Park/Rec Specialist II
This position is located at the Providence Community Center at 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031 in Region 3 (the Northern Area of Fairfax County). Coordinates inclusive, outcome-based recreation programming for youth, adults, families, and seniors living in Fairfax County. Programming focuses on educational and lifelong learning programs, technology programs, community service projects, volunteer programs, community trips, health and wellness programs, community trips, cultural programs, and special events. Work includes managing, designing, implementing, and facilitating multiple integrated programs and services for individuals with and without disabilities. Increases and enhances inclusive recreation strategies to embed inclusion into the community center and region and ensures that inclusive recreation is embraced as a value in all programs. Has general oversight of the center's inclusive programs and services to include: marketing, scheduling and management of the sensory room ensuring equitable use; staffing and monitoring the sensory room for safety, proper use of equipment, and adequate supervision; program quality assurance; consultation on inclusion concerns and safety issues during programming; addressing specific training needs of staff and volunteers; making recommendations for programmatic enhancements; assisting with development of individual recreation and/or accommodations plans; and ensuring environment is set up to best meet participant needs. Completes administrative tasks including: monthly statistical reports, participant in-take and screenings, and evaluations. Participates in the development and implementation of community outreach plans to target underserved populations and to increase overall program participation. This position works under the direction of the community center director.
Note: The community center is opened 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.
- 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;
- Develops and implements community outreach plans to target underserved populations;
- 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;
- Ensures that agency programs, facilities, and personnel meet all standards for certifications and licenses related to the area of assignments;
- Authorizes the purchase of supplies and equipment;
- Enforces operating policies and procedures, evaluates their effectiveness and recommends changes;
- Coordinates efforts to optimize revenue production and/or customer satisfaction;
- 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.
- Schedules, plans, organizes, supervises, and evaluates a diverse selection of leisure activities;
- Plans and evaluates unique programs;
- Coordinates with health, social services, legal, financial, housing professionals and other local organizations to arrange and conduct special programs.
- 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 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.
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.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
- Valid motor vehicle driver's license,
- CPR, AED and first aid certification required 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.
- Experience working with therapeutic recreation programs for individuals with disabilities in an inclusive recreation environment.
- Knowledge of a wide range of diagnostic groups as well as age appropriate programs and services for individuals with disabilities of all ages.
- Bilingual ability.
Job is generally sedentary in nature, however, visual acuity is required to read data on computer monitor, incumbent must be able to operate keyboard driven equipment. Must communicate with others. Employee may required to lift up to 15 pounds. Duties can be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.
Panel interview; may include a 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 711. EEO/AA/TTY.