Assistant Aquatic Manager (Park Specialist/Rec I) job with Fairfax County Government

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Join the Park Authority and our team of nationally recognized professionals! The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is seeking an Assistant Aquatic Director who is excited to be part of one of the nation’s most highly regarded park systems. With over 25,000 park acres, nine RECenters, eight golf courses, three lakefront parks and more, the FCPA is an exciting organization to be a part of and there are many opportunities for staff to make a difference. at all levels.

Assistance with the operations and programming of an aquatic complex in an assigned RECenter. Responsibilities include conducting inspections of aquatic facilities and equipment and ensuring facility compliance with all regulations, leading and responding to emergencies, as well as recruiting, interviewing, hiring, the training, supervision and evaluation of instructors, lifeguards and volunteers. This position oversees the coverage of staff, customer service, pool operations and maintenance of pool facilities in addition to planning, design, programming, implementation and maintenance. evaluation of recommendations for improving the aquatics program of lessons, rentals and general public operations for all ages and abilities. The incumbent will be responsible for maintaining records, preparing reports, submitting budget requirements, tracking inventory, and coordinating with staff to process registrations, plan classroom space, pool area and use of equipment. Provides information for publications and promotional materials, makes presentations to community groups regarding programs and, when scheduled as a duty manager, is responsible for the operations of the entire facility.

Hours will vary. Holidays and weekends may be necessary at times.

Illustrative tasks

(The illustrative tasks listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an exhaustive list. A complete list of job duties and unique physical demands can be found in the job description.)

General tasks

  • Plans, coordinates, schedules, supervises and evaluates the operations and maintenance of the assigned facility or facilities;
  • Hires, trains, supervises, plans and evaluates staff;
  • Plans, schedules and organizes specialized training for on-site staff;
  • Complete and submit various financial, administrative and statistical reports;
  • Identifies, recommends and drafts justifications for budget components such as capital equipment bids;
  • Adheres to income and expense limits, goals and guidelines for specialized areas of supervision;
  • Authorize purchase requisitions and invoices for payment;
  • Inspects facilities and grounds for safety risks and operational deficiencies, recommends improvements and initiates corrective actions;
  • Responds to inquiries and concerns from the public;
  • Participates in the development and implementation of community outreach plans to target underserved populations and to increase overall program uptake;
  • Analyzes and evaluates the service based on individual and community needs;
  • Performs administrative functions in a facility, including preparing the budget, recruiting volunteer staff, maintaining records necessary for the operation and evaluation of center programs, and preparing reports;
  • Manages the operation, staff, maintenance and suppliers of a park or sports field mowing crew within a geographic area of ​​the park facilities;
  • Manages operations, maintenance, security and personnel associated with park forestry; Inspects condition of trees for safety and proper maintenance and reports corrective action required.


  • Plans, organizes, supervises and schedules activities and specialized programs sponsored by the park, recreation, teens, community or senior center in cooperation with residents and related agencies;
  • Plans, coordinates, and evaluates classroom, camp, and tour programs held at parks, centers, schools, government facilities, and private vendor sites;
  • Coordinates and schedules sports leagues and tournaments;
  • Coordinates the planning, scheduling and invoicing of day and overnight trips and tours.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an exhaustive list.)

  • Knowledge of recreation center and/or park management principles and practices;
  • Knowledge of tax record keeping and inventory procedures;
  • Knowledge of aquatics, grounds maintenance, horticulture, agriculture, cultural or historical resources or other specialized field, depending on the duties of the position;
  • Ability to use personal computer, applicable software and peripheral equipment;
  • Ability to direct and coordinate the work of junior staff and volunteers;
  • Ability to plan, develop and administer recreational 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.

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 education equivalent to”)
Graduation from an accredited two-year college or university with an associate’s degree in recreation, parks management, therapeutic recreation, or closely related field; plus two years of related experience in a recreation center, park, sports field, golf course operation, or community program coordination or related field, as applicable.

The ideal candidate will have experience and demonstrated effectiveness in: operation and management of an aquatic facility; train and supervise lifeguards and other staff; oversee personnel planning programs; and ensure compliance with maintenance and safety standards. The ideal candidate would possess a Fairfax County Pool Operator License and Lifeguard Instructor License.

Lifeguard Training Instructor (VA) (Required within 6 months)

All newly hired employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccination mandate for sincere medical or religious beliefs will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on or shortly after their first day of employment.

The person appointed to this position must submit to a criminal background check and a child protective services registry check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Dexterity in using a personal computer and climbing ladders, stooping, etc. Ability to lift 50-80 lbs with assistance. All tasks can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation.

interview with the panel; may include exercise.

The Fairfax County government prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation or military status in the recruitment, selection and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during the application and/or interview processes in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314.

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