Recreation ProgrammerFull TimeParks & Recreation - Athletics

Hiring Salary: $15.23 - $17.60 per hour

REQ #: 103951 Position(s)

Supervisor: Simms

Posted Date: 10/18/2017      Reposted Date:       Closing Date: 11/30/2017

Hours: Various hours and weekends.

PRIMARY DUTY: Under basic supervision, performs a variety of activities in support of City recreation programs for the Parks and Recreation (P&R) Department; supervises staff and assists with the supervision of individual and team sports, events, classes, special programs and recreational activities.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge and skills. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Organizes, leads and promotes assigned City recreation programs, including special adult’s and children’s activities, recreation and skills classes, senior services, special events, holiday productions, community activities and sports programs; sets up recreation sites and facilities for events and scheduled programs; duties may vary according to job assignment.
• Organizes recreation activities, supervises program participants and enforces rules, regulations and safety precautions at indoor and outdoor facilities; maintains discipline, monitors behavior and resolves issues.
• Supervises the use of recreation facilities, equipment and materials; monitors program activities, assists participants in recreation activities and requests supplies as needed.
• Reports and resolves complaints, requests, safety conditions, security issues and illegal activities; assures activities are in compliance with all laws, policies, regulations and goals.
• Schedules recreation venues for activities and events; purchases and allocates equipment, materials and other assets; supervises and coaches participants; verifies equipment and facilities are maintained in clean and safe condition.
• Coordinates and promotes program activities with general public and community organizations.
• May act as sports/recreation leader, coach and referee for organized recreational activities; determines appropriateness of activities for juveniles; communicates and enforces rules, safety standards and good sportsmanship requirements.
• Monitors recreation program venues and facilities, identifies and reports conditions needing repairs.
• Evaluates programs for effectiveness and participation levels, recommends new programs and program changes; tracks services provided and monitors results; compiles operational data for reports.
• Supervises, instructs and trains staff, monitors work, develops staff skills and evaluates performance.
• Supports the relationship between the City of Waco and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.


• City policies and procedures.
• Policies, rules and regulations governing the conduct and safety of public recreation programs.
• Purpose, use and benefits of municipal recreational programs and activities.
• Legal liabilities and responsibilities for recreation services staff.
• Local community resources and regional community services programs.
• Accounting and budgeting practices in a municipal government agency.

Skill in:
• Coordinating municipal recreation programs and operations.
• Interpreting and explaining federal and state rules and regulations and City policies and procedures.
• Developing recommendations for improvements of athletics programs and facilities.
• Promoting and enforcing safe work practices.
• Promoting athletics and recreational programs in the community.
• Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with employees, officials, other community services agencies and the general public.
• Analyzing problems, resolving disputes and grievances and developing effective solutions.
• Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
• Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.

Applicants must submit a completed City of Waco application in order to be considered for this position. Resumes may be attached to the completed application, but not in lieu of one. If a resume is attached, all questions on the application must still be answered completely and accurately. If a question does not apply to you, please mark it "NA" Do not leave it blank. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To verify prior military experience, please include a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4) with your application. All answers are subject to verification. Applications are available online at the City's website, Click Here for the NEW City of Waco Job Application, or at the City of Waco Human Resources Department located at 300 Austin Avenue. Applications may be submitted by e-mail as an attachment to, fax to 254-750-5737 or by mail to City of Waco, Human Resources Department, PO BOX 2570, Waco, TX 76702. EOE


Associate’s Degree in Parks & Recreation, Business or Public Administration, or related field is required OR an equivalent combination of education and experience; AND two years of Parks & Recreation program experience or of relative experience.

- Must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License.
- CPR and First Aide certifications desired.
- Depending on the needs of the recreation center assigned to, may require bilingual testing and certification.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• The physical activities of this position include:
o Climbing - Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized.
o Balancing - Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling and walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces.
o Stooping - Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist.
o Kneeling - Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
o Crouching - Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
o Crawling - Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.
o Reaching - Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
o Standing - Particularly for sustained periods of time.
o Walking - Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
o Pushing - Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
o Pulling - Using upper extremities to exert force in order to drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
o Lifting - Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.
o Finger Dexterity - Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
o Grasping - Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
o Feeling - Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
o Talking - Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
o Hearing - Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication and to make the discriminations in sound.
o Repetitive motion - Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
• The physical requirements of this position
o Medium work. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
• The visual acuity requirements including color, depth perception and field vision.
o The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes.
• The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position
o Work is performed primarily in an indoor setting or well-lit temperature-controlled working environment.
o The worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside with temperatures that may be below 32° or above 100° for periods of more than one hour. Consideration should be given to the effect of other environmental conditions, such as wind and humidity.
o The worker is subject to noise. There is sufficient noise to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above ambient noise level.
o The worker is subject to atmospheric conditions. One or more of the following conditions that affect the respiratory system or the skin: venom, dander, chemicals, fumes, odors, dust, mists, gases, or poor ventilation.
o The worker is frequently in close quarters, crawl spaces, enclosed rooms and other areas that could cause claustrophobia.
o The worker is required to function in narrow aisles or passageways.

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