Temporary Recreation Leader III - Senior Recreation & Socialization Specialist

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Alexandria, VA
$21.26 Hourly
Sep 08, 2023
Oct 07, 2023
Part Time
Temporary Recreation Leader III

Senior Recreation and Socialization Specialist

The City of Alexandria is in northern Virginia, bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington, and Fairfax counties. Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter of square miles in the city have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you want to work for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for the Temporary Senior Recreation & Socialization Specialist position.


In pursuit of service excellence, the Senior Recreation & Socialization Specialist promotes social engagement and enhances participants' overall well-being. This role involves developing and implementing recreational programs that foster social connections, communication, and personal growth. The specialist will lead various activities, coordinate events, and create a welcoming environment for individuals of all ages and abilities. Strong interpersonal skills, creativity, and a passion for promoting socialization and community integration are essential for success in this role.

What You Should Bring

The Senior Recreation & Socialization Specialist role presents an exceptional opportunity for individuals passionate about fostering social connections and enhancing the well-being of participants. As a Specialist, you will be instrumental in developing and implementing engaging recreational programs that promote social interaction, fitness, and personal growth. The ideal candidate will help build a warm and inclusive atmosphere, coordinate activities, lead fitness programs, plan events, and facilitate meaningful participant social experiences.

The ideal candidate for this position should possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, have a strong customer service orientation, and pay attention to detail. They will have strong abilities to connect with individuals of diverse backgrounds and age groups to build welcoming and inclusive environments. Additionally, thinking creatively and resourcefully is crucial in designing and implementing engaging recreational programs that promote social interaction and personal growth.

The Opportunity:
  • Design and implement tailored recreational programs for active older adults.
  • Promote physical fitness, cognitive stimulation, socialization, and overall wellness.
  • Coordinate a varied and balanced calendar of events.
  • Lead and guide participants during activities, providing support and motivation.
  • Assess program effectiveness and make adjustments based on feedback.
  • Partner with organizations to offer specialized classes and workshops.
  • Maintain a safe and supportive environment for participants.
  • Stay updated on active aging trends and integrate innovative ideas.
  • Foster participant engagement, social interaction, and personal growth.

About the Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities

The mission of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities is to enrich the City of Alexandria by creating meaningful experiences through public spaces, cultural activities, and programming. The Department's vision is to improve the well-being of every person in our community by connecting them to each other and their environment. The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities received national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). National accreditation requires park and recreation agencies to meet 155 standards representing elements of effective and efficient park and recreation operations.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

High School Diploma and three (3) years of related experience or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. First Aid training.


This position requires the successful completion of a criminal records background check prior to employment.

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