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Inclusion & Adaptive Programs Specialist/Instructor (Temporary/Seasonal Part-Time)

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Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Inclusion & Adaptive Programs Specialist/Instructor (Temporary/Seasonal Part-Time)
Job Requisition Number COA075567
Position Number S93005
Job Type Part-Time
Division Name Parks & Recreation
Minimum Qualifications

This position will be filled at one of the following based on qualifications:

Activity Specialist (Salary: $13.50 per hour)
Must be at least 18 years of age with a High School diploma/GED, and no experience required.

OR

Specialty Instructor I (Salary: $14.00 per hour)
Must be at least 18 years of age with a High School diploma, and one (1) year related experience, and two (2) years of college.

OR

Specialty Instructor II (Salary: $14.50 per hour)
Must be at least 18 years of age with a High School diploma, and one (1) year related experience, OR two (2) years of college.

Notes to Applicants

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. Center locations are:

• North Austin Worksites:
- 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 Worksites:
- Austin Recreation Center
- Metz 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 Worksites:
- Dittmar Recreation Center
- Dove Springs Recreation Center
- Montopolis Recreation Center
- South Austin Recreation Center

• Central Programming Inclusion Unit provides assistance with participants with special needs that might be at several varying recreation centers.

• Successful applicants must demonstrate strong leadership, exhibit creative thinking, perform good judgment, and have excellent communication skills

• Applicants must also possess reliability, trustworthiness, and be safety conscious.

Physical Requirements:
• Tasks involve bending, lifting, walking, carrying or using a force equal to lifting
up to twenty-five (25) pounds.
• Must be physically and mentally able to work with participants adapting to a variety of conditions such as daily walking, hiking, climbing, standing, balancing, kneeling, stooping, running, bending, crawling, swimming, stretching and reaching in rugged terrain.
• Tolerate loud noise associated with enthusiasm and excitement.
• Work outdoors in any and all types of weather and/or inclement conditions; and in confined spaces.

Driver’s License and Certifications:
• If selected as a finalist, a Texas Class C Driver’s License or have the ability to acquire one by the date of hire will be required.
• Must have CPR/AED and First Aid certifications within thirty (30) days of hire date.

Resume will not be accepted in lieu of a complete online application.

• Detailed, complete Employment Application is required to help better evaluate the applicant’s qualifications – minimum and preferred as noted on the job posting.
• Detailed, complete Employment Application (employment dates must include month and year) will be used to determine salary if the applicant is the top candidate that is selected for this position.
• Applicants must include on their Employment Application all experience (work and/or volunteer) related to this job posting – up to 10 yrs or more.
• Verification of employment history dates on resume should match online Employment Application – Statements such as “See Resume” will not be accepted.
• Employment history dates must include month and year.

Pay Range

$13.50 – $14.50 per hour

Hours

Variable – up to 20-40 hours per week

• Programming hours vary at each worksite. Schedule may include weekends, evenings, overnights and /or holidays.
• Monday through Fridays between 7:30am-6:30pm
• May be required to work weekends and during special events and programming needs.

Job Close Date
06/30/2017
Type of Posting External
Department Parks & Recreation
Regular/Temporary Temporary (No benefits)
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Technical
Location Various City of Austin Recreation Centers
Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Experience in the following:
• Experience implementing adapted recreational activities to individuals and groups of individuals with disabilities from ages 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

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities Section –

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

1. Have the willingness and ability to work with children and teens, including youth with special needs.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Ensuring that all events and activities conform to appropriate safety guidelines and other rules as well as modifying for maximum participation.
5. Serve as a role-model, exercising appropriate decision-making boundary setting.
6. Completing forms and maintaining records as in accordance with the City of Austin (COA) and with the Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) policies and procedures.
7. Ensuring the facilities and equipment being used for programs or events are properly set up and maintained
8. Utilize effective behavior management skills, including enforcing policies fairly, consistently, kindly and firmly.
9. Maintaining inventory of supplies, tools, and equipment.
10. Work cooperatively with co-counselors and other staff.
11. Coaching recreational and sports activities as needed.
12. Safely transporting children to and from various locations around Austin, including swimming pools, parks, museums, and other attractions.
13. Answering the phone, providing excellent customer service, and assisting with other clerical duties.
14. Communicate clearly and professionally with, participants, parents, co-workers and supervisor.
15. Following Departmental Policies and Procedures and adhere to safety guidelines.
16. Complete reports and forms and assist with maintaining records in accordance with COA and PARD policies.
17. Regular attendance is essential for this position
18. Attend regular assigned schedule is essential.
19. Attend all sessions of scheduled staff training.
20. Other duties as assigned.

Responsibilities – Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

• None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Section –

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.

Does this job require a criminal background investigation? This position requires a criminal background investigation
EEO/ADA

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.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and have a High School diploma or GED by hire date. Do you meet these minimum qualifications?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Have you previously worked for the City of Austin, Parks and Recreation Department? If yes, please indicate dates, work unit/section and position held at the Parks and Recreation Department.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Which City of Austin Recreation Center(s) would you prefer to work at (select from list below)?
    • Alamo Recreation Center
    • Austin Recreation Center
    • Danny G McBeth Recreation Center
    • Delores Duffie Recreation Center
    • Dittmar Recreation Center
    • Dottie Jordan Recreation Center
    • Dove Springs Recreation Center
    • Givens Recreation Center
    • Gustavo “Gus” L Garcia Recreation Center
    • Hancock Recreation Center
    • Lorraine “Grandma” Camacho Activity Center
    • Metz Recreation Center
    • Montopolis Recreation Center
    • Northwest Recreation Center
    • Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center
    • Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center
    • Pickfair Community Center
    • South Austin Recreation Center
    • Turner-Roberts Recreation Center
    • Virginia L Brown Recreation Center
    • All
  4. * Briefly describe your recreational programming experience, the types of classes and activities that you have implemented and taught, and the age groups that you have developed programs for.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Describe your experience working with youth and adults with special needs.
    • None
    • Less than 1 year
    • 1 or less than 3 years
    • 3 or less than 5 years
    • 5 years or more
  6. * Are you bilingual in English/Spanish or English/other language?
    • Fluent in two or more languages - read, write, speak
    • Bilingual and able to speak in a second language
    • Bilingual and understand if someone is speaking to me in a second language
    • None of the above
  7. * The position requires CPR/AED and First Aid certifications. Will you be able to obtain these certifications within 30 days of hire?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Do you have a valid Texas Class C driver’s license or the ability to acquire by hire date?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * If selected as a top candidate, do you agree to a criminal background investigation?
    • Yes
    • No

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