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Arlington County, Virginia
$63,169.60 - $96,408.00 Annually
Jun 17, 2022
Jun 30, 2022
Full Time
Position Information

The Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) is seeking a Senior Center Program Director to develop Senior (55+) Programs and ensure quality and content thorough design, development, implementation, and evaluation at the Lubber Run Community Center. This position may also oversee 55+ programming at Madison Community Center.

To learn more about our programs, please click here.

Specific duties include:

  • Managing the operation of the Senior (55+) Center Programs, including conducting program evaluations, maintaining service agreements and administrative records, and ensuring set-up of rooms;
  • Managing budget and tracking expenditures, resources, and inventories of supplies/equipment, including ordering equipment and reporting equipment repairs;
  • Assessing needs of potential and actual participants, developing programs with divisional and departmental objectives, supervising senior adult activities, and identifying and cultivating new participant leadership and empowerment through advisory councils;
  • Supervising staff and volunteers by providing training, feedback, performance appraisals and coaching;
  • Developing and distributing publicity materials for programs including 55+ Guide, Center newsletter, calendars, flyers, etc.
  • Creating an environment that fosters senior empowerment, exploration of new roles for 55+ program participants, cultivating leadership and volunteerism among seniors and stakeholders, including connecting the work of the advisory committee to the Senior Adult Council and program participants;
  • Performing operations administrative duties to ensure compliance with County policies and procedures, maintaining accuracy of participants and administrative records;
  • Engaging in Civic Engagement, facilitating an open exchange of opinions from diverse groups, participating in training and developmental opportunities, and practicing established Arlington Civic Engagement Guidelines;
  • Providing advocacy, education, resource referral, and consultation with staff and customers; including maintaining resources, providing information for services requested, and tracking social service information and referral;
  • Performing other duties as assigned
The successful candidate will possess:

  • Demonstrated effective leadership skills and ability to follow the County and 55+ Center professional standards of leadership;
  • Excellent customer service skills which show respect and responding with sensitivity to individuality;
  • Strong administrative, communication, and interpersonal skills along with technology proficiency; and
  • A proven successful track record in developing nurturing relationships and building on individual strengths, and creating an atmosphere where different perspectives, opinions and positions are welcomed, encouraged, and fully explored.

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree in Recreation, Gerontology, Social Work, Therapeutic Recreation, Adult Education or a closely related Human service field; and
  • One (1) year of experience with management of recreation programs and activities in a senior adult or recreation setting.
Substitution: Additional education may be substituted for experience or additional responsible experience may be substituted for education.

Desirable: Preference may be given to applicants with experience in the following:
  • Recreation program assessment, design, planning, implementation, and evaluation;
  • Bilingual skills (fluency in English/Spanish);
  • Intermediate level computer skills, Microsoft office, and office equipment; and
  • Working with diverse communities.

Special Requirements

A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

This position will require incumbent to work at locations other than the primary worksite and must have the ability to use alternative transportation methods or possess a valid driver license . If possess a license, will be required to show proof by providing a copy of driving record.

Covid-19: Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety, and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.

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