San Jose

Community Activity Worker-Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services - 1901649

Community Services
South Bay
11/7/2019 at 11:30pm
$38,812.80-$47,236.80 Annually


1606 Senter Road San Jose, 95112





     The salary range for this classification is $18.66-$22.71 hourly, $38,812.80 -$47,236.80 annually. This position is covered under the Living Wage Policy and your hourly rate will be adjusted to $22.68/23.93 per hour.  The Living Wage rate consists of a base amount and an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable pay.




     Parks Recreation and Neighborhood Services department (PRNS) is recruiting to fill multiple Community Activity Worker positions to support the following programs. Some positions may be part-time or limit dated June 30, 2020:



         1. Project Hope program

         2. BeautifySJ program




     About Project Hope – Project Hope is a community empowerment program that focuses on educating the residents on how to work in partnership with the City to coordinate and mobilize resources that will help address ongoing neighborhood/community issues such as crime, poverty, and blight. The program’s goal is to develop sustainable neighborhood associations that can best advocate for their community. Current vacancies exist in each of three teams, which will consist of one Community Coordinator and two Community Activity Workers.




     About BeautifySJ program - The BeautifySJ Anti-Graffiti & Anti-Litter program provides coordinated graffiti abatement services, coordinates neighborhood litter clean-up events and hosts three large annual litter events throughout the City of San Jose.  Current vacancies exist in the following three areas: volunteer coordination, work order system management, and graffiti and litter abatement.








Please note that staff may be required to work weekends and evenings.




     The Community Activity Worker will report directly to the Community Coordinator. Job duties for the position include, but are not limited to:



         1. Project Hope program –



          + Assist with volunteer recruitment and retention efforts to form neighborhoods associations and volunteer groups to become self-sufficient and pro-active neighborhood advocates and stewards

          + Work independently in remote field offices located in schools, places of worship and other place-based community partners

          + Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with community members, neighborhood organizations, key stakeholders, City staff (Council, Mayor’s Office, and all City Departments)

          + Participates in planning and coordinating in-service training and development of program aids and materials

          + Performs public contact and liaison work in explaining and interpreting program

          + Conducts and facilitates workshops for the neighborhood

          + Assists in planning and implementing special activities or programs, such as community service projects, community meetings, community litter pick-ups, neighborhood-wide events, dumpster days

          + Designs and produces flyers and announcements

          + May be required to provide bilingual translation and/or interpretation


          2. BeautifySJ program -



          + Support the City’s inter-Department BeautifySJ Initiative to address litter/trash related blight by attending resource fairs and neighborhood based outreach events

          + Directly support the Anti-Litter Program efforts to reduce citywide by collaborating with internal City Departments and external partners

          + Plan, lead and execute neighborhood litter events including litter cleanup events located at or near encampments

          + Work with schools, non-profit partners, and organizations to form litter cleanup groups to support the City’s efforts to reduce litter

          + Assist with volunteer recruitment and retention efforts, including data collection and leading volunteer litter cleanup events

          + Interact daily with City staff, Council staff, residents, vendors, and property owners to address litter related blight.


     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.



     Selection Process 


     The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job-Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process.  Additional phases of the selection process may consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise.



     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. You MUST answer all job-specific questions to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration:



     2. Please provide the following details of your work experience doing community related work, projects, or programs:. 


     1) A brief description of your work experience


     2) Name(s) of employer(s)


     3) Dates/length of employment(s)


     4) Average hours worked per week




     3. Please describe your customer service philosophy.  Include examples of how you have put this philosophy into action in your prior work experience. 


     For questions about the duties of these positions, please contact:



          + for Project Hope program, Israel Canjura at

          + for BeautifySJ program Olympia Williams at


     If you have any questions regarding the selection or hiring process, please contact Nandita Modak via e-mail at

Ideal Candidate




     Minimum Qualifications 



         1. Education: Graduation from high school or equivalent (General Education Development (GED) Test or California Proficiency Certificate).


         2. Experience: Two years of full time equivalent experience (4,160 hours) doing community related work, projects, or programs.                 


            Acceptable Substitution:  One year of college (30 semester units) may be substituted for one year of the required experience. 


         3. 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 Department of Labor. 


     Desirable Qualifications


     Licenses/Certificates: Possession of a valid California Driver's License (or the ability to obtain one)




     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.


     Customer Service: Demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently using professional demeanor.


     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 promote job performance.


     Reliability: Completes quality work assignments in a timely and efficient manner; fulfills responsibilities and maintains confidentiality as appropriate.


     Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills: Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.


     Communication Skills: Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts.

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