Play-Well TEKnologies
  • 24-May-2019 (MST)
  • AZ / TX / OR / WA Region
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • $19.50
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

Home office allowance, mileage reimbursement, phone & laptop provided


Play-Well TEKnologies (http://www.play-well.org) is 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 Oregon. Training starts immediately upon position being filled.

The successful candidate lives within the greater Portland area or plans to move there soon. This part-time hourly position involves 20-29 hours per week with the potential to grow to full-time with program growth in the future.

This area's operations are most established in the greater Portland area, however include after-school enrichment and summer camp programming throughout the state including Ashland, Eugene, Bend and Salem areas, with plenty of room still for more growth. 

We need someone who is excited to build momentum in this area of the country and has the flexibility to meet challenges head on! The top priorities include: maintaining and deepening our relationships with current clients which include public and independent schools and recreation centers, continually assessing competition in the area, teaching our classes, and expanding Play-Well's reach in Oregon. Growing programs in the area 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 reach students and parents throughout the communities we currently serve.
 
The ideal candidate is someone who is detail oriented with excellent follow-through and can handle client-specific demands. Additionally, we are looking for someone who has people management experience as the role directly supervises a small team which includes staff spread throughout the state. 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 to school officials and community leaders.

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
  • Teaching exemplary Play-Well classes and camps

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 20-29/hours a week schedule as needed (which will include occasional 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, current car insurance, and safe driving history
  • Lives in greater Portland area, willing to travel to classes throughout the state; travel regionally or nationally as necessary
  • Secure place to store and maintain teaching kits & marketing material
  • 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 Portland 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: 

  • Part-time hourly, 20-29 hours per week: $19.50/hour
  • Work from home office with monthly office allowance; mileage reimbursement for all business travel
  • Phone and laptop provided

We play everyday. Come play well with us! 

The successful Play-Well Area Manager has...

  • Passion for kids with an ability to quickly develop good rapport with children while maintaining discipline and directing the design/build experience 
  • Comfort with "controlled chaos"
  • 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-motivated, extremely well organized, goal focused; able to work autonomously - a self-starter
  • Able to stay organized in a home office; excellent follow through
  • Able to establish and maintain healthy relationships through communication with Play-Well management, facility directors, parents, guardians and students
  • Able to quickly and tactfully respond to questions/concerns from parents, classroom instructors and clients

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.

Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PlayWellTEK/


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

Play-Well TEKnologies
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