Program Specialist (035-036-006)

Office: Recreation

Salary: $30,139 - $32,796/hour FULL-TIME

Announcement Date: 09/14/2023

Closing Date: 09/28/2023


Directs, coordinates, plans and supervises County-sponsored recreational programs and events for youths and adults, arranges, schedules and secures necessary instructional and supervisory person­nel to carry out such programs.

Supervises department personnel which involves such duties as instructing, assigning and reviewing work, maintaining standards, acting on employee problems.

Instructs and supervises employees and volunteers in such activities as games, dances, hikes, arts and crafts, athletic and non-athletic programs, and a wide variety of other recreational, social activities; coordinates and oversees summer programs and activities. Up keeping/entering registration.

Recruits, trains and supervises volunteers, and instructors.

Promotes programs and events, and solicits donations or sponsorships, through contact with various media and personal appearances before civic and business groups; prepares press releases, flyers, posters, etc. for promotional activities.

Works with community groups and individuals in determining recreational needs and interests of the youth and adult community and establishing programs to meet such needs.

Prepares special reports, grant proposals and manuals.

Maintains inventory of supplies and equipment necessary for operation of recreational programs; orders equipment, supplies and awards for adult fitness programs, and instructional/educational classes.

Plans, develops, and supervises special event programs for all age groups such as holiday events, festivals, concert series, etc. and fitness programs for all age groups such as cardio kickboxing, water aerobics, tai chi, yoga, pilates, low impact aerobics, etc. 

Supervises program registration.

Markets and promotes all fitness and special event programs.

Prepares reports on special events and fitness programs to show activity.

Secures and works with sponsors of special events and fitness programs in the planning and implementing of programs.

Evaluates effectiveness of all programs and recommend changes as appropriate.

Supervises part-time staff responsible for the implementation of programs.

Develops programs by determining the needs of the community, outlining class structure, choosing sites, determining number of participants, and recruiting instructors. 

Assist in developing summer day camp program that involves the selection and supervision of camp counselors; and the implementation of safe, athletic, and fun programs for camp.

Receives and/or reviews budget for special events, registrations for programs to meet program goals, applications, participant feedback to improve program quality, and questions on programs.

Prepares and/or generates budget recommendations, media releases, monthly reports to summarize program activities, special events and fitness programs, and invoices for payments.

Refers to Internet, participant feedback and evaluations, budget, registration forms, and policies and procedures manuals.

Operates 15 passenger vans and office equipment such as copier, fax machine, computer, etc.

Utilizes office supplies, computer software, etc.

Interacts and communicates with general public, vendors, co-workers, supervisor, etc.

Must be able to work weekends and nights.


Bachelor's degree in recreation, physical education or a related field, and 2 to 3 year of experience in recreation work; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.

35 Hours/per week

Fairfield County is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, pregnancy (including childbirth or related medical conditions), or national origin. The department prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, pregnancy (including childbirth or related medical conditions), or national origin.

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