The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) provides, protects and preserves a park system that promotes quality recreational, cultural and outdoor experiences for the Austin community. Working with the City of Austin provides a number of health and welfare benefits, such as medical, paid leave time, a great retirement plan, training opportunities and more! Click HERE for more information.
Purpose of Position: The Activity Specialist – Cultural Arts is a temporary/seasonal staff position scheduled to work between 20 and 40 hours per week in an After School or Summer Camp program setting. Successful applicants must demonstrate strong leadership, exhibit creative thinking, exercise good judgment, and have excellent communication skills.
- Dougherty Arts Center:
- 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
- ESB Mexican American Cultural Center:
- 600 River St, Austin, TX 78701
- Carver Museum & Cultural Center:
- 1165 Angelina St, Austin, TX 78702
- Asian American Resource Center:
- 8401 Cameron Rd, Austin, TX 78754
- Oakwood Cemetery Chapel:
- 1601 Navasota St, Austin, TX 78702
- Various Museums and Recreation Centers
- Please note your location preference in the supplemental section of your application. Location requests will be honored on an availability basis and the hiring manager will make the final decision on work site location.
Application Instructions/Job Requirements:
- Application: A detailed, complete application is required, and applicants must include on their Employment Record all experience (work and/or volunteer) related to this job posting – up to 10 years or more; this will be used to determine your base compensation. Employment Record dates must include month and year. Verification of employment history dates on resume should match online Employment Application. Statements such as “See Resume” will not be accepted and a resume alone will not be accepted in lieu of a complete online application.
- Skills Assessments: Skills assessment(s) may be required as part of the recruitment process.
- Virtual Interviews: PARD may conduct virtual interviews.
- Military/Veteran: An applicant claiming Military/Veteran status must provide a copy of his or her DD-214(s), or valid comparable document, at the time of interview.
- Physical Requirements: Tasks involve bending, lifting, walking, carrying or using a force equal to lifting up to twenty five (25) pounds. Must be physically and mentally able to work with participants adapting to a variety of conditions such as daily walking, hiking, climbing, standing, balancing, kneeling, stooping, running, bending, crawling, swimming, stretching and reaching in rugged terrain. Tolerate loud noise associated with enthusiasm and excitement.Ability to work outside in all types of weather and/or inclement conditions, and in confined spaces.
- This is a multi-position posting and multiple candidates may be hired from this recruitment. If you are not contacted 10 business days after the recruitment closes, you are not moving forward in the recruitment process and we encourage you to review our other City of Austin recruitments.
- If you are selected for this position and meet the Driver Safety Standards in the City of Austin Driver Safety Program, you will drive when necessary to multiple locations as part of your regular job duties. Otherwise, you are responsible for getting to and from these locations.
- 90 Day Provision for Additional Vacancy: This posting may be used to fill other vacancies in other divisions/work locations within the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. Decisions on assigned selection will be made at the time of hire based on the business needs of the department.
- All PARD work site locations are tobacco-free.Use of tobacco products and/or e-cigarettes is not permitted on any PARD work site – including construction sites, parking lots, garages or in any personal vehicles located on the premises.
Preferred Education and Experience with:
- Visual Arts (Fine Arts, 2D, 3D)
- Performing Arts (Music, Dance, Theater)
- Cultural Arts (Mexican, Mexican-American, Latino, Asian, Asian-American, African, African-American)
- Museum Studies, Anthropology
- Urban Arts, Eco Arts & Installation Arts
- Digital Arts (Animation, Illustration, Film)
- Ability to fluently communicate (reading, writing, speaking) in English and Spanish.
- Ability to travel to more than one work location.
DUTIES, FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
- Under supervision, develop and deliver art, theater, dance, multi-cultural activities in specialized areas.
- Assist and welcome arriving children on sites. Supervise youth during snack time, activities and when outside.
- Maintain accurate and complete paperwork as required by the City of Austin (Incident and Injury reports, Sign-in/out forms, Medication log, Behavior Log and more).
- Communicate with Program Specialists and team members to update individual students’ needs, progress, and issues to facilitate a positive camp experience.
- Be the front line of assistance with behavior issues. Communicate with team members if you notice that a child is having a rough day and help diffuse an event before it happens.
- Safely facilitate and actively supervise participants at all times while engaging in a variety of activities.
- Develop, modify and teach program activities to accommodate various ages, abilities and interests.
- Utilize effective behavior management skills, including enforcing policies fairly, consistently, kindly and firmly.
- Communicate clearly and professionally with participants, parents, co-workers and supervisor.
- Regular attendance is essential for this position.
- Serve as a role-model, exercising appropriate decision-making boundary setting.
- Provide customer service.
- Complete reports and forms and assist with maintaining records in accordance with COA and PARD policies.
- Document artwork & events: take photos of kids & projects, while they are working. Be aware of any children on the no photo list.
- Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order. Observe/evaluate children’s performance, behavior, social development and physical health.
- Assist in displaying students’ work in rooms, halls and in the display areas. Use or create bulletin board images that create a special environment.
- Assist in maintaining clean classroom and recreation spaces, and supplies; organize, maintain and store supplies and equipment.
- Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
- Knowledge of youth programs and activities.
- Knowledge of safety practices and procedures.
- Skill in oral and written communication.
- Skill in problem solving.
- Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
- Ability to work with children and teens, including youth with special needs.
- Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with the City and the public.
City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.