This is an administrative position involving responsibility for planning, organizing, and implementing a variety of recreational programs within the City. The incumbent is responsible for one or more specific program areas, e.g., playgrounds, athletics, senior centers, recreation centers, special events, etc. The work is performed under the general supervision of the Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation with wide leeway allowed for independent decision making. General supervision is exercised over subordinate personnel, which increases substantially during the spring, summer and fall seasons. Does related work as required.
(a) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four year college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in recreation, human services and a closely related field; or
(b) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered two year college with an Associate's Degree in recreation leadership, or a closely related field and 3 (three) years of full-time paid experience in an organized recreation program or
(c) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (a) and (b) above.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must acquire within 12 months:
Plans, organizes, directs and oversees recreation programs for various age groups; Selects, trains and supervises recreation personnel; Prepares news releases and other publicity relating to the recreation programs; Prepares a variety of records and reports related to program administration; Inspects facilities and equipment to insure the safety of participants and to assess future needs; Arranges for repair or maintenance of facilities and equipment when necessary; Requisitions and purchases recreation equipment and supplies; Speaks to college classes and various community groups to inform them of the recreation services provided by the Recreation Department; Confers with the Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation on a regular basis concerning various aspects of the recreation program; Acts as coordinator between the Recreation Department and other public and private recreation groups by attending meetings or serving on boards; Assists the Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation in preparing the annual budget; May give immediate direction or instructions to participants and/or employees engaged in a recreation program.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES & PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Good knowledge of the theory, principles and practices of recreation administration; good knowledge of the principles and practices of administrative supervision; good knowledge of planning and equipping recreation facilities and areas; working knowledge of governmental budgetary procedures; working knowledge of modern public relations techniques; ability to plan, organize and promote recreation program activities; ability to plan and supervise the work of others; ability to communicate effectively to gain the cooperation of people of all ages; ability to speak effectively before an audience; ability to prepare written and oral material; initiative; sound professional judgment; ability to operate a personal computer and utilize common office software programs including word processing, spreadsheet, and database at an acceptable rate of accuracy and speed; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position. Ability to work nights and weekends