Park/rec Specialist I

Location
Lorton, Virginia
Salary
$49,526.46 - $82,543.97 Annually
Posted
Nov 12, 2022
Closes
Nov 26, 2022
Ref
22-03173
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

Facilitates and conducts programs and activities for assigned population (youth, adults, older adults, families) to achieve identified outcomes. Implements and facilitates a variety of recreational, prevention, educational, cultural, character building, and community building activities and events in accordance with established program standards and alignment with field best practices. Assists in the daily operations and management of the community center, and in the planning and coordination of special events. Performs administrative tasks related to facility management, financial management, personnel management, and risk management. Works as a member of a regional team to implement region-wide projects and activities focused on specific outcomes. Assists with the development of partnerships with the community. Maintains required professional training, such as first aid and CPR, food service manager certification, and driver's license. The Community Center operates daily including night and weekend hours, six days a week. Staff is required to rotate day, night and weekend schedules with members of their team. Must be able to work nights and weekends. Duties are performed under the direction of the Park/Recreation Specialist III.

Note: Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

Illustrative Duties

General Duties
  • Plans, coordinates, schedules, supervises, and evaluates the operations and maintenance of the assigned facility or facilities;
  • Hires, trains, supervises, schedules, and evaluates staff;
  • Plans, schedules, and conducts specialized on-site staff training;
  • Completes and submits various financial, administrative, and statistical reports;
  • Identifies, recommends, and writes justifications for budget components such as capital equipment submissions;
  • Adheres to revenue and expense limits, goals, and guidelines for specialized areas of supervision;
  • Authorizes purchase requests and invoices for payment;
  • Inspects facilities and grounds for safety hazards and operational deficiencies, recommends improvements, and initiates corrective measures;
  • Responds to public inquiries and concerns;
  • Participates in the development and implementation of community outreach plans to target underserved populations and to increase overall program participation;
  • Analyzes and evaluates service in terms of individual and community needs;
  • Performs administrative functions at a facility, including budget preparation, recruitment of volunteer staff, maintenance of records necessary to the operation and evaluation of center programs, and report preparation;
  • Manages operation, staff, maintenance and vendors of a Park or Athletic field mowing crew within a geographic area of Park facilities;
  • Manages operations, maintenance, safety and staff associated with park forestry; Inspects tree conditions for safety and proper maintenance and report required corrective action.
Programming
  • Plans, organizes, supervises, and schedules specialized activities and programs sponsored by the park, recreation, teen, community, or senior center in cooperation with residents and related agencies;
  • Schedules, coordinates, and evaluates class, camp, and tour programs held at parks, centers, schools, government facilities, and private vendor locations;
  • Coordinates and schedules sports leagues and tournaments;
  • Coordinates planning, scheduling, and billing for day and overnight trips and tours.


Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of recreation center and /or park management;
  • Knowledge of fiscal record keeping and inventory procedures;
  • Knowledge of aquatics, grounds maintenance, horticulture, agriculture, cultural or historic resources, or other specialized area as appropriate for the duties of the position;
  • Ability to use a personal computer, applicable software and peripheral equipment;
  • Ability to direct and coordinate the work of subordinate staff and volunteers;
  • Ability to plan, develop, and administer recreation programs or community activities;
  • Ability to maintain effective relationships with employees and citizen groups;
  • Ability to prepare a variety of administrative reports;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.


Employment Standards

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”)
Graduation from an accredited two-year college or university with an associate degree in recreation, park management, therapeutic recreation, or a closely related field; plus two years of related experience in recreation center, park, athletic field, golf course operations, or community-based program coordination or a related field, as applicable to the position.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
  • Motor vehicle operator's license
  • Food Handler Certification (within 90 days of appointment)
  • First Aid, CPR, and AED certifications (within 90 days of appointment)

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry check, and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Experience developing and implementing programs for youth, adults, older adults and families.
  • Ensuring a safe recreational environment.
  • Demonstrated ability making oral presentations to groups.
  • Developing activity and service strategies to achieve desired community outcomes.
  • Supervising and coaching employees.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Work requires some standing and physical movement when demonstrating various recreational activities. Requires lifting and setting up equipment. Ability to travers across rough terrain. Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. Ability to work in hot and cold temperatures. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel Interview and may include a practical exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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