Special Needs Program Aid
Job Details
Hayward Area Recreation District (HARD) - Hayward, CA
High School
$15.61 - $21.07 Hourly

Got a passion for helping those with intellectual/developmental disabilities?
Apply today! HARD's Sorensdale Center has an amazing opportunity for Special Needs Program Aides roles!

This position will offer up to 18 hours per week, maximum.


Under general supervision of the Recreation Supervisor and direct supervision of the Recreation Coordinator II, performs a variety of duties and responsibilities to assists with daily operations of the Special Needs Adult Day Program at Sorensdale Center. The Program Aid will assist in facilitating educational, vocational, and recreational training for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities to help them achieve their educational goals, while respecting and encouraging Person Centered Thinking. Due to the varied and individual needs of each participant, Special Needs Program Aids may provide a variety of support and assistance and should be flexible adjusting to participant needs.

Incumbents in this class are primarily responsible for performing Program Aid duties in the Special Needs Program. This class can be distinguished from the class of Special Needs Program Instructor as this class does not have Program Instructor responsibilities.

Incumbents may not perform all duties. Duties include but are not limited to the following:
Aid in delivery of educational instruction designed by Special Needs Program Instructors to help participants meet educational, academic, life skill, behavioral, physical, social and emotional goals
Ability to lead small groups of special needs participants in classroom or community-based setting
Oversee and ensure safety of participants during program hours
Respect and encourage person centered thinking
Give personal assistance to participants as needed, may include, dress, cleaning, self-care and toileting
Gather and maintain information for Individual Service Plans
Monitor activities in facility, aid and ensure compliance with District regulations, maintain facility security, and report any facility issues related to safety
May open, secure facility before and after program use; prepare facility and set up furniture and or equipment for scheduled activities/events
Aid with administrative duties related to photocopying, gathering supplies and set up of program supplies
Aid in retail duties in on site Thrift Store, such as handling and organizing merchandise, selling items, and providing excellent customer service
Aid in gardening duties, such as watering, planting and picking fruits and vegetables for lunch program
Assist special needs participants in classroom settings such as, but not limited to: Art, Computer Education, Cooking, Gardening, Functional Math, Health and Fitness, Music and Literacy Classes
Aid in getting participants on and off daily transportation/ bus services
Assists in the lunch program, overseeing participants during lunch
Assist in the implementation of ongoing programs, classes and special events
Maintains good public relations
Participates in training sessions and regular staff meetings
May provide input regarding program planning
At all times, demonstrates cooperative behavior with colleagues, supervisors, volunteers, participants and the public
Performs other duties as assigned

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. The functions of this position are primarily performed indoor but may be at some outdoor locations as part of a team. There will be exposure to computer screens. Incumbents may be assigned a work schedule including weekends, early mornings, evenings and may have to travel between various locations or community-based settings.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to have: hearing and speech adequate to communicate in person, by telephone, by PA system and by radio, and to speak loudly in a noisy setting; vision adequate to clearly distinguish objects and persons at a distance, bodily movement adequate to sit or stand for prolonged periods of time; manual dexterity adequate to grasp objects, use fine manipulation, write and operate office machines and equipment; strength and endurance to safely lift and carry items of up to 50 pounds.

Minimum Qualifications

Ability and Skill to:
• Work with the public that are participating in a variety of recreational activities
• Monitor compliance with District regulations and policies, and general safety practices related to activities; firmly but tactfully enforce rules and regulations
• React quickly and calmly in emergencies
• Administer First Aid, CPR and/or artificial respiration
• Communicate effectively with a wide range of people
• Understand and carry out oral and written instructions
• Maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted during the work
• Work independently in the absence of supervision
• Bi-lingual desired

Knowledge of:
• Office procedures, methods and equipment including computers and standard computer programs
• Complete forms, reports and paperwork
• Performs clerical duties as needed
• Safe food handling practices
• Standard safety rules and regulations related to public recreation activities

• Completion of high school
• One-year previous experience with special needs populations and programs is desirable
• Must possess standard First Aid/CPR/AED and must maintain certifications thereafter as a condition of continued employment
• Possess a CA Food Handlers Certificate and must maintain certifications thereafter as a condition of continued employment
• Experience in MS Office Program: Excel, Word, Access, Outlook

Special Requirements:
• Must be at least 18 years of age
• Completion of the Hepatitis B vaccination series is recommended
• Provide proof of negative TB Skin Test
• Must pass a fingerprint and/or background clearance prior to employment
• Verification of ID and ability work in the USA