Recreation Specialist
City of Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA

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With three community centers, two pools, a golf course, 65 parks, 72,000 public area trees, innovative youth services, numerous special destinations, and over 1,600 recreation classes offered annually – the City of Santa Rosa’s Recreation & Parks Department is committed to providing the community with a safe, healthy and exciting place to live. Recreation Specialists work on the frontline, often interacting directly with community members, to help implement this effort.
This recruitment is being conducted to fill one anticipated full time opening and to create an eligible list that may be used to fill additional full or part-time openings that may occur in the near future. If you are interested in a Recreation Specialist position in any of the sections in the Recreation & Parks Department, including Arts Programs, Youth Development/Gang Prevention Programs, Aquatics, Youth and Adult Sports, Senior Programs, Special Events and Volunteer Programs, Classes and Workshops, Facility Rentals, and Howarth Park, you are encouraged to apply now!

Ideal candidates will have experience supervising youth activities and facilities, organizing recreation activities, providing customer service, and using various computer applications. They will possess strong interpersonal skills and be willing to work a flexible schedule. Bilingual skills are desirable for some openings.

Notes: In Fiscal Year 2012-13, City of Santa Rosa employees in this position are required to participate in a 64 hour Mandatory Time Off (MTO) without pay program. New employees shall be required to take a pro-rated number of MTO hours during the fiscal year, to be determined based on their date of hire and full time or part time status.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Respond to requests, complaints and inquiries from class instructors, rental groups and the public;
respond appropriately to emergency situations, providing crowd control and building evacuation, when needed;
write incident reports;
complete daily logs of recreation center activities;
access the registration and facility reservation systems for information about facility use;
monitor room set-up and routine maintenance of facilities during evening and weekend hours;
open and close recreation centers;
arm and disarm alarm systems, as appropriate;
assist in the planning and supervision of recreational activities at recreation centers;
keep accurate records of attendance at recreation programs or events;
monitor compliance with applicable City, County, and State laws and ordinances, and City policies and procedures;
assist in the promotion of recreation activities through a wide variety of promotional media. Additional Duties :
Provide information to the public about recreation programs and services;
register people for classes;
answer phones;
assist in setting up and taking down furniture and equipment;
assist with minor maintenance of facilities;
collect and record daily revenues;
perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge of : Recreation site supervision, including coordination with special instructors; problem solving techniques; rules of English grammar, punctuation and spelling sufficient to prepare incident reports and complete daily logs; record keeping practices; and general maintenance and custodial care standards for facilities. Ability to : Apply common sense and good judgment to difficult or unusual situations; work effectively with a minimum of direct supervision; communicate clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing; follow written and oral directions; monitor observance of laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, and safety and health standards; exercise tact and diplomacy when dealing with people; provide indirect supervision to assigned staff and volunteers; prepare reports; maintain accurate records; establish and maintain positive working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; perform basic arithmetic; operate a computer terminal; suggest rules and policies; and enforce maintenance standards. Experience and Education : Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience - Sufficient experience in the delivery of recreation or leisure services to demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities listed above is desirable; Education - Equivalent to completion of college level coursework in recreation, public administration, physical education, special education or a related field.

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Selection Process

All applications will be carefully reviewed. Those with the MOST desirable qualifications will be placed on an eligible list. As openings occur, candidates will be referred for interviews based on their experience related to the particular opening.

Working Conditions

Incumbents assigned to this classification work a flexible schedule, depending on program needs, including working evenings and weekends and shifting assignments as program needs change. Work is generally performed indoors in a climate controlled environment. Incumbents use vision to ensure rooms have been set up properly, and hearing to test sound equipment for proper functioning and to respond to the intercom paging system. Incumbents must operate a computer keyboard to access the registration and facility reservation systems; respond physically to emergencies quickly and appropriately; lift, move, set up and remove tables, sound equipment, and chairs weighing up to 50 pounds; and lift and move supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.