Recreation Leader

Desert Recreation District - Palm Desert, CA3.4

Part-timeEstimated: $24,000 - $33,000 a year
EducationSkills
***DISCLAIMER: The District reserves the right to accelerate or extend the "Closing Date" of open positions at any time, dependent upon the number of applications received.

DEFINITION: Under the direction of the Senior Recreation Leader, this position reports to the Community Services Coordinator and provides assistance in conducting children?s recreational program activities. Plans, organizes, and coordinates activities at District program sites. Provides age appropriate life enriching experiences in a safe environment. Being organized, proactive and multitasked is a must. Each interaction with customers must be handled in a way that positively spreads the District?s reputation. Working safely by using good judgment and following all District and Cal-OSHA regulations is required.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBLITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Promotes the personal, educational, physical and social development of children through quality programs, service and activities.
Presents a service oriented, positive, and enthusiastic image of the District.
Ensures that District and departmental policies, rules and regulations are followed by team members, program participants and guests.
Follows structured curriculum and facilitates daily recreational and enrichment activities which include but are not limited to games, sports, art, music and crafts for program participants.
Conducts special events and group recreation activities which may include field trips and other outings.
Ensures that program equipment, facilities and supplies are available, used properly, cared for, and meet applicable health and safety standards.
Inspects applicable facility, field, or site for safety and reports any safety issues to Senior Leader.
Maintains site conditions in accordance with District standards by doing light custodial duties; maintains equipment and reports damage or loss to the Senior Leader.
Assists in preparing recreational area for group activities.
Supervises program participants.
Assist the Senior Leader with required paperwork.
Performs necessary first aid and CPR when applicable.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to:
Follow curriculum and facilitate activities.
Foster development of and work effectively with children.
Model appropriate behaviors for children; foster atmosphere for excellence in sportsmanship.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to:
Follow curriculum and facilitate activities.
Foster development of and work effectively with children.
Model appropriate behaviors for children; foster atmosphere for excellence in sportsmanship.
The minimum qualifications stated in this document are a guide for determining the education, training, experience, special skills, certification and/or license which may be required for employment in this position.

Demonstrate and instruct participants in a variety of physical movements and skills.
Promote self-responsibility.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships and communications.
Demonstrate enthusiasm, motivation and creativity in planning, organizing and directing the recreation program activities.
Carryout directives from Senior Recreation Leader/Community Services Coordinator.
Demonstrate leadership and public relations skills.
Take initiative, be proactive.
Set up and take down equipment.
Attend staff meetings and trainings; travel to program sites and work flexible schedule.
Provide leadership, instruction and training to participants.
Maintain high degree of motivation in team members to retain focus of providing highest levels of customer satisfaction.
Build strong bonds with participants and parents to foster open, honest and candid communication; create and maintain confidentiality when dealing with proprietary information and sensitive situations.
Multi-task and maintain organization in a fast paced, changing environment.
Operate a computer keyboard, calculator and standard office equipment.
Interpret, comply with and explain District policies and procedures.
Develop, coordinate and organize programs.
Assist with scheduling and monitoring the status of programs and activities.
Prepare reports and maintain detailed records.
Use District time tracking system.

Knowledge of:
Planning and organizing recreational events and activities for children and youth including but not limited to indoor/outdoor activities, sports, arts and crafts, and games.
Care for recreation equipment upkeep and maintenance.
Customer service methods and effective communication techniques.
Records management and file maintenance procedures.
Language Skills - ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from guests. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to a variety of audiences.
Mathematical Skills - ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts.
Reasoning Ability - ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

DESIREABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
Principles and practices of public recreation
Strong program planning
EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE / TRAINING: Any combination of education, experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be:

Education: Education attainment equivalent to a high school diploma.
Experience: At least one (1) year of experience working with youth in an organized setting.

Certifications/Licenses:
Possession and maintenance of a valid California driver’s license with an acceptable driving record is a condition of initial and continued employment in this position.
Possession and maintenance of a valid certification in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) for adult, child and infant is a condition of initial and continued employment in this position. Must be obtained within 30 days of hire.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Work activities may occasionally require work within an office environment, but work is generally performed at a District site using indoor and outdoor amenities.
The employee is occasionally required to withstand outside elements including but not limited to extreme heat, rain and wind.
The employee is regularly required to demonstrate and/or instruct participants in physical activities that promote physical fitness and agility.
The employee is regularly required to bend, stoop, kneel, sit, stand, or walk for prolonged periods of time.
The employee is frequently required to balance, twist, run or jump.
The employee must occasionally carry/push/pull/lift and/or move equipment or supplies up to 50 pounds.
The employee is required to hear as well as speak clearly and distinctly to provide assistance and information related to classroom assignments.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employee must be able to see to monitor student’s conduct during learning activities.
The employee must regularly manipulate hands and fingers to operate audio-visual, duplicating and educational training equipment. The employee is occasionally required to perform work on a computer, copy machine, fax machine, scanner and other business machines, including calculators.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

The noise level in the work environment is a medium noise level due to the nature of a recreation community center. Appropriate personal protective equipment is available if necessary.