Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

Hiring pay for this position is $48,204 - $57,781 annually
Full salary range for this position is $48,204 - $67,357 annually

The City of Aurora is seeking a Recreation Specialist for the Fitness and Wellness programs at the Central Recreation Center.  They will perform a variety of tasks to coordinate, develop, market, and implement programs, services, and resources for the Central Recreation Center in the Recreation Division of the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Department. Plans coordinate and implements adult programming and oversee the supervision of program staff and participants.
City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.

Why Work for Aurora?

  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovative workspaces
**This posting will remain open until a sufficient pool of qualified applicants are obtained; however, it is subject to close at any time without prior notice.** 


 Supervision (35%)

  • Direct supervision of approximately 20 temporary fitness instructors
  • Recruit, interview, select, train, evaluate, schedule instructors
  • Provide daily guidance and problem solving
  • 1st and 2nd approvals of temporary e-time and statement to pays - bi-monthly
  • Verify and track instructor certifications - ongoing as they expire
Program Operations (35%)
  • Teach, substitute, develop, program and implement drop-in classes
  • Maintain weekly schedules for fitness classes
  • Develop, program and implement fee based classes
  • Coordinate Personal Training, Massage and Reflexology
  • Program maintenance includes: schedule and book classes in the registration system, set fees in compliance with COA's policies, follow budget guidelines, track registrations and attendance, cancelations and profit/loss for  classes
  • Perform annual fee evaluations
  • Identify trends and program new activities
  • Respond to customer concerns and suggestions, either face to face, by telephone or email
  • Promote programs using flyers or other forms of marketing materials
  • Evaluate classes using survey monkey for outcome measures
  • Coordinate with participants and trainer to set up fitness assessments 
  • Collaborate and maintain working relationships with community partners for program development
Weight Room (25%)
  • Research and recommends purchase of weight room equipment and other fitness supplies
  • Maintain fitness equipment, flat screens and schedules quarterly maintenance
  • Maintain and conduct weight room orientations
  • Work the weight room floor, interact with customers, and provide guidance for participants as needed.
  • Coordinate supply order of gym wipes and cups
Other Duties (5%)
  • Assist with front desk coverage and opening and closing of facility when needed
  • Manage emergency situations such as 911 calls, employee accidents, ADA issues
  • Maintain certification of CPR/AED/1st Aid


Education: Bachelors degree in recreation, gerontology, travel industry, or a directly related field

Experience: At least 3 years recreation, leisure services, and planning experience. At least 2 years supervisory experience (preferred)

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

Knowledge: Knowledge of recreation program development and administration.

Abilities: Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, citizens and community businesses; handle sensitive or stressful situations with tact and diplomacy; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; coordinate, schedule, and instruct recreation programs; coordinate and oversee the work of others; work nights and weekends.

Skills: Strong interpersonal skills; skill in use of computer with related software.

Licenses, Certificates, Equipment required:
Colorado Driver's License with good driving history.
First Aid, AED and CPR certified, or the ability to obtain within six months of hire.

 This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.
Working Conditions


Physical Demands: Sedentary to moderate physical work depending upon assignment; may require the ability to lift up to a maximum of 50 pounds; may require lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 20 pounds; may require regular standing and walk; may require bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, and climbing; hand/eye coordination for operation of the computer; may require foot/eye coordination for operation of a motor vehicle; vision to read reports and other written material; frequent speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees and citizens.

Work Environment: Works primarily in a clean, comfortable environment; may require outdoor work with exposure to dust and noise.

Essential Personnel: When a local announcement of emergency or disaster is declared by the City, all City of Aurora employees may be required to work as essential personnel  

Equipment Used: Personal computer with related software applications; may require the operation of a motor vehicle.


Veterans preference:  Please show all of your employment histories, including military service and attach related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug-free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.

Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:

As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.  

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