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Recess Coach

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Legal Address 0TW50 - New York, NY
Part Time
Not Specified
$22.00 - $25.00 Hourly
Road Warrior



Join us at Kids in the Game to help us change the way kids play! Be part of a team dedicated to providing enriching recess experiences for children, fostering their growth, and promoting a love for physical activity and learning. If you have experience leading games for large groups of kids, want to become a PE teacher or stronger coach, or already have an educational background in PE / sports management, this role is for you!


Kids in the Game sport and enrichment-based programs can be found in schools and communities across New York City, serving thousands of children every year. Our goal is to provide positive experiences and opportunities through sports and creative play. We inspire kids to embrace new experiences, adopt a healthy lifestyle, and build integrity. Our work is focused on achieving four ultimate impacts:

  • Enhancing emotional intelligence

  • Creating a positive sense of self

  • Developing NYC into the nation’s top talent hub Integrating our communities

  • Narrowing the income inequality gaps

Kids in the Game is a Certified B Corporation and we’re committed to doing business for good. We are striving every day to have a positive impact in the lives of our youth, and we believe that it all starts with being the best part of their day.

To learn more about our programs and our team, visit


We are actively seeking coaches, college students, and youth development specialists to join our dynamic team of recess coaches from September 2023 through June 2024. As a valued member of Kids in the Game, you will have the opportunity to contribute to our school communities and programming, which focuses on incorporating educational and engaging sports and fitness classes throughout the school day.

About the role: Recess Coaches lead group games in schools across New York City during the school year. Coaches organize games and challenges that promote physical activity and positive interaction among children and young adults from Pre-K to middle school. Your goal is to develop motor skills and physical development among younger children and encourage proper exercise and eating habits among older children. You must be able to adapt your activities to accommodate and include children with different physical and development abilities. 

Weekly Schedule: Our Recess coaches are expected to work 10-15 hours per week in different schools throughout the week. Most recess programs operate 3-5 days per week for 2-3 hours per day between 9am-2pm.

As a Recess Coach, you can expect to:

  • Teach skills and enhance children’s knowledge of physical fitness, health education, rhythm and dance, as well as individual and team sports, through Kids in the Game curriculum

  • Work cooperatively with other Kids in the Game staff members in planning a balanced recess & physical education program

  • Analyze, demonstrate, and explain basic skills, knowledge, and strategies of formal sports, games rhythms, and fundamentals of body movement

  • Provide individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the developmental needs of each child

  • Provide appropriate safety instruction and conduct safety checks on equipment and field areas to insure the overall safety of all sports equipment and school spaces

  • Implement best practices in child behavior management to provide an orderly, productive environment in physical education classes and group activities

  • Evaluate each child's growth in physical skills, knowledge, and contribution in team sports, and share regular progress reports with school administrators and Kids in the Game’s program management team

  • Collaborate with school administrators to develop the method by which he/she will be evaluated in conformance with district guidelines. 

  • Communicate with parents and school counselors on each child’s progress

  • Performs other duties as may from time to time be assigned by the supervisor to successfully implement the physical education program

Compensation: This is a part-time, hourly position. We offer competitive hourly rates in the range of $22-$25 per hour for recess coaches based on prior experience as a general coach and background in school-based or PE instruction.


  • We are a youthful, passionate, committed team of individuals that care about our youth and city

  • We are committed to developing innovative, creative programs that promote creative play and sports skill development

  • We work hard and push each other personally and professionally to keep growing

  • We offer you the freedom to reach new parts of NYC while working in diverse communities

  • We are an active team and regularly participate in company social leagues, team-building activities, and sporting events


At Kids in the Game, you can expect to be welcomed into an engaging and spirited environment that emphasizes the importance of teamwork, open communication, and collaboration. We are proud to foster an inclusive environment where our team members feel respected by and connected to one another. We value the unique experiences, perspectives, and passions of our employees, and we look forward to adding dynamic personalities to our team.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: We are committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment for all of our interns and employees. We recruit candidates from across the city, state, and country, from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. We have developed partnerships with organizations that allow us to target our hiring practices to include chronically discriminated against or low-income groups, and improve their access to high-quality employment opportunities.



Our ideal candidate would meet some or all of the following qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing a bachelor’s or advanced educational degree in physical education is highly preferred

  • Possess at least two years of experience leading physical education and fitness classes in school-based settings 

  • Must be able to demonstrate positive group management and engagement through a structured interview and demo process

  • Must be able to work within a team environment and independently. You may be asked to lead recess classes on your own or with a co-coach, so you should be adaptable to different class structures!

  • Act as a Kids in the Game ambassador and communicate efficiently with the People & Culture and Program Management team to stay informed about program updates

  • Be a positive and influential role model for the children you work with and contribute meaningful to the school culture while you are at the school