Outdoor Summer Program Recreation Leader - Temporary (Recreation Leader - FT - Generalist)

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 3/13/2023
Description Portland Parks & Recreation is hiring four (4) temporary Recreation Leader - FT positions for the following programs for the 2023 summer season:

  • Summer Free For All Lunch + Play - 3 vacancies
  • Gateway Discovery Park - 1 vacancy
These Recreation Leader - Generalist positions will be four months in duration.

The Recreation Leader will carry out responsibilities with initiative while exercising sound judgment and problem-solving skills in the daily performance of their work utilizing diplomacy and cultural awareness. This position requires experience working with youth, group management techniques, strong customer service skills, cultural sensitivity, communication, computer skills, problem-solving, flexibility, and the ability to multi-task in an ever-changing environment. Must be able to regularly lift and move 50 lbs. regularly and work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.

This position is eligible for Language Pay Differential for qualifying employees.

Position Overview:
Seeking three (3) 4-month temporary Recreation Leader – Generalists. This position will work closely with the Free Lunch + Play Coordinator in program implementation of twenty-five (25) park sites in a variety of multicultural and multilingual communities, in addition to Mobile Van Free Lunch + Play sites located in East Portland. Responsibilities include pre-season site prep and site tear-down, supporting and mentoring eighty (90)+ Counselors, following Federal Lunch and Multnomah County Health guidelines, working with youth, and providing group management. The position is very hands-on and involves driving a city van to multiple parks daily, responding to frequent texts and phone calls from counselors, delivering supplies and food donation deliveries, adapting to frequent changes, working as a Counselor when needed, and providing excellent customer service to staff and the community. Administrative work includes data collection and data entry, collecting time sheets, and assisting with staff training. The position will be directed by the Coordinator II position and supervised by the Free Lunch + Play Supervisor.

Rec Leader – Mobile Van Program & East Portland Park Sites
  • Performs duties of Recreation Leader listed above with a focus on the Mobile Van Program that has (2) vans that provide programs at 4 East Portland Apartment Complexes and 1 Park in East Portland.
  • Supports staff with the coordination and communication for each site.
  • Willing and able to perform as a sub on days when Mobile Van Staff are unable to work.
  • Picks up and delivers pre-made meals to Mobile Van Program Sites (2 per day) and several East Portland Park Sites.
  • Leads a daily staff check-in and debrief with Mobile Van Staff.
  • Ensures staff is accurately completing required paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Engaging with School District Food Nutrition kitchens and food donation sites daily.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to drive a transit van.
Rec Leader – Park Sites & Food Donation Focus
  • Performs duties of Recreation Leader listed above with a focus on Monday - Friday park sites and food donations.
  • Supports staff with the coordination and communication for each site.
  • Willing and able to perform as a sub on days when Counselors are unable to work.
  • Ensures staff is accurately completing daily meal count forms at each site and updating their meal delivery numbers when applicable.
  • Responsible for picking up leftover meals at parks across the city, delivering them to non-profit donation sites, and collecting donation receipts at the end of each day.
  • Communicates with various non-profit donation sites to ensure all leftover meals are donated in time each day.
  • Returns insulated meal bags to school warehouse at the start of the next workday.
  • Collects and enters donation data into Smartsheet daily.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to drive a transit van.
Rec Leader – Park Sites & Craft and Supply Focus
  • Performs duties of Recreation Leader listed above with a focus on craft and supply distribution to various free Lunch + Play park sites across the city.
  • Supports staff with the coordination and communication for each site.
  • Willing and able to perform as a sub on days when Counselors are unable to work.
  • Ensures staff is accurately completing daily program attendance forms at each site.
  • Responsible for distributing various arts and crafts kits to park sites daily and restocking the kits when they get depleted.
  • Ensures equitable distribution of all craft kits throughout the summer and tracks what kits were most successful at each site.
  • Shows staff how to set up and lead all kit activities in an engaging and accessible manner.
  • Tracks all craft kit supplies and notifies Coordinator II when to purchase additional materials.
  • Collects and enters program data into Smartsheet daily.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to drive a transit van.
Position start date: Thursday, May 18, 2023
Work schedule: Typically, Monday-Friday daytime shifts
Mandatory weekend work on Sat, June 10; Sat, June 17; and Sat, June 24

