Special Needs Program Instructor
Job Details
Hayward Area Recreation District (HARD) - Hayward, CA
$19.01 - $25.67 Hourly

Do you have a specialty you'd like to teach?
Got a passion for helping those with intellectual/developmental disabilities?
HARD would love to meet you! Our Sorensdale Center is looking for Program Instructors in time for our Special Needs Adult Day Program!

This position offers 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 Instructor will lead 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 Instructors may provide a variety of support and assistance and should be flexible in adjusting to participant needs.


Incumbents in this class are primarily responsible for performing Program Instruction duties in the Special Needs Program. This class can be distinguished from the class of Special Needs Program Aid as this class leads classes and may lead Program Aids.


Incumbents may not perform all duties. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

Deliver educational Instruction designed to help participants meet educational, academic, life skill, behavioral, physical, social and emotional goals

Ability to lead groups of 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

Ability to lead groups of special needs participants in community-based settings such as at museums, gardens, shopping centers and other outdoor activities

Prepare class and individual lesson plans in accordance with the program goals and requirements and personal needs and abilities

Prepare and maintain accurate records of participants progress towards ISP goals for annual review

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

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 and facility before and after program use; prepares facilities and sets up furniture and or equipment for scheduled activities/events

Perform administrative duties related to photocopying, gathering supplies and set up of supplies

Perform retail duties in Thrift Store, such as handling and organizing merchandise, selling items, and providing excellent customer service

Assists in the lunch program, overseeing participants

Assist in the implementation of programs and special events

Maintains good public relations

Participate in training sessions and regular staff meetings

Provide input regarding program planning

At all times, demonstrates cooperative behavior with colleagues, supervisors 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 also be at some outdoor locations as well. There will be exposure to computer screens. Incumbents may be assigned an irregular working schedule including weekends, early mornings, evenings and holidays and may have to travel between various locations.


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 of items up to 50 pounds.



Minimum Qualification Requirements

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 a plus, but not necessary

Knowledge of:

Office procedures, methods and equipment including computers and standard computer programs

Complete forms, reports and paperwork

Perform a variety of clerical duties

Safe food handling practices

Standard safety rules and regulations related to public recreation activities


CA Teaching Credential - Designated Subjects Adult Education or 4-year Degree in Human Development, Recreation or related field

Minimum of two years previous experience with special needs programs and working with adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities is desirable

Must possess standard First Aid/CPR/AED and must maintain certifications thereafter as a condition of continued employment

Possess a Food Handlers Certificate and must maintain certifications thereafter as a condition of continued employment

Proven experience in MS Office programs

Experience in Active Net desired

Special Requirements:

Must be at least 18 years of age

Must pass a fingerprint and/or background clearance prior to employment

Completion of the Hepatitis B vaccination series is recommended.

Provide proof of negative TB Skin Test

Verification of ID and ability work in the USA