RECREATION PROGRAM SPECIALIST
Under general supervision, coordinate and supervise recreation programs at an assigned facility in one of the following program areas: Recreation, Park Facilities, Cultural Services or Sports. Perform other duties as required.
This class works with considerable independence as a program specialist or site supervisor and differs from the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Worker series in that the latter is assigned to various recreation, cultural, and facility functions on a non-permanent, part-time basis.
The Recreation Program Specialist differs from the higher class of Recreation Coordinator, in that the former serves as a specialist or coordinator for a recreation or facilities program, while the Recreation Coordinator coordinates multiple programs at multiple facilities, and supervises assigned staff including Recreation Program Specialists.
Recreation: At an assigned location, plans, schedules, implements and supervises a recreation program or activities including: arts and crafts projects, sports and games, drama, music, cooking, science projects, outdoor activities, field trips, and therapeutic recreation; maintains order; ensures the safety and well being of program participants; enforces and follows policies and procedures; communicates with parents of program participants; sets up and cleans up program activities; writes and maintains program records; collects and accounts for fees; transports supplies; notifies supervisor of unusual problems disturbances and emergencies; attends meetings; may administer first aid; supervises volunteers and seasonal staff; trains and evaluates performance; operates computer registration system; and may make oral presentations to commissions and public organizations.
Park Facilities: Schedules and provides routine information concerning park usage and operations in person and over the phone; operates the computerized reservation system; collects and accounts for fees received; resolves scheduling problems; informs staff of maintenance problems; coordinates seasonal staff assigned to park facilities; notifies supervisor of unusual problems, disturbances and emergencies; attends meetings; maintains records; may assist in the implementation, organization and development of promotional, cultural and historical interpretive programs; may supervise volunteers and seasonal staff, including training and evaluating performance.
Cultural Services: Assists with a variety of projects and programs related to cultural services; prepares graphics and basic design materials for fliers or posters; prepares routine publicity materials; assists in the production of special events; maintains the information base regarding local arts organizations and event schedules; organizes data in the Artists Slide Bank; hangs art shows in County government facilities; rotates the County Art Collection; insures the safety and condition of the collection; organizes and attends meetings; may supervise volunteers and seasonal staff, including training and evaluating performance; and may make oral presentations to commissions and public organizations.
Sports: Coordinates and supervises sports programs; plans and conducts program activities such as men's, women's and coed leagues and tournaments; officiates sports programs; prepares program and activity descriptions; assists in the preparation of brochures, flyers and other publicity materials to promote program participation; supervises program participants to maintain discipline and order; inspects facilities and equipment to ensure a safe environment for participants; maintains and periodically distributes team standings; supervises and schedules sports officials; documents games worked by contracted officials and submit invoices for compensation; attends monthly softball organization meetings; maintains inventory records; and orders sports supplies.
Working knowledge of:
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Some knowledge of: Supervision and training.
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Communicate effectively and tactfully with those contacted in the course of business including participants, staff, parents, and the public.
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<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Maintain a professional demeanor.
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Accept constructive criticism and direction from supervisors.
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Maintain a clean and orderly work site.
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Supervise, evaluate, and train lower level staff and volunteers.
For some assignments:
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<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>See program participants in need of assistance from near and far distances.
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Provide leadership and motivate staff.
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Independently make decisions.
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Read, understand and explain County policies and procedures.
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Maintain records and periodic reports.
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Perform simple arithmetic calculations to make change.
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Motivate program participants.
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Effectively deal with stressful and emergency situations.
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Successfully complete all training provided by the department.
Some positions may require ability to:
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<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Hear and distinguish a variety of sounds in a noisy environment such as participants in need of assistance, fire alarms, whistles, and approaching vehicles or equipment which might pose a danger;
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Speak loudly in order to warn program participants of impending danger.
Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
The full-time equivalent of nine months experience that demonstrates the required knowledge and abilities for the particular assignment/ program. Prior supervisory experience may be required for certain positions.
License/Certificate: Some positions may require
possession of a valid
Background Investigation: Fingerprinting is required for some positions.
Special Working Conditions: Some positions may involve exposure to variable temperatures and weather conditions; strong and unpleasant odors and fumes; noise from children; allergens such as poison oak, pollen, and bee stings; ; and the possibility of administering first aid, which may involve exposure to infections that might cause chronic disease or death.
Other Special Requirements: Availability to work variable schedules including early mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays.
PREVIOUS CLASS TITLES: None
Bargaining Unit: 41
EEOC Job Category: 08
Occupational Grouping: 30
Workers' Comp Code: 1160