Play-Well TEKnologies
  • 13-Feb-2020 (MST)
  • Southwest Region
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • $47,320.00
  • 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 ( 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 the San Diego CA area.

Buckle up - this will be the toughest job you'll ever love! 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® - for Play-Well Area Managers, the hard work and play go together!

The greater San Diego area is well established for our programs. This Area Manager is in charge of all operations spanning throughout San Diego County including: La Mesa, San Marcos, Carlsbad, Escondido, La Jolla, Poway.

We need someone who can perform in a fast paced environment and has the flexibility to meet challenges head on. The larger geographic area has opportunity for growth so outreach to new clients and diversifying our program offerings is important to our continued expansion, while also maintaining our existing excellent relationships with current clients which include many independent schools, recreation centers, youth serving organizations and more. This includes recruiting, managing and supporting instructional staff to provide high quality programs as well as networking with parent communities and doing grassroots on-the-ground marketing to increase enrollments. Our Area Managers are 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.
The successful candidate lives in the area, or plans to move there soon. This full-time salaried non-exempt 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.
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 throughout the area. 

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 managers to ensure quality operations
  • Completing all paperwork and documentation for clients and program needs
  • Hiring 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


  • Work a consistent 40-hours per week salaried (which will include occasional weekend events)
  • Work independently from a home office and be self-motivated
  • Work remotely and communicate directly with Regional Manager both online and by phone on a daily basis
  • Communicate in a professional manner with parents, coordinators, and all Play-Well staff
  • Strong, professional interpersonal and verbal / written communication skills are a must
  • 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 area; occasional travel statewide or nationally as necessary
  • Secure place to store and maintain LEGO® teaching kits
  • Lifting up to 40 lbs to store and stock materials; bending, stooping and crawling with children during class instruction
  • Able to instill calm during high energy classroom situations
  • Proficient in email and cell phone communication
  • Proficent in using Google docs, Word Processing applications (using Pages or Word), and Spreadsheets (using Excel or Numbers)
  • Data entry and database management, extremely detail oriented
  • 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 kids, education and problem solving. Love of LEGO® and management is a bonus
  • Must be living in or willing to move to the San Diego, CA 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 teaching capacity


  • Full-time salaried / 40 hours per week ($47,320 annual salary)
  • FLSA non-exempt, overtime eligible with senior manager approval
  • Benefits include: PTO, paid holidays, group health plan, FSA plans, 401(k) plan, personal leave
  • Work from home office with monthly office allowance; laptop and cell phone provided; 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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