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Rec Center Manager (park/rec Specialist Iii)

Fairfax County Government
Alexandria, Virginia
$62,932.27 - $104,886.91 Annually
Closing date
Nov 25, 2023

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Join the Park Authority and our nationally recognized team of professionals! Works as part of one of the most highly regarded park systems in the country. With over 425 parks, 23,000 acres of parkland, nine Rec Centers, eight golf courses, three lakefront parks, and more, FCPA is an exciting organization to be a part of and there are many opportunities for staff to make a difference at every level. Directs and supervises the work of staff in planning and operating the Rec Center facilities, programs, and services. Conducts financial management and analyses. Develops and tracks annual budget and revenue projections. Authorizes purchases and reviews expenses. Develops annual and long-range plans, performance objectives and business strategies. Projects maintenance and capital improvement needs, scheduling, and funding strategy. Ensures facility and staff compliance with operational, safety and maintenance standards. Supervises, trains, counsels, and evaluates staff. Interacts with user/community groups and citizens. Work shifts will include Manager on Duty responsibilities and may vary depending on staffing levels and workload. Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR certification required within 30 days of employment.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all- inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)
General duties
  • Conducts programs and service delivery evaluations using a variety of tools;
  • Identifies deficiencies, recommends revisions, and implements recommendations using innovative strategies;
  • Develops and maintains community and corporate partnerships and sponsorships or grants to provide services, funding, equipment and/or facilities;
  • Develops and implements community outreach plans that target underserved populations to increase overall program participation;
  • Recruits, trains, and schedules staff and volunteers;
  • Plans, directs, and evaluates the work of subordinate staff;
  • Participates in the development of long- and short-term goals, operating objectives, and strategies and implementation plans to improve service delivery and maximize the efficient use of parklands and recreation facilities;
  • Completes and evaluates various financial, administrative, and statistical reports from daily operations;
  • Develops and submits annual operating budgets and monitors revenue/expenditure levels against approved budget and targeted revenue plans;
  • Ensures compliance with financial guidelines and reconciles revenue and expense reports;
  • Ensures accountability for fixed assets;
  • Ensures that all facilities meet quality standards for housekeeping, cleanliness, and maintenance;
  • Ensures that facilities and grounds are free of safety hazards, that appropriate safety measures are implemented, and that all federal, state, and county safety standards are applied and satisfied;
  • Develops and implements security guidelines to protect park facilities and the public against fire, vandalism, and other threats;
  • Authorizes the procurement of supplies, equipment, or services;
  • Interacts with citizens and community organizations regarding park use, maintenance, and operations, and ensures resolution of customer complaints and concerns;
  • Acquires and posts all current certificates, licenses, permits, and operating requirements;
  • Reviews and makes recommendations on plans for new park or facility constructions;
  • Ensures compliance with established operating procedures;
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with the public and County staff;
  • Prepares and reviews contracts for facility use and contractual services.

