City of Tampa

Recreation Leader IV (#001154) 024

$23.38-$33.33 Hourly / $4,052.53-$5,777.20 Monthly / $48,630.40-$69,326.40 Yearly


This is responsible recreational work involving coordination of specific programs in a recreation district.  Bargaining unit position.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing tasks of more than average difficulty in coordinating programs and activities of a district's recreation centers, community centers, playgrounds, or preschools. Under general supervision, employees are required to exercise reasonable initiative and independent judgment in performing assignments to include the recruitment of volunteers or specialists to conduct activities. Employees will research, develop, teach, demonstrate, coordinate, and aid in promotion of a variety of recreational programs and activities for specific age groups or subject interests. The nature of the recreation function being performed requires employees to work varying schedules including nights and weekends. Employees promote good public relations by recommending programs and activities based on community needs and interests, and by exhibiting tact and courtesy in dealing with the program participants and parents. Work is reviewed through observation, conferences, reports submitted and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Researches and obtains information related to demography, planning and other areas in order to introduce, promote or relocate specific recreation programs an/or activities; reviews/recommends revisions in department policies pertaining to specific programs; may serve as a lead in the absence of a supervisor as needed.

Plans, promotes, teaches, oversees, and coordinates playground, classroom or after school activities such as sports, crafts, contests, homework, etc.; assists participants in use of computer labs; answers questions and discusses problems; may be required to transport participants in department vehicle or travel between sites.

Confers with recreation leaders/supervisors about organizational and administrative problems; provides input in planning and designing curriculum; aids in interpretation of department policies, rules, and regulations for recreation leaders, the public and concerned civic groups; assists with disciplinary problems; provides input to supervisor for completion of performance evaluations of staff; inspects recreational facilities, equipment, materials, and supplies; makes recommendations as needed.

Coordinates activities of a similar nature for several assigned recreational areas and for lower level recreation personnel; recruits or aids in recruitment of volunteers or specialists to conduct activities; confers with concerned community agencies as necessary; conducts in-service training programs for all recreation leaders; controls records, fees and funds; conducts fund raising activities and special events; prioritizes activities, schedules and resources; provides reports.

Develops ideas and scripts for video presentation; acts as a spokesperson at special events and as liaison between agencies; provides press releases; develops sponsorships.

Performs field maintenance work when necessary.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: techniques relating to a specific subject, age group, or organized recreation activity; rules and conduct of a variety of sports and games.

Working knowledge of: instructional techniques when assigned to preschools; first aid; record keeping and report writing.

Some knowledge of: public relations.

Ability to: stimulate participation and support for recreational activities aimed at specific age or interest groups; supervise the work of others; provide leadership in coordinating and conducting recreational activities; maintain records and compile reports; administer first aid; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, civic groups and the general public; perform activities requiring light to moderate physical exertion; operate a light motor vehicle if required.

Skill in: administering first aid; operation and maintenance of recreational equipment and facilities.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school and completion of three (3) years of college and three (3) years of experience in organized recreational programs; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida class E driver’s license.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 001154; EST: 8/12/2013; REV: 3/1/2021;