Aquatics Operations Director (Park/Recreation Specialist I)

Fairfax County Government
Fairfax, VA, Virginia
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Directs and manages the operations of its recently renovated state-of-the-art Terry L. Smith (TLS) Aquatics Center. Oversees lifeguarding requirements and pool maintenance schedules for this award-winning aquatics venue. The TLS Aquatics Center is open seven days a week and supports an outstanding professional team that delivers swimming opportunities for fitness, competition, recovery or rehabilitation, and skills development, as well as Reston’s most comprehensive learn-to-swim schedule. RCC offers a full array of benefits, including agency-specific benefits that employees may access to participate in enrichment, arts and leisure experiences at discounted pricing or free.

Illustrative Duties
General Duties

Plans, coordinates, schedules, supervises, and evaluates the operations and maintenance of the assigned facility or facilities;
Hires, trains, supervises, schedules, and evaluates staff;
Plans, schedules, and conducts specialized on-site staff training;
Completes and submits various financial, administrative, and statistical reports;
Identifies, recommends, and writes justifications for budget components such as capital equipment submissions;
Adheres to revenue and expense limits, goals, and guidelines for specialized areas of supervision;
Authorizes purchase requests and invoices for payment;
Inspects facilities and grounds for safety hazards and operational deficiencies, recommends improvements, and initiates corrective measures;
Responds to public inquiries and concerns;
Participates in the development and implementation of community outreach plans to target underserved populations and to increase overall program participation;
Analyzes and evaluates service in terms of individual and community needs;
Performs administrative functions at a facility, including budget preparation, recruitment of volunteer staff, maintenance of records necessary to the operation and evaluation of center programs, and report preparation;
Manages operation, staff, maintenance and vendors of a Park or Athletic field mowing crew within a geographic area of Park facilities;
Manages operations, maintenance, safety and staff associated with park forestry; Inspects tree conditions for safety and proper maintenance and report required corrective action.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of the principles and practices of recreation center and /or park management;
Knowledge of fiscal record keeping and inventory procedures;
Knowledge of aquatics as appropriate for the duties of the position;
Ability to use a personal computer, applicable software and peripheral equipment;
Ability to direct and coordinate the work of subordinate staff and volunteers;
Ability to plan, develop, and administer recreation programs or community activities;
Ability to maintain effective relationships with employees and citizen groups;
Ability to prepare a variety of administrative reports;
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

Required Experience

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 two-year college or university with an associate degree in recreation, park management, therapeutic recreation, or a closely related field; plus two years of related experience in recreation center, park, athletic field, golf course operations, or community-based program coordination or a related field, as applicable to the position.


Possession of AED and CPR/First Aid;
Lifeguard Training Certification required within 3 months of appointment;
Pool Operator's License required within 3 months of appointment.
At least two years of general work experience in aquatics field and experience dealing with public.
Experience in aquatic management, including scheduling of lifeguards and class/program supervision.
Knowledge of pool chemistry and operation safety.
Lifeguard Training Instructor Certification is desirable, but can be obtained on the job.
The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check and Child Protective Services Registry check.

Ability to lift up to 20 pounds. Ability to be physically active for three hours at a time. Ability to stand for two hours at a time. Ability to respond and direct others in an emergency. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview.

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 status as a veteran 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.

Employee Benefits

Full benefits

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