Hours: This is a part-time position. During the school year, the Recess Facilitator hours are approximately 10:00am-1:00pm everyday school is in session. You may also attend periodic trainings and meetings with supervisors at the school or Urban Initiatives (approx. 20 hours total for the year).
Compensation: $13/hr, 12-15 hrs/week for all student attendance days, plus periodic trainings or meetings. Student attendance days vary according to the CPS calendar.
Activities: You will work with the school’s Recess Coordinator to oversee recess for all ages, implementing Urban Initiatives’ Play with Potential recess model. Our goal is for students to be safe, active and engaged in play that contributes to social and physical development. Recess Facilitators will organize students in the play space (usually outdoors or in the gym) and offer age-appropriate games. The goal is to teach students how to play games, then supervise and support them until they are able to play in a self-directed capacity. Facilitators will also be responsible for managing behavior during recess to ensure that all students are safe. A variety of equipment (playground balls, cones, etc) will be available. The Recess Facilitator will train with the Urban Initiatives staff in order to be prepared to serve all functions of this position.
Other duties will include:
Participating in periodic evaluation/report meetings with Urban Initiatives and/or school staff
Clocking in and clocking out in a timely manner
Emphasizing healthy lifestyles and positive character development during recess time
Ability to engage with students in physical activity by demonstrating, supervising and enjoying recess games
Commitment to positive discipline; desire to keep recess safe, active and engaging for all students
Ability to be creative and adapt play spaces as needed (for example, when recess is indoors for winter months)
Ability to work independently and in a team environment
Ability to work a flexible schedule
Fingerprint Background Check (required in-house)
CPR certification (training provided by Urban Initiatives)
Negative TB test (required)
About Urban Initiatives
Founded in 2003, Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs youth development programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Urban Initiatives’ mission is to empower Chicago’s youth to become agents of community change through academic success, healthy living, and leadership development. We drive systemic change by connecting stakeholders and strengthening the social fabric of the community. Urban Initiatives takes a collaborative, whole child approach to development in order to provide children with ongoing opportunities to reach their full potential. Currently, Urban Initiatives serves 13,000 students from 37 underserved communities with our continuum of programming.