Recreation Leader

$17.52 – $28.14 Hourly
Various – Seattle area, WA
Job Type
Classified Civil Service, Regular, Full-Time
Seattle Parks and Recreation
Job Number
8/8/2017 4:00 PM Pacific
Position Description
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Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) provides welcoming and safe opportunities to play, learn, contemplate, build community, and promote responsible stewardship of the land. SPR’s values customer service and embraces diversity. We strive to deliver excellent customer service to each visitor and participant in our programs to continue the legacy of creating and maintaining strong community. Recreation Leaders serve an important role as the front line to superior customer service and we are looking for individuals that share our values.
This job works within a Community Center staff team and geographic district to collaboratively develop and implement community recreation programming serving all ages. The position supports the daily customer service needs and operations of the Community Center. The Recreation Leader works collaboratively with department staff and multiple partners including: the Association Recreation Council, Seattle Public Schools, other City departments and community groups.
This is a fully benefited position. Work hours are varied at 20 – 40 hours per week. The work schedule may include evenings, weekends, and holidays.

This hiring process will be used to fill vacant positions for up to one year and may also be used to hire temporary Recreation Leaders at various locations in SPR.

Job Responsibilities
  • Responsible for developing and implementing a broad spectrum of recreational activities and programs after school, evening and/or weekends for all ages.
  • Developing family programs, special events, drop-in activities, athletic programs, and special seasonal and community gatherings.
  • Organize, plan, implement and lead activities; handle all administrative aspects including registration, financial administration and budgeting, collection of performance measures and program evaluations.
  • Participate on committees that will be responsible for the development and implementation of seasonal and/or special events in conjunction with other facilities and/or citywide program unit.
  • Develop partnerships and work cooperatively with other department facilities, schools and other community-based youth serving organizations
  • Responsible for all administrative aspects of the program including public outreach, performance measures and statistics collection, evaluations, grant writing and other administrative tasks.
  • Required to meet the performance measures for their program area and attend regular staff meetings.
  • Assist with any other recreational activities, related to youth and teens both formal and informal held at the community center or facility where assigned.
  • May be responsible for working with teens to develop a teen advisory group to build leadership and guide program development.
  • Ability to learn computer software applications for registration, scheduling and data collection.
  • This position may supervise other recreation staff and volunteers.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Associate’s Degree in Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, or related field.
  • One year of experience coordinating recreation programs
  • Appropriate combinations of at least two years of education and/or training and /or experience that provide an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class will be considered.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Requires working outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Normally required to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • May require strenuous physical activity.

License, Certification, and Other Requirements:

  • Current, valid WA  State Driver’s License or evidence of equivalent mobility.
  • First Aid and CPR Certification are required within six months of hire.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • One year of experience in planning and implementing a program budget, developing program timelines, and program administration.
  • Competitive candidates will be able to demonstrate a history of developing programs to meet the needs of all age groups including youth and teens in a diverse urban population.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of youth developmental assets and ability to work with youth ages 6-18 years.
  • Demonstrate strong cultural sensitivity skills with the ability to engage culturally specific communities, which may include immigrant and first generation refugee populations.
  • Ability to speak a second language.
  • Show experience providing both traditional and non-traditional recreation activities for a variety of age groups.
  • Ability to work in partnership with residents of all ages, businesses, other community agencies and teens to design, implement and evaluate programs.
  • Experience in grant writing and developing other funding sources is highly desirable.
  • Familiar with computer software products (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and program scheduling software).
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Seattle, Washington, 98104.