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Recreation Therapy and Teen Programs
Parks & Community Services Department
Part-time Position (20-25 hours per week)
Salary Range:  $15.99 -$21.96 per hour

Position Description

Under the supervision of the Parks & Community Services Program Manager, and/or Recreation Coordinator the Recreation Leader II position for Recreation Therapy and Teen Programs is responsible for implementing and evaluating programs, services and events for individuals within our community with disabilities.  Also, the position will provide program experience to middle school aged teens.  This position could serve as a paid internship for students of Recreation Administration with an emphasis in Therapeutics or Leisure Studies.  The work may be flexibly scheduled and could include some evenings, weekends and holidays such as 4th of July and Memorial Day weekend.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ability to monitor department programs and special events to ensure reasonable accessibility for individuals with special needs in accordance with ADA standards;
  • Experience with basic intake/assessment forms to “include” persons with disabilities and severe allergies in Parks and Community Services Department classes, camps and programs;
  • Experience in the planning, coordination, evaluation, and onsite supervision of assigned programs, classes, special events, as well as evaluating and recommending adjustments in the set up of facilities for therapeutic recreation and inclusion programs;
  • Experience in the planning, coordination, evaluation, and on-site supervision of assigned programs, classes, special events, as well as evaluating and recommending adjustments in the set up of facilities for middle school ages teen programs;
  • Ability to assist in the development, recommendation and implementation of goals and objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for therapeutic recreation program areas;
  • Demonstrates leadership abilities and consistent exhibition of professional conduct;
  • Experience in creating program flyers, brochures, newsletters, including determining content, layout, materials and distribution methods;
  • Ability to assist the public with questions and inquiries regarding classes, programs, facilities, policies and fees;
  • Ability to provide information and referral materials for customers with special needs and their families as well as provide activity level assessments to staff and participants as needed;
  • Provides leadership to staff and/or volunteers;
  • Administers first aid as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of philosophy, objectives, trends and requirements of community-based recreation programs with a special focus on Recreation Therapy;
  • Knowledge of philosophy, objectives, trends and requirements in the implementation of teen programs and services;
  • Knowledge of supervision and leadership techniques;
  • Principles and practices of managing recreational programs for community centers and community parks;
  • Experience equal to one year in the field of Recreation Therapy, Physical Education, Leisure Studies or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.  Preferences will be given to candidates with certifications/or licensure in Recreation Therapy;
  • Knowledge of Windows-based computer programs and related software applications, specifically Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and CLASS;
  • Experience in developing appropriate interpersonal relationships with customers and staff; and to respond to complaints and requests for information;
  • Experience in working with other divisions and departments to accomplish goals and implement programs;
  • Excellent verbal, presentation and written communication skills;
  • Strong organizational skills, demonstrating the ability to handle and prioritize multiple programs and work loads;
  • Ability to lift or manage loads of 40 pounds;
  • Ability to obtain certifications in both Standard First Aid and Basic CPR by date of hire, and
  • Valid Class C California Driver's License or ability to obtain by date of hire and ability to obtain Class B Driver’s License within 6 months of hire;


The most-qualified applicants, as determined by an initial screening of applications, will be invited to participate in the application and testing process.  Depending on the position, testing may consist of aptitude and skills tests, written and oral portions.   The application and testing process also includes background checks including but not limited to:  driving record, Department of Justice Livescan fingerprinting, employment references, negative TB test, work permit [for students in high school] and criminal background checks. 

A City application is required. For an application packet, please call the City's 24-Hour Job Hotline at (925) 973-2505, write to jobs@sanramon.ca.gov, or download a City application from our web site at http://www.sanramon.ca.gov/employ/opportunities.html.  Applications are also available to pick up at any City of San Ramon Community or Aquatic Centers.  These positions are Open Until Filled. Faxed or scanned applications will not be accepted.

Please return your completed application to:

City of San Ramon
Parks & Community Services Department
Attn: Bonnie Mertz
2226 Camino Ramon
San Ramon, CA 94583 

The City of San Ramon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex origin or disability. In accordance with Federal law, the City of San Ramon will only hire individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States. As a condition of employment, you will be required to present proof of your identity and employment eligibility. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, should special accommodations be necessary at any stage of the application and testing process, please contact Bonnie Mertz at (925) 973-2608.

Information contained herein is subject to change without notice.


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