Food, Fitness, & Career Program Coordinator

City of Seattle, WA
November 16, 2023
Seattle, WA
Job Type


Position Description

About Seattle Parks and Recreation:
Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is a national leader and innovator in the services and programs we provide to our residents who enjoy our public spaces such as parks, community centers, specialty gardens and swimming pools. Our mission is to equip employees and the public for well-being as we support healthy people, a thriving environment and vibrant community. We provide safe and accessible spaces for residents and visitors to work, recreate, rejuvenate and enhance quality of life and wellness for children, teenagers, adults and seniors. Delivering excellent customer service to all is a core value.

Equity & Inclusion:
Seattle Parks and Recreation commits to advancing equity and social justice in our department and in every neighborhood by growing a dynamic and diverse workforce, developing strong investments, growth opportunities and beneficial partner strategies as we acknowledge and pledge to close disparities created by historical practices which often hindered workforce development, environmental justice, access to quality open spaces, programs and facilities. #OneSeattle

The Recreation Division eliminates barriers through responsive, exceptional recreation services. We operate over 50 recreation facilities (community centers, teen centers, pools, school-based learning centers, environmental learning centers, and boating and sailing centers) and provide opportunities for people to play, learn, and lead healthy, active lives. Our programs and events include fitness and athletics, licensed childcare and preschool, swimming and boating, youth development and job preparation, academic enrichment, and more -- including programs designed for older adults and people with disabilities, as well as grant and partnership programs designed and implemented with immigrant and refugee communities. With nearly 300 regular employees and a budget of nearly $40 million annually, Recreation is a major operation with a significant impact on the communities we serve.

The Food, Fitness and Career Programs Coordinator will supervise 1 full time Recreation Leader year-round and up to 20 temporary Recreation Leaders and 10+ AmeriCorps volunteers during the summer months and will be responsible for the oversight of the following programs: Food and Fitness, Career Exploration, Summer sack and playground programs. This Food Fitness and Career Programs Coordinator is instrumental in serving communities furthest from racial, educational, economic, health, and social equity by providing access to resources and opportunities. This position will report to the Senior Recreation Program Coordinator of the Outdoor Activation and Mobile Recreation Unit.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develops and maintains culturally relevant food, nutrition, fitness, recreation, and career programs to meet City-wide needs; and coordinates the scheduling and programming of these City-wide activities.
  • Plans, organizes, coordinates and evaluate content of day-to-day operations of the Career Explorations, Food and Fitness, Summer Sack Lunch and Summer Playgrounds, outdoor programming schedule, permitting, program partners, Rec leaders, and AmeriCorps members. Onsite coordination of summer programming delivery.
  • Develops policies and procedures of operations for Career Exploration, Food & Fitness, Summer Sack Lunch, and Summer Playground programs.
  • Recruit, and train program delivery staff, officials, and instructors; monitors and evaluates attendance and training statistics.
  • Organizes, directs, and coordinates on-site educational and training activities and provides technical expertise on various nutrition, fitness, recreation and career related topics for subordinate staff, community, and volunteers.
  • Responsible for the coordination of nutrition, recreation, career, and fitness programming including but not limited to outdoor site development, program schedule and staffing, program delivery, instructor supervision and evaluates attendance, protocol compliance and participant safety.
  • Monitors the budget, including the rate of expenditure and compliance with budgeting requirements.
  • Conducts surveys of program participants; compiles and analyzes data.
  • Provides recommendations and expert advice in recreation, career, nutrition, and fitness interventions; Review and recommends improvements & new recreation, fitness, nutrition, and career recreation programs; and coordinates the implementation of approved programs.
  • Meets with neighborhood and community groups to encourage support of recreation programs.
  • Performs other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.

Requires one year of experience in developing and coordinating recreation programs, including two years of supervision experience and a bachelor's degree in Recreation Program Administration, Recreation or related field (or a combination of education and/or training and/or work experience which provides the ability to perform the work of the class).

You will be successful if you demonstrate the following experience, skills, and abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with a variety of audiences in multiple settings
  • leading and motivating teams to collaborate and support each other in the challenging work of removing barriers to equity and achieving lasting and systemic change with community .
  • Ability to coordinate training events and workshops for adults and youth .
  • Ability to develop policies for effective workflow processes and procedures .
  • Ability to show cultural competence in working with diverse populations .
  • Willing to be a team player and work collaboratively with coalitions and community agencies; both internal and external .
  • Ability to be organized, proactive, work independently and be a self-starter.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities with various deadlines and tasks.
  • Experience applying equity lens to direct service programs.
  • Demonstrates flexibility/adaptability, ability to pivot, and shift direction to meet fast paced needs.

Additional Information

License, Certification, and Other Requirements:

  • Current, valid WA State Driver's License.
  • American Red Cross Multi-Media First Aid Card and CPR certification within 30 days of employment.
  • Available to work some evenings, weekends, irregular hours, and split shifts.

Application Process
Please submit the following with your online application:
A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, experience, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and qualifications outlined in the job announcement.A current resume of your educational and professional work experience.
Who May Apply : This position is open to all candidates who meet the qualifications: Seattle Parks and Recreation values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Seattle Parks and Recreation encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process, including the completion of a background check. The background check will involve a criminal history check, which includes conviction and arrest records in compliance with Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance , SMC 14.17 , and the City of Seattle Personnel Rule 10.3 . A driving history review may be conducted in compliance with SMC 4.79.020 . Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package, including vacation time, 12 paid holidays, sick leave, and medical, dental, vision, and life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at: .

Want to know more about Parks and Recreation? Check out our web page: Seattle Parks and Recreation - Parks |

SPR's Core Competencies are:

Accountability & Action: Holding yourself accountable for achieving goals, completing tasks, delivering quality work, demonstrating thoughtful initiative in actions and decision-making, and promoting high-quality standards.

Equity and Inclusion: Supporting the goals of the Race and Social Justice Initiative and the City's commitment to workforce equity.

Communication : Sharing and exchanging information and ideas with people in a variety of ways to help them understand and remember the information.

Service: An ongoing commitment to base decisions and actions on the needs and priorities of the City.

Teamwork : Participating as an engaged team member to achieve group goals and effectively working with internal and external people to complete tasks and achieve work group goals.

The full salary range for this postiion is $37.10 - $43.34 Hourly.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

Closing Date/Time: 12/5/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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