AmeriCorps Member

Employment type
Full Time
about 2 months ago
Los Angeles, CA

Do you believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid?  Would you like to serve where you are encouraged to promote fun, creativity and play? If you are motivated and you possess leadership experience- both on and off the playground – we want you to join our team and use your passion for play with us.

Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s physical and emotional health. Playworks currently serves more than 1,300 schools in 23 U.S. cities, and reaches 700,000 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.

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:

Here's where you come in:

In the role of a Playworks AmeriCorps Member, you are responsible for bringing healthy play and physical activity to primarily urban and low-income schools to create a positive environment for learning and teaching. You are provided with extensive training and placed in an elementary school to serve alongside teachers and school administrators to implement our on-site Playworks Coach program.  You will also generate community and family involvement in the school community by recruiting and supporting volunteers and facilitating community engagement activities.

Specifically you will have program, administrative, and special AmeriCorps duties as follows:

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 2017-2018 school year
  • Participation in a minimum of three (3) National Days of Service
  • Participation in ongoing training, meeting and professional development with Playworks

If you're a good fit for this position, you already know most of what this position entails. However, to be sure we're providing a complete picture, here are some details:

  • Playworks AmeriCorps Members commit to serving a full term of service and commit to at least 1700 service hours. This is a full-time position. 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 serve through the school year.
  • The strongest candidates will be motivated self-starters with strong interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written.
  • You will be successful if you are humorous and playful with the ability to set clear goals and follow through with flexible and creative problem solving tools
  • Success in this position requires you to be a multitasker with a strong eye for detail and an ability to consider the larger context

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

Required Skills & Experience

  • Be at least 18 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)
  • 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 record keeping 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 (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 $5,815 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

Playworks is a hands-on, creative, playful and fun-loving place to be, all while contributing to the success of our nation’s youth. So if you're ready to immerse yourself in the education sector, working on a rewarding set of challenges and if you've got the skills, experience, passion, and a team spirit, apply!

  • Apply online at
  • Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted on a rolling basis

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.

Playworks is changing the way children experience school every day by leveraging the power of safe and healthy play. We create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills. Our ambitions demand that we invest in recruiting, developing and managing a team that reflects the broad diversity of our communities. Our core values of inclusion, respect, healthy community and healthy play are the foundation of our organization and are infused in all aspects of our work, including recruiting and retaining the best talent we can.

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

To apply

Apply online here.