Park/Recreation Specialist I
This announcement may be used to fill Park/Rec Specialist I positions at other Regional Service Center Operations locations.
Assists in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of outcome-based programming for Fairfax County youth, teens, adults, and seniors. Programming focuses on inclusive recreation programs, educational and lifelong learning programs, technology programs, community service projects, volunteer programs, community trips, health and wellness programs, cultural programs, and special events. Works as a member of the regional team to implement region-wide projects and activity strategies focused on obtaining specific outcomes for youth, teens, adults, and senior adults and reducing at risk behavior by working collaboratively with multiple public and private human services agencies. Assists with the following: coordinating, organizing and promoting programs and services; referral to appropriate resources; supervision of volunteers and part-time staff; maintenance of statistics and records; and collecting fees and depositing funds to financial institutions on a weekly basis. Directs daily operations of youth, teen, adult, and senior programs in the director's absence. Facilitates and coordinates safe building usage. Facilitates involvement of participants with disabilities and assists in implementation of modified and adapted activities for adults and seniors that function at varying levels. Assists with the development of partnerships with the community and coordinates volunteer and community support. This position is located at the Providence Community Center. Centers are open six days a week and operate during day, night and weekend hours. Staff typically rotate day, night and weekend schedules with members of their regional team.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Any combination of education, 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:
- Valid driver's license;
- Eligibility to drive a county vehicle is required;
- CPR, First Aid, AED must be obtained within 90 days of appointment;
- Food Handler's certification must be obtained within 90 days of appointment.
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry, and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.
- College-level course work in recreation or related field;
- Bilingual ability;
- Experience assisting with the development and implementation of appropriate recreational activities in a community center, teen center, senior center or recreational program;
- Working with participants and volunteers of all ages;
- Therapeutic Recreation experience or prevention-orientated recreation programs working with populations with disabilities.
Positions require physical movement to demonstrate recreation activities. Some positions require standing, running, jumping, etc. Work performed in a center environment. Depending on position, may be required to lift between 15 to 40 pounds. Ability to operate keyboard driven equipment. Ability to drive a motor vehicle. Duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.
Panel interview; may include written 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 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.