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Job Opening: Regional Executive Officer at Playworks

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  • ilana (straznik) horwitz
    http://www.playworks.org/jobs/regional-executive-officer Regional Executive Officer About the Organization: For more than 15 years, Playworks has leveraged the
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2012

      Regional Executive Officer

      About the Organization:

      For more than 15 years, Playworks has leveraged the power of play at
      recess and throughout the school day to accelerate children’s learning
      and improve school climate. In partnership with the Robert Wood
      Johnson Foundation, Playworks currently serves more than 300 schools
      in 22 cities across the country, reaching 120,000 children daily.
      Principals and teachers tell us as a result of having Playworks on
      their campus, kids are more active, bullying, fights and injuries
      significantly decrease, and students return to the classroom focused
      and ready to learn.

      In addition to placing Playworks’ staff in schools full-time,
      Playworks’ Training Department offers fee-for-service workshops and
      hands-on training and technical assistance to enable schools, school
      districts and community-based organizations to put our approach into
      action in their communities. For more information, please visit

      About the Position:

      Playworks is in the midst of substantial national expansion, and we're
      looking for a dynamic, entrepreneurial and talented leader to support
      the growth of city-based operations. The Regional Executive Officer is
      responsible for supervising and supporting 7-10 Executive Directors
      including monitoring financial sustainability, program quality and
      leadership both external and internal. This position requires
      demonstrated success in managing personnel, designing development
      strategy and assessing performance. Successful candidates will bring a
      strong knowledge of the public school system, ability to lead/develop
      teams and proven experience managing leaders remotely. This position
      reports to the President & Chief Operating Officer.

      Oakland, CA

      Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
      Providing guidance and accountability for Executive Directors as follows:


      Review and monitor city fundraising plans against targets on an
      ongoing basis
      Assess fundraising successes and challenges and identify
      adjustments in response
      Observe Executive Directors in action with prospective and current
      funders and provide feedback
      Collect fundraising best practices across the Playworks’ network
      and communicate them
      Identify professional development needs related to fundraising and
      design vehicles for delivering training
      Build systems nationally to meet Executive Directors’ needs for support

      Financial Management:

      Oversee annual budget creation with Executive Directors
      Review monthly financials, identify areas of weakness and address
      them with Executive Directors
      Design financial policies in collaboration with the Finance team
      to ensure efficient and effective financial management in the cities

      Program Oversight:

      Monitor hiring processes, team health and ongoing program quality
      in the cities
      Assess Executive Director leadership and successes and challenges
      in building a team culture and motivating team members
      Collaborate with national program team to establish efficient and
      effective systems for school contracting and fee collections
      Contribute to national staff training design

      External Relations:

      Provide coaching around building a board of directors and engaging
      the board in governance and fundraising
      Strategize with Executive Directors in networking tactics and
      potential sources of community support
      Offer feedback around volunteer engagement

      Supervising Executive Directors as follows:

      Hire Executive Directors as needed
      Provide at least bi-weekly check-ins by phone
      Visit each city at least twice per year
      Conduct quarterly and annual reviews including soliciting peer and
      direct report feedback
      Manage all personnel issues in collaboration with HR team
      Reporting quarterly to national board of directors on Executive
      Director performance

      Facilitating national/city collaboration as follows:

      Facilitate communication between national departments and city
      staff on an ongoing basis including national program, evaluation,
      government, finance, human resources, development and IT
      Represent the needs of the Executive Directors in national
      discussions that affect them
      Support the work of the Executive Director council
      Identify challenges that cross multiple cities and propose solutions


      Must have 8 or more years previous non-profit management experience
      Self-starter with strong organizational skills; proven ability to
      handle multiple projects, meet deadlines and maintain consistent
      Experience working with progressive management and supporting a
      range of positions within a company
      Have demonstrated success as an energetic, passionate, and dynamic
      leader who can manage a professional staff
      Cross-cultural sensitivity, including a familiarity with urban
      schools as well as experience working with school and district
      Review and monitor progress on city specific development plans
      including including achievement of fundraising targets
      Versatility, flexibility and a willingness to work within
      constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm
      Experience managing sustainable operations
      Ability to make decisions autonomously in high pressure situations
      Strong computer skills, ability to use existing technology to
      achieve desired results and proficiency in MS office suite
      Ability to thrive working both independently and within team settings
      High professional standards with the ability to see big picture
      and manage practical details
      Passionate commitment to Playworks’ mission and youth development approach
      Ability to travel to multiple locations 30% of the time

      Compensation and Benefits:

      Commensurate with experience, and consistent with organizations of
      our size and budget
      Employer-paid health coverage
      Access to employee-funded pre-tax health and child care spending accounts
      Paid vacation, sick and holiday leave
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