Recreation Program Assistant - River House
City of Eugene, OR - Eugene, OR

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The successful candidate for this position will work cooperatively in a variety of professional settings to implement year-round recreation programs which benefit individual’s learning and growth and promote a healthy and active community. The position requires successful collaboration with patrons, City department staff (e.g. Library, Recreation and Cultural Services, Planning and Development, Parks and Open Space, Community Events) as well as community partner staff (e.g. local school districts, Safe Routes to School, LTD-Point2Point Solutions), and businesses and community groups (e.g. Oregon Community Credit Union, G.E.A.R.S.).
During this 12 month assignment primary responsibilities will focus on: programming for the new Washington-Jefferson Skate Park and Urban Plaza, oversight of the ongoing Bike Safety Education program classes and seeking future funding for the program, scheduling and oversight of assigned River House classes, camps and a variety of River House program duties including direct leadership.
Length of Assignment : 12 months from start date of employment.
Accepting On-Line Applications Only
Must pass a Police background check
Department/Division : Library, Recreation and Cultural Services / Recreation Division

Work Schedule :
Schedule will be 40 hours/week. Must be able to work days, evenings and weekends as needed to meet programming needs.

Work Location : River House Community Center
Hourly Rate : $18.01 - $22.42

Application Deadline : Friday, November 22, 2013 5:00 pm

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

Project lead for school-based bike safety education program. The program has multiple funding sources and stakeholders.
Project lead for portions of the Washington-Jefferson Skatepark and Urban Plaza opening and ongoing programming. Includes scheduling of recreation skate classes, camps and local competitions. Assists in planning the scheduled openings of the park and urban plaza.

Meeting facilitation.

Assists with marketing and sponsorship of program activities such as preparation of materials and meeting with potential sponsors and donors.

Contract oversight for the Bike Safety program as well as numerous programs with Community partners.
Budget preparation and monitoring.
Event planning and marketing.
Provides background material for grant applications (program analysis, budget projections).
Assists with implementation of assigned day-to-day recreation program activities; participates in long-range planning and development for recreation programs; assists with development of specific recreation activities providing suggestions and creative input; assists with program evaluations.

As directed, develops, coordinates, teaches, leads, and provides outdoor recreation services, community special events, and summer camps.

Provides instruction and training for staff in a variety of outdoor skills.

Schedules recreation classes and program activities for program area and/or facility; coordinates scheduling with programming staff and/or supervisor.

Provides lead direction to temporary staff in day-to-day recreation program activities, as directed, including assigning and directing work, developing individual schedules, and providing training; monitors and coaches temporary employees; participates and provides input in hiring processes and performance evaluations.

Maintains a variety of program records; develops reports and statistics; assists with development of policies and procedures for program area.

Provides assistance to patrons and the public; answers questions about recreation activities; enforces facility policies and regulations; resolves day-to-day problems gracefully.

Responds to emergency situations as required.

Maintains inventory and orders supplies for program(s) within defined directives.

Stays informed on trends and developments in program area.

Provides backup for front desk/reception activities.

Actively supports and respects diversity in the workplace.

Participates in maintaining assigned facilities.

Performs other related duties as assigned.


Knowledge o f:

Recreation’s role in maintaining a healthy and active community.

Positive Youth Development and the 40 Developmental Assets.

First Aid and CPR.

Variety of outdoor recreation skills such as bicycle safety, skateboarding, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, and environmental education.

Ability to :

Perform duties as assigned

Work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders and funders to deliver the highest quality services

Work as a project lead on multidisciplinary projects

Plan, organize, market and evaluate community events

Prioritize work assignments, meet deadlines and expectations

Monitor and track multiple, ongoing contracts

Develop and maintain schedules for a variety of recreation activities

Develop, monitor and track budgets

Teach outdoor recreation skills and safety to instructors and facility users in assigned area(s)

Plan, implement, and evaluate recreational programs

Lead and direct work of temporary, seasonal, and volunteer staff

Develop and provide training and coaching to temporary staff

Work equally effective as a team member and independently

Promote interest and enthusiasm for recreation activities

Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

Perform routine maintenance on recreational equipment and facilities.

Perform calmly in emergency situations

Physically perform the required duties

Drive a 15-passenger activity bus, with or without an attached trailer


Education :

Associate's degree in Recreation, Environmental Education, Social Work, Education, or closely related field(s).

Experience :

Three years programming and/or instructional experience in recreational areas related to Outdoor Recreation Programs. Experience coordinating and/or developing programs in partnership with community partners preferred.

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

Licenses and Certificates :

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).

Current First Aid and CPR certification required within 30 days of hire.

Current Food Handler’s permit required within 30 days of hire.

Wilderness First Responder certification desired, but not required.


**Please note that the online application requires an attached résumé that specifically highlights your relevant experience.**

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).
Limited Duration Employees
Limited Duration Employees are those hired for the limited time period specified in this posting. After the position is posted and a competitive selection process has been completed, an offer of employment will be made. Employees hired into limited duration positions will be members of the AFSCME bargaining unit. Please see the AFSCME contract under the Benefits tab for more information.

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.


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