Outdoor and Mobile Recreation Leader

City of Seattle, WA
September 8, 2023
Seattle, WA
Job Type


Position Description
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 provide welcoming and safe opportunities to play, learn, contemplate, and build community and promote responsible stewardship of the land. We promote healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities. We strive to deliver excellent customer service to each visitor and participant. SPR is also deeply committed to advancing the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) by working to end institutional and structural racism.

Racial Equity: SPR commits to Our City Values, Workplace Expectations , and Racial Equity and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We support and hold ourselves accountable by eliminating barriers to access and providing employees with equitable opportunities for professional growth and advancement.

The Recreation Leader will work with the following programs RNTS, Food and Fitness, Career Exploration, and Summer Meals/Playground programs. Rec Leader is instrumental in serving communities furthest from racial, educational, economic, health, and social equity by providing access to resources and opportunities. This position will report to the Program Coordinator of the Outdoor Activation and Mobile Recreation Unit.

The Recreation Division eliminates barriers through responsive, exceptional recreation services. We operate over 50 recreation facilities (community centers, teen centers, pools, school-based learning centers, environmental learning centers, and boating and sailing centers) and provide opportunities for people to play, learn, and lead healthy, active lives. Our programs and events include fitness and athletics, licensed childcare and preschool, swimming and boating, youth development and job preparation, academic enrichment, and more -- including programs designed for older adults and people with disabilities, as well as grant and partnership programs designed and implemented with immigrant and refugee communities. With nearly 300 regular employees and a budget of nearly $40 million annually, Recreation is a major operation with a significant impact on the communities we serve.
Job Responsibilities
Here is more about what you'll be doing:

  • Organizes, plans, implements, and leads, culturally relevant food, nutrition, fitness, recreation, and career programs to meet City-wide needs; and coordi nates the scheduling and programming of these City-wide activities.
  • Plans, and organizes the content of day-to-day operations of the outdoor programming schedule,
  • Train program delivery staff, officials, and instructors; monitor and evaluate program attendance and provide technical expertise on various nutrition, fitness, recreation, and wellness-related topics for, the community, and volunteers.
  • Responsible for the delivery of nutrition, recreation, career, and fitness programming
  • Conducts surveys of program participants.
  • Review and recommend improvements & new recreation, fitness, nutrition, and career programming
  • Meets with neighborhood and community groups to encourage support of Outdoor programs.
  • Performs other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.

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 a community-based recreation program and an associate degree in Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, or a related field (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).

License, Certification, and Other Requirements:

  • Current, valid WA State Driver's License.
  • American Red Cross Multi-Media First Aid Card and CPR certification within 30 days of employment.
  • Available to work some evenings, weekends, irregular hours, and split shifts.

Desired Qualifications:

  • The Ideal Candidate will hold a certification such as ACSM. ACE, NASM, NCCA, NBFE, DEAC etc.... or ability to obtain certification within 90 days of hire.
  • The Ideal Candidate will be capable of Leading Instructional Classes in at least one of the following areas, Art, Music, Fitness, Nutrition, Career Development, meditation.

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

  • Ability to Deliver Basic Group Fitness classes
  • Ability to collaborate with the Community to deliver activities
  • Ability to develop and lead events and workshops for adults and youth around topics such as managing existing conditions. Music for the Soul, Expressive Art
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to show cultural competence in working with diverse populations.
  • Ability to be organized, proactive, work independently, and be a self-starter.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities with various deadlines and tasks.
  • Experience applying an equity lens to direct service programs.
  • Demonstrates flexibility/adaptability, ability to pivot, and shift direction to meet fast-paced needs.

Special Working Conditions:

  • Perform demanding and physically challenging work, including lifting more than 50 pounds to waist level.
  • Work outdoors in all weather conditions and heavy traffic; enter confined spaces (such as maintenance chambers, holes, and excavations).
  • Work any shift or schedule, including nights, evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Respond to emergency conditions resulting in overtime with little or no notice.
  • Meet the conditions set forth in SPR Workplace Expectations.

Additional Information
Please note that 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. In addition, duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time, with or without notice .

The full salary range for this position is $20.75-$33.33 per hour.

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.

Who May Apply: This position is open to all candidates who 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 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, sick leave, and medical, dental, vision, and life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at: https://www.seattle.gov/human-resources/benefits/employees-and-covered-family-members/most-employees-plans .

Want to know more about Parks and Recreation? Check out our web page: Seattle Parks and Recreation - Parks | seattle.gov

SPR's Core Competencies are:

Accountability & Action: Holding yourself accountable for achieving goals, completing tasks, 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 team member to achieve group goals and 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 | seattle.gov

Closing Date/Time: 9/26/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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