Recreation Programmer

Standish Parks and Recreation
Job Description
Looking for a creative, active, and fun job with kids of all ages where no two days are ever the same?  We have a job opportunity where you can get paid to shoot nerf darts at kids, play parachute games, bounce on a trampoline, go on fields trips, and create memorable community experiences for kids and families. If this isn’t enough to get you excited about joining our team, how about enjoying a flexible work schedule, completing a variety of tasks, building leadership skills, receiving a generous and robust benefits package, and receive opportunities for personal and professional growth?

Position will remain open until filled. Interviews begin the week of August 22nd. 
Town of Standish
Position Title: Recreation Programmer                                           Department: Parks & Recreation
Reports to: Director of Parks & Recreation                                        Date: July 25, 2022
This position is under the direct supervision of the Parks & Recreation Director and works in the planning, organization, and coordination of community recreation programs for children and families of all ages. The employee in this position supervises the participants of the Before and After School Program, Summer Camp Programs and participates as needed with special events and other programs of the department. The employee in this position works 35-40 hours per week on a year-round basis. This position has access to sensitive and confidential information.
Position Classification: This position is classified as a full-time, hourly (non-exempt) position.
Supervisory Responsibilities: This position supervises part-time, seasonal employees, and volunteers.
  • Must be able to work a variable schedule to include weekdays, evenings, and occasional weekends,
      depending on the demands of the program.
  • Must be able to participate with children in their activities and lead by example.
  • Must be able to provide excellent customer service to adults and children.
  • Must be able to maintain an effective working relationship with the parks and recreation team, volunteers, and community members.
  • Must be able to work effectively with children with special needs.
  • Must hold a Maine Driver’s License and be insurable in a normal risk pool and is occasionally required to drive the department van and 14-passenger bus.
  • Must be able to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Must have normal vision and be capable of using telephones, computers, printers and standard office equipment.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, and reach for participation in physical activities.
  • Must be able to work independently and exercise good judgment when making decisions.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing and create regular newsletters.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
External and internal candidates, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either aided or with assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.
  • Positively contributes to the parks and recreation department team in all aspects of the department as appropriate and necessary.
  • Responsible for ensuring safety of participants in the program.
  • Manages children’s behavior in an appropriate manner and provides appropriate and timely follow-up with staff and guardians.
  • Assists in developing, planning, and implementing, age-appropriate activities and events to meet the growing needs of the community.
  • Responsible for general care of equipment, supplies, and facilities.
  • Attends staff meetings and training as requested by the Parks & Recreation Director.
  • Supervises and coordinates activities of the Before/After School Program.
  • Performs general office work including answering the telephone, responding to emails, proficiently operating the recreation management software, running errands, purchasing, and picking up approved program supplies, setting up equipment for activities.
  • Maintains a variety of records, including registrations, reservations, permission slips, receipts, etc.
  • Leads department-sponsored trips and supervises participants.
  • Assists in planning and implementing enrichment programs, summer camp, before/after school programs, community events, and vacation camps.
  • Performs other work as may be required in support of the Parks and Recreation Department.
These are illustrative and temporary work guidelines. Employees in this position are expected to perform other tasks and work as required.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal recreation programs and the ability to make practical application of them.
  • Ability to organize and manage people of all ages.
  • Strong decision-making abilities, the ability to communicate verbally and in writing to various diverse groups and individuals, including children.
  • Computer literacy and experience with Microsoft Office programs, databases, the Internet, and recreation management software programs.
  • Associates degree in Education, Recreation/Leisure Management or related field is desired.
  • Two or more years of progressively responsible experience in recreation programming, childcare or equivalent.
  • Must have prior experience working with children and community programs.
  • CPR/First Aid Instructor certification or ability to obtain certifications upon hire.
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience which demonstrates possession of the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Work is performed outdoors and indoors in variable weather conditions and temperatures.
  • Work is performed in a moderate to considerably noisy environment.
  • Work is in a moderate work setting.
The above statements are intended to describe the general ratio and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities and duties required. This job description may be changed, at any time, at the sole discretion of the Town of Standish to provide for the changing needs.
EEO Statement:
The Town of Standish provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the Town complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the Town has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation, and training.

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