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RECREATION SPECIALIST Recreation and/or Facility Supervisor AFSCME Local 846-W

Department: RECREATION DIVISION Classification: Non-Exempt Date: Revised January 2003

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY This is professional recreation work coordinating and conducting the activities of a year-round program in specific phases of recreation, at one or more facilities. Work requires the application of specialized skills and training, planning and organizational skills to meet the particular needs of the group being served. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS Instructs, conducts, and participates in specific programs in one or more recreation facilities; prepares schedule of events and secures necessary supplies for daily and special activities. Assists in planning, scheduling, organizing, and conducting various activities and services for the special recreational needs of the group being served. Ability to direct major competitions and special events. The specialist in ice-skating will develop a variety of skating programs, i.e., curling, speed skating, etc. Assists in recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers and temporary employees. Assists in maintaining attendance, registration, equipment and other applicable records. Assists in budget preparation and control. Communicates and works with community groups, governmental and private agencies to obtain services, programs and support. Solicits community participation. Cooperates with public and private groups; deals with a wide variety of persons in conducting activities for special groups. Assists in the preparation of publicity release, reports and brochures and the general promotion of the programs. Maintains safety standards, equipment and provides safety training to the staff and volunteers. Understands liability issues and insures compliance with safety regulations and risk management principles for employees, program participants and the general public. In coordination with the Recreation or Facility Supervisor handles disciplinary problems in assigned areas of responsibility. Opens and closes facilities; prepares facilities for use and sets up recreation areas for public use, performing routine custodial work as needed. Plans and develops social or cultural activities for supervisors approval. Performs other duties and related work as required. Evening and weekend work and some lifting required.

Recreation Specialist – Recreation Division Job Description

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS Under supervision, the employee develops and conducts programs within the guidelines of established policy and instructions. Unusual problems or special requirements are referred to the supervisor for resolution. Work is reviewed through close observation of activities and results and through periodic discussion. An employee may supervise temporary, part-time, seasonal, and volunteer recreation personnel. Recreation Specialists may have a variety of duties in any and all parts of the Recreation Division. Depending on primary assignment reports directly to the Facility Manager and/or Recreation Supervisor.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES Knowledge of: • • • • Principles and practices of organizing programs in a specialized recreation field. Recruiting, training, and supervising employees. Park and Recreation Department policies, procedures and operations. All duties will comply with applicable City, State and Federal safety regulations.

Ability to: • • • • • Plan and lead programs with minimal supervision. Deal effectively and courteously with program participants, co-workers and general public. Instruct and present ideas in a comprehensive manner. Communicate in Spanish is a preference. The specialist in skating will have the ability to teach ISIA, USFSA, and learn-to-skate programs, including ice dancing, freestyle skating, moves in the field, and power skating.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and one year full-time paid experience in a public recreation agency; or Bachelor’s degree in related field and two years of full-time paid experience in a public recreation agency preferred. Two years of college-level course work and demonstrated ability in responsible decision-making, sound judgment, organizational ability and effective communication skills. Experience and/or specialty certifications may substitute for a college degree. The Recreation Specialist with responsibilities in the skating program will have at least five (5) years of responsible teaching experience at all levels.

CERTIFICATION OR LICENSE REQUIRED • Valid Washington State driver’s license. • Industrial first aid certificate and CPR training, or the ability to obtain a certificate within six months. • Additional certification may be required in the area of specialization.

The duties listed above are intended as illustrations of the types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific job duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and is subject to change as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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