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 Recreation Leader Trainee (General) (Bilingual) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Job information
Posted by: City of Philadelphia 
Hiring entity type: Other 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Operations - Other
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 720350768 / Latpro-3663585 
Date posted: Feb-02-2019
State, Zip: Pennsylvania, 19019


Announcement Details

Exam Announcement Details
Exam Title Recreation Leader Trainee (General) (Bilingual)

Exam Number 9D10-20190128-OC-99

Salary $36,153-$46,481 per year

Competition Open-Competitive


Announcement Date 01/28/2019

Close Date 03/01/2019

General Definition

Accepting applications from both Bilingual and Non-Bilingual candidates!

Announced in Anticipation of Approval by the Administrative Board
(This is an amendment to the original announcement.)

This is entry-level recreation work. Employees in this class learn to administer a limited program of activities for the public and provide recreational services and facilities for organized groups. Work includes responsibility for the organization and implementation of assigned programs and for participating with other recreation personnel in providing recreation services. Employees in this class may perform recreation program assignments for a large residential institution or correctional system. Determining community recreation needs and interests, promoting programs, learning how to manage funds to support program needs, and motivating participation are of major significance to the work. As the training period progresses, the employee is assigned work of greater complexity and responsibility. Duties require scheduled evening and weekend work and moderate physical effort. Work is performed under the supervision of a recreation center supervisor.

Union Code J. AFSCME D.C.47 Local 2187

FLSA Code Exempt

Minimum Requirements
Minimum Training, Education & Experience

The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.

Candidates who meet all eligibility requirements within six months of the application deadline, September 1, 2019, will be admitted to this examination. Successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list, but may not be hired or promoted until all requirements have been satisfied.

1. EDUCATION : Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university with major course work in recreation, education, exercise science, kinesiology, sport and leisure management, and visual and performing arts or a closely related field.

NOTE : Any bachelor's degree and completion of the equivalent of six seasons (6 months per season) of experience leading participants in recreation sports leagues, day camps, aquatics, or other organized recreational, environmental or cultural activities for the City of Philadelphia's Department of Parks and Recreation will meet the requirements.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT ONLY FOR CANDIDATES CLAIMING BILINGUAL FLUENCY : Sufficient training and/or experience to be able to understand and speak fluently and clearly in a designated non-English language.

Child Protective Services Law requires FBI criminal history background checks as well as the Pennsylvania State Police criminal background check and Pennsylvania child abuse background check as a condition of initial employment and during tenure of employment.

Bilingual fluency is not required in order to apply!

Physical & Medical Requirements

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.

Required Licenses & Certifications

Other Requirements

Candidates MUST submit a copy of their official college or university transcript(s) by April 4, 2019.

All degrees must be conferred by September 1, 2019 in order to qualify.

Candidates with a degree from foreign colleges or universities must submit proof of degree as certified by a professional evaluation service.

If you have ever submitted a paper transcript for any City of Philadelphia civil service examination, you have to submit another transcript

Option 1 - Upload a paperless transcript - One time only!

You may upload transcripts into your account, and attach a transcript with this application. Once the transcript is uploaded to your account, it may be attached to all future applications. Attaching your transcript will save you time and money if you apply for an examination in the future, and you will be assured that your transcript cannot be misplaced.

Your transcript should be uploaded and attached to your application before it is submitted. It cannot be uploaded or added to your application electronically after your application has been submitted.

Option 2 - Submit transcript via mail, email, or fax after submission of this application by April 4, 2019.- Separate transcript required for each application
If you submit a copy of a transcript via mail, email or fax, the transcript will be used for this application only. You will have to submit transcripts again whenever you apply for an examination in the future. These transcripts will not be retained and will not be returned to applicants.

Email: (see application details)
Fax: (see application details) Attention: Cornell Weaver

Mailing address for paper transcript and other required materials (DD-214, licenses, certifications, etc.):
City of Philadelphia
Office of Human Resources
1401 J.F. Kennedy Boulevard
Municipal Services Building, Room 1530
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Attention: Cornell Weaver

Equivalency Statement(s)

Or any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable to the Office of Human Resources which includes a bachelor's degree as an educational minimum.

