Late Night and Youth Leadership Recreation Program Coordinator

City of Seattle, WA
September 1, 2023
Seattle, WA
Job Type


Position Description
About Seattle Parks and Recreation:
Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is a national leader and innovator in the services and programs we provide to our residents who enjoy our public spaces such as parks, community centers, specialty gardens and swimming pools. Our mission is to equip employees and the public for well-being as we support healthy people, a thriving environment and vibrant community. We provide safe and accessible spaces for residents and visitors to work, recreate, rejuvenate and enhance quality of life and wellness for children, teenagers, adults and seniors. Delivering excellent customer service to all is a core value.

Equity & Inclusion
Seattle Parks and Recreation commits to advancing equity and social justice in our department and in every neighborhood by growing a dynamic and diverse workforce, developing strong investments, growth opportunities and beneficial partner strategies as we acknowledge and pledge to close disparities created by historical practices which often hindered workforce development, environmental justice, access to quality open spaces, programs and facilities. #OneSeattle

The Recreation Division encompasses a diverse range of facilities and programs tailored to meet the community's recreational needs. Among these offerings are 25 community centers, 8 indoor and 2 outdoor pools, 3 Teen Life Centers, 6 Community Learning Centers, Environmental Learning Centers, Lifelong Recreation opportunities, Specialized Programs, and an Outdoor Activation Team, among other exciting options. These centers are dedicated to providing programs suitable for all age groups, available up to 7 days a week.

Within this dynamic division, the Late Night and Youth Leadership Coordinator plays a vital role within Seattle Parks and Recreation. Reporting to The Teen and Youth Development Manager, they provide essential support to the staff and operations of multiple community and teen life centers across the city, contributing to the smooth functioning of the Recreation Division as a whole.

This position holds a crucial role within the Teen and Youth Development Unit, which is dedicated to co-leading Late-Night Programs and fostering youth leadership opportunities in safe, supportive, and engaging environments. The impact of this role goes beyond mere job responsibilities; it presents a genuine chance to make a meaningful difference and positively transform the lives of young individuals.
Job Responsibilities

  • Facilitates processes (e.g., meetings and work groups) to provide high-quality programming specific to Late Night offerings across all sites, in alignment with focus areas: college and career readiness, social-emotional learning, enrichment/recreation and culturally responsive mentoring.
  • Provides ongoing technical assistance (e.g., training, coaching, mentoring, modeling, observing/providing feedback) to front-line staff and partners working within Late Night programs from initial onboarding and beyond - including the co-creation of professional development series specific to positive youth development and services relevant to the demographics of those served via Late Night programs.
  • Co-develops and coordinates the implementation of a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) framework and related tools (e.g., assessments) pertaining to Late Night programs.
  • Coordinate efforts for data collection specific to pre-identified outcomes in partnership with Strategic Advisors, Research and Evaluation Aide, and other stakeholders within the TYD Unit
  • Conducts surveys, focus groups, and special projects with front-line staff and program participants; compiles and analyzes data; and recommends revisions to new or existing programs.
  • Monitors and evaluates attendance, budget expenditures, training statistics, and other pertinent data.
  • Develops policies and procedures for Late Night programs, including the coordination of schedules and the system of support with Seattle Police Department and officers onsite during program hours - including drafting and maintaining Late Night staffing and operations memos and confirming the execution of annual SPD partnership agreement.
  • Meets with partners, community and neighborhood groups to support enrichment and recreation programming for Late Night offerings.
  • Conduct site visits and observations (including formal assessments) to ensure program compliance and support high-quality programmatic offerings.
  • Recruit, train, and evaluate temp staff for a pool of substitute staff to cover Late Night programs.
  • Coordinates special use of recreation facilities with public groups or other City departments.
  • Develops and monitors budgets within the purview and management of the Teen Unit, specific to Late Night program offerings.
  • Co-leads Youth Advisory Councils, in collaboration with the Associated Recreation Council with a city-wide lens to foster collaboration (e.g., youth-driven fundraising efforts) across councils.
  • Identifies creative ways of uplifting and incorporating youth voice and choice into programmatic and decision-making processes within the Teen & Youth Development (TYD) Unit and beyond.
  • Collaborates with Youth Employment and Service Learning (YESL) to provide additional paid leadership opportunities for young people.
  • Collaborate with other stakeholders across Recreation Division-specific youth leadership opportunities (e.g., Youth Advisory Councils, Late Night youth ambassadors)

