Park/Recreational Specialist II

$49,623.18 - $82,704.96 yr
Feb 12, 2018
Feb 19, 2018
Full Time

This announcement may be used to fill Park Recreation Specialist II positions at other Regional Service Center Operations locations. 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 older adults 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 older adults 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. Manages facility scheduling and daily operations. Obtains equipment and supplies; and executes programs policies, procedures, marketing, and program calendars. Conducts outreach and recruitment to connect older adults 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 older adults with disabilities and assists in implementation of modified and adapted activities for that function at varying levels. This position is located at Pimmit Hills Senior Center in the Northern area of Fairfax County and works under the direction of the Operations Manager. The senior center is opened 5 days a week and operates day, and occasionally nights and weekend hours for special programs and events.

Illustrative Duties General Duties
  • Conducts program and service delivery evaluations using a variety of tools;
  • Identifies deficiencies and recommends alternative strategies as needed and incorporates viable suggestions into programming;
  • Develops and maintains community and corporate partnerships;
  • Writes grant proposals to obtain needed services, funds, equipment, or facilities;
  • Develops and implements community outreach plans to target underserved populations;
  • Develops, prepares, and submits an annual budget;
  • Monitors revenues and expenses and reconciles revenue/expense reports;
  • Adheres to revenue and expense limits and to departmental goals and objectives;
  • Evaluates data from daily operations and compiles administrative reports documenting attendance and service delivery for use in developing future programming;
  • Completes regular inspections and safety assessments, maintains a hazard and drug-free environment, documents issues to identify risk areas, and recommends improvements;
  • Ensures that agency programs, facilities, and personnel meet all standards for certifications and licenses related to the area of assignments;
  • Analyzes and ensures accountability of center inventory;
  • Authorizes the purchase of supplies and equipment;
  • Conducts inspections to ensure that the housekeeping, cleanliness, and maintenance of the facility are acceptable and meet quality standards;
  • Develops and implements guidelines for the security and protection of a site against fire, vandalism, and other damage;
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, and county safety and health standards and operational procedures;
  • Acquires and posts all current certificates, licenses, permits, and operating requirements;
  • Compiles and retains operational and safety records and complies with federal, state and county safety standards;
  • Enforces operating policies and procedures, evaluates their effectiveness and recommends changes;
  • Coordinates efforts to optimize revenue production and/or customer satisfaction;
  • Promotes diverse center participation of persons from various cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds;
  • Makes arrangements for the use/maintenance of agency vehicles, facilities, and equipment;
  • Recruits, trains, supervises, and schedules volunteers and subordinate staff to assist in various aspects of programming including mentoring, instruction, and program aides;
  • Develops and disseminates material to publicize and market activities at the assigned location.

  • Supervises the noon meal service, including logistics, special meal requests, nutritional requirements, proper storage of food, and collection of fees.

  • Schedules, plans, organizes, supervises, and evaluates a diverse selection of leisure activities such as programs, character education activities, community outings, hobby enrichment classes, leisure counseling and education, fitness, and therapeutic activity interventions;
  • Develops activity plans and process instructions for a variety of selected activities with input from staff, community members, and volunteers;
  • Develops, implements and evaluates workout programs and exercise routines;
  • Plans and evaluates unique programs for, seniors, persons with physical disabilities, and special events with assistance from personal trainers as needed;
  • Coordinates with health, social services, legal, financial, housing professionals and other local organizations to arrange and conduct special programs.

  • Administers long-term rentals, prepares the annual calendar of events, and collects fees;
  • Manages individual client cases, updates the Virginia Uniform Assessment Instrument, conducts comprehensive therapeutic and functional assessments of all individuals with disabilities, and documents progress and care plans;
  • Works with other human service agencies to provide appropriate intervention strategies.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of recreation center, or rental property operations management, as appropriate to the position;
  • Knowledge of fiscal record keeping and inventory procedures;
  • Knowledge of group work methods and activity facilitation;
  • Ability to motivate and supervise staff and volunteers;
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise financial and administrative reports;
  • Ability to administer budgets;
  • Ability to plan, develop and administer recreation programs or community activities;
  • Ability to use a personal computer, applicable software and peripheral equipment;
  • Ability to develop and implement sound management practices;
  • Ability to conduct training programs;
  • 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;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

If assigned to teen or senior center position:
  • Knowledge of the various theories of human development;
  • Knowledge of aging- or youth-related risk factors and early identification criteria;
  • Knowledge of OSHA/Universal precaution standards.

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 the disabilities common to clients;
  • Knowledge of OSHA/Universal precaution standards;
  • Ability to plan, develop, and administer recreation programs or community activities to meet the special needs of at-risk populations and communities.
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in recreation and park management, therapeutic recreation, or other closely related field; plus two years of progressively responsible experience in park or recreation services related work, as applicable to the position.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Job may require standing, running, jumping, etc., to demonstrate recreation activities. Work performed in a center environment. Must communicate with others. Employee may be required to lift up to 15 pounds. Requires ability to use keyboard driven equipment. 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.

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