Application Details
Application Procedures

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at (see application details) or send an email to (see application details). For more information, go to:

The City of Philadelphia is committed to ensuring access to Civil Service examinations by providing appropriate accommodations for candidates with documented medical or religious reasons. Candidates may request an accommodation for a Civil Service examination by contacting the Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Unit of the Mayor's Office of Labor Relations at (see application details). The accommodation process is interactive and requires cooperation and communication between the applicant requesting a test accommodation and the EEO Unit. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis using the required documentation that is submitted. Requests are to be made in a timely manner prior to the scheduled date of the Civil Service examination.

As a condition of employment with the City, any person offered employment shall be required to certify that such person either is fully current on any and all debts, taxes, fees, judgments, claims, and other accounts and obligations due and owing to the City; or has voluntarily entered into a payment agreement with the City. For so long as the person is employed by the City, the amount of the payment as set forth in the payment agreement (not to exceed, for any pay period, twenty percent (20%) of the person's gross pay for such period, without the person's consent) shall be withheld from each paycheck until such payment agreement is fully satisfied.

Such person shall also be required to certify as a condition of employment that he or she is fully current on any and all debts, taxes, fees, judgments, claims, and other accounts and obligations due and owing to the Philadelphia Gas Works ( PGW ) or has voluntarily entered into a payment agreement with PGW .

Failure to enter into a payment agreement shall result in the cancellation of the appointment and removal from the certification. The name of the eligible candidate will be returned to the eligible list.

Only an on-line application will be accepted for this exam. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Computers are available in the 3-1-1 Walk-In Center located in Room 167 of City Hall (Weekdays from 9 AM to 5 PM) and at your local Philadelphia Free Library branch.

For inquiries regarding City employment, contact the Office of Human Resources Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 4 PM by telephone at (see application details) or by email at (see application details)

ALL Applications must be received by the end of business on March 1, 2019.

Your application will be rejected and you will be disqualified from competing in this examination if you:
1) Do not provide your complete and accurate social security number.
2) Attempt to practice fraud or deception in the preparation of this application

All correspondence and notifications will be sent to your e-mail address or postal address listed in the contact information (address, phone #, e-mail) of your account profile. Your contact information will be automatically updated each time you submit an application for employment . It is your responsibility to change your contact information and to ensure that it is correct

If you provide an e-mail address, all correspondence regarding this examination will be sent to you by e-mail. You should add (see application details) to your address book or list of trusted contacts to prevent notices from being marked as spam by your e-mail provider.

Please call the Office of Human Resources at (see application details) or email (see application details) if you have any questions.

Information concerning employment with the City of Philadelphia may be found at:
Facebook @CityofPhiladelphiaJOBS
Twitter @PHLCityJobs

Notes to Applicants


OPEN - COMPETITIVE . Only an open competitive eligible list will be established as a result of this examination. Permanent City employees will receive no promotional preference in this examination.

Candidates who pass the exam and are placed on the civil service list will be retained on the list for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years after the establishment of the Eligible List.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT : Philadelphia residency is not required at the time of application. Once hired, employees have six months to move into the City of Philadelphia.

PREFERENCE FOR PHILADELPHIA RESIDENTS : Candidates who have maintained a bona fide residence in Philadelphia for at least one year prior to the date of the civil service examination shall have priority over all other persons receiving an identical test score.

To receive such preference, candidates must respond to the question regarding residence when they appear to take the examination and to the supplemental question regarding residence later in this form.

If an applicant does not respond to the appropriate residence question, it will be assumed that the applicant does not qualify for residence preference. Eligibility for residence preference must be determined by the date of the test administration. No requests for residence preference will be granted after the test administration.

Ten points for veteran's preference will be added to the scores of eligible veterans who apply for open competitive tests and pass the examination. You must be honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces. Attach a DD214, member 4, to your application if you wish your eligibility to be reviewed. Spouses of disabled or deceased veterans may also be considered.

