Recreation Specialist - Communications & Public Outreach
Montgomery County Government - Recreation
Location: Wheaton, Maryland
Salary: $63,642 - $82,408
4 Year Degree
2 openings available.
Internal Number: 60404
Montgomery County Department of Recreation is a nationally recognized and award-winning agency who is seeking highly motivated career employees as Community Outreach (Recreation) Specialists to support the department's mission to provide high quality, diverse, and accessible community-based programs, activities and services that serve the recreation and leisure needs of the Montgomery County community. The department manages 39 facilities including recreation centers, senior centers, and indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities and provides thousands of programs such as out-of-school activities, aquatics, classes, youth and adult sports programs and leagues, senior programs, and therapeutic recreation.
The Department is seeking dynamic and experienced full-time Community Outreach Specialists, whose creativity and knowledge can be demonstrated in a wide range of services. Community Outreach Specialists will direct outreach and liaison with residents and organizations to identify areas of interest; and plan, coordinate and deliver neighborhood-based programs and services. Community Outreach responsibilities also include data collection and analysis, representing our organization in the community, and planning and executing community events, activities and programs. This position requires work on some nights and weekends. Recreation is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals and values diverse perspectives, lived experiences, and cultures. Recreation encourages BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), immigrants, women, LGBTQIA+, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply. Bilingual candidates are also encouraged to apply!
Successful candidates will have experience and demonstrated abilities in:
Developing and implementing full range of recreation programs and activities in partnership with departmental staff, community residents and non-profit organizations
Identifying contractors and service providers to facilitate programs and services within assigned area.
Promoting, developing and maintaining strong relationships with community-based organizations, agencies of local government, public schools and other community focused organizations.
Sharing information about programs and activities with residents, community organizations and others
Delivering effective customer service and support to community residents, providing information about departmental services and assisting with customer requests and needs
Developing new contracts and/or partnerships
Strengthening, enhancing and/or developing improved or new relationships with community residents
Engaging with residents, schools, community organizations and other stakeholders by participating in meetings and community events
Leading the work of seasonal employees and volunteers
Informing the community about ways to volunteer, partner and/or participate in recreation programming and services
Identifying resources, services, and other materials to facilitate recreation programming and activities
Convening community meetings to collect data and other community input, to assure programs and services important are aligned to the needs and interests of residents
Coordinating and implementing community events and activities in concert with departmental staff.
Conducting surveys, program/activities evaluations and monitoring, and other data collection activities
Developing reports and other materials related to programs and service offerings
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: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree.
Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education, experience and training may be substituted
There is no preferred criteria. All applicants will be reviewed by OHR for minimum qualifications. Those applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be rated "Qualified," placed on the Eligible List, and may be considered interview. Employees meeting minimum qualifications who are same grade or higher will be placed on Eligible List as a "Transfer" candidate and may be considered for interview.
Preference for interviews will be given to applicants with experience in the following:
Experience planning, organizing, promoting and directing a variety of special events, community programs and/or recreation activities
Experience with establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with individuals, groups, organizations and/or government agencies to arrange, implement and/or promote activities, programs, and events
Proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 and VSI/RecTrac or other recreational and/or Oracle-based registration system
Knowledge of marketing and outreach strategies and best practices
Experience in developing innovative solutions to issues in order to reach communities of diverse backgrounds and needs
Candidates with bachelor’s degrees in communications, public relations, or related fields are preferred
Montgomery County Government (MCG) employs over 10,000 people with more than 30 departments and agencies. Our recruiters are constantly on the lookout for applicants who are committed to innovation, integrity and inclusiveness. MCG employees ensure the common good, serving diverse communities and collaborating with those who share our dedication to excellence.