Summer Sports Program Instructor


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Town of Amherst
4 Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002
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Company Description:
The Town of Amherst seeks a workforce that reflects the diversity of its community and strives toward racial equity and environmental sustainability. All are encouraged to apply. AA/EEO
Summer Sports Program Instructor
$23.97 Per Hour
Government/Public Service
Some High School Coursework
CPR Certification is required. - Preference: Required

Summer Sports Program Instructor 

Have love for the game? The Amherst Recreation Department is hiring Summer Sports Program Instructors to Perform administrative work in the coordination, implementation, and supervision of sports programs for area youth. Attend sports as required. Individuals that are bilingual are encouraged to apply.

Position Purpose:
Performs administrative work in the coordination, implementation, and supervision of sports programs for area youth. Attends sports as required.

Essential Functions:

(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)
- Supervises, evaluates, implements, and coordinates sports programs for area youth.
- Collaborates with schools and town departments, entities, and directors on use of indoor and outdoor areas and facilities; program implementation, and maintenance procedures.
- Assists with recruiting, training, supervising, and evaluating sports program staff. Plans and supervises work of volunteers and other employees.
- Assists with implementation and development of training programs for staff members.
- Administers evaluation systems to assess programs and customer satisfaction, including assessing work effectiveness and uniformity of established procedures and policies.
- Responds to public inquiries about recreational and summer sports camp offerings.
- Collaborates with groups to meet programming and community needs.
- Assists with marketing and public relations for Amherst Recreation.
- Alerts Amherst Recreation Sports Director of any issues.
- Performs similar or related work as required, directed, or as the situation dictates.

Minimum Qualifications:
Five or more years’ experience playing, coaching, or advising for sport of choice required. Two or more years’ instructional experience. Demonstrated knowledge of sports management, and recreational philosophy and extensive knowledge of planning and administration are required. CPR Certification is required. Must be flexible to meet program scheduling needs.

Knowledge, Ability and Skill:

Knowledge: Knowledge of organizing recreational and sports events or programs. Knowledge of various sports game rules. Knowledge of sporting facilities, and maintenance of sites. Knowledge to follow public health and safety rules and regulations regarding sporting facilities. Familiarity with community facilities and resources for scheduling events. Knowledge of sports management, recreational philosophy, planning and administration. Knowledge of rule and regulations of various sports for youth programs. Knowledge of secure facilities for sports events. Knowledge to assist with marketing.

Ability: Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing. Ability to communicate in a second language is helpful. Ability to be understood. Ability to communicate respectfully with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Ability to plan, schedule and coordinate multiple programs and initiatives. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, other agencies, community leaders, instructors, participants, youth, parents, and the general public. Ability to demonstrate knowledge of sports programs and sports programming rules and regulations. Ability to manage details for implementing sports programming and to book sporting event facilities. Ability to manage staff. Ability to perform physical and manual tasks.

Skill: Proficient organizational skills; effective communicator and collaborator. Skill to assist in hiring, and retaining staff. Skill in supervising staff and volunteers. Competent in computer operation and software such as MS Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Skill to train staff, create and implement evaluations of staff and facilities. Skill to analyze evaluation data and generate reports. Excellent customer skills. Skill to market and publicize programs via various forms of print, social media, and electronic systems. Skill to perform administrative tasks effectively and efficiently. Strength and skill to perform manual tasks.

Physical Requirements:
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.

This position is required to stand or sit or walk, talk and hear for extended periods; uses hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reaches with hands and arms; specific vision abilities required include close and medium distance vision, peripheral vision and depth perception and the ability to adjust focus; ability to operate telephone, keyboard, computer and other office equipment; lifts up to 50 lbs.; skill to apply endurance and strength to perform any manual tasks.


Supervision Scope: Performs moderately complex and highly responsible duties in administration and implementation of the Amherst Recreation sports program for youth. Uses considerable judgement in decision making and determining appropriate course of action. Manages and ensures compliance and uniformity of established procedures and policies for programming.

Supervision Received:
 Works under the general direction of the Amherst Recreation Sports Director and exercises high level of independence of judgement in performing daily duties.

Supervision Given: Supervises, evaluates, implements, and coordinates sports program for area youth. Supervises sports counselors, volunteers, and other program staff. Assist in hiring, training, and evaluating staff and volunteers.

Job Environment:
- Work is generally performed in offices and/or sports facility conditions, and occasionally outdoors. Assesses outdoor areas for sports programming, requiring occasional exposure to weather conditions, noise levels are moderate to loud.
- Operates computers, telephone, copiers, facsimile machines, and other standard office equipment.
- Makes regular contacts with officials in public schools, schools and town departments, directors, youth, participants, parents, and general public about programs. Most contacts involve gathering and sharing of information, and providing directions and instructions.
- Has limited access to program-oriented confidential information.
*Errors in judgement and administration could have adverse effect on Town’s programs, may result in monetary or legal/repercussions especially relative to contractual agreements or could be injurious to the reputation of the town’s program.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


The Town enjoys a long tradition of active, participatory, & professional government, and seeks a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community.

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