Fitness & Wellness Director (Park/Rec Specialist II)
Fairfax County, VA

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Fairfax County, VA 22035
United States

Industry
Government / Civil Service
Application Closing Date
8/5/2022
Experience Required
Yes
Work Schedule
Full Time
Job Description

 

Fairfax County is a dynamic community with 1.1 million residents, an award-winning park system, a top-notch school system, safe neighborhoods, and a highly diverse population. At the heart of the community is the nationally recognized leader in park systems, the Fairfax County Park Authority. A large and complex park system encompassing over 24,000 acres of parkland, 427 parks and an estimated 18 million park users per year.

The Park Authority is seeking an experienced fitness professional who is innovative, a strong leader, collaborative, and a problem-solver. Rec Center Fitness Directors typically oversee more than 50 seasonal fitness instructors, personal trainers, wellness professionals, and other staff. They oversee daily operations of fitness center, personal training program and group fitness classes. Conduct on-going program and service evaluation to identify deficiencies and recommend alternative strategies to improve program offerings and delivery. Conduct scheduled inspections of equipment and facilities to ensure proper operation and provide fitness center orientations for customer service satisfaction and safety. Plan, organize, and direct a diverse group of activities which includes, group fitness classes, personal training, and special events; research and propose new program offerings and oversees class implementation through observation and inspection of classes. Submit administrative reports, prepare quarterly and monthly calendars for delivery of fitness programming at their Rec Center site. Applicants should have experience recruiting, training and supervising fitness attendants, personal trainers, and group exercise instructors. 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 for Rec Center and county-wide initiatives. Good organizational skills required. Appointee will be required to work a varied schedule including some weekends, evenings, and occasional overtime.

Note: Position may be assigned to any Park Authority Rec Center.

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.)

General Duties

  • Conducts program and service delivery evaluations using a variety of tools;
  • Identifies deficiencies and recommends alternative strategies as needed and incorporates viable suggestions into programming;
  • Develops and maintains community and corporate partnerships;
  • Writes grant proposals to obtain needed services, funds, equipment, or facilities;
  • Develops and implements community outreach plans to target underserved populations;
  • Develops, prepares, and submits an annual budget;
  • Monitors revenues and expenses and reconciles revenue/expense reports;
  • Adheres to revenue and expense limits and to departmental goals and objectives;
  • Evaluates data from daily operations and compiles administrative reports documenting attendance and service delivery for use in developing future programming;
  • Completes regular inspections and safety assessments, maintains a hazard and drug-free environment, documents issues to identify risk areas, and recommends improvements;
  • Ensures that agency programs, facilities, and personnel meet all standards for certifications and licenses related to the area of assignments;
  • Analyzes and ensures accountability of center inventory;
  • Authorizes the purchase of supplies and equipment;
  • Conducts inspections to ensure that the housekeeping, cleanliness, and maintenance of the facility are acceptable and meet quality standards;
  • Develops and implements guidelines for the security and protection of a site against fire, vandalism, and other damage;
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, and county safety and health standards and operational procedures;
  • Acquires and posts all current certificates, licenses, permits, and operating requirements;
  • Compiles and retains operational and safety records and complies with federal, state and county safety standards;
  • Enforces operating policies and procedures, evaluates their effectiveness and recommends changes;
  • Coordinates efforts to optimize revenue production and/or customer satisfaction;
  • Promotes diverse center participation of persons from various cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds;
  • Makes arrangements for the use/maintenance of agency vehicles, facilities, and equipment;
  • Recruits, trains, supervises, and schedules volunteers and subordinate staff to assist in various aspects of programming including mentoring, instruction, and program aides;
  • Develops and disseminates material to publicize and market activities at the assigned location.
Programming
  • Develops activity plans and process instructions for a variety of selected activities with input from staff, community members, and volunteers;
  • Develops, implements and evaluates workout programs and exercise routines for all age groups;
  • Plans and evaluates unique programs for fitness camps, seniors, persons with physical disabilities, and special events with assistance from personal trainers as needed;
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 recreation center, aquatics, or rental property operations management, as appropriate to the position;
  • Knowledge of fiscal record keeping and inventory procedures;
  • Knowledge of group work methods and activity facilitation;
  • Knowledge of aquatics, grounds maintenance, horticulture, agriculture, cultural, or historic resources, or other specialized area as appropriate for the duties of the position;
  • Ability to motivate and supervise staff and volunteers;
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise financial and administrative reports;
  • Ability to administer budgets;
  • Ability to plan, develop and administer recreation programs or community activities;
  • Ability to use a personal computer, applicable software and peripheral equipment;
  • Ability to develop and implement sound management practices;
  • Ability to conduct training programs;
  • Ability to maintain effective relationships with staff, citizen groups, and the public;
  • Ability to work independently using sound judgment in the execution of the position's duties;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Job Requirements
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
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 bachelor's degree in recreation and park management, therapeutic recreation, or other closely related field; plus, two years of progressively responsible experience in park or recreation services related work, as applicable to the position.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:

Driver's License (Required)
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) 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 sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

The appointee to this position must submit to a criminal background check, child protective services registry check, and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Three 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 exercise science, kinesiology, or related fields is highly recommended. Three years supervisory experience. Excellent organizational skills. First Aid and CPR certification. Special event/race management experience is a plus.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to lift 20-40 pounds occasionally and to stand for long periods of time. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview and may include exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

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.
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