Play-Well TEKnologies
  • 02-Nov-2018 to 31-Dec-2022 (MST)
  • Northeast Region
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • $48,360
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Accrued paid vacation time, paid holidays, eligibility for our group health plan and Flexible Spending Accounts (health and/or dependent care), monthly office/phone allowance, expense and mileage reimbursement


Play-Well TEKnologies (http://www.play-well.orgis an educational enrichment company that introduces children in grades K-8 to STEM concepts using LEGO® components. 

We are seeking a new manager for our operations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.  Training starts immediately upon position being filled.

The successful candidate lives within the highest density part of our programming area, Greater Boston, or plans to move there soon. This full-time salaried position includes accrued paid vacation, paid holidays, as well as eligibility for our group health plan, Flexible Spending Accounts (health and/or dependent care), and optional retirement plans.

This area is well established for our programs, with many longstanding clients and strong partners throughout the community, however there is still plenty of room for growth. This Area Manager is in charge of all operations spanning from southern New Hampshire through Massachusetts and Rhode Island. 

We need someone who can perform in a fast paced environment and has the flexibility to meet challenges head on.  The top priority is maintaining and deepening our relationships with current clients which include many public and independent schools, recreation centers and more, as well as continually assessing competition in the area. This includes networking with parent communities, doing grassroots on-the-ground marketing, running consistently quality programs, and finding unserved pockets in the community or new ways to better meet the high expectations of the sites and parents who we serve. 
 
The ideal candidate is someone who is detail oriented and can handle client-specific demands (like CORI and fingerprinting requests). Additionally, we are looking for someone who has staff management experience as the role directly supervises an Assistant Manager, a large part-time Instructor team, and seasonal Summer Assistants. The Area Manager will need to be well versed in our curriculum and instructional methods in order to lead our programs as well as mentor and evaluate instructional staff, and market our programs.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Setting annual and seasonal goals in cooperation with Regional Manager
  • Determining pricing and marketing strategies for programs in the area
  • Creating and maintaining relationships using good communication with clients to schedule programs, with staff to set schedules, and with other Play-Well management team and support to ensure quality operations
  • Completing all paperwork and documentation for clients and program needs
  • Hiring, training and development of all instructor and assistant staff for the area
  • Seasonal and annual performance evaluations of staff
  • Invoicing clients and follow-up on accounts receivable

Buckle up - this is hard work! Lugging 40 pound totes in and out of your car, training and mentoring staff to lead excited kids through challenging projects, managing classroom conflicts and responding to parent questions, caretaking all that LEGO® - this will be the toughest job you'll ever love! 

Requirements:

  • Work a consistent 40-hours per week salaried (which will include some weekend and evening events)
  • Work independently from a home office and be self-motivated
  • Work remotely and communicate effectively with Regional Manager and fellow managers in the region online via video, by phone, as well as in-person as needed
  • Strong, professional interpersonal and verbal / written communication skills are a must with parents, client site coordinators, and all Play-Well staff
  • Owns reliable vehicle to transport Play-Well teaching kit which includes 6-8 60-quart bins of materials, and willing to drive throughout area to organize, promote, teach classes, evaluate staff and/or meet with clients
  • Has a valid Driver License and current car insurance
  • Lives in Greater Boston area, willing to travel to classes throughout the 3-state area; travel regionally or nationally as necessary
  • Secure place to store and maintain LEGO® teaching kits
  • Lifting up to 50 lbs to store and stock materials; bending, stooping and crawling with children during class instruction
  • Able to instill calm during high energy classroom situations
  • Professional, proficient email and cell phone communication
  • Proficient in using Google docs, Word Processing applications (using Pages or Word), and Spreadsheets (using Excel or Numbers)
  • Data entry and database management with extreme attention to detail
  • Ability to learn and comprehend all internal IT systems
  • Must pass all background and health tests as a condition of employment

Education / Experience:

  • Passion for managing people, LEGO®, and inspiring kids
  • Must be living in or willing to move to the area (no relocation package available)
  • Educational backgrounds vary; Bachelor's degree preferred
  • Work history varies; proficiency in classroom instruction, management, training, employee relations, public relations, business and marketing preferred
  • Successful history working with children in a classroom, summer camp or enrichment capacity
  • Demonstrated experience working successfully from a home office

Compensation: 

  • Full-time salaried / 40 hours per week ($48,360 annual salary)
  • Benefits include: accrued vacation, paid holidays, group health plan, FSA plans
  • Work from home office with monthly office/phone allowance; travel to teaching sites with mileage reimbursement

We play everyday. Come play well with us! 

At Play-Well, our people have...

  • A passion for kids and an ability to quickly develop good rapport with children while maintaining discipline and directing the design/build experience 
  • Comfort with "controlled chaos"
  • An understanding of basic scientific and engineering principles; love of problem solving - makers and tinkerers encouraged to apply!
  • An inquisitive, fun-loving personality. We like people who are curious about how things work and are willing to "nerd out" with kids
  • Self-motivation! We're extremely well organized, goal focused; able to work autonomously - self-starter personality

Who we are:

At Play-Well TEKnologies, kids dive into our classes and exercise their innate gift for building. They come away understanding fundamental principles of engineering and physics. The experience boosts their confidence, creativity and ability to collaborate. 

We provide project-based programs designed to teach principles and methods of engineering to children, ages 5 - 14, using LEGO®. Our curriculum is designed by engineers, building on the math and science skills students learn during the school year. Utilizing over 20,000 pieces of LEGO® for each class, we engage our students in solving real-world engineering challenges that explore concepts in physics, architecture, and engineering. Our goal is to have our students foster a greater appreciation of how things work, and encourage the qualities of inquisitiveness, self-reliance, and self-confidence in children. We have been growing future engineers and problem solvers since 1997.


**This organization is not affiliated with the LEGO GROUP.** 

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