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Support Specialist- UKUU Teen Program

Company: Rockford Park District
Location: Rockford
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Rockford Park District Job Description



UKUU Support Specialist


Community Recreation


Part Time- Seasonal

Office Location

Webbs Norman Center/WPCC

Reports To

WPCC Recreation Coordinator

Grade Level

Starting wage: $12.00/hr

FLSA Status


Season & Hours

Seasonal- year round; Tuesdays and Thursdays, and some Saturday/Schools out days-Field trips; Approximately 8-10 hours a week

Position Description

As an UKUU Support Specialist you will be working directly with Middle/High School aged youth (6th-12th grades). Your main responsibility will be to assist the Recreation Coordinator and/or UKUU Coordinator with weekly meetings and occasional field trips. UKUU (which means greatness in Swahili) helps teens achieve greatness in all aspects of life. This program is designed to encourage service in the community, foster leadership development, expose teens to different vocations, and promote educational excellence.


Agency Vision

To be the best urban parks and recreation system in North America, as measured by national standards and the citizens we serve.

Agency Mission

The Rockford Park District is in business to "help people enjoy life" by providing a quality park and recreation system.

Vision & Planning System

The District aligns itself and all its resources to achieve its purpose, vision, mission, and priorities. This successfully drives the strategic plan, operational plans, and performance goals.

Policy Management & Operations System

Every team member serves as an active contributor in the development of the team's operational plan; develops job strategies and plans that support the team's operational goals; identifies timetables for completion; plans daily work activities in an organized manner ensuring effective utilization of time and resources in the completion of job tasks.

Leadership by Values System

Leadership by Values can only be achieved if all team members believe in and live by these shared values: accountability, integrity, passion, agility, relationship oriented, results driven, service oriented, respectful, and innovative. While all team members share these essential values, our culture is enriched by and welcomes the diverse supporting values of its team members.



Sustained by long-term, positive, exceptional relationships with stakeholders and team members as our hallmark of success.



To work together to achieve the mission, vision, and shared values of the Rockford Park District.


Departments are truly interconnected to support the mission and vision of the Rockford Park District.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS include the following. Other duties may be assigned

Operational Excellence

  • Under the direct supervision of the Recreation Coordinator and/or UKUU Coordinator, initiates and executes specialty recreational programs, assists with curriculum, lesson plans, program evaluation, and assessment of participant's progress for functional age appropriate activities in the UKUU Leadership Program.
  • Responsible for leading one-on-one or small group sessions that cater to the needs and goals of the tween/teens in the UKUU Leadership Program.
  • Assists participants with homework, projects, and other academic tasks when needed.
  • Works with students to help them understand key concepts, especially those learned in the classroom
  • Teach skills to improve academic performance, including study strategies, note-taking skills and approaches to answering test questions.
  • Implements age and skill appropriate activities to allow for maximum participation to meet the needs of individual participants.
  • Assists and/or leads discussions/lessons from curriculum provided by Recreation Coordinator and/or UKKU Coordinator.
  • Leads by example by being a positive role model to the tween/teen participants.
  • Engages with tween/teen participants through mentorship.
  • Available to attend monthly field trips and service projects that may be scheduled for Saturdays or days that tween/teens are not in school.


  • Attends safety training programs and educational in-service trainings as required.
  • Attends scheduled meetings as determined by the Recreation Coordinator.
  • Informs facility supervisor of supplies needed
  • Assesses and informs facility supervisor of site safety concerns in the facility or play area such as: park users, play and recreation equipment, hazards, etc.
  • Ensures daily documentation occur correctly and on time including but not limited to attendance logs, accident-incident reports, property loss reports, and daily checklists.
  • Helps enforce program policy and procedures using positive communication with program participants, parents/guardians, and staff.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of Rockford Park District personnel policies and protocols.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of Rockford Park District safety procedures. Attend safety training programs and educational in-service trainings as required.

Professional Relations

  • Meets, greets, and communicates with patrons, customers, parents/guardians and co-workers on a daily basis.
  • Maintain good working relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Conducts regular check-ins and workplace visits with program participants.
  • Conducts regular check-ins with workplace supervisors.
  • Assist customers and program participants as needed.


  • 21 years old or older, High School diploma or GED
  • 1-3 years of experience in interacting with youth ages 12-18 with and without disabilities in a recreation setting preferred.
  • Driver's license with the ability to become van driver trained through the Rockford Park District is preferred.
  • First Aid, CPR and AED training (can be obtained through Rockford Park District).


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 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:

  • Clear communication one-to-one or in small/large groups, using different forms of communication.
  • Experienced in the skill area of program being offered and ability to adapt teaching technique considering different abilities and skill levels.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships and demonstrate flexibility as a team player.
  • Ability to problem solve in a variety of situations.
  • Ability to follow direction from Recreation Coordinator or another WPCC Supervisor demonstrating flexibility as a team player.
  • Ability to motivate and encourage students to improve their academic performance using effective goal-setting strategies.
  • Creativity and flexibility in order to personalize their learning approach for individual students.
  • Patience and compassion for students as they develop skills and improve their performance.
  • Ability to problem solve in a variety of situations.


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

  • Light work:
  • exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally
  • exerting up to 10 pounds of force frequently

  • Depth perception: the ability to judge distance and space relationships, so as to see objects where and as they actually are.
  • Field of vision: ability to observe an area up or down to the right or left while eyes are fixed on a given point.
  • Must be able to perform moderately physically intensive tasks, potentially including any combination of the following: climbing, balancing, stooping, sitting, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking, repetitive motions, substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Ability to communicate verbally one-on-one and in groups
  • Ability to solve problems, understand and remember
  • Must be able to hear, read, and comprehend the English Language


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

This position is primarily stationed indoors

Exposure to heat, cold, and other weather elements

Possible exposure to blood borne pathogens

The Rockford Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Keywords: Rockford Park District, Rockford , Support Specialist- UKUU Teen Program, Other , Rockford, Illinois

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