Required Qualifications: In addition to the skills and experience mentioned below, a successful applicant will have experience that reflects a commitment to creating fair and equitable outcomes and has:
Requires one year of experience in developing and coordinating recreation programs, including two years of supervision experience and a Bachelor's degree in Recreation Program Administration, Recreation or a related field (or a combination of education and/or training and/or work experience which provides the ability to perform the work of the class).

Desired Qualifications - You will be successful if you have the following experience, skills, and abilities:

  • Building trust with frontline staff and community stakeholders, and in engaging staff and partners to lead change.
  • Substantial skills in meeting and group facilitation.
  • The ability to analyze recreational and youth development needs, to select and adapt programs to meet those needs, and to procure the materials and resources necessary for implementing programs and services.
  • A solid customer service orientation and commitment to department values.
  • Experience in the principles and practices of coordinating, planning, organizing evaluating, and youth development programs.
  • Ability to demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, preferably in a cross-cultural context
  • Excellent time management, problem-solving, and leadership skills.
  • Skilled in fostering a safe, healthy, and welcoming environment for all staff and customers with a focus on teens and young adults.
  • One or more years of experience in planning and implementing programs for a diverse urban population, including resource development and budget development, and management.
  • One or more years of experience creating and managing partnerships with citizens, businesses, and youth-serving agencies, in the design, implementation, and evaluation of youth development programs.
  • Candidate should have one or more years of experience using computer software products such as MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and any scheduling or presentation software.
  • Two years' experience working in an urban environment with persons from a broad range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including members of immigrant and refugee communities and LGBTQIA+ youth.
  • Demonstrated history of developing programs to meet the needs of teens and young adults in a diverse urban population.
  • Self-starter, proactive, and accountable for the completion of all required work deliverables.
  • Three years of experience working in administration or programming focused on teens and young adults.
  • Demonstrate commitment to leading with equity and being anti-racist.
  • Ability to interpret and comply with the City of Seattle and SPR policy and procedures.

Special Working Conditions:

  • Perform demanding and physically challenging work, including lifting more than 50 pounds to waist level.
  • Work any shift or schedule, including nights, evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Meet the conditions set forth in SPR Workplace Expectations.
  • Work until 12 am on Friday and Saturday nights

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice .

Additional Information
Application Process
Please submit the following with your online application:

  • A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, experience, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and qualifications outlined in the job announcement.
  • A current resume of your educational and professional work experience.

The full salary range for this position is $37.10to $43.34 per hour.

Who May Apply: This position is open to all candidates that meet the qualifications. Seattle Parks and Recreation values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Seattle Parks and Recreation encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process, including the completion of a background check. The background check will involve a criminal history check, which includes conviction and arrest records in compliance with the Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance , SMC 14.17 and the City of Seattle Personnel Rule 10.3 . A driving history review may be conducted in compliance with SMC 4.79.020 . Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation time, 12 paid holidays, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:

Want to know more about Parks and Recreation? Check out our web page: Seattle Parks and Recreation - Parks |
SPR's Core Competencies are:

Accountability & Action: Holding yourself accountable for achieving goals, completing tasks, and delivering quality work. Demonstrating thoughtful initiative in actions and decision-making and promoting high quality standards.

Equity and Inclusion: Supporting the goals of the Race and Social Justice Initiative and the City's commitment to workforce equity.

Communication: Sharing and exchanging information and ideas with people in a variety of ways to help them understand and remember the information.

Service: An ongoing commitment to base decisions and actions on the needs and priorities of the City.

Teamwork: Participating as an engaged member of a team to achieve group goals. Effectively working with internal and external people to complete tasks and achieve work group goals.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

Closing Date/Time: 9/19/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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