City of Hampton Parks, Recreation & Leisure Services
22 Lincoln Street 5th Floor, Hampton, Virginia
Job Type
Job Code
$35,860.00 - $45,000.00
Required Education
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation or related field.



Works as a senior-level professional in planning, organizing and implementing a comprehensive year-round recreation program in one or more functional recreation areas to provide comprehensive programs at multiple sites in the community. May be assigned to manage community recreation facilities or to develop and coordinate special seasonal projects. May assist the Program Coordinator or Neighborhood Centers Manager in leading a team of professional, clerical and volunteer employees.

Examples of Work

  • Participates with a team of employees in planning, organizing and leading a variety of recreational activities such as instructional classes, athletic programs, family activities, trips, special events, aquatics programs, outreach services, therapeutic programs and community center operations and activities.
  • Acts as team leader in the absence of the Program Coordinator or Neighborhood Centers Manager when assigned, facilitating team meetings and activities. Initiates meetings, promotes team activities and prepares materials designed to enhance team effectiveness. Assists Recreation Program Coordinator in coordinating team development activities including individual and group training in one or more functional areas. Works with less experienced team members to enhance their professional development and organizational effectiveness through cross-training.
  • Actively participates in team activities, such as program planning, problem-solving and goal-setting, interviewing potential team members from inside and outside the organization, and providing performance feedback to fellow team members, both informally and through peer evaluation. Provides input to the design of training plans and programs, establishment of team and personal performance objectives, and to the development of administrative systems and policies which support team management, such as compensation and performance appraisal programs. May participate in personnel decisions to include recommending achievement awards, merit pay, and discipline, where appropriate.
  • May be assigned as a Community Center Facilitator, scheduling the activities of community centers to provide recreational programs for all client groups.
  • May be assigned to develop and coordinate special seasonal projects such as after school programs, day camps, summer playground programs or other seasonal programs.  Acts as a liaison with schools and/or contracted providers to ensure the effective management of such special projects.  Monitors the progress of the programs to ensure that effectiveness and quality standards are met.  Establishes performance criteria and evaluates programs and staff against the criteria.  Ensures customer satisfaction and develops a reliable process of customer feedback. Works directly with vendors and schools as needed.
  • Promotes program offerings through use of the media such as newspapers, radio, television, brochures, other community center informational sources and presentations. Assists Program Coordinator or Neighborhood Centers Manager with administrative tasks to include maintenance of records, statistics, budget projections, expenditures, data collection, and ordering supplies.
  • Cross-trains into other functional areas as required through on-the-job training, formal training courses, and professional conferences.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Required Experience

Requires three (3) years of professional experience at the level of Recreation Professional or in one or more of the primary recreational areas to include adult and youth services, athletics, therapeutics, aquatics, facilities management and/or senior citizen programs. Must possess American Red Cross First Aid & CPR Certificate or obtain within 90 days of employment. Thorough knowledge of recreation programming and promotion; ability to plan, implement and lead a variety of recreational activities; good interpersonal and facilitation skills; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Any acceptable combination of experience and education which qualifies the applicant for this particular position may be considered for the more specific requirements outlined above.

Must possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license and must have and maintain a satisfactory driver’s record based on the City of Hampton’s criteria. Must successfully pass pre-employment testing for alcohol and controlled substances. Must successfully pass a background check related to this position.

Employee Benefits

Benefits Overview

The following plans are available the first of the month following one full calendar month of employment:
-Health insurance
-Dental insurance
-Vision insurance
-Reimbursement accounts
Health insurance offered through Optima Health (1-800-229-1199). For more information on the provider network and pharmacies, see the
The vision plan is offered through EyeMed Vision Care. For more information, see the EyeMed Vision Care website.
Three dental plans are offered through Delta Dental (Delta Care, Delta Dental PPO, and Delta Dental PPO Plus) 1-800-237-6060. For more information, see the Delta Dental website.

Employees begin accruing annual and sick leave immediately.

The eleven paid holidays each year include:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Juneteenth Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veterans' Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
Employee's birthday

A tax deferred retirement plan 457 is offered through the ICMA Retirement Corporation. An after-tax retirement plan, Roth IRA, is offered through the ICMA Retirement Corporation (1-800-669-7400). For more information, see the VRS website.

Group life insurance is offered through the VRS and the carrier is the Minnesota Life Insurance Company.

Tax deferred retirement plan 457 is offered through the ICMA Retirement Corporation (1-800-669-7400). For more information, see the ICMA-RC website.
Training and Career Development: The Employee Education Assistance Program (EEAP) encourages employee development through (1) educational programs leading to a degree, (2) skilled craft or trade training leading to a certificate or license and (3) coursework to renew and update skills. Eligibility criteria apply. In addition, the City offers training opportunities in technological, leadership, supervisory, and other areas of government/business knowledge and skill development.
Medical/Dental and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts are offered on a pre-tax basis in order to reduce the amount of tax the employee pays.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is confidential and personal counseling service for the employee and their immediate family (757-363-6777, 1-800-899-8174 or Sentara EAP website.

Direct deposit into most banks is a convenient finance feature.

Savings bonds are available to the City's workforce.
Employees are covered for Workers' Compensation where appropriate.

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