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13 Dec 2021

Full-Time Recreation Specialist, Grade 21

Montgomery County, MD Government – Posted by Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Job Description

Recreation Specialist, Grade 21

Department of Recreation

Montgomery County Government

Silver Spring, Maryland

$55,771 – $92.211


Montgomery County Department of Recreation is a nationally recognized and award-winning agency, seeking highly motivated career employees as Recreation Specialists to support the department’s mission to provide high quality, diverse, and accessible community-based programs, activities and services that serve the recreation and leisure needs of the Montgomery County community. The department manages 39 facilities including recreation centers, senior centers, and indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities and provides thousands of programs such as out-of-school activities, aquatics, classes, youth and adult sports programs and leagues, senior programs, and therapeutic recreation.


This announcement is for the selection of a dynamic, experienced and energetic Recreation Specialist, to perform full-time work as facility leader at the Long Branch Community Recreation Center. The Center serves a diverse, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic community, and provides broad connections to health and wellness, social and educational opportunities for residents. The Center develops and relies on a host of partnerships and collaborative relationships to support its operations. The Long Branch Community Recreation Center specialist will be a creative problem solver, culturally competent, bilingual (French or Spanish speaking preferred) and demonstrate experience in delivery of multi-cultural recreational and wellness programming.


The Recreation Specialist will be responsible for the full range of day-to-day oversight and operation of assigned facilities, including:

  • Developing, organizing, and implementing a robust array recreational program and activities;
  • Recruiting, recommending, training, and supervising seasonal employees and volunteers, assuring adequate and sufficient staffing to cover programs, activities, events and rentals;
  • Adhering to and monitoring compliance with all health and safety protocols, assuring that the center is clean, fully operational, and available for patrons;
  • Monitoring and making recommendations related to planned preventive maintenance, and inspecting the facility to address emerging issues;
  • Promoting, marketing, coordinating, and monitoring communications, public relations and other media supports for the center, serving as liaison to the Department’s communications team;
  • Overseeing administrative and budgetary functions, adhering to established budgets and managing financial transactions;
  • Overseeing and coordinating administrative tasks including but not limited to: scheduling rentals; reviewing/approving seasonal timesheets; develop communications guides, flyers and other promotional materials; assure compliance with all deadlines and administrative requirements;
  • Establishing positive and effective relationships with community partners, including public schools, civic associations, faith-based organizations and residents, to create an open, inclusive and collaborative environment in the facility, and resulting in an active Advisory Committee, representative of the community, to support center operations;
  • Gathering, creating, and using appropriate data to develop and implement programming to enhance the customer experience.


Successful candidates will have excellent communications and organizational skills, both orally and in writing, as well as demonstrated experience in recreation programming and facilities management; budgeting and fiscal management; customer care; and proficient in utilizing Microsoft Office Suites and recreational software.


As a supervisor/organizer of unionized employees, these positions have responsibility for fostering a positive labor relations environment based on mutual trust, respect, and cooperation; maintaining stability of seasonal employees by modeling desired behaviors through consistent and positive work ethic, and by advocating on behalf of the management team; and have the responsibility for motivating and providing direction and guidance to employees through clear articulation of work projects, goals and related services.


The selected candidates will be required to complete a background investigation and a medical exam with drug/alcohol screen prior to appointment.


These positions require work during non- traditional hours to include early mornings, evenings/nights, weekends and holidays; may require work that involves physical demands, occasionally working outdoors in varying weather and extreme temperatures; and the ability to attend meetings or perform work at locations outside of an assigned facility. Successful candidates may provide onsite coverage during facility operating hours and routinely assigned to cover and/or support multiple locations.


To ensure a positive workplace and to comply with federal, state and County laws, incumbents are responsible for completing mandatory trainings within the first three to six months or within the specified timeframe.


Additional Employment Information                    

Effective August 30, 2021 all new hires will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus prior to their first date of employment. Individuals who are unable to be vaccinated should contact to discuss possible accommodations.


OHR reviews the minimum qualifications of all applicants, irrespective of whether the candidate has previously been found to have met the minimum requirements for the job or been temporarily promoted to the same position. This evaluation is based solely on the information contained in the application/resume submitted for this specific position/IRC.


Montgomery County Government is an equal opportunity employer, committed to workforce diversity. Accordingly, as it relates to employment opportunities, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, in accordance with the law. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email to Individual determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made in accordance with all applicable laws.


Montgomery County Government also provides hiring preference to certain categories of veterans and veterans/persons with a disability. For more information and to claim employment preference, please refer to the Careers webpage on Hiring Preference.


All applicants will respond to a series of questions related to their education, relevant experience, knowledge, skills and abilities required to minimally perform the job. The applicant’s responses in conjunction with their resume and all other information provided in the employment application process will be evaluated to determine the minimum qualifications and preferred criteria status. Based on the results, the highest qualified applicants will be placed on an Eligible List and may be considered for an interview. Employees meeting minimum qualifications who are the same grade will be placed on Eligible List as a “Lateral Transfer” candidate and may be considered for interview.


If selected for consideration for this position, you may be required to provide evidence that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities indicated on your resume.


Minimum Qualifications:

Experience: Two (2) years of progressively responsible recreational specialist work involving planning, organizing, supervising, and implementing an area-wide, countywide, or special interest recreation program.

Education: A Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation from an accredited college or university, or in any other field providing a strong foundation for success in the duties and responsibilities of this class.

Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education, experience and training may be substituted.



All applicants will be reviewed by OHR for minimum qualifications. Those applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be rated “Qualified,” placed on the Eligible List, and may be considered for interview.


If selected for consideration for this position, you may be required to provide evidence that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities indicated on your resume.

Montgomery County Government offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits.



How to Apply

  To view the complete job announcement and to apply, please visit our website at and click on the “Search for Jobs at MCG" tab. Read the full job description under the “General Professional" Job Category. The requisition number is IRC52343. Interested candidates must create an online account in order to apply.   This Recruitment will close January 7, 2022   All resume submissions must address the preferred criteria for the position, which are listed in the full advertisement, preferably in a separate section of the resume.   Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Resume Preparation Tips listed under the “Resources” tab on the Office of Human Resource’s MCG Careers webpage.   EOE. M/F/H.  

Job Types: Full-Time.

Job expires in 52 days.

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