Under the general supervision of a Recreation Program Director in the City

of Syracuse Department of Parks and Recreation, an employee in this class carries

responsibility for planning, organizing and supervising an arts and crafts

program. Depending on the organization and staffing patterns of the many facilities (recreation centers, schools, parks, senior citizens residential complexes and mobile unit's) in which the arts and crafts projects are implemented, the Supervisor will both lead and instruct participant groups in projects, and train other staff members such as recreation leaders and aides to implement each project. An employee in this class generally works independently with only major program changes, problems, and all budget changes being discussed with the Recreation Program Director. General supervision is

exercised over Recreation Leaders and Aides when they are assigned to implementing

arts and crafts programs. Does related work as required.




Plans, researches, designs, supervises, and, as needed, implements arts and crafts projects, such as macramé, paper‑mache, decoupage, leatherworking, jewelry making, furniture refinishing, tie dying, candlemaking, eggery, painting, needlepoint, gold leaf, casting plastics, flower drying and arranging, dressmaking, china painting, yarn projects, stenciling projects, and making mobiles and wind chimes.

Assesses participants' arts and crafts wants and needs, develops ideas for a project to fill needs, writes project work plans which indicate the steps followed to complete the craft project, and makes project models and craft patterns (i.e., master pieces participants use in cutting their materials).

Trains recreation staff in implementation of arts and crafts projects by reviewing with them project work plans, project models and the craft Patterns; leading staff members in the actual execution of the craft; and in leading discussions concerning basic teaching methods.

Plans, assigns, supervises and evaluates the work of Recreation Leaders and Aides when assigned to implement arts and crafts projects.

Teaches an arts or craft project to assigned groups of participants, as needed. That is, initiates users' participation in the activities, reviews with them the project work plan and supervises and assists participants' execution of the craft.

Orders materials, supplies and equipment annually and thereafter, as needed. That is, surveys supplies for prices, sizes, and availability. Completes purchase orders with company name and address, description of item and cost.

May prepare for superiors written evaluations of arts and crafts projects highlighting effectiveness, popularity, cost, and putting forth suggestions for improvements of future services.

May perform administrative tasks such as completing pre‑printed in‑house requisition forms for needed equipment and supplies; writing and updating inventory lists of equipment and supplies.

Solicits free scrap materials from local industries and businesses and designs craft projects using these scraps.




Good knowledge of recreation principles and practices as applied to planning, organizing, and supervising an arts and crafts program on a city‑wide basis in a municipal recreation department.

Good knowledge of the fundamental principles of design, line, form, color, texture, and the ability to apply these principles in all arts and crafts projects.

Ability to identify objectives of an arts and crafts program, which is part of a larger planned community recreation program and the ability to plan and develop appropriate activities in order to meet the objectives identified.





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Ability to organize programs of handcraft from the more simple forms to the more difficult.

Ability to give individuals and groups instructions in arts and crafts.

Ability to plan, assign and supervise the work of others in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.

Ability to train subordinates in arts and crafts.

Ability to stimulate and hold the interest of participants.

Ability to establish cordial working relationships with groups and individuals.

Ability to express oneself clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.




A. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a baccalaureate degree in art, arts and crafts, art education or a baccalaureate degree in recreation or physical education with a specialization in arts and crafts; or,


B. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a baccalaureate degree and two (2) years of full time work experience in planning, organizing, and teaching arts and crafts activities; or,


C. Four (4) years of full time work experience in planning, organizing and teaching arts and crafts activities; or,


D. An equivalent combination of the above described work experience and education.


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