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City of Torrance
Class Code: 0030
Cass Designation: Non-Civil Service/At-Will (Part Time)

September 1988

Unit Representation: Torrance Recurrent Recreational
Employees Organization


Instructor I

Position Summary

Under supervision, prepares lesson plans and plans, organizes, instructs, and/or directs classes in specialized discipline or topic; and does related work as required.

Organizational Relationship

The Instructor I reports directly to a full time Recreation professional. Differs from the Instructor II in that the incumbent is not assigned to teach adult classes that are on an advanced level. Differs from Recreation Specialist in that the Instructor I primarily teaches adult classes and does not serve as a staff generalist.

Representative Job Duties

  • Prepares lesson plans and plans, organizes, instructs, and directs classes in a specialized discipline or topic.
  • Conducts demonstrations/presentations to students.
  • Evaluates student level of ability to develop appropriate lesson plans and to modify instruction plan during class based on student need.
  • Evaluates progress of student/class.
  • Prepares course materials and instructional aids.
  • Sets up audiovisual equipment for instructional purposes.
  • May on occasion provide direction to assistants.
  • Prepares activity and other reports.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    Knowledge of
  • Latest state-of-the-art of specialized subject area;
  • Techniques of instruction;
  • Basic First Aid.
  • Ability to
  • Develop lesson plans independently;
  • Follow written and oral instructions;
  • Write required reports;
  • Implement department's philosophy of recreation;
  • Learn, monitor, and enforce departmental policies and procedures including health and safety rules;
  • Evaluate class activities to assess class/program effectiveness;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and other personnel;
  • Demonstrate expertise as required in specialty area.
  • Experience

    Five years of experience teaching the equivalent of four semester courses per year. Four of the five years may be substituted by possession of a relevant degree from a college, university, or specialized school. Significant recognized ranking in the field may be substituted for four years of the required experience.


    No specific minimum.