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Purpose of Position:The Inclusion & Adaptive Programs Activity Specialist is a temporary/seasonal staff position scheduled to work between 20 and 40 hours per week in a recreation programs setting specializing in adaptive programming for special needs. The Centralized Programs Inclusion Unit provides assistance to participants with special needs that might be at several varying recreation centers. Successful applicants must demonstrate strong leadership, exhibit creative thinking, exercise good judgment, and have excellent communication skills.
Recreation Center locations include:
North Austin Work sites:
- Gustavo “Gus” L Garcia Recreation Center
- Hancock Recreation Center
- Northwest Recreation Center
- Virginia L Brown Recreation Center
- Alamo Recreation Center
- Dottie Jordan Recreation Center
- Pickfair Community Center
Central Austin Work sites:
- Austin Recreation Center
- Metz Recreation Center – Rodolfo “Rudy” Mendez Recreation Center
- Givens Recreation Center
- Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center
- Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center
- Turner-Roberts Recreation Center
- Delores Duffie Recreation Center
- Lorraine “Grandma” Camacho Activity Center
- Danny G McBeth Recreation Center
South Austin Work sites:
- Dittmar Recreation Center
- Dove Springs Recreation Center – George Morales Dove Springs Recreation Center
- Montopolis Recreation Center
- South Austin Recreation Center
- 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.
Preferred Education and Experience:
- Experience implementing adapted recreational activities to individuals and groups of individuals with disabilities from ages six (6) years old to adult.
- Knowledge of games, arts and crafts, sports, dancing, cooking, swimming, etc.
- Experience in leading and/or instructing one or more of the following types of recreational programming:
- Recreational Games and Activities (Outdoors)
- Sports/Athletic Programs
- Outdoor Recreation
- Arts and Crafts
- Team Building
- Therapeutic Recreation/Inclusion/Special Education.
- 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.
- Have the willingness and ability to work with children and teens, including youth with special needs.
- General supervision to maximum assistance of individuals with disabilities ages 6 to 22 years and adults. Safely facilitate and actively supervise participants at all times while engaging in a variety of activities.
- Developing, scheduling, and conducting program activities for ages 6 to 22 years and adults. Develop, modify and teach program activities to accommodate various ages, abilities and interests.
- Ensuring that all events and activities conform to appropriate safety guidelines and other rules as well as modifying for maximum participation.
- Serve as a role-model, exercising appropriate decision-making boundary setting.
- Completing forms and maintaining records as in accordance with the City of Austin (COA) and with the Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) policies and procedures.
- Ensuring the facilities and equipment being used for programs or events are properly set up and maintained.
- Utilize effective behavior management skills, including enforcing policies fairly, consistently, kindly and firmly.
- Maintaining inventory of supplies, tools, and equipment.
- Work cooperatively with co-counselors and other staff.
- Coaching recreational and sports activities as needed.
- Safely transporting children to and from various locations around Austin, including swimming pools, parks, museums, and other attractions.
- Answering the phone, providing excellent customer service, and assisting with other clerical duties.
- Communicate clearly and professionally with, participants, parents, co-workers and supervisor.
- Following Departmental Policies and Procedures and adhere to safety guidelines.
- Complete reports and forms and assist with maintaining records in accordance with COA and PARD policies.
- Regular attendance is essential for this position.
- Attend regular assigned schedule is essential.
- Attend all sessions of scheduled staff training.
- Other duties as assigned.
Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised: None.
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.