Fairfax County Government
Fairfax, VA, Virginia
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Only applications submitted through the Fairfax County Government website will be accepted. Please use the below link to apply.


The Executive Director serves as chief administrative officer of the McLean Community Center, a Fairfax County special tax district agency established by a Memorandum of Understanding between the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Governing Board of the McLean Community Center. Under the administrative direction of the policies established by the Governing Board and the Fairfax County Executive, plans, organizes and administers the facilities, programs and services of the Community Center and performs related work as required. Inspires and leads all aspects of operations from strategic visioning and goal setting to resource management, staff development, and technology and data systems. Is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Selects, trains and directs the work of professional and volunteer staff carrying out all phases of the Center's operations, including cultural, educational, social and recreational programs and services and maintaining its facilities.
  • Oversees development of and adherence to effective performance measures for programs and staff.
  • Assists Governing Board with the development of strategic objectives and ensures ongoing compliance with the agency's mission and the Board's strategic plan.
  • Identifies opportunities of expansion of facilities, its usage, and oversees capital projects and improvements. Acts as liaison with local officials and County staff on matters pertaining to capital replacement and capital improvements.
  • Oversees the Center budget for approval by the Governing Board. Develops and maintains funding sources consistent with the Governing Board and County policy. Directs preparation of financial reports to the Governing Board, County and other entities as required.
  • Acts as liaison to the local community by developing and maintaining strong, positive relationships with local public and private agencies and organizations. Works with the Friends of the McLean Community Center and the McLean Project for the Arts to coordinate activities and to maintain positive, productive relationships. Also serves as liaison to County, State and Federal officials.
  • Serves as public spokesperson for all aspects of the McLean Community Center including print and broadcast media.
  • Supervises website, development of publications, social media, and all communications to the general public.
  • Assures continuity of decision making and of the staff’s and Governing Board’s work and focus from year-to year, including understanding the legacy of the community founding principles and history of the Community Center and its Mission, Vision, and Values.
  • Oversees logistics of the annual election and transition of Governing Board Members and acknowledging their significant volunteer service.

Note: This position requires frequent evening meetings and occasional weekend and holiday work.


Illustrative Duties


  • Serves as the chief administrative officer of a Fairfax County special tax district agency established by a Memorandum of Understanding between the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Governing Board of the McLean Community Center;
  • Directs long-range planning;
  • Selects, trains, and directs the work of professional and volunteer staff carrying out all phases of the Center's cultural, educational, social, and recreational programs and services, and operating and maintaining its facilities;
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with local public and private agencies;
  • Coordinates activities with the Friends of the McLean Community Center;
  • Serves as the liaison to County, State, and Federal officials;
  • Develops and maintains funding resources consistent with Governing Board and County policy;
  • Reviews the Center budget for approval by the Governing Board;
  • Directs the preparation of reports to the Governing Board, County, and other entities as required.


Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities


  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public recreation;
  • Ability to plan and administer cultural, recreational, and educational programs;
  • Ability to balance the demands and constraints of both local and County governing boards;
  • Ability to work effectively with citizen groups and other County agencies;
  • Ability to plan and implement a long-range financial resource system;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


Employment Standards



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 arts administration, recreation administration, or a closely related field; plus five years of progressively responsible supervisory experience administering diversified recreational or cultural programs, preferably in a large recreational or cultural facility. A master's degree may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

The following must be obtained within 90 days of employment:
  • CPR
  • First Aid
  • AED


  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to foster a healthy organization and encourage teamwork and collaboration.
  • Demonstrated success and experience in recreation operations, planning and programming.
  • Ability to identify and mitigate risk in operations.
  • Experience with budget development and management.
  • Ability to oversee a robust communications and marketing strategy.
  • Experience overseeing capital projects and improvements.    
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.).
  • Knowledge of virtual meeting and conferencing platforms.
  • The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, credit check, and Child Protective Services check.
  • Must be able to communicate with others verbally and in writing.


Job is generally sedentary in nature; however, visual acuity is required to read data on computer monitor; incumbent must be able to operate keyboard driven equipment. May require lifting to 15 pounds. 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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