3283 Recreation Specialist

Recruitment #PEX-3283-099754

Introduction

INTERESTED APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY IMMEDIATELY.
RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS MAY CLOSE AT ANY TIME,
BUT NOT BEFORE 5:00 PM ON OCTOBER 11, 2019.

APPOINTMENT TYPE
Permanent Exempt appointment not to exceed three (3) years.  This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

MISSION STATEMENT
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s mission is to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks and preserve the environment for the well-being of our diverse community.

ABOUT US
Amid a dynamic and ever-evolving urban landscape, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department stewards one of the premier urban park systems in America.  San Francisco recently became the first city in the United States for which 100% of its residents live within a ten-minute walk of a park.  Considered by San Franciscans to be one of the City’s most popular and effective public agencies, our Department manages and maintains more than 225 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces in San Francisco, including two outside of city limits: Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. Our 4,100- acre system includes 25 recreation centers, 9 swimming pools, 5 golf courses and numerous athletic facilities, including sports courts, ball diamonds, soccer fields and gymnasiums. Included in the department’s responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Marina Yacht Harbor, the Palace of Fine Arts, and TPC Harding Park golf course.

More than 2,000 talented individuals are part of our team, from gardeners, foresters, and recreation leaders to park rangers, custodians, electricians, painters and more. Our core mission, as it has been throughout our history, is to provide opportunities for San Francisco residents and visitors alike to gather, play, learn, relax, and enjoy nature in the city.

THE OPPORTUNITY
In support of the mission of the Recreation and Park Department, we are looking for creative and dedicated individuals to ensure that recreation programs, services and resources are accessible to everyone in San Francisco.  This candidate will be part of a team that will be responsible for developing and delivering specialized and enriching recreation programs to underserved communities such as residents of public housing, homeless and other low-income communities in San Francisco. 

Under the direction of a 3286 Recreation Program Coordinator, Recreation Specialists will be responsible for creating, developing, delivering and supervising recreation programs and activities, services and events through the Recspark program, which will include Drop-In and Drop-By Play, at a variety of sites throughout San Francisco.  Program areas include health and wellness, exercise, nature and science, visual and digital arts, action sports and performing arts. Recreation Specialists will work in a variety of neighborhoods throughout San Francisco to meet community interests based on input from program participants and other community stakeholders. They will engage and support community members to access recreation programs and services, and will train recreation leaders, instructors and volunteers to deliver programs. The essential responsibilities include:

  • Plans, organizes and supervises a variety of recreation programs and services including classes, events, workshops and skill-building clinics for children, youth, transitional age youth, families and adults.
  • Provides on-site supervision and implementation of programs.
  • Performs a variety of tasks related to preparing, setting up, and cleaning up for programs and activities.
  • Selects, organizes and maintains equipment and supplies for recreation programs.
  • Prepares marketing material including flyers, schedules of events, brochures and activity guides to promote and publicize programs.
  • Supervises, trains and evaluates recreation leaders and volunteers.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education:
Possession of an associate degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience:
2000 hours of experience planning and implementing recreation programs.

Substitution:
Additional experience leading recreational activities may be substituted for the required degree on a year for year basis. Thirty (30) semester units or forty-five (45) quarter units equal to 2000 hours.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 2000 hours experience planning and implementing recreation programs for one or more of the following areas:
    • Expanded Learning Time (i.e., tiny tots, preschool, camps, before and after school, etc.)
    • Competitive Youth Sports.  Experience as a coach does not qualify.  Experience managing a sports league with a minimum of four (4) teams is considered qualifying.
    • Outdoor Recreation/Extreme Sports
  • Knowledge of San Francisco demographics.
  • Experience conducting recreation programs and services.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Community organizing experience.
  • Experience building and maintaining effective relationships with diverse populations.
  • Ability to understand and work well with homeless and otherwise at-risk youth.
  • Effective leadership and communication skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain community engagement strategies for recreation programs and services.
  • Experience with data collection, community statistics and outreach.
  • Ability to create and nurture a City connection to community stakeholders through regular interaction, relationship-building and follow-through.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner with multiple agencies and organizations.
  • Experience working with diverse, multi-cultural and different socioeconomic populations.
  • Ability to speak Spanish or Cantonese.
  • Possession of a valid CA Driver’s License.    

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted only through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the 3283 Recreation Specialist (PEX-3283-099754 job announcement)
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Eugenia Paw, by telephone at (415) 831-6824, or by email at eugenia.paw@sfgov.org.  

Selection Procedures

The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the oral/performance process.

Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

VERIFICATION:
Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. Failure to provide the required verification when requested may result in rejection of application and/or appointment in this class.  Refer to the following links for verification:

Verification Guidelines: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#verification

Education Verification: http://www.sfdhr.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=18441

NOTE:  Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification from this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Conclusion

Reasonable Accommodation Request:
Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements of a job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

General Information Concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Terms of the Announcement:
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.  Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted.  Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned.  The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Additional Information: General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures may be found online at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20.

Issued:  9/16/19
Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID #: 099754
REC / EP / (415) 831-6824

Benefits

All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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