Recreation Coordinator - Therapeutics

  • City of Santa Clara, CA
  • Santa Clara, California
  • Nov 18, 2019
Full Time Parks and Recreation
  • Salary: $83,496.00 - $106,452.00 Annually

Job Description


Applications must be filled out completely. Please do not substitute "see resume" or "see personnel file" in the employment history section of the application. To be considered for this position, candidates must submit a1) City Employment Application, 2) Resume, 3) Cover Letter and4)Supplemental Questionnaireno later than11:59 p.m. onDecember 8, 2019.

This classified position is an advanced journey level position in the Parks and Recreation Department. Incumbents perform complex and specialized therapeutics functions and assume responsibility for coordinating programs for individuals with learning/developmental disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, hearing/visual impairments, autism, cerebral palsy, and other emotional and/or physical challenges. This classification is distinguished from the Recreation Coordinator in that the former coordinates programs for individuals with emotional and/or physical challenges that differ from those of the mainstream population, while the latter performs general recreation work in areas such as the Teen Center, the Youth Activity Center, and cultural arts.

Only the most qualified candidates who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications in relation to the requirements and duties of the classification will be invited to interview. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview.

Typical Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Under direction:
  • Organizes and directs therapeutic programs, classes, and special events
  • Plans, delivers, and promotes therapeutic activities and events for various age and interest groups
  • Interviews, hires, trains, evaluates, and supervises as-needed recreation personnel
  • Interprets and explains departmental policies to the general public
  • Schedules and supervises the use of specific program facilities
  • Collects and accounts for program fees and charges
  • Evaluates therapeutic programs, develops new activities, and makes recommendations to the Recreation Supervisor or Recreation Manager for program improvements
  • May prepares media releases, correspondence, and special event promotional materials on behalf of the department or program area
  • Performs general recreation work in areas such as Citywide Special Events, support at the Teen Center, the Senior Center, the Youth Activity Center, early education enrichment and in the cultural arts programs
  • Participates in case management and resource referral with clients
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum Requirements:
  • A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a degree in therapeutic recreation, adapted physical education, occupational therapy, or closely related field; and
  • Two (2) years of full-time paid experience coordinating a recreation program, including the supervision of leadership personnel in a therapeutic setting. These two (2) years may be a combination of full-time, part-time, or internship experience. (2,000 hours of part-time and/or internship experience are equivalent to one (1) year of full-time work experience)

Possible Substitution for Education:
  • Graduation from high school or possession of a G.E.D. and five (5) years of additional paid full-time experience in the supervision of recreation personnel in a public recreation setting may be substituted for the college graduation requirement

  • Experience with program budgeting is highly desirable
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist through the State of California is desirable
  • Current RTC (Recreation Therapist Certified) and/or CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) certification or eligibility is desirable
  • Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor Certification issued by the American Red Cross is desirable

  • Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license is required at the time of appointment and for the duration of employment
  • First Aid and CPR certification is required within one (1) year of appointment and for the duration of employment

  • May be required to work unusual hours, at night and on weekends to meet the recreational needs of the general public

Current permanent employee candidates who receive a passing score on the examination will have an additional five (5) points added to his/her final score.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of therapeutic recreation and programs
  • Principles and practices of customer service
  • Principles and practices of supervision
  • Current staff practices, including supervision, training, and evaluation of employees
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Client and program record keeping
  • Report writing for programs, clients, and events
  • Basic human anatomy, physiology, and psychology
  • Environmental and safety practices, procedures, and standards

Ability to:
  • Work effectively with program participants with emotional, behavioral, and physical challenges and/or disabilities
  • Manage, schedule, evaluate and train employees
  • Organize and direct the activities of recreation workers and related staff
  • Effectively handle multiple priorities, organize workload, and meet strict deadlines
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, employees, the general public and others contacted in the course of work
  • Participate in internal and external professional and education activities to enhance personal and professional growth
  • Work in a team-based environment to achieve common goals
  • Deliver excellent customer service to both internal and external city customers
  • Take a proactive approach to customer issues and problem solutions
  • Communicate effectively to groups and individuals, both orally and in writing
  • Exercise independent judgment and initiative with minimal supervision
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive employee and citizen information
  • Assist participants in and out of wheelchairs
  • Restrain and/or lift program participants
  • Walk or stand for extended periods of time
  • Bend, stoop, reach, carry, crawl, climb and lift as necessary to perform assigned duties
  • Carry, restrain and/or lift a minimum of 50 pounds and assist clients of the program needing support