Job Openings

Becoming a member of Playtime Project’s team is a great opportunity to influence the future of a small, growing nonprofit, and positively impact the lives of more than 700 children experiencing homelessness in D.C. each year. Playtime is an innovative organization dedicated to providing educational play activities, a therapeutic environment, opportunities to improve academically, access to community resources, and joy to children living in emergency and transitional housing programs.

Scroll down for current openings and consider joining our team. If you don’t see an opportunity listed here that’s for you, consider other ways to get involved with Playtime.

Contact hiring@playtimeproject.org for more information.

CURRENT OPENINGS


Youth Art Facilitator (Part-time Contract)

Under the supervision of the Preteen and Teen Program Manager, the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project is looking to hire an art facilitator for our Optimism for the Future arts program. The facilitator will be responsible for assisting youth between the ages of 8-18 in articulating their experiences using mixed media and unconventional materials.

Time Commitment is 2 sessions per week: one session serving youth between the ages of 8-12 and one session serving youth between the ages of 13-18. Art sessions are held in our Preteen and Teen Center on the first level of D.C. General Emergency Family Shelter.

Deliverables

  • Provide flexible programming that encourages diverse responses and aids in the facilitation of visual expression.
  • Use a strength-based approach to encourage children/youth to see themselves as change agents, rather than victims of their circumstances.
  • Provide opportunities for reflection, problem solving and creative expression.
  • Assist the Preteen and Teen Program Manager in creating an evaluation tool that measures program success in the following areas: (1) physical signs of engagement, (2) art creation and pride in the activity and (3) positive attitude.
  • Assist children/youth in choosing art pieces they would like to display in a gallery opening this October, sponsored by the arts program.

Qualifications

  • 2 years experience facilitating arts programming for children/youth residing within a high-stressed community.
  • Deep understanding of best practices in youth services and trauma-informed care.
  • The ability to facilitate large group activities while maintaining composure and providing the energy needed to draw in and engage children and youth.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, resume and three references to michelai@playtimeproject.org.


Curriculum and Program Support Coordinator (Part-time)

The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project seeks a committed new staff member to join our team, making a difference in the lives of children and families experiencing homelessness in the District of Columbia. Under the supervision of the Managing Director, the Curriculum and Program Support Coordinator aids in the implementation of our new Playtime curriculum across sites. They will also oversee volunteers and programming at one program site and assist at others, as needed.

Curriculum Support Responsibilities (8 Hours Per Week)

  • Assist the Managing Director in securing long-term partnerships that aid Playtime in strengthening its resiliency-building model.
  • Support the Managing Director in the full roll-out of the evaluation and outcomes system being created in partnership with Fair Chance’s Impact Academy.
  • Identify play-based activities for children, 3-8 years old, that move the needle on Playtime’s domains: social-emotional skills, optimism for future, and problem solving.

Program Support Responsibilities (22 Hours Per Week)

  • Support volunteer Site Coordinators in the implementation of evening activities.
  • Lead group activities on-site, and manage special guests and contracted instructors.
  • Ensure that each child has access to healthy snacks and sites have program supplies.
  • Communicate information to parents (outreach to ensure attendance, field trips, access to resources and any concerns regarding their child that aids in the support of their development).
  • Serve as the point-of-contact for shelter staff on duty at your site.
  • Assist in the coordination of our annual donation drives for your site.
  • Input program data monthly and complete required reports.

Required Hours Per Week

  • 30 hours per week: Mondays 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Wednesdays 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, and Thursdays 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm with flexible office hours on Friday.

Location

Our main office is located in Columbia Heights, however, the Curriculum and Program Support Coordinator will support two shelter sites, one located in Columbia Heights and the other at a confidential location in Northeast D.C.

Qualifications

  • B.A in social science preferred but not required
  • 3 to 5 years working with at-risk youth, communities of color, families residing within high-stressed communities and a genuine understanding of the challenges faced by children experiencing homelessness
  • 3 to 5 years implementing engaging activities for children and youth
  • A strong understanding of developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood education
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Ability to quickly understand and enter information accurately into databases
  • Ability to lift 25 to 50 lbs.

Benefits

Partial reimbursement of health insurance available. Vacation and sick leave is provided, plus our office is closed between Dec. 24- Jan. 1, during which time employees are paid their normal salaries.

To apply, please submit a tailored cover letter and resume to renettadavis@playtimeproject.org.