Community Services Leader Series (Various Programs), Costa Mesa, California

Created 01/05/2023
Reference 592530
Job type Part Time
Country United States
State California
City Costa Mesa
Salary See Position Description

Community Services Leader II: $15.50 - $18.84 per hour
Community Services Leader III: $16.27 - $19.78 per hour
Senior Community Services Leader: $17.94 - $21.81 per hour

Community Services Leaders perform responsible work related to various Parks and Community Services programs, activities, and facilities. Program assignments within this series include: Youth Programs, Facilities, Senior Center, Special Events, and Field Ambassador. Click here to review a description of each of the programs.

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Community Services Leaders are part-time positions that may work between 8 to 32 hours per week. Work schedules may require evening/night and weekend shifts and may be seasonal and/or year round. Hours per week and work schedules vary depending on program assignment.

Applications must be completed and submitted online. Candidates are requested to provide specific information on their education and experience as it relates to the position by completing all fields of the application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete. Based upon the information presented on the application, a limited number of candidates who possess qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process. The selection process may include, but is not limited to, the following components: application review and evaluation, written examination or exercise, physical examination, practical exercise and interview evaluation. Please notify the Human Resources Division 72 hours in advance of the test date if you have a disability which requires accommodation for the testing process.

Notifications during this recruitment will be sent by email only (regardless of the notification preference selected during the online application process). Notifications will be sent to the email address that is listed on your online application.

All employment offers made by the City are contingent upon establishing proof of a prospective candidate's legal authorization to work in the United States and successfully passing all components of the pre-employment process which may include, but is not limited to: comprehensive background check, criminal history check (Live Scan fingerprint check), polygraph examination, post-offer psychological evaluation and post-offer medical evaluation (may include drug screen).

Note: The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained within may be modified or revoked without notice.

Essential Functions

Community Services Leaders provide various levels of support to programs of the Parks & Community Services Department and may be assigned to one or more program and/or fill in on different program assignments as needed.

These functions may not be present in all levels in this series. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.

Example of Essential Functions include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Direct oversight of youth, adult and senior programs, including supervision of children and program participants during activities
  • Organizes, or assists in coordinating, and conducts a variety of Citywide recreational programs and activities; special events at a specified site; and social and cultural events
  • Direct oversight of City facilities and parks
  • Assists in evaluation and recommendation of program activities
  • Performs outreach activities to effectively solicit program and event participants
  • Develops marketing material and curriculum for youth programs
  • Provide front desk and operations support
  • Keeps records and prepares written reports and correspondences; data input
  • Recruits, supervises, trains, and evaluates assigned part-time staff and volunteers
  • Monitors the daily checking in and out of children from programs and activities, enforces rules, positively interacts with parents, participants, and the general public
  • Assists in the issuance, collection, and maintenance of recreation equipment and supplies
  • Collects and accounts for money; acts as cashier as needed
  • Develops and maintains accurate resource files; operates general office equipment, including a personal computer
  • May operate and drive program participants in a commercial passenger van
  • May be required to provide onsite support in a Cooling Center or other emergency situations
  • Perform other related duties as required


Community Services Leader II: Community Services Leader IIs provide support and assistance in the administration and coordination of recreation programs, activities, and facilities. This is an entry-level position in the Community Services Leader series and candidates may have limited direct work experience and work under close supervision.

Community Services Leader III: This is a journey-level class in the series. Community Services Leader IIIs are distinguished from Community Services Leader IIs by the higher level of organization and coordination of recreation programs, activities, and facilities and supervisory duties.

Senior Community Services Leader: This is an advanced journey-level position within the series and is distinguished from the Community Services Leader III by the level of responsibility in overseeing, developing, and delivering recreation programs, activities, and services to the community, as well as the level of supervision provided over Community Services Leaders IIs and IIIs.

Some maintenance work may be required.

Qualification Guidelines

Classification level is dependent upon a respective candidate's qualifications and the departmental needs at time of hire and/or program assignment. Volunteer service or school-related experience is accepted and should be reflected in the application.

16 years of age or older, work permit may be required for current high school students. Training, education and/or experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the Essential Functions as listed above.

High school graduation or its equivalent, 18 years of age or older and; one year of college coursework in Child Development, Leisure Services, Recreation or related field and/or one year of experience in working with individuals and groups in a related recreational program area or service.

High school graduation or its equivalent, 18 years of age or older and; two years of college coursework in Child Development, Leisure Services, Recreation or related field and/or two years of experience in working with individuals and groups in a related recreational program area or service. One full year of experience in planning, promoting, coordinating and facilitating of programs, special events or social services. Some supervisory experience in a recreational setting. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Familiarity with modern MS Office software (i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook, and Publisher).

A current (less than two years) tuberculosis clearance certificate by date of hire for any assignments working with children.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, first aid certificates may be required.

A valid California Driver's License may be required. Revocation of license during employment may result in disciplinary action or reassignment.

A valid California Commercial Class C License may be required for some positions. Revocation of license during employment, or failure to obtain if required, may result in disciplinary action or reassignment. Employees with a Commercial Class C License may be subject to drug and alcohol testing pursuant to the Department of Transportation Regulations.

Availability to work up to 8-32 hours per week: hours vary depending upon assignment.

Supplemental Information

In accordance with Government Code Section 3100 - all City of Costa Mesa employees are required to perform assigned disaster service worker duties in the event of an emergency or a disaster.


Candidates must be able to walk/run with children while playing games and leading excursions, and may lift heavy weights (e.g., a child or set up of tables and chairs). In addition, candidates must be able to work for extended periods in the outdoors, and be exposed to sun and varying temperatures.

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Part-Time employees are appointed by and serve at the will of the Department Director. They are reviewed for merit salary advancement on a periodic basis. Generally, part-time employees are limited to no more than 1,000 hours of work per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). Certain part-time employees, however, are permitted to exceed this limit.

Part-time employees participate in either the Public Agency Retirement System (PARS) or the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) depending on eligibility. Employees enrolled in PARS contribute 3.75% of salary with a matching City contribution. Employees enrolled in CalPERS contribute 7.5% - 10.469% of salary depending on eligibility.

Part-time positions are eligible to receive general leave benefits. General leave can be used for sick, vacation, or holiday time.

The City does not participate in the Social Security system; however, federal mandate requires all new employees to contribute 1.45% of wages to Medicare. As a condition of employment, all new employees are required to enroll and participate in the direct deposit program.

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Employer City of Costa Mesa, CA

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