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This Program Specialist will be assigned to
Therapeutic Recreation/Special Populations Position
See assignment below for specific duties.
REPORTS TO: Facility or Program Supervisor, Development & Outreach Coordinator
FLSA STATUS: Exempt - Executive
CLASSIFICATION: Personnel System - Requires satisfactory completion of a six month probationary period.
SALARY INFORMATION: $49,939 - $59,489 depending on qualifications
The purpose of this job is to plan, develop, supervise, and evaluate various Leisure Services Department programs. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to program planning, organizing, implementation and evaluation; supervising and training assigned employees; preparing long and short-term goals, instructing classes, ensuring safety in programs and facilities; creating and coordinating program publicity and promotion; and performing additional tasks as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday with occasional nights and weekends.
The following duties are normal for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Supervises, trains, makes hiring recommendations and evaluates assigned employees, volunteers, and interns; handles all related concerns, directs work assignments, disciplines and counsels workers when necessary.
Oversees program instructors and handles contract agreements with contract labor.
Prepares specific objectives for programs and special events, and develops a written plan of action; evaluates and adjusts programs as necessary; maintains records for division/department reporting and assessment.
Addresses needs of program participants with disabilities, and seeks higher-level assistance as needed.
Prepares annual budget proposal for programs, events and/or projects; may assist with the development of the budget proposal.
Coordinates volunteer needs, and assists with recruitment and training for programs and special events.
Creates and coordinates publicity and/or promotional materials for programs and special events, including website maintenance; assists with distribution of materials.
Prepares, coordinates and schedules appropriate facility for programs and special events by coordinating related maintenance, safety/inspections and security needs and concerns.
Designs, constructs, maintains and collects materials for programs, displays and exhibits.
Assists with the management of daily operations of the facility; may perform the duties of the facility supervisor when needed.
Schedules, reserves, and inputs data for programs, events, activities, camps and/or tournaments into scheduling and reservation software.
Serves as department liaison for various community groups and organizations.
Responds to citizen inquires and complaints and addresses, solves, or forwards complaints to appropriate personnel.
May be assigned as facility liaison for department social media and/or volunteer task force.
Performs other related duties as required.
When assigned to Therapeutic Recreation/Special Populations Position
Plans and develops therapeutic programs and services for a variety of special needs populations.
Manages, plans, organizes, schedules, and supervises assistive aides for all programs, including but not limited to: lessons, classes, clinics, camps, leagues, special events and related activities.
Manages and maintains community partnerships for promotion, advocacy & offerings within the community for persons with varying ability levels.
Works in conjunction with programming division and facility staff to coordinate and conduct programs for special needs populations.
Works with staff from programming divisions to plan inclusive programs and to relay accommodation recommendations when appropriate for programming inclusiveness.
Serves as department representative on various special needs committees/organizations.
Serves as primary department contact for all programmatic and facility issues related to accessibility and accommodation.
Serves as department liaison for Georgia Special Olympics programming.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of assigned division in the Leisure Services Department.
Knowledge of management, human resources management/personnel, financial practices, policies, and procedures as necessary in the completion of daily responsibilities.
Knowledge of all applicable laws, ordinances, policies, standards and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the job.
Knowledge of established organizational, managerial, human relations methods and techniques.
Knowledge of principles and practices of recreation administration, relevant laws, ordinances, policies and procedures, budgetary processes and procedures and the theory and principles of program development and implementation in recreation.
Knowledge of functions, principles, methods and techniques of public sector planning, including those related to community planning, outdoor recreation planning, and natural and cultural resource planning and understanding of methods and tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, monitoring, evaluating and managing planning, design and construction projects (when assigned to Park Planning).
Knowledge of first aid and CPR, departmental programs, community resources, supervisory practices, rules of a variety of sports and the techniques, equipment and supplies used in athletics and park maintenance.
Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of computers and software related to the position.
Ability to develop and administer policies, procedures, plans and activities and to monitor performance of subordinates against measured established goals.
Ability to develop and administer operations and staff plans and objectives for the expedience and effectiveness of specific duties of the position.
Ability to develop and implement long-term goals for the department in order to promote effectiveness and efficiency.
Ability to keep abreast of any changes in policy, methods, operations, budgetary and equipment needs, etc. as they pertain to departmental operations and activities.
Ability to effectively communicate and interact with subordinates, management, employees, members of the general public and all other groups involved in the activities of the Athens - Clarke County Government as they relate to the Leisure Services Department.
Ability to assemble information and make written reports and documents in a concise, clear and effective manner.
Ability to use independent judgment and discretion in managing subordinates including the handling of emergency situations, determining and deciding upon procedures to be implemented, setting priorities, maintaining standards, and resolving problems.
Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply regulations, procedures, and related information.
Ability to handle required mathematical calculations. Ability to plan and coordinate programs involving large groups of people.
Minimum Requirements to perform essential duties of the position
Bachelor's degree in course of study related to occupational field with one year of related experience required; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for the job.
Must possess a valid driver's license.
Must be certified in First Aid/CPR or have ability to attain within 6 months of employment.
Athens, Georgia offers nationally recognized quality of life, state of the art educational opportunities, endless outdoor recreation, arts, music, and food. It is a progressive, vibrant community in the heart of sunny northeast Georgia just 65 miles from the city of Atlanta.
The Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County serves a population of over 116,000 people and provides a wide array of services to the community from public safety and public utilities to parks and recreation, planning, waste removal and recycling, and so much more through over many Departments of government.
We hope you will take time to explore this opportunity to join a highly professional local government organization. If this opportunity is for you, we invite you to apply, or to pass this information on to others who might find interest in meaningful public service and a chance to make a difference in our community.