Job Information

Program Assistant, Senior - Teens

Back to list

Program Assistant, Senior - Teens
City of Durham Parks & Recreation

Position Description

Work. Serve. Thrive. With the City of Durham
Advance in your career while making a real difference in the community you serve.

A nationally accredited team of passionate professionals devoted to building better lives and a better community through the power of parks and recreation. Our talented team at Durham Parks and Recreation is devoted to community service and provides a diverse range of programs, services, opportunities, and experiences while being united through our core pillars of creating equitable economic impacts; advancing conservation; rejuvenating health and wellness; enhancing quality of life and sustaining social equity.  

Hourly Rate:  $18.53
Shifts Vary:  Less than 20 hours per week / Monday-Friday
                     3:00pm-7:00pm during the school year; and 
                     11:00am - 4:00pm during Summer Camp mid-June through mid-August. 

Position coordinates engaging teen-focused programming for a recreation center, including the City’s MyDurham Teen program locations. Incumbent works with staff to plan and implement recreation programs targeting teens ages 13-18, engages and mentors participants, and collaborates with community partners to plan teen-focused events.


Develops documents such as monthly calendars for program sites.
Manages program spaces, acquires supplies, and maintains cleanliness and organization.
Supervises youth groups during programs, maintains discipline and order, issues equipment, and conducts games and activities.
Assists in training, assigning, leading, and evaluating staff and volunteers.
Leads interactive recreation workshops, special events and other programs.
Organizes positive alternative and preventive education projects.
Assists in the development of programs to meet community needs.
Develops community partnerships, builds relationships, markets programs, and recruits volunteers.
Schedules and organizes teen programming and outreach, schedules meetings and activities at site facilities.
Enters participant information and program registrations into Active.Net recreation software system, manages and updates existing information.
Maintains and prepares attendance and activity reports and other program documents.
Addresses participant and staff needs and concerns and communicates them to supervisor.
Completes program and staff evaluation forms at the end of the program.
Attends and participates in staff meetings, in-service training programs, orientations, and evaluation sessions.
Observes necessary precautions to secure the safety of program participants and renders first aid in case of minor injury.
Completes accident reports.


-Recreational planning and the provision of general and specialized recreation programs for teens.

-Gang awareness.

-Awareness of social media platforms teens are utilizing.


-Organizing and leading group recreational programs. 

-Interacting positively and communicating effectively with teens.

-Behavior management and conflict resolution.

-Conducting research and evaluations.

-Report writing and record keeping.


Important update on our COVID-19 process for new hires and employees with benefits : 
All employees who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will pay a $100 surcharge each month for their health insurance benefit during the subsequent benefits year if they remain unvaccinated through 12/31/2022.

Minimum Qualifications & Experience 

High School diploma or equivalency (GED, HiSet, TASC).
Two (2) years of experience working with teens in a recreational setting, supervising activities, and providing customer service.
Must be at least 21 years of age.
Valid North Carolina Class C Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record.
Valid Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED – with Anaphylaxis and Epinephrine Auto Injector Certification "or" obtain within the first six months of employment.

Additional Preferred Skills 

Able to work Monday-Friday from 3:00pm-7:00pm.
Experience planning and implementing teen programs.
Capable of defusing conflicts and managing behavior.
Ability to work specifically with teenagers in a non-school setting.
$18.53 Hourly
Job Type
Part Time
Durham, North Carolina United States
Posted on
Expires on
Desired Start Date
Not provided
How to Apply
Thank you for your interest! Please apply at using the link below: