Thinking of joining the WordPlay team? Here is some information to help you get to know us a bit better, what we are looking for in our candidates, and how the application process goes. 


WordPlay Cincy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2012. Our mission is to create spaces for young people to fulfill their potential by discovering, honoring and sharing their voices. 

WordPlay’s workplace culture promotes the recognition and activation of strengths among individuals, teams, partnerships, and the greater community.

Our working norms are:

Trust. We value building a culture of trust in ourselves, the organization and each individual’s unique process. 


Communication. Clear, direct, honest communication is essential to all relationships and is a central to our teams’ successes and how we demonstrate respect for each other.


Best Interests. We believe that everyone on our team has the best interests of the organization in mind, reflected in their actions, speech and relationships.


Safety. WordPlay is a safe and inclusive work space, free of judgment, bias and prejudice; it is a space where vulnerability is honored and respected.

Conflict Resolution. Conflict can be beneficial. It is inevitable, and we remain open and respectful in our communication where there is conflict, committing ourselves to work through it for the best interests of everyone involved, those we reach through our programs, the organization overall.


Failure. Failure is important to recognize; it is an essential step in the path to success and we resolve to acknowledge and learn from each failure so we can improve and continue to progress as individuals and as an organization.


Authenticity. We value and honor the authenticity of each staff member, our students, their families, and WordPlay’s community partners. 


Creativity. We honor each individual’s creativity and the unique energy they bring to their work.  


Contracted Teaching Artist

We are always seeking working artists who are keen to share their talents in a variety of disciplines. Opportunities are available in public schools (K-12); at our community writing center; at partner organizations; and during the summer. Teaching artists must be able to form meaningful connections with students, as well as develop projects that integrate art with literacy, critical thinking and collaboration. 

Teaching artists are paid as independent contractors. If joining WordPlay's roster of teaching artists sounds like a good fit for you, please email your résumé to Please also include: a cover letter; brief bio; examples of professional work; and a sample project proposal or lesson plan.


WordPlay has intern and work study positions available in the fall, spring and summer for local college students. For more information, please email

WordPlay's mission is to create spaces for young people to fulfill their potential by discovering, honoring and sharing their voices

Main Office:

2110 Saint Michael Street, Suite 201

Cincinnati, OH 45204

p: 513-541-0930

Northside Writing Center:

4234 Hamilton Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45223

p: 513-996-0010

WordPlay Cincy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Funding for WordPlay provided in part by:

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