Washington DC Youth Rugby (WDCYR) and Play Rugby USA (PRUSA) are excited to announce their search for a part-time Program Development Manager in Washington, D.C. The hire comes off the back of a successful two-year partnership through which PRUSA has delivered four teacher activation trainings and shared a number of its program design resources, to enable WDCYR to grow participation across its program network to over 400 students. With over 20 active schools in the program, the 100% volunteer-based WDCYR is at capacity as demand from Washington, D.C. Public Schools, local Community Based Organizations and most recently, D.C. Parks and Recreation, continues to grow.
Brian Mihelic Co-Founder of WDCYR stated, “Our goal is to grow rugby in Washington, D.C., and with limited resources, we reached out to Play Rugby USA to help us implement a teach the teacher model. We were blown away by the quality of training provided by CEO, Mark Griffin, and his team and decided this is the best way to get rugby into schools and recreation centers in D.C. Play Rugby USA has been an invaluable partner, and has directed several contributors our way in order to bring flag rugby to more boys and girls in our area.”
Thanks primarily to the support of local donors including David Lewis, Paul Sheehy and Peter Rabley, the new hire will be employed by PRUSA but report locally to the WDCYR board and PRUSA’s Program Director in NYC. The candidate will initially be responsible for strengthening relationships with existing schools through regular communication and delivery of coaching support, clinics and tournaments for participating students and teachers. The role will then broaden the stockholder base, establishing new programs throughout WDCYR, using, PRUSA’s Rugby4Good coaching philosophy.
Mark Griffin Founder & CEO of PRUSA added, “It has been a great partnership between WDCYR and PRUSA. Our Rugby4Good model is designed to support local programs in urban areas outside of PRUSA’s current footprint, and our combined success in D.C. has led to the need for this new position. Building upon our Rugby4Good training and support with this new hire, is a new model for us and one we’re confident will be a great success, given the passionate group of supporters in D.C. who have embraced significant program growth over the last two years.”