This week we were asked to look for three organizations on a national and federal level that relate to our topic of choice.
The first organization I have chosen is The International Play Association.
There are many great things happening in this organization. A quote that the Association used that really caught my attention is
“The child shall have full opportunity for play and recreation which should be directed to the same purposes as education; society and the public authorities shall endeavor to promote the enjoyment of this right;”
This quote made me realize that this is a organization in which I could use in my CoP and also use for future references. According to the Associations, their purpose is to ” The purpose of IPA USA is to protect, preserve, and promote play as a fundamental right for all humans” (International Play Association, 2014) . This Association promotes recess and encourages play in school.
The second organization I have chosen is the National Institute for Play. Their vision is “We envision a near term future where all existing scientific research related to human play — currently scattered across a range of scientific disciplines and only partially identified as human-play-related — is integrated and the field of Human Play is a credentialed discipline in the scientific community” (National Institute for Play, n.d.). This Organization focuses on play and is a great advocate for play to use in my project.
Finally, I have picked a organization called PlayWorks. This organization focuses on allowing children to play during school hours. The website explains that
Playworks’ vision is that one day every child in America will get to play—every day. We are changing school culture 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 offer an essential opportunity for children to explore their imaginations, to connect with other kids, and to stretch and grow physically, emotionally and socially” (Playworks, 2015).
A Job I found interesting on the Playworks website is for Program Manager. Although this may seem like a long shot, I think it would be a great opportunity.Here is what is required:
About the position:
The Program Manager will oversee the planning and implementation of Playworks’ comprehensive school-based play and youth development programming. This includes training and oversight of program coordinators, developing new training for program staff and facilitating the implementation any new or modified programming. This is a full-time, exempt position which reports directly to either a city executive director or a program director.
Responsibilities include, but not be limited to:
- Overseeing the Playworks’ programs, planning and implementing sports based programming during recess, lunch, and after school at elementary school sites.
- Manage and support 8-12 program coordinators.
- When applicable, support AmeriCorps program coordinators including tracking hours, organizing and participating in volunteer service activities, encouraging completion of term of service, etc.
- Participate in curriculum development.
- Organize and facilitate staff trainings.
- Perform evaluations of program coordinators according to Playworks’ protocol and oversee curriculum implementation during school year to ensure program coordinator fulfillment of expectations and responsibilities.
- Serve as primary contact person for school administrators.
- Mediate program issues with schools, staff and principals and program coordinators.
- Serve as volleyball/basketball league coordinator and contact person which includes additional evening hours.
- Additional league responsibilities include creating league documents and schedules, as well as recruiting and training of volunteers.
- Participate in hiring of new program coordinators.
- Assist in special events, field trips, etc.
- Represent Playworks in the community and work to build new relationships.
- Support administrative staff and executive director and/or program director as needed (paperwork, grant writing, etc.)
- Represent Playworks in building community relationships and supporting national expansion through various special projects such as development of curriculum for specific student populations, building relationships with new funding sources and developing training for new sites.
- Support Playworks local training efforts.
- Successful experience as a Playworks’ program coordinator or similar experience such as a background in youth development with a variety of skills and approaches to sports and play.
- Self-starter with strong organizational skills; proven ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines.
- Ability to interact with diverse communities and community organizations.
- Ability to manage and support staff.
- “Get It Right” attitude as well as someone who seeks and incorporates feedback.
- Strong computer skills, ability to use existing technology to achieve desired results and proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and internet based programs.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm.
- Ability to thrive working both independently and within team settings.
- High professional standards with the ability to see big picture and manage practical details.
- Must be creative and passionate about youth work. Ability and means to travel on a flexible schedule as needed.
- Proof of liability and property damage insurance on vehicle used is required in addition to a valid drivers license.
- Sense of humor and resourcefulness essential.
Although I may not meet all of the qualifications as of yet, I am on the way of meeting them and being able to accomplish a job like this.
International Play Association. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.ipausa.org/join.html
National Institute for Play. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nifplay.org/
PlayWorks. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.playworks.org/