The Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services Department is currently recruiting for Class Instructor for a variety of programs. The City's leisure and enrichment classes run on a quarterly basis (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer) for 3 to 12 week sessions. Throughout the City, over 500 classes for all ages (Preschool, Elementary, Teens, Adults, Seniors and Therapeutic/Disabled) are offered each session and are planned approximately six months in advance. Classes can be a variety of one-day workshops, seminars or classes meeting once to several times a week.
THIS CLASSIFICATION IS COVERED BY THE LIVING WAGE POLICY AND HOURLY PAY STARTS AT $21.82 AN HOUR INSTEAD OF THE POSTED $14.67 AMOUNT.
These positions are part-time un-benefited, with a limit of less than 20 hours per week, or less than 1,040 hours per year. Assignments are either seasonal or per session (often with breaks between sessions). Classes taught are fully dependent upon minimum participant enrollment and are priced to be cost recovery. There is not a guarantee of hours or longevity.
CLASS INSTRUCTOR POSITIONS VARY DEPENDING ON PROGRAM NEEDS AND SEASON. FUTURE VACANCIES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:
Recreation Preschool (Pre-Kindergarten and Toddler Programs)
Music and Theater
Arts and Crafts
Health and Fitness
Active Adult Classes (ages 50 and up)
Other Specialty Classes
To view current classes offered and locations visit our website at: www.sanjoseca.gov/prns
Class Instructors conduct classes for community residents. Duties include planning, preparing, and conducting classes for a diverse population; providing direction to other staff and volunteers; completing routine safety checks; maintaining effective relationships with other staff and the public and preparing reports as required.
This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.
The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:
JOB EXPERTISE: Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.
- Experience in teaching or formal training in subject matter
- Ability to teach and provide physical demonstration and instruction in a class setting, which includes basic understanding of a specific subject and strong communication and presentation skills
- Certification/License for a subject matter relevant to the type of instruction provided
- Knowledge of required subject matter equipment/materials and safety procedures
- Knowledge of general record keeping
- Ability to produce and program age appropriate class curriculum with lesson plan for enrolled participants
- Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, policies and procedures
LEADERSHIP: Leads by example; demonstrates high ethical standards; remains visible and approachable and interacts with others on a regular basis; promotes a cooperative work environment, allowing others to learn from mistakes; provides motivational supports and direction
DECISION MAKING: Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities; uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions.
CONFLICT MANAGEMENT: Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people, by presenting the facts, analysis, and conclusions or solutions that show command of content and perspectives and interests of the audience.
CUSTOMER SERVICE: Demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently in a timely, accurate, respectful, and friendly manner.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Communicates and listens effectively and responds in an timely, effective, positive and respectful manner; written reports and correspondence are accurate, complete, current; well-organized, legible, concise, neat, and in proper grammatical form responds to statements and comments of others in a way that reflects understanding of the content and the accompanying emotion; asks clarifying questions to assure understanding of what the speaker intended, ensures consistent communication takes place within area of responsibility.
TEAM WORK & INTERPERSONAL SKILLS. Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills
INITIATIVE: Exhibits resourceful behaviors toward meeting job objectives; anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids difficulties by planning ahead; displays willingness to assume extra responsibility and challenges; pursues continuing education opportunities that promotes job performance.
The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and answers to the job-specific questions.
Only those candidates whose backgrounds best match the positions will be forwarded to the interview phase of the selection process, (interview phase may also include additional components such as writing exercise, work performance exercise, etc.).
You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process. Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response.
1. Describe the class(es) you have experience in teaching, number of months/years you have taught class(es), where you have taught class(es) including the demographic and age group served.
2. Describe your experience working with customers and provide an example of a time when you gave excellent customer service.
3. Describe a successful behavior management strategy that you have used in the classroom.
NOTE: You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.
Education: Graduation from high school or equivalent.
Experience: Three (3) months experience in a specific subject matter relevant to the type of instruction provided.
Acceptable Substitutions: Six (6) months (2 sessions) experience as an instructor with the City of San José's recreational programs may be substituted for either the education or the experience.
Licenses/Certifications: Possession of a Red Cross First Aid and CPR certificate may be required.
Necessary Special Qualifications:
Must be at least eighteen (18) years old
Special Certifications/Licenses for specialized subject or skills may be required
Other special qualifications may apply.
Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Dept. of Labor. State law requires all employees to provide medical verification of negative tuberculosis test results within the last two years.
Background Check: Candidates will be required to undergo a background check, including a criminal history records check, before being considered for a position.
If you have questions regarding this recruitment please contact Jaine Davies, Employee Services Analyst at firstname.lastname@example.org.