Happy Bear Performer

Happy Bear Performer

Department: Community Based Services (CBS)  Job Status: Part-time 

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt  Reports to: Happy Bear Coordinator    

Positions Supervised:  None  Amount of Travel Required:  100%; Shawnee County and surrounding counties. 

Work Schedule:  Tuesday/Wednesday and as needed.

Varied hours between 8am to 2:30pm: must be able and willing to adjust work schedules based on performances.

Position Summary

Happy Bear providers must be at least 21 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Reliable transportation is essential to complete job duties. Happy Bear Providers must have sufficient ambulatory capabilities to work with children/youth in community-based settings, primarily schools.  This position requires the physical ability to be in the Happy Bear costume, give and receive hugs from children or high fives if they prefer. Happy Bear Providers must be able and willing to adjust work schedules to meet the Happy Bear Program schedule.  The program typically runs two days per week.


  • Collaborate with Happy Bear Coordinator in regards to the Happy Bear Program schedule and performances.
  • Be aware of ethical behavior expectations and act accordingly.
  • Respect and demonstrate the ability to maintain client confidentiality.
  • Act as an ambassador of Family Service and Guidance Center in community settings.
  • Support and actively promote the vision and mission of Family Service and Guidance Center.



  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Happy Bear providers must successfully pass the KBI, SRS Central Registry and all other background investigations.  
  • Valid driver's license, current auto insurance, a good driving record and a reliable vehicle are required.
  • Must be able and willing to adjust work schedules based on performances.
  • Must collaborate with Happy Bear Coordinator to deliver optimal services to the community.


  • Experience working with children and families preferred.
  • Passion and desire to work with children and adolescents.


  • Effective communication skills (verbal)
  • Customer focused (internal and external)
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Accountability
  • Reliability
  • Trust/Integrity
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Time management
  • Organizational skills
  • Relationship building
  • Problem solving
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in work
  • Being collaborative
  • Interpersonal  skills
  • Ability to maintain appropriate boundaries and confidentiality
  • Strengths based
  • Community based
  • Culturally respectful


N (Not Applicable)  Activity is not applicable to this position.

O (Occasionally)  Position requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0-2.5 hrs/day)

F (Frequently)  Position requires this activity from 33%-66% of the time (2.5-5.5 hrs/day)

C (Constantly)  Position requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5 hrs/day)

Physical Demands                            Lift/Carry

Stand (F)                                            10 lbs. or less (F) 

Walk (F)                                              11-20 lbs.  (F) 

Sit (F)                                                  20-50 lbs.  (N) 

Manually Manipulate (F)                     51-100 lbs.(N) 

Reach Outward (F)                             Over 100 lbs. (N) 

Reach Above Shoulder (F) 

Climb (F)                                            Push/Pull

Crawl (N)                                           12 lbs. or less (N) 

Squat or Kneel (F)                             26-40 lbs.  (N) 

Bend (F)                                            41-100 lbs.(N) 

Other Physical Requirements:

Happy Bear must have sufficient ambulatory capabilities to work with children.


Primarily community-based working environment, i.e., schools and community. Happy Bear provider requires flexibility in scheduling; risk of exposure to aggressive and/or acting out children and youth.

The company has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is intended to provide guidelines for job expectations and the employee's ability to perform the position described. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This document does not represent a contract of employment, and the company reserves the right to change this job description and/or assign tasks for the employee to perform, as the company may deem appropriate.