City of Tampa

Special Programs Leader I (#118100) 013

$15.00-$21.72 Hourly / $2,600.00-$3,764.80 Monthly / $31,200.00-$45,177.60 Yearly


This is entry-level recreation work with special programs in creative arts, fine arts, special events, preschool or with the disabled or elderly.  Bargaining unit position.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for special programs such as creative arts, fine arts, preschool or with the disabled or elderly at an assigned recreation center or special events. Tasks are of average difficulty and include teaching, instructing and participating in activities. Although the employee works under general supervision, the exercise of some initiative and independent judgment is required. The employee might be required to work varying schedules which include nights and weekends, and to travel to various locations. Work is reviewed through observation, conferences and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Plans, promotes and conducts recreational activities; teaches and/or oversees fine arts, special events and preschool or programs for the elderly or disabled; performs in a variety of theatrical programs; schedules center activities; counsels participants as necessary.

Constructs puppets, props, scenery, and costumes; manipulates puppets; participates in the planning and writing of scripts; conducts one-person activities such as puppet stories and creative dramatics.

Operates audiovisual equipment such as film/slide projectors and tape players; operates sound and light systems; operates power tools and equipment necessary to construction of puppets, scenery and stage properties.

Plans, organizes and conducts diverse programs of special recreation activities and events designed to meet the needs of preschool children or elderly or disabled citizens such as sports, music, arts and crafts, social recreation, dramatics, camping, dancing, and swimming.

Performs clerical work; prepares and submits reports; verifies purchase orders and requisitions; takes orders and purchases supplies for activities; checks in and puts supplies away; receives monies from class participants; writes receipts for supplies and equipment; maintains records, logs, lists, and forms.

Inspects recreational facilities and equipment to ensure safety; enforces proper safety practices and occupational safety rules and regulations; oversees operation of assigned area in absence of higher level workers; ensures security of building.

Directs visitors at center; answers phones and provides information concerning programs and use of center.

Performs related work as required.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Some knowledge of: techniques, aids, and use and care of equipment applicable to a wide variety of recreation, creative arts, fine arts, special events and special population activities; first aid and CPR; emotional and physical problems of preschool children, the disabled or the elderly; basic records keeping.

Ability to: coordinate and conduct recreational and group activities; maintain records and compile reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, community groups and the general public; perform activities requiring light to moderate physical strength and endurance; work with all age groups and disabilities; operate a light motor vehicle if required.

Skill in: administering first aid and CPR; care/maintenance of recreational equipment; operating power tools and sound and light systems.


Suggested Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school with six (6) months of experience in specialized recreation programs, preferably in an instructional or theatrical performance capacity; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a: Standard First Aid Certificate; CPR Certificate within six (6) months of appointment; a valid Florida 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: 118100; EST: 8/13/2013; REV: 3/1/2021;