Partnership Project Manager



Sales & Business Development, Operations
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2023

ABOUT PLAYWORKS, at Playworks we believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. We are changing the 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 by partnering with schools, districts, and after-school programs through services including digital engagement, on-site coaches, professional training for school staff who support play, and consultative partnerships.

ABOUT THE POSITION, Playworks Pennsylvania is seeking a highly motivated and organized Partnership Project Manager to develop and manage an exciting new regional project working with communities most impacted by violence across Philadelphia. This position is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all project details including ongoing operations and administration, events, and functions related to the project. As the Partnership Project Manager, you will work closely with Playworks staff, external partners, program participants and volunteers to create and grow a sustainable and well-organized community-based program. This position is grant-funded through June 2025, with an opportunity for funding to continue after.

Specifically you will manage the regional office in the following ways:

Regional Project Operations and Administration:

  • Develop and drive recruitment strategies for regional project participants (high schools and high school students) and volunteers.
  • Create and maintain systems, processes, and procedures for the project, with input from the regional Executive Director, Program Director, Program Manager, and development staff.
  • Plan, coordinate and carry out project related events, including but not limited to, summer training academies, monthly cohort meetings and trainings, weekly project activities, semi-annual junior coach meetings, and sports league jamborees.
  • Develop, plan, coordinate and carry out professional development opportunities for staff, program participants, and partners including development of appropriate curriculum.
  • Manage all project related data including budget tracking, timesheet audits, and other data collection processes to ensure compliance and timely completion. Write and submit required quarterly program and fiscal reports.
  • Manage and monitor survey results, keep the team updated on participation numbers, and manage participation incentive programs when needed.

School Programs and Partnership Engagement:

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for all high school partners, high school project participants and external data collection consultants. Proactively work with and manage participants on a regular basis to ensure their engagement. This includes recruitment of partners, ongoing meetings to ensure quality of partnership, weekly visits to all school sites where participants will be focused, etc.
  • Serve as a contact for external partners, attend, assist and represent Playworks at external partner events/functions, speaking engagements, and other programs.
  • Participate in communications and marketing efforts, including event planning and seeking out community-based partnerships to support programming.

Who You Are:

  • Detail Oriented Systems Person. You are great at multitasking, very organized, able to manage your time across multiple priorities and you manage through systems. You catch the little things and think it’s a big deal.
  • Flexible and Adaptable. You thrive in an environment characterized by significant growth, diversity and constant change. You have experience working within and around complex programs.
  • Judgment. You consider the long-term as well as immediate short-term outcomes and actions. You recognize when to escalate appropriate or specific situations to the next higher level of expertise. You consider alternative available actions, resources, and constraints before selecting a method for accomplishing a task or project.
  • Relationship Builder. You have an ability to manage, motivate and develop diverse individuals and teams, knowing how to meet an individual's unique needs. You also thrive in situations where you are developing and maintaining external relationships and partnerships.
  • Self-starter. You set clear goals and follow through with flexible and creative problem solving. You can work independently with minimal supervision. You also seek and incorporate feedback from your colleagues.
  • Mission Driven. You are committed to Playworks’ mission and vision to improve outcomes for children and schools. You are also committed to Playworks Equity Statement, recognizing that equity learning is a journey that will require a willingness to participate in organizational-wide learning and development.

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Prior experience with nonprofits in education, youth development and/or sports.
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships internally and externally with strong interpersonal skills and cross-cultural proficiencies.
  • Strong computer skills, ability to use existing technology to achieve desired results and proficiency in Google applications and Salesforce.
  • Ability to thrive working both independently and within team settings.
  • Knowledge of the cultural and educational landscape of the region.
  • Staff and volunteer support and training experience.
  • This position will require travel to various regional locations.
  • You must have outstanding communication skills, including good phone and email etiquette and the ability to facilitate small and large group presentations.
  • Requires flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environment.

Compensation & Benefits:

Playworks offers the full package - great benefits, a fun place to work and an opportunity to grow professionally. We offer:

  • This is a full time exempt position reporting to the regional Executive Director and is located in Philadelphia, PA.
  • At Playworks, our starting salary takes into consideration internal pay equity, geographic pay differential and robust external market data. We highly value transparency and equity within compensation and therefore are committed to adhering to established compensation pay points. The starting salary for this role is $64,600.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, disability, 401(k) with employer match, life insurance, employee funded pre-tax health and child care spending accounts.
  • Generous flexible paid time off policy with paid sick and holiday leave.

This is a hands-on, creative, playful and fun-loving place to work, 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!

Please include:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in Playworks and how your experience has prepared you for this role.
  • Resume.
  • Professional work samples and references will be requested if competitive for the position.

Other things you need to know:

  • This position may require travel to various regional locations.
  • If a Playworks employee is required to drive a vehicle for work related purposes (not commuting purposes) the employee must complete an authorization form and provide us with evidence of valid, current driver's license and proof of liability/collision/property damage insurance with minimum coverage of $50,000 each accident/ $100,000 each occurrence.
  • Typical Physical & Mental Demands: Typical Physical & Mental Demands: Requires prolonged sitting with some bending, stooping and stretching, and eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, telephone, photocopier, calculator and other office equipment. 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. While diversity is often used in reference to visual characteristics such as race, ethnicity, age, sex and physical appearance, we embrace a broader definition of diversity that also includes less visible factors. We also recognize that individuals can affiliate with multiple identities.

As an equal opportunity program, Playworks encourages applications from all individuals regardless of national origin, religion, gender, differing abilities (physical, mental, learning), sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, political affiliation, military experience, and any other legally protected basis. Playworks evaluates all candidates on a merit basis.