Recreation Programmer

Roanoke County   Roanoke, VA   Full-time     Sports and Recreation / Fitness
Posted on September 16, 2022
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Performs professional work planning, organizing, implementing, directing and evaluating recreation programs, activities and services in parks, community facilities, recreation centers, schools, libraries and camps for citizens of all ages and abilities.  Does related work as required.


  • Develops, supervises and may lead activities and programs
  • Registers participants in classes, programs and camps, and maintains related data using applicable software programs
  • Maintains order and discipline in program activities
  • Develops educational and recreational activities for preschool, youth, family and older adults
  •  Provides leadership for groups, staff and instructors
  •  Contributes to various department committees as assigned
  •  Purchases, inventories, and maintains equipment, materials and supplies
  • Assists in the development, planning and promotion of departmental special events, programs and activities.


Required: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in recreation or related field, or equivalent experience and education.
Required: One (1) year experience in recreation programming and supervision.
Preferred: Three (3) or more years of recreation experience.
Required: Valid Virginia driver's license with good driving record.
Current CPR, First Aid and AED certification or ability to obtain
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • General knowledge of the principles, practices and methods of community recreation program delivery
  • General knowledge of community recreational needs
  • General knowledge of marketing methods as applied to recreation services
  • Some knowledge of basic accounting practices
  • Ability to plan, schedule and coordinate recreation programs
  • Ability to plan and supervise the work of others
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with employees, customers and the general public
  • Effective communication skills both verbally and in writing to a wide variety of staff and customers
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to develop and implement recreation programs for preschool, youth, families and older adults
  • Skill in the use of standard computer software
  • Ability to learn and effectively use new software programs
  • Awareness of risk management issues as related to the delivery of recreation services
  • Ability to analyze programs and evaluate performance against established objectives
Additional Requirements
Subject to a complete criminal history and Child Protective Services background search with acceptable results. Following a conditional offer of employment, must pass a post offer physical examination. Must be able to perform the job as described in the Physical and Environmental Demands section of this job description. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends and some holidays.   
Supervisory Responsibilities
Leads and supervises support staff


Full-time employees are eligible for a comprehensive benefit package that includes:

• Progressive Flexible Leave Plan with cash-in option
• Twelve paid holidays
• Short Term Disability Insurance
• Long Term Disability Insurance
• Health, Vision and Dental Insurance
• Life Insurance
• Flexible Spending Accounts - Medical and Dependent Care
• Virginia Retirement System - Membership in VRS is automatic upon hire into a covered   position.  County contributes and employees pay their membership contribution.
• Deferred Compensation Plan with County Match
• Employee Assistance Program
• Credit Union Membership