This is supervisory work assisting in planning and delivering recreation and other educational activities and programs city-wide or at a recreation facility Much of the work is performed independently but employees work under direction of supervisors in accordance with established policies. Direction is available on unusual or difficult problems. Work is directed and reviewed through the establishment of goals and subsequent evaluation of progress toward goal attainment.
Examples of Work Performed
Directs and instructs recreational and educational activities and programs.
Assists in providing safe and appropriate recreational and educational programs.
Assists in training recreation employees, fulltime and seasonal.
Assists in planning work schedules, and in assigning and supervising seasonal recreation workers.
Ensures that regulations are enforced and that equipment is safe and usable.
Promotes interest and cooperation of persons in the community.
Interprets program policies and objectives for residents of the vicinity.
Studies community recreational interests and needs.
Assists in determining program costs and in generating revenue and donations to support programs.
If certified in therapeutic recreation, assesses individuals with disabilities and creates or modifies programs to provide appropriate recreation experiences.
May assist in organizing and supervising music activities, a wide variety of athletic events, arts and crafts activities, Watson Park activities, swimming pool programs, and/or special events
Completion of work assignments may require the operation of a vehicle.
These examples are not intended to be all-inclusive.
Other related duties may be assigned as needed.
Requirements of Work
Considerable knowledge of, and personal skill in, a variety of recreational activities or sports.
Considerable knowledge of methods of organizing group activities.
Considerable knowledge of rules for sports and games.
Knowledge of pool operations preferred.
Knowledge of the objectives of planned community recreation.
Knowledge of basic first aid methods.
Ability to organize and direct activities for children.
Ability to meet and deal tactfully with the public.
Ability to maintain recreation equipment.
Ability to work outdoors when unpleasant weather conditions are present.
Ability to move quickly and reach, bend, stoop, twist or squat and/or other motions for job duties.
Ability to move tables, chairs, supplies and equipment weighing up to 30 lbs.
Ability to effectively plan, organize, and supervise the work of others.
Ability to lead, instruct and supervise groups engaged in recreational activities.
Ability to develop interest and cooperation of persons in the community.
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with associates, representatives of outside agencies, and the public.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, orally, in writing, and/or by whatever creative means are necessary to cross communication barriers.
May require ability to acquire and maintain a valid Kansas driver's license.
Required Experience and Training
Graduation from a four year college with courses in education or recreation, OR three years of experience as a recreation worker, or other job related to recreation. (Recreation therapist position requires a bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation, recreation with an emphasis in TR, physical education or education. Certification as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist preferred). An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Offers of employment are contingent upon passing a pre-employment physical, which includes drug screening, and upon satisfactory evaluation of the results of a criminal record check. May include passing a KBI background check.
About City of Wichita Park & Recreation Department
The City of Wichita is a leading-edge organization serving a dynamic and inclusive community.
As an exceptionally well-run city, we will keep Wichita safe, grow our economy, build dependable infrastructure and provide conditions for living well.
Wichita, the largest city in Kansas with a population 389,965, is the county seat of Sedgwick County. Major highways, including the Kansas Turnpike, US 400 and Interstate I-135, link the city with a large trade area that encompasses a population of more than one million people within a 100-mile radius. The nearest large cities are Denver to the west, Kansas City of the northeast, and Oklahoma City to the south, and Tulsa to the southeast.