Fitness and Wellness Section Manager (Park Management Specialist I)
Fairfax County, VA

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Fairfax County, VA 22035
United States

Government / Civil Service
Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
Employment Type
Ownership Position
Work Schedule
Full Time
No Travel
Job Description
Only applications submitted via the link will be considered.

Join the Park Authority and our nationally recognized team of professionals! The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is seeking a Fitness & Wellness Section Manager to be a part of one of the most highly regarded park systems in the country. With over 425 parks, 23,000 acres of parkland, nine RECenters, eight golf courses, three lakefront parks, and more, FCPA is an exciting organization to be a part of and there are many opportunities for staff to make a difference at every level.

Directs the Fitness and Wellness section as a member of the Park Services management team. Plans, develops and directs county-wide Rec Center fitness and wellness programs such as classes, personal training, fitness camps, on a fee-based and financially self-supporting basis. Develops and implements community health and wellness special activities/ events. Supervises programs and services delivered on a county-wide basis at 9 Rec Centers, schools and private facilities and through contractual arrangements. Directs the operations of county-wide fitness centers. Directs operations of fitness equipment repair and maintenance area. Designs, developments and implements county-wide wellness initiatives partnering with community leaders and other county agencies. Applicants should have experience recruiting, training and supervising professional fitness staff. Applicants should have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work on a variety of teams to develop, market and deliver member orientations and wellness programming and facility oversee management for Rec Centers fitness centers and county-wide initiatives. Good organizational skills required. Appointee will be required to work a varied schedule including some weekends, evenings and occasional overtime.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)

  • Develops long-range goals and strategic plans;
  • Prepares annual operating objectives and monitors progress toward these objectives;
  • Serves as a member of the division management team and interdivisional teams;
  • Reviews program budget expenditures and budget requests;
  • Prepares and submits a consolidated budget to the appropriate approving authority;
  • Develops management indicators for budget development and evaluation of organizational performance to goals;
  • Develops, implements and evaluates policies and procedures and implements or recommends changes;
  • Ensures that all data necessary for the functioning and management of the organization is stored and retrievable;
  • Supervises, evaluates and counsels subordinate personnel and provides for training and career development;
  • Analyzes programs’ use patterns and performance to goals, reports the results thereof and recommends improvements and changes;
  • Evaluates suggestions for new programs and improvements to existing programs;
  • Prepares periodic reports concerning organizational activities and accomplishments.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of the assigned specialty area within parks and recreation;
  • Knowledge of the principles and methods of organization and management;
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration;
  • Ability to plan and coordinate the work of subordinate personnel;
  • Ability to supervise, evaluate and counsel employees;
  • Ability to analyze programs and evaluate their performance against established objectives;
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise financial and administrative reports;
  • Ability to evaluate, refine and consolidate budget requests;
  • Ability to use a personal computer, applicable software and peripheral equipment;
  • Ability to work effectively in a group of both peers and subordinates;
  • Ability to keep abreast of new developments in the field;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the public.
Job Requirements
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 degree in recreation and park management or other pertinent related field;
Plus four years of experience in work related to parks or recreation, including responsible administrative/managerial experience, preferably in the applicable functional area.

Five plus years of professional experience in fitness and knowledge of exercise physiology and strength training principles. Current nationally accredited personal training certification and group exercise certification preferred (ACSM, NASM, AFAA, ACE, NSCA). Bachelor’s degree in health promotion, exercise science or related fields is highly recommended. Masters degree in health and fitness or related area. Five years supervisory experience. Excellent organizational skills. First Aid and CPR certification.

Driver's License (Required)

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.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, child protective registry check and driver's license check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Ability to stand, walk, stoop, etc. To work with fitness equipment. Ability to work with and demonstrate proper use of exercise and strength training equipment. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; 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 military status 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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