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Cultural Arts Activity Specialist or Leader (Temporary Part-Time)

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Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Cultural Arts Activity Specialist or Leader (Temporary Part-Time)
Job Requisition Number COA077604
Position Number T93005
Job Type Part-Time
Division Name Parks & Recreation
Minimum Qualifications

Activity Specialist (Salary: $13.84 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 Activity Specialist – Cultural Arts is a temporary/seasonal staff position scheduled to work between 20 and 40 hours per week in a after school 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.


  • Dougherty Arts Center

  • ESB Mexican American Cultural Center

  • Carver Museum & Cultural Center

  • Asian American Resource Center

  • Recreation Centers

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.

Certifications: If selected as a finalist, 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

$13.84 per hour


Variable – 20 and 40 hours per week

  • Programming hours vary at each worksite.

  • Monday through Fridays between 7:30 am – 6:30 pm

  • May be required to work weekends and 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 Professional
Location Various Museums and Cultural, Arts & Recreation Centers
Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications include experience with any of the following:

  • Visual Arts (Fine Arts, 2D, 3D)

  • Performing Arts (Music, Dance, Theater)

  • Cultural Arts (Mexican, Mexican-American, Latino, Asian, Asian-American, African, African-American)

  • Museum Studies, Anthropology

  • Urban Arts, Eco Arts & Installation Arts

  • Digital Arts (Animation, Illustration, Film)

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.

  1. Under supervision, develop and deliver art, theater, dance, multi-cultural activities in specialized areas.

  2. Assist and welcome arriving children on sites. Supervise youth during snack time, activities and when outside.

  3. Maintain accurate and complete paperwork as required by the City of Austin (Incident and Injury reports, Sign-in/out forms, Medication log, Behavior Log and more).

  4. Communicate with Program Specialists and team members to update individual students’ needs, progress, and issues to facilitate a positive camp experience.

  5. Be the front line of assistance with behavior issues. Communicate with team members if you notice that a child is having a rough day and help diffuse an event before it happens.

  6. Safely facilitate and actively supervise participants at all times while engaging in a variety of activities.

  7. Develop, modify and teach program activities to accommodate various ages, abilities and interests.

  8. Utilize effective behavior management skills, including enforcing policies fairly, consistently, kindly and firmly.

  9. Communicate clearly and professionally with participants, parents, co-workers and supervisor.

  10. Regular attendance is essential for this position.

  11. Serve as a role-model, exercising appropriate decision-making boundary setting.

  12. Provide customer service.

  13. Complete reports and forms and assist with maintaining records in accordance with COA and PARD policies.

  14. Document artwork & events: take photos of kids & projects, while they are working. Be aware of any children on the no photo list.

  15. Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order. Observe/evaluate children’s performance, behavior, social development and physical health.

  16. Assist in displaying students’ work in rooms, halls and in the display areas. Use or create bulletin board images that create a special environment.

  17. Assist in maintaining clean classroom and recreation spaces, and supplies; organize, maintain and store supplies and equipment.

  18. Other duties as assigned.

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. * If selected as a top candidate, do you agree to a criminal background investigation?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * The position requires CPR/AED and First Aid certifications. Will you be able to obtain these certifications within 30 days of hire?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * 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)

  5. * Which Art or Cultural Center are you most interested in working?
    • Dougherty Arts Center
    • ESB-Mexican American Cultural Center
    • George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
    • Asian American Resource Center
    • Elisabet Ney Museum
  6. * This position will work with age groups ranging from 3 to 18 years of age, and youth with special needs. List all of the age groups with which you have experience leading programming. Experience must be documented within the appropriate work experience at each job that is applicable within your application work history.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Briefly describe your experience teaching and leading youth performing, digital and visual arts and cultural programs. Experience must be documented within the appropriate work experience at each job that is applicable within your application work history.

    (Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume