Program Manager Portland, Oregon



Portland, OR, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

ABOUT THE POSITION, as the Program Manager role is located in the Playworks Pacific Northwest region reporting to the Associate Program Director. In the role of Program Manager, you will assist in the planning and implementation of Playworks’ comprehensive school-based play and youth development programming. You will train and oversee Program Coordinators and Program specialists (direct service on-site program staff), maintain strong relationships with school partners, partner with the regional trainers and Site Coordinators and other staff to develop new training for program staff, and facilitate the implementation of any new or modified programming. This is a full-time, exempt position that reports directly to the Associate Program Director.

Specifically, you will:

  • Collaborate with the regional, hub, and national teams to oversee Playworks’ programs, planning and implementing school-based programming at elementary school sites.
  • Manage and support 2-6 Direct service providers.
  • Conduct regular program observations & data reviews to ensure high-quality programming.
  • Support direct reports with tracking hours, organizing, and participating in program events as needed.
  • Communicate regularly with school leadership regarding program implementation, program quality, scheduling of training and site visits, and other relevant information.
  • Participate in curriculum development.
  • Develop, organize, and facilitate Playworks related and personal staff trainings.
  • In partnership with the Associate Program Director, responsible for renewal of school partnerships.
  • Perform evaluations of direct service staff and oversee curriculum implementation during the school year to ensure fulfillment of expectations and responsibilities.
  • Serve as interscholastic/developmental sports league coordinator and contact person and serve as staff liaison to external league stakeholders which includes additional evening hour (when necessary and applicable)
  • Support the recruitment and hiring process for new program direct service staff.
  • Represent Playworks at events and support activities and training as needed.
  • Document and photograph programs that the Region will share via newsletters, social media, and website.
  • Assist with administrative tasks related to program management (data collection, paperwork, etc.) and additional areas as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or an equivalent combination of education and experience in a related field.
  • A minimum of two years experience in a professional position, preferably in a non-profit youth development organization.
  • Previous responsibility for direct reports in a supervisory capacity.
  • Daily access to reliable transportation. This position will require travel to various regional locations, including school sites that may be widely dispersed throughout the city/region.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and G Suite. Prior experience with Salesforce is a plus.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with different teams across the organization.
  • Proven ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing, to a variety of different audiences.
  • Proven ability to organize and prioritize work, as well as work independently with little supervision as well as within a team setting.


  • 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.
  • Communicator. You are not afraid to ask questions. You openly communicate with teams and departments that are different from yours, facilitating collaboration and serving as a thought partner for members of the entire organization.
  • Relationship Builder. You have the 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.
  • Highly organized. You are great at multitasking and able to manage your time across multiple priorities.
  • Detail Oriented. You catch the little things and think it’s a big deal. You understand that every word you write to an external audience is a reflection on Playworks.
  • Flexible. You thrive in an environment characterized by significant growth, diversity, and constant change.
  • 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.

Compensation & Benefits:

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

  • Competitive nonprofit salary of $57,100. This is a full-time, exempt position that reports directly to the Associate Program Director.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, disability, 401(k), life insurance, employee-funded pre-tax health, and child care spending accounts.
  • Generous flexible paid time off policy with paid sick and holiday leave.
  • Mileage Reimbursement.

Other things you need to know:

  • This position will require travel to various regional locations roughly 10-12 days every month.
  • 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.
  • Requires flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environment.

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, and other office equipment. This position requires sufficient physical ability and mobility to stand for extended periods at times; walk on a school site in various weather conditions; to climb stairs at some sites; occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist, and, dependent on assignment the employee may occasionally lift, push, pull and/or move up to 50 pounds.

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.
  • References will be requested.

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.

While Playworks doesn’t currently have a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, in cases where the state or school district is mandating COVID vaccinations for their teachers and school staff, Playworks employees working in-person at the school will need to comply with this requirement.

We are committed to racial equity, and we make a particular effort to recruit people of color, indigenous people, gender non-binary people, and people with historically more marginalized identities to apply for open positions. Our core values of cultivate play, center equity, continue learning and collaborate within communities are the foundation of our organization and are infused in all aspects of our work.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If that is you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself!

As an equal opportunity program, Playworks encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, gender identity/expression, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, faith, marital status, physical ability, or any other legally protected basis. Playworks evaluates all candidates for employment, volunteering opportunities or board service on a merit basis.