Parks and Recreation Coordinator

Job Title: Parks and Recreation Coordinator

Salary range: $50,000 - $55,000 DOE

Location: 81 E. Pine St. Othello, WA 99344

Department: Parks & Recreation

Hours: Exempt

Job Description:

Job Title:
Parks & Recreation Coordinator

SUMMARY:  Under the direction of the City Administrator, the Parks and Recreation Coordinator works to develop programs that offer various activities for citizen participation, i.e., seasonal sports, coaches clinics, community activities, sports camps etc. Plans, oversees, and evaluates the City’s current recreation programs and identifies potential recreation programs for future development and execution.  Coordinates with City and other non-profit organizations, private citizens, and community groups to plan special events, festivals, programs, and activities that promote Othello. Oversees staffing, scheduling, and supervises the daily operation of the Othello Community Pool.

INITIAL EVALUATION: The person selected for this position must complete a 12-month probationary period. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following (other duties may be assigned):

  1. The Parks and Recreation Coordinator during sports and summer season will regularly work evenings and is subject to call in at any time.
  2. Develop relationships with community groups, organizations, and Citizens.
  3. Develop, organize, and implement Parks and Recreation programs for the City of Othello.
  4. Oversee activities at City Parks and Recreation facilities. Coordinate and schedule facility reservations/used by non-profit organizations, community groups, and private citizens.
  5. Supervise the operation of the Othello Community Pool (staffing, training, programs, rentals, etc.)
  6. Coordinate with non-profit organizations, private citizens, and local event organizers to plan special events, festivals, programs, and activities that promote Othello. Assist in the setup and take down of Parks and Recreation facilities for special events. 
  7. Assist in the preparation of the department budget; prepare and submit budgets for program areas; monitor budget expenditures; prepare cost estimates for maintenance, repair, and program activities; prepare and submit capital expenditure requests.
  8. Develop and administer Parks and Recreation event and program advertising strategies, including the preparation of letters, advertisements, news, and press releases.
  9. Hire, train, supervise, schedule, and evaluate part-time and seasonal pool personnel; assign work as necessary.
  10. Provide clerical support, program registration, answer telephones, and maintain correspondence with other divisions or agencies; respond to public inquiries about programs or facilities.
  11. Facilitate, administer, and monitor City-wide communications through the City Clerk on the official City of Othello Facebook page.
  12. Keep accurate files of events and programs, present Special Event and Facility Use Agreements to City Council.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this position successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty competently. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


  1. Develop and administer municipal recreation programs; working knowledge of the rules of a variety of sports.
  2. Learn and apply applicable federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations, including safety regulations and procedures pertaining to Parks and Recreation activities.
  3. Learn and apply American Red Cross Lifeguarding standards and best practices.
  4. Learn and apply the operations and daily responsibilities of aquatic centers.
  5. Conduct program needs assessments to identify potential recreation programs.
  6. Organize and direct recreation and/or athletic programs.
  7. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public, news media, and other departments and agencies.
  8. Work under stressful situations; adapt well with change, remain flexible and solution oriented.
  9. Prepare and administer department budget, maintain records, and prepare reports.
  10. Work independently to achieve department initiatives.
  11. Direct the work of others.
  12. Work evenings, nights, weekends, and some holidays.
  13. Conduct presentations and public speaking.
  14. Use computer programs and office equipment including Microsoft Office, Publisher, Power Point and Excel, and athletic scheduling software.
  15. Spanish speaking desired, but not required.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  Equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that would likely provide the applicant with the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the essential skills of the position is desirable. 

LANGUAGE SKILLS:  Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.  Ability to present clear and concise oral and written reports.  Ability to present information in one-on-one and small group situations.  Ability to read and interpret document such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. 

REASONING ABILITY:  Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, and diagram form.  Ability to set goals and develop strategies and schedules for meeting them. 

COMPUTER SKILLS:  Knowledge of word processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, and other recreation related computer software.

LICENCES AND CERTIFICATES:  Must possess a valid Washington State driver’s license.  Must possess First Aid, CPR and American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification or obtain within six (6) months of employment.  

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that an employee must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  1. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is frequently required to walk, stand, sit, talk, and hear.  The employee is frequently required to use their hands and fingers to handle and feel objects, reach with the hands and arms, and is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  2. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds without assistance.  Specific vision abilities for this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  1. Work is performed indoors in an office environment and outdoors in all weather conditions and temperatures. 
  2. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet while in the office, or moderately noisy when in the field.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:  This job description is intended to provide an overview of the requirements of the position.  As such, it is not necessarily all inclusive, and the job may require other essential and/or nonessential functions, tasks, duties, or responsibilities not listed herein.  Management reserves the right to add, modify, or exclude any essential or nonessential requirement(s) at any time with or without notice.  Nothing in this job description, nor by the completions of any requirement of the job by the employee, is intended to create a contract of employment of any type.  Employment is “AT-WILL” and may be terminated at any time by the employee or employer with or without cause or notice.


Download job description and application below and return a completed copy along with the signed job description and cover letter to City Hall at 500 E. Main St. or by email to before 5:00 PM on July 8, 2022 (you may also pick up an application packet at City Hall if you are unable to download and print online).

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