Recess Coach

Chicago, IL

Are you passionate about youth development? Have a knack for coaching and leading activities with young people? Do you enjoy working in a school setting?

Our Recess Coach position may be PERFECT for you! 

The Recess Coach is responsible for implementing the recess schedule for all K-8 school-age youth, expanding SEL knowledge school-wide, and being a proactive team member within their school environment. Recess schedules include but are not limited to, structured play, transitions, and lunchroom support. 

A Day in the Life of a Recess Coach: 

  • Organizing schedule for recess in partnership with school administration

  • Implementing recess sessions for all K-8 students throughout the school day

  • Overseeing a team of school staff to support recess

  • Building relationships with school staff and students 

  • Leading recess activities with an emphasis on play and SEL, resources provided to support high-quality recess 

  • Managing transitions to and from the lunch and recess spaces

  • Supporting school SEL needs, as needed


  • Passion for Urban Initiatives’ mission

  • Strong time management, administrative, analytical, and organizational skills

  • Superior communication skills, both spoken and written

  • Commitment to restorative practices

  • Strong group facilitation and coaching skills

  • Quick learner and problem solver, experienced in managing conflicts

  • Self-directed while balancing multiple tasks within a team-based work environment 

  • Ability to be flexible and manage multiple priorities while maintaining high-quality work

  • Commitment to interrupting all forms of oppression in the workplace

  • Commitment to supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for youth

  • Demonstrated experience working with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in underserved neighborhoods

  • Spanish Speaking is a plus


  • Competitive hourly rate of $23

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance premiums are paid 100% by Urban Initiatives (for employees and for their children)

  • Life, short-term disability, and long-term disability insurance paid 100% by Urban Initiatives

  • Option to contribute to a 401K with up to a 3% match of your salary after one full year of employment

  • Paid Sick Leave

  • Comprehensive Training 

  • Employee Recognition Programs

  • Support for Community Involvement


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Urban Initiatives is dedicated to intentionally fostering a climate of purposeful inclusion in our workplace, and candidates of diverse backgrounds and identities are strongly encouraged to apply. Urban Initiatives is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. This is in accordance with federal and state law.

Urban Initiatives Overview

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 use the power of sport and play to empower Chicago’s youth to achieve academic success, develop social-emotional skills, and build social capital. Currently, Urban Initiatives serves an estimated 60 schools throughout the City of Chicago.