The Montgomery County Department of Recreation is seeking a dynamic and experienced, fulltime Recreation Specialist whose creativity and knowledge can be demonstrated in a wide range of services for the department's Youth Development Team. The goal of the Youth Development Team is to keep young people healthy, productive, and connected during out-of-school time through a full range of out-of-school time recreational, leisure, and youth development activities. Activities include but are not limited to after-school programs and special events for school age children through late adolescence, workforce development, sports leagues, and experiential learning opportunities.
This Recreation Specialist work involves the ability to prepare program plans based on priorities for serving the needs of a demographically diverse community; including hiring, developing, supervising, and retaining seasonal/part-time workforce diversity. The successful candidate will be a polished professional who has knowledge and skill in developing, promoting, publicizing, scheduling, coordinating, evaluating and implementing programs in a positive youth development setting. Successful candidate will have the ability to communicate plan and resource needs to supervisor, colleagues, and community stakeholders; the ability to identify trends in recreation and youth development and initiate or modify programs based on analysis to meet community needs; the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, including the flexibility and adaptability to work in a variety of situations that are changing and/or have competing priorities; the ability prepare detailed reports and track data to justify and support service and make data driven decisions; and the ability to prepare and track complex program budgets accurately and operate within the framework of the approved budget. Effective oral and written skills are necessary
The Recreation Specialist is a key member of the Youth Development Team and will have broad individual program responsibility, while supporting the rest of the team through program and organizational support needed to adapt to changing recreational needs of young people related to the County's Positive Youth Development Initiative.
All assignments have weekend and evening requirements to support program. This position may require the ability to attend meetings or perform work at locations outside the office.
As a manager/supervisor of unionized employees, these positions have responsibility for fostering a positive labor relations environment based on mutual trust, respect, and cooperation.
Job closes on April 20, 2017
Experience: Two (2) years of progressively responsible recreational specialist work involving planning, organizing, supervising and implementing an area-wide, countywide or special interest recreation program.
Education: A Bachelor's Degree in Recreation from an accredited college or university, or in any other field providing a strong foundation for success in the duties and responsibilities of this class.
Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education, experience and training may be substituted.
LICENSE: Valid Class C (or equivalent) driver's license from the applicant's state of residence when required for job-related duties.