  • Ensures accountability for resale inventories;
  • Conducts and/or reviews initial client intake, assessment and general functioning screening of children, teens, and adults with disabilities to determine appropriate treatment protocol for each assigned client;
  • Ensures best practices and protocols are followed by staff through training and assessment of work.
  • Schedules, plans, organizes, supervises, and evaluates a diverse selection of activities within the components of leisure that include after-school programs, community integration services, service-learning programs, character education activities, family activities, community outings, socials, hobby enrichment classes, leisure counseling and coaching, and therapeutic activity interventions;
  • Meets regularly with citizen advisory groups to discuss community needs, evaluates feasibility of suggestions, and incorporates viable proposals into programming;
  • Provides coordination and support of special activities and events.
  • Completes and maintains participant-related documents (assessment, service plan, progress notations) and adheres to agency's policies regarding information contained within the documents;
  • Participates in interdisciplinary human service planning teams;
  • Works with other human service agencies to provide appropriate in tervention strategies;
  • Coordinates with health, social services, legal, financial, and housing professionals to arrange and conduct special programs.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all- inclusive list.)
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of parks and recreation center operations,
  • maintenance, and management;
  • Knowledge of group work methods and activity facilitation;
  • Knowledge of financial management controls relating to budgeting and accounting of
  • expenditures;
  • Ability to manage a large complex operation with extensive capital equipment, property value, and inventory;
  • Ability to motivate and supervise staff;
  • Ability to schedule, coordinate, and prioritize the work of a diverse group of employees;
  • Ability to evaluate employees' performance against comprehensive performance standards;
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise financial and administrative reports;
  • Ability to analyze programs and procedures and to evaluate their performance against established objectives;
  • Ability to prepare and adhere to budgets;
  • Ability to use a personal computer, applicable software, and peripheral equipment;
  • Ability to develop and implement effective management practices;
  • Ability to develop and implement staff training programs;
  • Ability to plan, develop, and administer recreation programs and community service activities to meet the special needs of at-risk populations and communities;
  • Ability to maintain effective relationships with staff, citizen groups, and the public;
  • Ability to work independently using sound judgment in the execution of the position's duties. If assigned to teen/senior positions:
  • Knowledge of the various theories of human development;
  • Knowledge of youth-related risk factors and early identification criteria. If assigned to therapeutic recreation positions:
  • Knowledge of the various theories of human development;
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of therapeutic recreation and disability issues;
  • Knowledge of the specific limitations associated with various disabilities;
  • Knowledge of OSHA/Universal precaution standards;
  • Working knowledge of general medical and psychiatric terminology.

Employment Standards

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 four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in recreation and park, therapeutic recreation, horticulture, agriculture, cultural and historic resources or other closely related field as appropriate to the duties of the position; Plus, three years of experience in park or recreation-related work, as applicable to the position, including one year of supervisory experience.

Bachelor's degree in recreation, public administration, leisure services or closely related field; supplemented by a minimum of four years of experience in the management of a large-scale aquatic recreation center. Demonstrated abilities in management of maintenance and operations; financial and resource management; annual and long-range planning; personnel management; community outreach; and leadership. Knowledge of and ability to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and standards for operating an aquatic facility and programs. Experience using FOCUS, Rec Dynamics, and Microsoft Office software. Certified Park and Recreational Professional (CPRP).

Driver's license (required)

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and driving record to the satisfaction of the employer.

Ability to lift 50 pounds and up to 80 pounds with assistance. Ability to operate a motor vehicle. Ability to walk on varied terrain, climb ladders, stoop and etc. Dexterity to operate a personal computer. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include 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 EEO/AA/TTY.



Fairfax County, Virginia is a diverse and thriving urban county. As the most populous jurisdiction in both Virginia and the Washington metropolitan area, the County's population exceeds that of seven states. The median household income of Fairfax County is one of the highest in the nation and over half of its adult residents have four-year college degrees or more educational attainment. Fairfax County also is home to an extensive commercial office market and is a major employment center.

Fairfax County Government is a great place to work, with a variety of jobs in different fields, great benefits, and an enjoyable working environment. We serve nearly one million residents in one of the largest counties in the country. Our talented employees have established Fairfax County as a leader in nearly every facet of public service and have won national recognition as innovators in local government.The size of Fairfax County government and the diversity of services it provides to citizens allows opportunities for personal growth and development, without ever having to change employers. In addition to pay, Fairfax County Government provides an employee benefits package worth approximately 25% of your salary in additional compensation. This package of benefits consists of programs designed to protect you and your family during your employment with the county and into your retirement years.

Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Group Term Life Insurance
Contributory Retirement Plan
Deferred Compensation
Flexible Spending Account Programs
Long Term Disability Insurance
Long Term Care Plan
Tuition Assistance Program
Employees' Child Care Center
Virginia College Savings Plans

Fairfax County's Application Process: Fairfax County uses an online application process called NEOGOV at nearly all positions.

Applicants who need assistance with the online application process are welcome to come to the Application Center at Fairfax County's HR Central where staff will be happy to work with you to establish an account and get your resume into the system. HR Central is located in the Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 270, Fairfax, VA, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Or call 703-222-5872 for more information.

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12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 270

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