encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status or physical ability, and evaluates all candidates on a merit basis.

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