State of Washington Classified Job Specification
RECREATION & ATHLETICS SPECIALIST 2
Develops schedule of recreation activities to meet needs, interests, and abilities of individual clients or groups of clients such as patients, students, inmates, or other residents of State institution;
Leads, trains, 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;
Recommends and initiates programs or changes to existing programs;
Assists, or contacts, community resources in planning for special events;
Publicizes and promotes recreational revenue/nonrevenue-producing sports activities;
Assists in planning and administering operating budgets for programs;
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;
May perform therapeutic-type activities with individuals; for example, stack wood building blocks.
Prepares oral and written progress and adjustment reports; maintains records; prepares written reports to assess facilities and evaluate programs; participate in special studies related to the impact of the recreational/sports program on the institution;
Initiates requisitions and distributes recreation materials and equipment for part of recreation program;
Administers procedures for equipment purchase and inventories; arranges for equipment repairs and maintenance;
Supervises and coordinates services of volunteers assigned to recreation programs;
Trains student staff, officials, program coordinators, building attendants, building supervisors, and volunteers for implementation of a program;
Assigns, instructs, and checks the work of assigned employees;
Performs other work as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Ability to: plan, organize, and lead institution recreation programs 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 system.
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 one year of paid, professional recreation experience.
One year of experience as a Recreation and Athletics Specialist 1.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all desirable qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
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.