City of Tampa

Special Programs Leader II (#118200) 018

$18.53-$26.36 Hourly / $3,211.87-$4,569.07 Monthly / $38,542.40-$54,828.80 Yearly


This is responsible recreation work with special programs in creative arts, fine arts, special events 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, or special events with the disabled or elderly at an assigned recreation center. Tasks are of average difficulty and include teaching, instructing, and participating in a variety of activities. Under general supervision, the employee in this class of work performs the assigned tasks independently. The employee is required to exercise some initiative and independent judgement in planning and conducting activities for all ages and abilities. The employee might be required to work varying schedules which might include nights and weekends, and to travel to various locations. Work is reviewed through observation, conferences, reports submitted, and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Plans, promotes, and conducts recreational activities; teaches and/or oversees fine arts, special events 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; oversees lower level employees in the creation and manipulation of puppets as needed; plans and writes scripts; conducts oneperson 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 designed to meet the needs of 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 centers.

Performs related work as required.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Working knowledge of: techniques, aids, and use and care of equipment applicable to a wide variety of recreation, creative arts, fine art, special events and special population activities; emotional and physical problems of the disabled and elderly.

Some knowledge of: first aid and CPR; basic records keeping.

Ability to: coordinate and conduct recreational activities; counsel and advise participants; 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; plan and conduct creative and arts and crafts programs and classes; work with all age groups and disabilities; work effectively with health care/social service professionals in the planning of client services; operate a light weight motor vehicle if required.

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


Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school and completion of one (1) year of college with coursework in recreation, recreation therapy, physical education, leisure services, art, theater, or a closely related field, with one (1) year 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 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: 118200; EST: 8/13/2013; REV: 3/1/2021;