Seeking one (1) 4-month temporary Recreation Leader – Generalist position. The position will work closely with the Recreation Coordinator with program implementation at the park for drop-in activities including crafts, board games, and hands-on interactive activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and grade school aged youth. This Recreation Leader will also:
  • Support Recreation Coordinator in the provision and delivery of drop-in activities in the park including Free Lunch + Play, Arts & Culture performances, park rentals, and daily park use.
  • Set-up and take-down program and event equipment daily.
  • Recognized and respond to site safety and emergencies as needed including calling Park Rangers, Police non-emergency and 9-1-1.
  • This position requires a flexible, youth-centered, person.
  • Support counselors and volunteers in the park including assisting in staff training, staff daily communication, and staff motivation.
  • Support rentals and events as needed including site preparation, set-up, during event, and take-down.
  • Complete daily paperwork and forms as needed.
Position start date: Thursday, May 18, 2023
Work schedule: Typically, Monday-Friday daytime shifts
Mandatory weekend work on Sat, June 17, Sat, June 24, and Sat, August 12

About the Bureau:
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is committed to the overall Citywide vision that race will have no detrimental effect on people of color, refugee and immigrant communities in accessing our parks and natural areas, or from the benefit of our services. We recognize, understand, and encourage celebration of the differences that surround us. Diversity and equity are vital to PP&R’s ideals and values. The City of Portland, Oregon is a growing and diverse city of 650,000 residents, nearly 20% of whom speak languages other than English at home. PP&R values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization and with the public. PP&R encourages applications from candidates with knowledge, ability, and experience working with a broad range of individuals and communities with diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. Although not required, PP&R encourages candidates that can fluently speak another language to include that information in their application materials. Multilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
As of October 18, 2021, all City employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This is required for all positions at the City of Portland. Proof of being fully vaccinated is required by date of hire. You may request an exception, for health or religious reasons, from getting the COVID-19 vaccine at the time a position is offered.

The City is offering an optional information meeting for this recruitment. Please see the Additional Information section below for detail.

Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their responses to the supplemental questions and their résumé how their education, training, work experience, and/or lived experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:
  1. Knowledge of instructing, leading drop-in activities and/or on-site activities with a customer base from a variety of backgrounds including youth.
  2. Knowledge of applying the principles of customer service, recreational, and leisure service activities.
  3. Ability to support volunteers and seasonal/casual staff and enforce rules, policies, and procedures.
  4. Ability to establish and maintain relationships, and communicate, orally and in writing, with diverse internal and external audiences, such as staff, city employees, program participants, youth, and the public.
  5. Ability to use current basic computer and email programs including Word and Outlook.
Applicants must also possess:
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.
  • A valid state driver's license and acceptable driving record at the time of hire.
  • Possess or obtain a Food handler card (https://www.orfoodhandlers.com/eMain.aspx), within two weeks of hire.
  • Must have CPR/AED certification within two weeks of hire.
  • Ability to lift and move equipment daily, with the assistance of hand trucks and carts, that weigh up to 50 pounds
An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their résumé and answers to the supplemental questions, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to the establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

** PLEASE NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**

Recruitment Activity Schedule

  • Job Posting closes: 4/3/2023
  • Initial Applications Reviewed: Week of 3/27/23
  • Eligible List / Notices Generated: Week of 4/10/23
  • You will be contacted by the bureau when being considered for the selection process.
*Timeline is approximate and subject to change.

Applicant Instructions

Applicants must submit a professional resume and responses to the supplemental questions online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

  • Your résumé and responses to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your responses to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training, and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your resume should support the details described in your responses to the supplemental questions.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to the supplemental questions and resume any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.
Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. Do not attach materials not requested. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than the closing date and time of this recruitment.

ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Language Pay Differential: City of Portland employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English, may be eligible to receive a “language pay differential.” This is compensation for qualifying multilingual City employees who use their language skills to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.

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Contact Information
Aly'ce Brannon-Reid, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources


To assist you in understanding this position and the recruitment process, we will offer an Optional Information Session that will provide you with details about the position and about the application process. You are not required to attend to apply for this job. You are welcome to join us for the optional session below:

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 821 7436 3247

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Government/Public Agency | Temporary
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$23.10 - $30.03 Hourly
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