Park/Recreation Specialist III

$54,422.99 - $90,704.64 yr
May 15, 2017
May 29, 2017
Full Time

Plans, develops, implements, manages, and evaluates outcome-based inclusive recreation programs, educational and lifelong programs, technology programs, health and wellness programs, fitness classes, community service projects, volunteers programs, community outings, and special events for adults and seniors to address identified trends, needs, and interests. Works as a member of the regional team to implement county-wide projects and activity strategies focused on obtaining specific outcomes for adults and seniors and reducing at risk behavior by working collaboratively with multiple public and private human services agencies. Hires, trains, coaches, and supervises merit and part-time staff and coordinates volunteers. Provides the highest quality of customer service to Fairfax County residents living in the community. Performs administrative tasks including reporting statistical data for monthly reports and fiscal management including collection of money and managing a budget. Assists with the facility scheduling and operations. Obtains equipment and supplies; and executes programs policies, procedures, marketing, and program calendars. Conducts outreach and recruitment to connect adults and seniors to programs and services. Supports community outreach by assisting in the development of partnerships with community, non-profit, and faith-based organizations. Facilitates involvement of adults and seniors with disabilities and assists in implementation of modified and adapted activities for that function at varying levels.

This position is located at the Gum Springs Community Center in Region 1. The community center is open six days a week and operates day, night and weekend hours. Staff typically rotate day, night and weekend schedules with members of their regional team. Region 1 is located in the southern and southeastern area of Fairfax County. This position works under the direction of the Park Recreation Specialist IV.

Illustrative Duties 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 initialclient 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
  • 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.
Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to the following: 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.

  • Valid motor vehicle operator's license.
  • First Aid certification, within 90 days of appointment.
  • CPR certification, within 90 days of appointment.
  • AED certification, within 90 days of appointment.
  • Food Handler certification, within 90 days of appointment.
The appointee to this position must complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Bilingual ability. Master's degree in recreation, gerontology or related field. Certification by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist or eligibility for certification within one year. Experience with the following: community-based senior recreation programming; community and/or senior center operations and prevention oriented programs for older adults; community-based recreation programming for individuals with disabilities; supervising recreation employees; conducting outreach and programming to diverse cultures; outcome-based recreation programming; working with self-directed teams; managing multiple programs and projects; coordinating volunteer programs and services; and developing partnerships, sponsorships or collaborative programs and services with public and private agencies.

Requires standing, running and jumping to demonstrate recreation activities. Work performed in a center environment. Employee may be required to lift up to 15 pounds. All duties can be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include exercise.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability 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 711. EEO/AA/TTY.

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