The City of Alexandria is in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh-largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter square miles in the city have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Recreation Leader III- Teen Programmer position.
In pursuit of service excellence, the Recreation Leader III will oversee the drop-in teen center and facilitate structured activities and trips for local youth. Primary responsibilities entail researching, planning, implementing, and executing weekly age-appropriate programs, trips, and special events. The incumbent will seek sponsors, partnerships, and volunteers to lead various workshops and educational sessions. The Recreation Leader III will be responsible for increasing teen center attendance and participation through engaging programs and activities.
Major areas of responsibility include:
- Program Planning & Implementation (50% of position/10 hours per week)
Plan, develop, and implement daily social, educational, and recreational activities, programs, and special events per the mission and goals.
- Outreach, Direct Service and Community Engagement (30% of position/8 hours per week)
Create and maintain relationships with community groups, schools, parents, and others to assist in advancing the teen center, publicizing events, and expanding general programming support and resources. Create and maintain a welcoming, inclusive, and safe space for teens. Actively supervise youth and enforce the code of conduct and discipline policies
- People Operations and Administrative (10% of position/6 hours per week)
Perform operational functions such as responding to inquiries within 24 hours, seek new partnerships quarterly, program within the assigned budget, data entry, and program registration.
- Other (10% of position/6 hours per week)
Participate in department meetings and training as required. Perform and complete other duties as assigned by supervisor. Provide front desk and facility coverage when needed.
What You Should Bring
Each member of our team is accountable for exceptional delivery of services to the community. You will work to meet the recreational needs of our community in a fun, safe, and orderly manner. To best serve in this position, good knowledge of the social and recreational sciences, including the theory, principles, and practices of recreation are needed. Strong planning and organizational skills, windows proficiency, and excellent communication skills will contribute to your success in the position. You must also demonstrate an ability to plan and execute programs and activities and work effectively in a group setting. Availability to work various hours not limited to Monday-Thursday from 4-9 pm and Fridays 3pm-12 midnight and rotational weekends.
You should possess independent judgment and initiative, enthusiasm, flexibility, diplomacy, excellent oral and written communication, and emotional intelligence. Your personal mission and values must align with those of the Department.
Recreation Leader III Key Performance objectives:
- Actively participate in staff meetings, advisory council meetings, and in-service trainings.
- Actively supervise teen program participants per the code of conduct.
- Be Responsive, Professional, Courteous and Accountable in all interactions.
- Complete incident reports and submit them by the end of the shift.
- Ensure all safety precautions and rules are followed.
- Maintain records using Microsoft programs, RecTrac software, and general filing.
- Manage building operations during events and complete administrative paperwork.
- Plan, develop and implement structured enrichment and group activities.
About the Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities
The mission of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities
is to enrich the City of Alexandria by creating meaningful experiences through public spaces, cultural activities, and programming. The Department’s vision is to improve the well-being of every person in our community by connecting them to each other and their environment. The Department’s values are Integrity, Civic Responsibility, Continuous Learning, Equity, Exceptional Customer Experiences, and Safety. The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities received national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). National accreditation requires park and recreation agencies to meet 155 standards representing elements of effective and efficient park and recreation operations. The department has adopted the Commonwealth Centers for High-Performance Model for Organizational Excellence, practices shared leadership, and maintains clear workplace expectations.
Minimum & Additional Requirements
High School Diploma and year three (3) years of related experience or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. First Aid training, valid driver's license issued by state of residence. Small Pool Manager: possession of a valid Red Cross or comparable Senior Life Saving and Swimming Pool Operator's Certificate. Assistant Pool Manager: (Large Pool) same as for a Small Pool Manager, plus two years swimming pool experience, and the ability to perform routine maintenance/repair work on pool equipment.
Experience in community recreation preferably in a setting working with individuals of all abilities, ethnicities, and socio-economic status; Passion working with young people, creative, flexible, excellent communication skills, and phenomenal customer service; Be available to work Monday-Thursday from 4-9 pm and Fridays 3pm-12 midnight and rotational weekends & special events; Bilingual candidates are a plus.
This position requires the successful completion of a criminal records background check and drug screening before employment.