Adaptive Recreation Programmer
City of Eugene, OR - Eugene, OR

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The Adaptive Recreation Programmer develops, plans, organizes, supervises, leads, and evaluates recreation programs and services to meet the needs of community members with disabilities, including the inclusion of people with disabilities into general recreation programs.

: Library Recreation and Cultural Services Department / Recreation

Salary : $20.56 - $25.59 / Hourly

Work Schedule : Part-time

, 20 hours/week. Schedule may include weekends and evenings as dictated by the recreation schedule. Assigned schedule will be discussed at interview. Work Location : Hilyard Community Center Key Skills : Principles and concepts of community therapeutic and/or adaptive recreation programming to provide recreation, social, and cultural programs and services. Possession of or ability to obtain Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) certification within 6 months of date of hire is preferred. Current First Aid and CPR certifications or ability to obtain within 30 days of date of hire. Accepting On-Line Applications Only Application Deadline: Friday, September 20, 2013, 5:00 pm

Must Pass criminal history Check

Examples of Duties Performed - Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Plans, develops, supervises, leads, and evaluates recreation programs and services of­fered through Adaptive Recreation Services.

Assists with the inclusion of people with disabilities into various other service areas within the recreation division.

Assists with long range planning and the development of service area goals and objectives.

Markets and promotes programs and services which may include preparation of flyers, news releases, pamphlets, and brochures; and public speaking.

Coordinates, cooperates, and promotes programs and services within the department and with agencies, schools, and community groups.

Works cooperatively with businesses and agencies to establish community partnerships and identify service gaps.

Researches, develops, prepares, and presents various reports on operations and activities.

Prepares bid specifications; purchases and maintains necessary equipment and supplies.

Develops, monitors, and evaluates budgets. Assists in budget preparation and administration; prepares cost estimates for budget recommendations; submits justifications for budget items; monitors and controls expenditures.

Researches, writes, and coordinates grants and grant projects related to Therapeutic and/or Adaptive Recreation, or Recreation Inclusion.

Monitors program compliance with laws, rules, and regulations related to provi­sion of recreation services.

Assists in overseeing the maintenance of community centers; ensures the safety of patrons, the public, and recreation equipment, vehi­cles, and programs by identifying and implementing risk management procedures and practices.

Recommends and assists in the implementation of program or service goals and objectives. Imple­ments program or service guidelines and procedures.

Participates in recruiting, hiring, training, disciplining, and evaluating of temporary staff such as clerical, maintenance, instructors, activity leaders, interns, and work study students. Plans, prioritizes, coordinates, assigns, supervises, and reviews the work of staff and volunteers.

Provides information to and answers questions from the public; investigates com­plaints to recommend and implement corrective action as necessary while maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction.

Attends and serves on a variety of City committees and task teams as well as community, agency, and professional organization committees. Participates in City, department, and division staff meetings.

Maintains awareness of new developments in the therapeutic recreation industry; incorpo­rates into programs and services as appropriate.

Supports and respects diversity and creates a respectful working environment for patrons and staff.

Performs other related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of :
Principles and concepts of community therapeutic recreation programming to provide recreation, social, and cultural programs and services.

Principles and best practices of recreation inclusion, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Recreational, social, and cultural needs of the community.

Physical, psychological, and social needs of populations served.

Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Recreational, social, and cultural programs and services for children, youth, adults, and seniors with disabilities.

Principles and procedures of documentation and record keeping.

Principles and techniques in program evaluation.

Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
Skill in :
Coordinating, organizing, and implementing recreation programs and services, including the inclusion of children, youth, adults, and seniors with disabilities.

Developing person centered theraeutic recreation and/or inclusion plans for people with disabilities.

Assessing and developing behavior plans and supports.

Utilizing community resources and organizational support in delivery of program services.

Maintaining and developing documentation and record-keeping procedures.

Developing, implementing, and meeting individual and program goals and objectives.

Using personal computer and other office equipment; displaying proficiency in office software applications.

Effectively marketing programs and services.

Planning, developing, coordinating, and promoting fund-raising activities, including grant writing and monitoring; leveraging other resources.

Exercising diplomacy in confronting and resolving conflicts and sensi­tive issues; respecting patron’s rights to autonomy and confidentiality.

Understanding community needs in Adaptive Recreation and identify, plan, and evaluate activities according to those needs.

Developing and monitoring program budget and related reports.

Effectively organizing, prioritizing, and carrying out responsibilities in a thorough and timely manner.

Communicating clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

Establishing and maintaining good public relations and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Driving and operating a 15-passenger para-transit van with a wheelchair lift.


Two years of experience in implementation of recreational, social, and cultural programs and services directly related to recreation inclusion, therapeutic and/or adaptive recreation; one year of lead worker experience preferred.

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in therapeutic recreation or related field.

Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted .

License or Certificate
Requires a valid Oregon driver’s license, or ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City’s standard. Oregon law requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355).

Ability to obtain Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) certification within 6 months of date of hire is preferred.

Requires current First Aid and CPR certifications or ability to obtain within 30 days of date of hire.

Supplemental Information:

In addition to the salary listed above, upon eligibility, the City will contribute the employee contribution of 6% and the employer contribution to a retirement program administered by the Oregon Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS).
Selection Process: Applicants are screened based upon their relevant knowledge, abilities, skills, experience, and training. The selection process varies according to the position and can include such things as screening of supplemental questionnaires, written or skill tests, ability or fitness tests, interviews, and assessment processes. In addition, background investigations and records checks may be required. Some positions also require applicants to have a psychological evaluation and/or physical examination and a drug test prior to employment. Applicants selected to continue in the process will be notified within two-three weeks after the posting deadline. Due to the volume of applications received by the City, generally, only applicants selected for further consideration (testing, interviews) will be contacted . Anyone requesting information on a selection process may contact Human Resources (541) 682-5061 or may check the status on the Employment Opportunities Website at

The City of Eugene complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any applicant with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act may request accommodation by contacting an employment coordinator at (541) 682-5061.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Eugene will request all eligible candidates who accept employment with the City to provide documentation to prove they are eligible for employment in the United States.

Alternative forms of job postings are available. Call (541) 682-5061, TTY (541) 682-5674.

The City of Eugene is committed to a work environment which values the cultural, educational, and life experiences of each employee. We believe that a diverse workforce enables us to deliver culturally competent service to all members of our community. As part of our commitment to diversity, the City continues to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities, and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.