Park/recreation Specialist I

Fairfax, Virginia
$47,145.49 - $78,575.74 Annually
Sep 21, 2019
Oct 05, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

Neighborhood and Community Services is looking to fill Park Recreation Specialist (Assistant Director) positions at James Lee Senior Center located at 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042. This position assists in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of outcome-based programming for Fairfax County adults, and seniors. Programming focuses on inclusive recreation programs, educational and lifelong learning programs, technology programs, 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 adults, and senior adults, 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 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. Working some nights and weekends, coordinating intergenerational programs and activities with Community Center and Teen staff and other duties as assigned.

Please note: the salary will not exceed the midpoint of the advertised salary range.

Illustrative Duties

General Duties
  • 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.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • 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.

Employment Standards

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.

  • Motor vehicle operator's license (Required upon hire).
  • Food Handler License (Required upon hire).
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 assisting with the development and implementation of appropriate recreational activities in a community center, senior center or recreational program;
  • Experience working with adults and seniors;
  • Experience in prevention-orientated, outcome based programs working with adult and senior populations with disabilities;
  • Working with adults ages 19 to 49 and Seniors 50+.
Work is generally sedentary in nature. However, incumbent may be required to do some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of items up to 25 pounds. Ability to operate keyboard-driven equipment. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing. Sufficiently mobile to attend meetings at various locations and make presentations to county staff and community. All duties 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 703-222-7314 . EEO/AA/TTY.

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