State of Washington Classified Job Specification
RECREATION & ATHLETICS SPECIALIST 3
Trains, supervises, and coordinates employees in recreation program;
Plans, organizes, and directs part of recreation program for designated number of clients in institutions;
Works in one or more skill areas, directing, conducting or instructing in program of sports, social activities, drama, music, outings, literature, and arts and crafts;
May perform therapeutic-type activities with individuals; for example, stack wood building blocks.
Assists, or contacts, community resources in planning for special events;
Confers with clinical or other staff members to determine recreation program for individual clients or groups; participates in coordinating meetings and conferences with institutional supervisory personnel;
Prepares oral and written progress and adjustment reports; maintains records;
Initiates requisitions and distributes recreation materials and equipment for part of recreation program;
Supervises and coordinates services of volunteers assigned to recreation programs;
Performs other related work as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Ability to: plan, organize, and lead institution recreation program or direct part of recreation program; adapt recreation policies, methods and techniques to specific operational situations; supervise and train others; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees; establish and maintain effective records and reporting systems.
For positions which include swimming instruction, a valid Water Safety Instructor's Certificate or equivalent issued by American Red Cross or YMCA is required. For positions which include lifeguard duties but not swimming instruction, a valid Lifeguard Certificate or equivalent issued by American Red Cross or YMCA is required.
A Bachelor's degree involving major study in either (a) recreation or therapeutic recreation, (b) music, drama, or physical education, or (c) psychology, sociology, or education with a minor in recreation, physical education, music, or drama and two years of paid, professional recreation experience.
One year of experience as a Recreation and Athletics Specialist 2.
Note: Recreational therapy includes providing individualized assessments and treatment which are goal-oriented and directed towards rehabilitation and modification of specific physical, emotional, mental or social behaviors.
Class Specification History
Revise class. Revises title (formerly Recreation Leader 2), minimum qualification; adopted
March 1, 1967.
Revise class. Revises definition; adopted March 12, 1981, effective July 1, 1981.
Revise class. Revises title (formerly Recreation Leader 3), definition, minimum qualifications, add distinguishing characteristics; adopted January 13, 1995.
Revise class. Revise class code (formerly 36820), title (formerly Recreation Specialist 3) general revision; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.