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Recreation Specialist II (Special Needs) - Sr-22

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Hawaii County, Hawaii Hilo , HI 96720

Posted 4 months ago

Duties Summary Benefits Supplemental Questions

Organizes and directs county-wide recreational and aquatic programs to include persons with special needs; conducts in-service training classes in the specialized activity; plans and coordinates activities and performances; provides technical and service assistance to patrons and users; travels island-wide and performs other duties as required.

One (1) immediate permanent full-time vacancy in Hilo.

Examples of Duties:

  • Supervises the planning, organizing and implementation of programs which are specifically developed for persons with special needs; provides technical guidance, advice and support services (such as consultation, referral and placements at appropriate community recreation sites or outside agencies) to all departmental divisions.

  • Evaluates and monitors program effectiveness; implements changes as necessary.

  • Conducts investigations and works towards resolutions.

  • Creates and conducts assessments: interview individuals with disabilities and/or communicate with caregivers and parents to assess basic physical, social, emotional, cognitive and leisure functioning.

  • Create and implement adaptations, modifications and emergency plans based on assessments.

  • Case management, record keeping systems and documentation.

  • Network private, county, state and federal agencies to promote community recreation and leisure services for the general public including people with special needs.

  • Records, reviews and reports the status of community recreation services available to persons with special needs, its level of performance, progress and recommendations for improvements in compliance with federal, state and county guidelines.

  • Submits reports as required and maintains files.

  • Prepares publicity and promotional materials for newspaper, radio, TV and other media.

  • Researches and develops grant proposals.

  • Assists with the dissemination of information throughout the Department of Parks and Recreation on ADA/EEO programs, trends, research, etc.

  • Provide Information and Referral to other P&R Divisions, community agencies, individuals, caregivers and visitors.

  • Plans, organizes and conducts the EEO/ADA clinics, classes, in-service training and workshops to inform and educate departmental personnel and volunteers towards a continuum of high quality services and activities which provide opportunities for persons with special needs to access community recreation.

  • Acts as a resource person in the specialty; Keeps abreast of changes, methodology and new trends regarding the therapeutic recreation profession, programming and skills.

  • Work with Recreation and Aquatics staff to assess, plan, organize, schedule and implement inclusive recreational activities, events and classes.

  • Assist other Parks and Recreation divisions.

  • Recruit and conduct orientation training for volunteers.

  • Motivate, work with and supervise volunteers.

  • Prepares written reports, program evaluations and promotional materials.

  • Plans, coordinates, implements or assists with demonstration projects and special events to promote opportunities for persons with special needs to access a variety of community recreational activities; develops a standard of procedures to provide opportunities for persons with special needs to access community recreation services.

  • Participates in the inspection of facilities, structures, and equipment such as exhibits, concession stands, stage props, bleachers, bathrooms, etc. to ensure compliance with safety regulations, Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, fire codes, and other regulations.

  • Prepares and submits annual budget requests for the island-wide ADA/EEO programs and activities.

  • Provides recommendation for the development of facilities and obtains procurement of adaptive equipment and supplies which promote accessibility and inclusion.

  • Attends staff and community meetings, conferences and workshops for professional improvement; serves on committees for community and departmental projects.

  • Plans, coordinates, or assists with demonstration projects and special projects to promote opportunities for persons with special needs.

  • Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

Training and Experience:

A combination of education and experience substantially equivalent to:

  • graduation from an accredited college or university with a baccalaureate degree in business or public administration, education, recreation, physical education, fine arts, music, or a related field (scan and attach copy of your official college transcript to your application), and
  • three (3) years of experience planning, organizing, and coordinating group activities, and
  • two (2) years of which shall have involved experience with persons requiring special needs, including experience with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) laws and its policies and principles, as applicable to recreation, and
  • a valid State of Hawai'i driver's license (Class 3) or any other valid comparable driver's license by the closing deadline. You will be required to submit your valid driver's license at the time of the job interview.

Note: prior to completion of probation, possession of a current American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED certification or equivalent.

Examination: All applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be assigned a score of 70 points.

Knowledge of: The policies, principles, philosophy, history, tools, and techniques of recreation and the specialty areas; various ethnic cultures and history; instructional methods, plans, procedures and techniques; group behavior; business practices and production management of public events; guest and public relations; report writing; various community resources and organizations; principles and practices of supervision; techniques and methods of lifesaving and the use of lifesaving equipment; in-service training methods; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Laws and its policies and principles as applicable to recreation; and pertinent laws and regulations involving public safety.

Ability to: Plan, organize, promote, administer, and evaluate recreational, aquatics, and/or culture education activities and programs; develop innovative programs and activities; plan, assign, direct, and evaluate the work of others; adapt departmental or program policies, procedures, plans, methods, tools, and techniques to the specific operational situation encountered; effectively lead, direct, conduct, and instruct participants in program activities; develop confidence and enthusiasm in participants and staff members and encourage them in group participation; stimulate interest and obtain the support of the community organizations and agencies; act as liaison with community organizations and agencies; oversee the delivery of services for different types of events; use sound judgment and take appropriate action in emergency situations; prepare and justify budget and personnel requirements; establish and maintain good working relationships with the staff, other governmental agencies, community organizations, media, and the public; and prepare concise reports and press releases.

Physical Requirements:
Persons seeking appointment to positions in this class must meet the health and physical condition standards deemed necessary and proper to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

Physical Effort Grouping: Light

Supplemental Information:Scan and attach the following required document to your application:

  • official college transcript


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Recreation Specialist II (Special Needs) - Sr-22

Expired Job

Hawaii County, Hawaii