Adapted Program Specialist (park/rec Specialist Iii)

Fairfax, Virginia
$56,816.03 - $94,693.25 Annually
May 08, 2021
May 22, 2021
Program Manager
Full Time
Job Announcement

Join the Park Authority and our nationally recognized team of professionals! The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is seeking an Adapted Program Specialist to be a part of one of the most highly-regarded park systems in the country. With more than 25,000 acres of parkland, nine RECenters, eight golf courses, three lakefront parks, and more, FCPA is an exciting organization to be a part of and there are many opportunities for staff to make a difference at every level.

Performs highly skilled work with individuals with disabilities. Directs and guides the work of professional and paraprofessional staff in the provision of adapted recreation activities for individuals with disabilities. Directs and monitors the planning, coordination, administration and evaluation of several countywide programs. Researches and develops adapted recreation programs, practices and protocols. obtains and coordinates the resource requirements of assigned programs. Prepares special studies and reports on various disability issues. Identifies, analyzes, and resolves problems. Assumes supervisor on-duty responsibilities for handling weekend and evening program problems, and serves as the department liaison to a variety of project committees, teams and community groups. Coordinates and obtains resources required for program implementation. develops community partnerships. Conducts ongoing evaluation and quality assessments of programs and analyzes findings. Recruits, interviews, hires, directs and evaluates the work activities of program staff. Coordinates work schedules and training of all staff. Coordinates facility scheduling. Recommends policy and operational procedures. Tracks program expenditure information and completes administrative reports. Works with the agency's public information personnel in the marketing of programs and services, and performs other work as assigned.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”)
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.

Previous experience developing, directing, monitoring, and evaluating countywide programs serving individuals with disabilities. Previous management experience in the provision of adapted recreation activities for individuals with disabilities. First Aid certification. CPR certification. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).


The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, and child protective services registry check to the satisfaction of the employer.

This position is mainly sedentary but does require walking and lifting up to 5 lbs.All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran 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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