Inclusion & Adaptive Programs Specialist or Leader

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City of Austin - Parks & Recreation Department Published: September 13, 2017
Job Type
Salary or Pay Rate
$13.50 - $14.50/hour
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Name of individual creating job posting
Julia Kovach
200 S. Lamar Blvd.
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Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

Have the willingness and ability to work with children and teens, including youth with special needs.

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.

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.

Ensuring that all events and activities conform to appropriate safety guidelines and other rules as well as modifying for maximum participation.

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

Completing forms and maintaining records as in accordance with the City of Austin (COA) and with the Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) policies and procedures.

Ensuring the facilities and equipment being used for programs or events are properly set up and maintained.

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

Maintaining inventory of supplies, tools, and equipment.

Work cooperatively with co-counselors and other staff.

Coaching recreational and sports activities as needed.

Safely transporting children to and from various locations around Austin, including swimming pools, parks, museums, and other attractions.

Answering the phone, providing excellent customer service, and assisting with other clerical duties.

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

Following Departmental Policies and Procedures and adhere to safety guidelines.

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

Regular attendance is essential for this position.

Attend regular assigned schedule is essential.

Attend all sessions of scheduled staff training.

Other duties as assigned.

Required Experience

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

Required Skills

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.

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