Community Outreach Activity Specialist or Leader

Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Community Outreach Activity Specialist or Leader
Job Requisition Number COA077429
Position Number T93005
Job Type Part-Time
Division Name Parks & Recreation
Minimum Qualifications

Minimum 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.
Activity Leader (Salary: $14.50 per hour)
Must be at least 18 years of age with a High School diploma/GED, and six (6) months related experience.

Notes to Applicants

The Community Outreach Activity Specialist/Leader is a temporary/seasonal staff position scheduled to work between 20 and 40 hours per week in an after school and Teen Development program setting.

  • 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.
  • Program locations vary as the Roving Leaders programs are mobile throughout North, South, East, and Central Austin.
  • Staff are encouraged to go into the community and neighborhoods to recruit teens.
  • Staff are expected to drive a 15 passenger van daily and maintain driving eligibility under City of Austin driving guidelines.
Pay Range

$13.50-$14.50 per hour

  • Variable – up to 40 hours per week.
  • Programming hours vary at each worksite. Schedule may include weekends, evenings, overnights, and/or holidays.
  • Monday through Fridays between 7:30 am – 9:30 pm.
  • May be required to work occasionally on weekends, during special events, and programming needs.
Job Close Date
Type of Posting External
Department Parks & Recreation
Regular/Temporary Temporary (No benefits)
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Technical
Location Program locations vary
Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Have 2-3 years of experience in the following:
    • Instructing an outreach intervention program in an inner-city environment.
    • Working with youth and adults in recreational programming and in implementing/teaching recreational classes and activities.
    • Designing, implementing, and evaluating outdoor interpretive and/or recreational programming.
  • Have a willingness and ability to work with urban pre-teens and adolescents.
  • Bilingual
  • Experience in leading and/or instructing one or more of the following types of recreational programming:
    • Recreational Games and Activities (Indoor or Outdoor)
    • Sports/Athletic Programs
    • Performing & Visual Arts
    • Science/Nature/Environmental Education
    • Outdoor Recreation
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Team Building
    • Therapeutic Recreation/Inclusion/Special Education
Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

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

  • Safely facilitate and actively supervise participants at all times while engaging in a variety of activities.
  • Develop, modify and teach program activities to accommodate various ages, abilities and interests.
  • Regular attendance is essential for this position.
  • Attend all sessions of scheduled staff training.
  • Serve as a role-model, exercising appropriate decision-making boundary setting.
  • Utilize effective behavior management skills, including enforcing policies fairly, consistently, kindly and firmly.
  • Communicate clearly and professionally with, participants, parents, co-workers and supervisor.
  • Work cooperatively with co-counselors and other staff.
  • Provide customer service.
  • Complete reports and forms and assist with maintaining records in accordance with COA and PARD policies.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Establish a professional rapport with participants which fosters trust, honesty, and a feeling of safety.

Responsibilities – Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised: None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
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

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. * Are you able to work a flexible schedule that may include working days, evenings, overnights, weekends and/or holidays?
    • YES
    • NO
  3. * 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)

  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. * Please describe your experience working with teens between the age of 13-18, particularly in a recreation setting.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Are you bilingual in English/Spanish or English/other language.
    • Fluent in two languages - read, write, speak
    • Bilingual and able to speak in the second languae
    • Bilingual and understand if someone is speaking to me in second language
    • None of the above

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter