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Recreation Specialist - Senior Services
City of Pacifica, San Francisco/Peninsula

Community Services

For more info contact:
(650) 738-7303
Close Date: Feb 28, 2013
Salary: $3,817.00 - $4,541.00 Monthly




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If you have experience working with seniors, this full-time, Monday through Friday, fully benefitted position may be for you!! The Senior Services division of the City’s Parks, Beaches & Recreation Department is establishing an eligibility list for the position of Recreation Specialist. This vital position reports to the Supervisor of Senior Services and assists in the development, supervision and evaluation of the Meals on Wheels (MOW) programs; oversees volunteers; has responsibility for assigned portions of the Senior Services Supervisor’s program responsibilities; and does other related work as assigned.  This recruitment closes on February 28, 2013 or upon receipt of the first 100 applicants.



Essential Function Requirements

  • Ability to evaluate the nutritional needs for clients/families who may qualify for the Meals on Wheels program in an effort to avoid inadequate nutrition;

  • Must be able to communicate effectively with the very sick and frail;

  • Must be able to perform duties effectively in a high stress/emergency crisis;

  • Must sustain a volunteer base to facilitate deliveries of meals;

  • Maintain client files and perform quarterly assessments (both via home visits and telephone interviews);

  • Assist with the division’s congregate lunch program;

  • Monitor the transportation services’ phone calls;

  • Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills in order to generate reports, maintain records, and provide written volunteer evaluations;

  • Able to work well independently and in a teamwork environment;

  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends;

  • Ability to operate a personal computer using Microsoft Office Suite, including word processing/spreadsheets and desktop publishing programs. 


Examples of Duties

Plans, organizes and directs meal routes, client assessments, client linkages to in-home help support; work with subordinates in developing and implementing broad and diversified recreation programs with an emphasis on senior health; develops service programs to meet community needs; maintains appropriate budgetary controls and financial reports; responsible for a variety of programs including: Meals on Wheels, Supplemental Meals on Wheels, Medical Loan Closet, and the MOW Volunteer Program; responsible for program reporting to Aging and Adult Services (AAS); special events; plans and implements training and supervision of volunteers; handles promotion of programs including but not limited to communication with local publications and outreach to local organizations. 


Employment Standards

Requires BA/BS degree in health care, human services, recreation or related field and one year of professional recreation or human services experience, OR  work experience equivalent to three years of progressively responsible positions in the recreation or human services field.


Special Duties

The Recreation Specialist-Senior Services position may be assigned to one or more of the following areas: Meals on Wheels, Senior Programing, Congregate Lunch or Information and Referral Services.


Licenses and Certificates

Must possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license. Current certifications in American Red Cross Basic First Aid, American Red Cross Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the Automated External Defibrilator (AED required or the ability to obtain these certificates within the first three (3) months of employment. 


Tools and Equipment Used

Personal computer (together with the various software programs necessary for performance of this position), calculator, copy and fax machine, telephone, and automobile and van. 


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to walk, sit, talk, hear, see and drive. Must have the ability to use hands to fingers. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and the ability to adjust focus. Must be able to lift or manipulate 50 pounds. 


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee deals with ongoing confidential situations. Individual maya be working in crisis mode during a client emergency at the Community Center, in a vehicle or at a client’s home. May encounters visits with clients that have communicable diseases. There may be situations in which employees will be dealing with clients that have various issues with hearing, sight, and memory loss and/or dementia. Clients with drug/alcohol abuse, mental disorders or those who are economically-challenged may be encountered. While the employee will work at times within an office environment, occasional exposure to wet and/or humid conditions, toxic, or caustic chemicals may occur.  The noise level in the work environment can be moderately loud.


Selection Process

The most qualified applicants will be invited to undergo an oral panel interview, date and time to be announced. The selected candidate must successfully pass the final phase of the hiring process that includes a reference check, fingerprinting, an acceptable driving record, a medical examination and a pre-employment drug test. In compliance with Federal requirement, selected candidate must provide documentation validating the right to work. Assistance will be provided to disabled applicants upon at least 48 hours advance notice. 





Holidays: Thirteen (13) days per year. 

Vacation: From 11 to 27 days per year, depending on length of service.
Sick leave: Accrual is one day per month, with no limit on accrual.
Retirement: In addition to salary, the City shall contract with PERS to provide a retirement plan that utilizes formula for 2% @ 62 years of age. Individuals with prior CalPERS service may be eligible for other retirement formulas.
Insurance:  The City provides its employees with a cafeteria plan allowance that allows employees to purchase health care benefits through either Teamsters Union #856 Health and Welfare or CalPERS medical benefits plan. 
The City contributes toward a dental insurance plan for employee and all eligible dependents.
The City pays premiums for:
·         Life insurance premium in the amount of $30,000.
·         Long term disability insurance (to begin sixty days after onset of non-work-related illness or injury).
Training: The City will pay up to $650 per year toward the cost of books and tuition required as part of courses taken that are job-related (currently suspended under current MOU).
Deferred Compensation: Employees may participate in a choice of three deferred compensation plans.
Union Membership: Union membership is required.
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