Teen Program Specialist

Teen Program Specialist
Organization King County Parks
Location Seattle, Washington
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Jul 21, 2024


This posting may be used to establish a list of qualified candidates for the Teen Program Specialist in the Parks Division or throughout the Department of Natural Resources & Parks during the following six (6) months.

King County Parks is seeking to hire two (2) Teen Program Specialists for the Teen Program Office. This is an exciting opportunity to make a direct impact on the community by providing active leadership of recreational activities and youth employment programs for the White Center Teen Program. This essential support work will help facilitate greater services for our youth which will improve the livelihood and quality of life for our communities.

About the Role:
This position supports recreational, educational, and social enrichment programming to over 1400 underserved participants ages 12-19 each year. This role will provide youth with structured recreational classes and programs, homework assistance, educational and computer resources, leadership training, volunteer opportunities, special events, field trips, and drop-in activities.

Key projects include:

  • Leading youth and teen recreation and education programs and keeping participants safe and actively involved in programs.
  • Assisting in leading part-time employees, aides, and volunteers.
  • Collaborating and engaging with local schools and community partners to support neighborhood events and programs.
  • Assisting in handling program and participant emergency situations.

About the Team:
The King County Parks Teen Program Office supports and enhances active recreation opportunities and youth employment training to underserved and under resourced communities. This is an opportunity to work directly with youth, families, and community to develop partnerships to meet the needs of program participants. Everyone on this team is here because they love working with and supporting park patrons in King County.

Commitment to Equity, Racial and Social Justice:
King County, named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a diverse and vibrant community that represents cultures from around the world. Our True North is to create a welcoming community where everyone can thrive.  We prioritize equity, racial and social justice, making it a foundational and daily expectation for all employees. As a Teen Program Specialist, you will actively apply these principles in all aspects of your work. Learn more about our commitment at http://www.kingcounty.gov/equity.

Apply now for a rewarding career at the Parks Division of King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks (DNRP). Join our talented workforce in protecting and restoring the natural environment and promoting more resilient, sustainable, and equitable communities.  Enjoy training, comprehensive benefits, and growth opportunities.

Job Duties

What You Will Be Doing

  • Provide direct assistance and instruction for recreation programs in under-resourced communities and assist in keeping youth participants safe and actively involved in activities.
  • Work with and train volunteers and first-time staff to plan, organize, implement, and monitor recreation activities.
  • Interact with participating teens in a positive and supportive manner, always acting as role model for participants; pro-actively resolve conflict among youth and ensure a safe environment.
  • Drive and maintain passenger vehicles; set-up and take down for specific programs.
  • Provide customer service by answering telephone, triaging calls and taking messages, greeting participants and visitors, and providing information.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Qualifications You Bring

  • Experience supervising recreational activities and demonstrated knowledge of safety practices with ability to recognize and eliminate unsafe situations or conditions.
  • Ability to practice positive leadership skills and ability to take direction, ask for clarification, and responsibly report concerns to supervisor.
  • Experience in conflict resolution and problem solving, and skill in employing sound judgment.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to deal with emergency situations that may arise.
  • Demonstrated experience in customer service roles with the ability to effectively engage diverse customer populations, answer inquiries, and resolve issues for a positive customer experience.

Competencies You Bring:  

  • Communicates Effectively – Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Collaborates – Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Interpersonal Savvy – Relating openly and comfortably with diverse groups of people.
  • Values Differences – Recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.
  • Customer Focus – Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
  • Situational Adaptability – Adapting approach and demeanor in real time to match the shifting demands of different situations.

Required Licenses and/or Certifications

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license is required upon hire.
  • Current certifications in CPR and First Aid, or willingness to obtain certifications within first six (6) months of hire.

It Would Be Great if You Also Bring:

  • Experience directing the work of first-time employees.
  • Experience and/or familiarity with the White Center neighborhood.

Supplemental Information

Working Conditions:

  • Work Location: Steve Cox Memorial Park, 1321 SW 102nd St, Seattle, WA 98146.
  • Work Schedule: This full-time position works a 40-hour work week, Tuesday – Saturdays from 12 PM to 8:30 PM. This position will require occasional work outside of standard working hours which can include days, evenings, and weekends. This position is covered under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is overtime eligible.
  • Union Representation: This position is not represented by a union.
  • Physical RequirementThis position may require regular lifting of up to 30 pounds, which includes loading and unloading materials and other items.

Application and Selection Process:
We welcome applications from all qualified applicants. We value diversity, diverse perspectives and life experience and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.

Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness and alignment with the experience, qualifications, knowledge, and skills essential for this role to determine which candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews.

To apply, submit a:

  • Complete Application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Note: Additional documents won’t be considered during minimum qualification screening.

Who to Contact: For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact Jessica Fuqua at [email protected].

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Discover More About DNRP: Visit our websiteexplore an interactive map of our recent accomplishments and check us out at FacebookX (formerly Twitter)LinkedInTikTokInstagramYouTube and Keeping King County Green News.

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Guided by our “True North”, we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles – we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

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No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

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