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


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.


Social Worker

The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project is seeking a Social Worker with 3-5 years of experience with clinical case management for children and families to serve the highest-need cases in our program. We run children’s programs in family homeless shelters that aim to build resilience through play. We also see play as a portal to help connect the highest-need families with the critical services and supports they need to thrive. Playtime’s first-ever Social Worker will focus on helping parents meet the needs of their child, with the goal of increasing child and family social-emotional health and stability. This position will be supervised by the Executive Director and will work with a team of Site Managers and other organizational staff to help set up this new role for success.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Social Work (no exceptions).
  • Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia.
  • Experience serving children and families in crisis.
  • Experience providing clinical case management.
  • Skills fostering positive parent-child interaction and strengthening attachment.
  • Knowledge and connections with resources, services and programs that benefit children and families experiencing homelessness in Washington, D.C.
  • Schedule includes evening hours 2-4 nights/week, Monday-Thursday, working a 1-9 p.m. schedule to accommodate when Playtime programs are in session. Comp and flex time is available.

Primary Duties

  • Conduct intake/needs assessments for Playtime families at primary shelter site.
  • Prioritize critical cases to be invited onto caseload of social worker and interns as space allows.
  • Serve as consultant for staff at Playtime’s other program sites as needed.
  • Conduct educational advocacy, collaborate with relevant partners, and coordinate referrals to services focusing on education, special needs, parenting and family support programs.
  • Share information about relevant programs that would benefit Playtime families in all sites through parent workshops and Resource Guide dissemination, for example.
  • Supervise small team of social work interns.
  • Enter case-notes into Apricot database and submit monthly reports on referrals, outcomes, and systemic issues.

Goals of the Position

  • Strengthen the parent-child relationship by encouraging enrollment in home visiting programs, parenting education and support programs, and mental health services, as needed.
  • Advocate for children with delays and disabilities to get the services they are legally entitled to. Help increase school participation by troubleshooting and addressing attendance barriers.
  • Advise the Playtime program how to ensure maximum therapeutic benefit for individual children with special needs, as well as collectively as a program model. Ensure appropriate case coordination by collaborating with other shelter partners.
  • Provide concrete deliverables, including increased access to early childhood education programs, home visiting, educational advocacy, and other critical services.
  • Make recommendations for system improvements to tighten the support network and safety net for children and families in shelters.

Benefits

Full health and dental insurance, vacation/sick, parental leave, retirement plan after first year of employment, plus our office is closed between December 24-January 1, during which time employees receive their regular salaries. Professional development and supervision by a social worker. Salary range is $50-60k and the anticipated start time is September 2017.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to hiring@playtimeproject.org. Come make a difference on our team!