Parks and Recreation Department

Recruitment #2202-3326-001


The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a highly qualified, dedicated individual for a


to assist with our Therapeutic Recreation division.

General Description

The Recreation Inclusion Coordinator promotes successful inclusion of individuals with disabilities into community-based events, facilities and programs including leisure classes, aquatics, camps and after-school programs. Types of support may include communication support, behavior support, personal care support, mobility support, medication/medical support, etc. 

This classification is a front-line supervisor who will supervise at least one permanent employee. This position will plan and direct work of others, hires, trains, prepares performance appraisals, and approve       

This classification will oversee the classifications of Recreation Assistant, Senior Recreation Worker, and volunteers. 

Essential Functions

Conducts individualized assessments based on the client’s physical, cognitive, and social abilities/limitations for successful participation in a community recreation setting

Determines what accommodations are needed including additional training for staff, creating behavioral plans, recommendations for adaptive equipment

Implement the therapeutic recreation program based on the individual assessment and providing on-going support to the individual in achieving established goals

Determine most appropriate placement is in specialized therapeutic program or recreation inclusion program

Determine if adaptations are needed for individuals' success in therapeutic recreation program

Examples include establishing a behavior plan, providing adaptive equipment.  Collaborate with other agencies, schools, professionals' network, and with disability community groups

Provide guidance, expertise and mentorship to department staff for acceptance and accommodation for including individuals with disabilities

Conducts interviews, hires, trains, directly supervises and evaluates recreation inclusion aides who work with individuals with disabilities in community recreation programs

Develops work standards and guidelines for job performance

Ensure Department Compliance with American with Disabilities Act (ADA) 

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum Experience:  At least two years’ experience in planning and conducting recreation programs for individuals with disabilities. Must have experience in the supervision of individuals with disabilities. 

Special Job Requirements

Certified Therapeutic Recreations Specialist (CTRS) required prior to the end of the one-year probationary period and keep certification in good standing through employment. 

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification

First-Aid Certification

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an Oral Board and Written Exam interview.

  • Oral Board Interviews and Written Exam will be held: the week of May 2, 2022

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on a Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service Eligibility List will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

  • 25% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 10% of your written exam
  • 65% of your oral board interview

Selection Interviews may be conducted post-list by the Hiring Manager.

This recruitment will establish a Civil Service Employment List that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring with the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must present your documentation at the Oral Board interviews.  The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Sandra Fata, HR Analyst at at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


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Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Basic Physical

20lb. Lift Test

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.