Play-Well TEKnologies
  • 11-Jul-2019 (MST)
  • Northeast Region
  • New Haven, CT, USA
  • $45,240
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Accrued PTO, paid holidays, eligibility for our group health plan and Flexible Spending Accounts (medical expense, adoption assistance, and 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 Connecticut. Position starts immediately upon being filled.

The ideal candidate lives in Connecticut with existing knowledge of this region, or plans to move to the area soon. This full-time salaried position includes accrued PTO, paid holidays, as well as eligibility for our group health plan, Flexible Spending Accounts (medical expense, adoption assistance, and dependent care), and optional retirement plan.

This is a well established area for our programs spanning across the state, including Greater Hartford, Fairfield County, and as far south as Greenwich. Applicants should be prepared to visit clients and instructors anywhere in Connecticut and geographic knowledge of the state is helpful. Play-Well has many long-standing partnerships with Parks & Recreation departments, public and private schools. This position will focus on maintaining good relationships with established partners while growing the area, with a strong focus on marketing the programs to reach more families, students, schools, organizations. The new manager will report directly to a Regional Manager. 

The ideal candidate is someone who is detail oriented and can handle client-specific demands (like fingerprinting requests). Additionally, we are looking for someone who has staff management experience and is able to both manage and teach when needed in the area. 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 our Eastern 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 collaborate with other Play-Well managers to ensure quality operations in the region
  • Completing all paperwork and documentation for clients and program operational 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)
  • Must be living in or willing to move to the area (no relocation package available)
  • 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 required distances to organize, promote, teach classes, evaluate staff and/or meet with clients
  • Has a valid Driver License and current car insurance
  • Travel to classes throughout the state; 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
  • Educational backgrounds may 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 ($45,240 annual salary)
  • Benefits include: accrued PTO, 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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