Los Altos

Recreation Leader I - Adult Center (19862436)

South Bay
Until filled
$15.00-$16.75 Hourly


97 Hillview Avenue Los Altos, 94022



The Recreation Leader I position reports to the Recreation Coordinator, and in the absence of a Recreation Coordinator, may report to the Recreation Leader III or Recreation Leader II position. The position is responsible for: organizing, setting up, administering, and monitoring a variety of recreation activities and programs with a focus on programs and events for adults and seniors. Typical responsibilities include but are not limited to: membership processing, room set up/break down, program evaluation, activity monitoring, lunch program assistance and special event planning and organizing. 

This position is also responsible for maintaining communication with the public, in addition to ensuring safety procedures are followed. The Recreation Leader I position must be able to work with fellow staff members to assist with the implementation of recreational activities and perform other related duties as needed or assigned.

GENERAL ACCOUNTABILITIES: The following statements are intended as general illustrations of the work in this job class and are not all inclusive for specific positions.

  1. Assist with day-to-day operations of the Senior Center and the Satellite Senior Program.
  2. Evaluate Senior programs, classes and provides input to the Recreation Coordinator.
  3. Provide quality customer service to members.
  4. Assist with membership processing, activity registration, including collecting and processing fees.
  5. Prepare and/or coordinate publicity materials.
  6. Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other city employees and members of the public.
  7. Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public in a timely manner; in addition to providing information about programs and events.
  8. Cover front desk responsibilities as needed. 
  9. Provide clerical support through answering telephones and maintaining correspondence with other divisions or agencies. 
  10. Maintain confidentiality of information, either written or spoken. 
  11. Report any issues, problems or hazards to the Recreation Coordinator. 
  12. Follow safety procedures. 
  13. Respond calmly and efficiently in emergency situations. 
  14. Engage and motivate participants. 
  15. Independently initiate and complete work activities. 
  16. Other Recreation & Community Services duties as assigned. 


KNOWLEDGE OF: The principles, practices and technology used in the planning and implementation of recreation and community services. This includes customer service experience, familiarity with trends and programs geared toward the mature adult and senior population.

SKILL AND ABILITY TO: Respond effectively to citizen needs; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others; maintain accurate, organized and complete records; use basic computer applications including Microsoft Office and RecTrac; prepare reports, and other written information; effectively communicate with others and assimilate and understand information; work in a variety of conditions including indoor, outdoors, standing, sitting, alone, and in the proximities of others; work irregular hours including nights, weekends and holidays.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND GENERAL WORKING CONDITIONS: Regularly required to sit or stand, reach, bend, and walk about the facilities or program sites while performing the duties. Repetitive hand and arm motion, and fine finger manipulation in the use of a computer. Moderate physical effort required, including lifting up to 25 pounds. May be exposed to dust, odors, oil, fumes and noise while carrying out regular duties.


  • 1 years of experience in a Recreation & Community Services Department preferred 
  • Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism at all times 
  • Effective written and verbal communications skills and strong problem-solving skills 
  • Effective computer skills; working knowledge of Microsoft Office products 
  • Knowledge of physical fitness and trends for mature adults is highly desirable 
  • Experience with Recreation registration software, particularly RecTrac, is preferred 
  • First Aid / CPR / AED certification and training is highly desirable

IDEAL CANDIDATE POSSESSES THE FOLLOWING CHARACTERISTICS: Is highly professional, patient, respectful, ethical and organized; has a can-do attitude. Communicates effectively and proactively both verbally and in writing. Enjoys working in a small town atmosphere with an engaged public, including merchants, property owners and residents. 

This is a part-time, seasonal, temporary position. Approximately 20 hours per week.

$15 to $16.75 hourly DOE (Depending on Experience) 

The recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a livescan background investigation and TB Test. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose a conviction will result in disqualification or termination.

The City of Los Altos is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of a person’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age or sexual orientation. Candidates with a disability, which may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process, should advise City of Los Altos upon submittal of application. Documentation of the need for accommodation must accompany the request.

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