Park/rec Specialist Iii

Fairfax, Virginia
$57,384.29 - $95,640.27 Annually
Sep 11, 2021
Sep 25, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

This position is based at Bailey’s Community Center located at 5920 Summers Lane, Falls Church, VA 22041.

Plans, develops, implements, manages, and evaluates outcome-based inclusive recreation programs, educational and lifelong programs, technology programs, health and wellness programs, community service projects, volunteer programs, community outings, and special events for youth and families to address identified trends, needs, and interests. Works as a member of the regional team to implement countywide projects and activities focused on obtaining specific outcomes for youth and families, and reducing at-risk behavior by working collaboratively with public and private human service 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. Assist with facility scheduling and operations. Obtains equipment and supplies. Executes program policies. Markets programs through outreach efforts and program calendars. Conducts outreach and recruitment to connect youth and families to programs and services. Supports community outreach by assisting with the development of partnerships with community, non-profit, and faith-based organizations. Facilitates involvement of youth with disabilities and assists in implementation of modified and adapted activities for those who function at varying levels.

Illustrative Duties

General duties
  • Conducts programs and service delivery evaluations using a variety of tools;
  • Identifies deficiencies, recommends revisions, and implements recommendations using innovative strategies;
  • Develops and maintains community and corporate partnerships and sponsorships or grants to provide services, funding, equipment and/or facilities;
  • Develops and implements community outreach plans that target underserved populations to increase overall program participation;
  • Recruits, trains, and schedules staff and volunteers;
  • Plans, directs, and evaluates the work of subordinate staff;
  • Participates in the development of long- and short-term goals, operating objectives, and strategies and implementation plans to improve service delivery and maximize the efficient use of parklands and recreation facilities;
  • Completes and evaluates various financial, administrative, and statistical reports from daily operations;
  • Develops and submits annual operating budgets and monitors revenue/expenditure levels against approved budget and targeted revenue plans;
  • Ensures compliance with financial guidelines and reconciles revenue and expense reports;
  • Ensures accountability for fixed assets;
  • Ensures that all facilities meet quality standards for housekeeping, cleanliness, and maintenance;
  • Ensures that facilities and grounds are free of safety hazards, that appropriate safety measures are implemented, and that all federal, state, and county safety standards are applied and satisfied;
  • Develops and implements security guidelines to protect park facilities and the public against fire, vandalism, and other threats;
  • Authorizes the procurement of supplies, equipment, or services;
  • Interacts with citizens and community organizations regarding park use, maintenance, and operations, and ensures resolution of customer complaints and concerns;
  • Acquires and posts all current certificates, licenses, permits, and operating requirements;
  • Reviews and makes recommendations on plans for new park or facility constructions;
  • Ensures compliance with established operating procedures;
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with the public and County staff;
  • Prepares and reviews contracts for facility use and contractual services.

  • Ensures best practices and protocols are followed by staff through training and assessment of work.

  • Schedules, plans, organizes, supervises, and evaluates a diverse selection of activities within the components of leisure that include community integration services, service-learning programs, character education activities, family activities, community outings, socials, hobby enrichment classes, leisure counseling and coaching, and therapeutic activity interventions;
  • Meets regularly with citizen advisory groups to discuss community needs, evaluates feasibility of suggestions, and incorporates viable proposals into programming;
  • Provides coordination and support of special activities and events.

  • Completes and maintains participant-related documents (assessment, service plan, progress notations) and adheres to agency's policies regarding information contained within the documents;
  • Participates in interdisciplinary human service planning teams;
  • Works with other human service agencies to provide appropriate intervention strategies.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of parks and recreation center operations, maintenance, and management;
  • Knowledge of group work methods and activity facilitation;
  • Knowledge of financial management controls relating to budgeting and accounting of expenditures;
  • Ability to manage a large complex operation with extensive capital equipment, property value, and inventory;
  • Ability to motivate and supervise staff;
  • Ability to schedule, coordinate, and prioritize the work of a diverse group of employees;
  • Ability to evaluate employees' performance against comprehensive performance standards;
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise financial and administrative reports;
  • Ability to analyze programs and procedures and to evaluate their performance against established objectives;
  • Ability to prepare and adhere to budgets;
  • Ability to use a personal computer, applicable software, and peripheral equipment;
  • Ability to develop and implement effective management practices;
  • Ability to develop and implement staff training programs;
  • Ability to plan, develop, and administer recreation programs and community service activities to meet the special needs of at-risk populations and communities;
  • 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. If assigned to teen/senior positions:
  • Knowledge of the various theories of human development;
  • Knowledge of youth-related risk factors and early identification criteria. 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 various disabilities;
  • Knowledge of OSHA/Universal precaution standards;
  • Working knowledge of general medical and psychiatric terminology.

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.

  • Valid Driver's license;
  • CPR (within 3 months of hire);
  • First Aid (within 3 months of hire);
  • AED (within 3 months of hire);
  • Food Handler Certification (within 3 months of 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.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.

  • Bilingual ability.
  • Master’s degree in recreation, sociology, social work, public health, public administration 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 recreation programming; community and/or senior center operations and prevention oriented programs for youth and 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 running, jumping, etc. to demonstrate recreation activities. Must communicate with others. Employee may be required to lift up to 15 pounds. Otherwise, work is generally sedentary, performed in a normal office environment within a community center. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and 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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