*Starting salary is dependent upon qualifications, but in most cases is no higher than the midpoint for the range.
Scheduled Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 AM to 6 PM and some night and weekend work based on operational and programing needs.
NATURE OF WORK: Under the direction of the Assistant Director and/or designee, this position will be primarily responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of comprehensive environmental/recreation programs for the citizens of Evanston. Programs could include, but are not limited to, after school activities, summer camp, educational classes and activities, seminars, field trips and special events. The position is also responsible for supervising employees, contracted vendors and volunteers. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Specific assignment will include some or all of the following) ? Develops, implements, supervises, coordinates and evaluates programs, special events, drop in programs, family activities and a variety of workshops and seminars related to environmental education and recreation. Classes are located at the Ecology Center as well as various sites throughout the City. ? Prepares and creates displays and exhibits. ? Recruits, interviews and recommends part-time employees, seasonal employees and contracted vendors for center programs. ? Assists with conducting community outreach to local organizations, schools and affiliate organizations. ? Ensures programs and services are well organized, meet their objective and are safe for all participants. ? Manages volunteers for ecology program offerings and special events. ? Answers questions from 311, customer phone calls, emails, as well as in-person questions, comments, and concerns. ? Assists the Assistant Director and other Program Coordinator with developing, executing, implementing, and adhering to the annual program budget, and strategic and operational plan for the department/center. ? Works to develop collaborative partnerships with organizations in the public, non-profit organizations such as the Evanston Environmental Association, Citizen’s Greener Evanston, Evanston Garden Clubs, etc. ? Collaborates with other PRCS staff in the development and continued improvements and modifications of all program offerings at the Ecology Center. ? Trains, supervises and evaluates employees and volunteer staff in the programs under his/her direction, including assigning specific tasks and works hours accordingly. ? Enforces rules pertaining to the overall health and safety of the participants. ? Reports any unsafe conditions to the Recreation Manager or submits work order requests to the City’s 311 system. ? Attends trainings and conferences to enhance personal development and gain more knowledge. ? Attends department and other meetings as required. ? Participates in nature walks and related events promoting interest and involvement in the assigned special event activity. ? Purchases program supplies on an as needed basis and within budget. ? Ensures that all employees and volunteers under his/her direction are practicing excellent customer service, and that all policies and procedures are properly implemented. ? Performs other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS OF WORK: ? Must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher and must possess three (3) or more years of work experience with programming or experiential learning within a culturally diverse community and must possess one (1) or more years of experience in a supervisory capacity. ? Must possess a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record. ? Must be willing and able to obtain First Aid/CPR/AED certification within 6 months of employment and maintain it as a condition of employment. ? Must be willing and able to obtain a Canoe Instruction Certification within eight months of employment and maintain it as a condition of employment. ? Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas: ? Ability to deal positively and effectively with the general public and other staff and individual agencies or persons. ? Strong customer service and teamwork orientation. ? Ability to deliver strong presentations and programs to different audiences and user groups. ? Considerable knowledge of and ability to use Internet search engines, word processing software, email, registration, facility, and league scheduling software and Windows operating systems. ? Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions provided in written, oral, or diagrammatic form; to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in or from standardized situations. ? Ability to prepare work assignments, research issues summaries, letters and memorandum and reports using prescribed format and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, dictation and style. ? Ability to give verbal direction to subordinates, communicate effectively with co-workers and supervisors.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF WORK Ability to work primarily indoors and is occasionally subject to outdoor environmental conditions – no effective protection from the weather conditions or temperature changes. The employee performs tasks outdoors related to environmental and recreational programs, weather can be hot in the summer, etc., while in the fall and spring can be cool/cold. Employee should have the ability to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force consistently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Have the ability to lift, reach, handle, finger, kneel, bend, stand for long periods of time, talk, hear, feel, smell, climb, maintain balance, stoop, crouch, crawl, and see the nature of object by the eye.
SUPERVISION Performance is reviewed through observation, completion of projects, reports and meetings. Guidance is provided through the City Code, departmental policies, City operating practices and procedures, and other resources as applicable to the specific project assigned. Work is evaluated annually with respect to programming initiatives, problem-solving ability, customer service, research and analytical skill, written and verbal communication skills, and performance in accordance with this classification standard.
PUBLIC CONTACT: The Program Coordinator has regular contact with the public, other departmental employee and supervisors.
To apply for this position, please apply online at www.cityofevanston.org on or before the closing date of April 26, 2021.
Chosen candidates will be required to provide proof of licenses, certifications, and education required for this position. Candidates will also be subject to qualifying pre-employment processes, including medical examination, drug/alcohol screen, employment verification, and criminal background check.
The City of Evanston is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against discrimination in employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity. The City of Evanston is also committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Any person needing mobility or communications access assistance should contact Human Resources at 847-448-8204 (voice) or 847-866-5095 (TTY).
About City of Evanston
Evanston is located just north of Chicago, Evanston is diverse in many ways, much to the delight of its visitors and residents (population 75,000). Home to Northwestern University, Evanston has a variety of excellent higher educational opportunities, as well as a successful public school system. Evanston is also home to the world headquarters of Rotary International. Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide.The Evanston Recreation Division's facilities include three community centers, a senior center, five public swimming beaches, plus a dog park and a dog beach. The Parks/Forestry and Recreation Department operates the Evanston Ecology Center and the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.