The children or grandchildren of Philadelphia Firefighters or Police Officers who were killed or died in the line of duty shall be accorded a preference in open competitive civil service entrance examinations. Candidates who qualify for this preference and who take and pass open competitive civil service examinations shall have ten points added to their final score. The candidate must successfully pass all parts of the examination before points are awarded.


Up to 5 additional points will be added to the examination score of any candidate who has passed the open competitive examination and who has:

A. Successfully completed a term of volunteer service with Peace Corps, AmeriCorps NCCC (including FEMA Corps), or AmeriCorps VISTA
Such candidates will be awarded five (5) points for the completion of a two year term of service or three (3) points for the completion of a one year term of service.

B. Successfully completed at least 450 hours of service with AmeriCorps State and National (including Teach for America).
Such candidates will have:

  • 1 point added to their final score if they have completed 450 Hours of the above service.
  • 2 points added to their final score if they have completed 675 Hours of the above service.
  • 3 points added to their final score if they have completed 900 Hours of the above service.
  • 5 points added to their final score if they have completed 1700 Hours of the above service.

    The candidate must successfully pass all parts of the examination before points are awarded.

    Candidates for Bilingual Specialty

    When a single examination is announced to fill positions both in the bilingual specialty of a class and in another specialty of the same class, all candidates must take and pass all weighted parts of the same examination. All candidates who pass the weighted parts of the examination will be placed on the combined eligible list and will be eligible to fill positions in the specialty that does not require fluency in a Non-English language or in American Sign Language.

    Candidates who applied for the bilingual specialty who have passed all weighted parts of the examination will be required to pass a qualifying examination as verification of their ability to communicate fluently in a Non-English language or in American Sign Language. Candidates who pass the qualifying examination will be identified on the eligible list as bilingual - fluency verified in a specified language or languages. Such candidates will be eligible to fill positions for the bilingual specialty.

    Candidates who fail the bilingual qualifying examination will not be eligible to fill positions in the bilingual specialty, but will remain on the eligible list and will be eligible to fill positions in the specialty that does not require fluency in a Non-English language or in American Sign Language.


    Candidates who have successfully passed all other parts of the open competitive examination for this class who have verified ability to communicate fluently in any non-English language or in American Sign Language will have 3 points added to their final score

    Only those competitors who have a passing grade in an examination shall receive additional credits to which they may be entitled. A maximum of three points may be awarded for each examination.

    To receive the additional points, the candidate must respond affirmatively that he or she is fluent in a Non-English language or in American Sign Language while preparing the application for each examination or submit a written request for the additional points for each examination at any time prior to the administration of the first part of the examination.

    The Office of Human Resources will verify the candidates' ability to communicate fluently in the non-English language or languages or in American Sign Language).

    Projected Exam Date

    The oral examination is scheduled for April 8-12, 2019. Please note that these dates are subject to change.

    Candidates who pass the Oral examination and who claim bilingual fluency shall be notified to appear for the bilingual qualifying part of the examination in such numbers and at such times as determined to be necessary.

    Virtual Testing May Be Utilized

    Candidates taking an oral examination may have their responses rated in person by a panel of Subject Matter Experts on the date of the examination, or have their responses recorded on the date of the examination and rated by Subject Matter Experts at a later date. Please refer all questions regarding this examination to the analyst listed below on the announcement.

    An Eligible List is planned for the week of April 22, 2019. Please note that this date may change.

    Test Review

    In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 9.091B, candidates will have 30 days after the results have been mailed to review their test and to file appeals. In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 9.11, only candidates who have failed the oral examination may appeal to the Civil Service Commission upon the grounds of irregularity, bias, or fraud in the conduct of the oral test. Issues related to the suitability or adequacy of point scores awarded to passers are not appealable to the Commission. Call (see application details) if you wish to schedule a Test Review.

    Assigned to (view only)

    Assigned to Cornell Q. Weaver

    Parts & Weights
    Part Oral Examination

    Weight 100%

    Parts & Weights
    Part Qualifying Bilingual Oral Examination for Candidates Claiming Bilingual Fluency Only

    Weight Pass/Fail

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