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Supervises the overall management of the institution recreation program which may include intramural sports, wellness, fitness, music, hobby-craft, leisure time and other special activities. Within established agency policy and objectives, plans, organizes, and administers recreation activities and programs which promote the physical, creative and social development of the inmate population.
Manages the budget for the Recreation Department, and in so doing, plans expenditures and future requests for funding based upon analysis of inmate participation patterns, feedback from recreational staff, and based on personal involvement in a wide variety of recreation activities.
Specific supervisory responsibilities may include assigning, directing and reviewing the work of subordinates; evaluating work performance; identifying training needs; recommending selections, promotions, awards, disciplinary or other actions; planning, scheduling and coordinating the work of the unit; giving advice and counsel to employees; hearing and resolving employee complaints and grievances; and determining the material, equipment, and facilities needed to perform the work.
Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staffs correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and are performed on a regular and recurring basis.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training and/or work related issues.
Job family (Series)
0188 Recreation Specialist
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship is Required.
See Special Conditions of Employment Section.
The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP eligibility, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy.
To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: Click Here
To be considered for the position, you must meet the following:
Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.
Graduate Education: Major Study--general recreation, or one of the appropriate fields of recreation such as outdoor recreation; recreation and parks leadership; wild land recreation management; natural resources recreation; youth recreation; public, urban, or community recreation; special populations recreation (e.g., senior citizens, institutional, etc.); or physical education.
NOTE: ALL applicants MUST upload legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement.
Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically linked from USAJOBS at the time you apply and MUST include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable). All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, Click Here.
For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. department of Education website: Recognition of Foreign Qualifications
If you are selected for this position, you will be required to provide an OFFICIAL transcript prior to your first day on duty.
You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression. This experience is defined as that which demonstrated the ability to apply the principles of one or more specialty areas of recreation. Some examples of this qualifying experience are:
Experience planning, organizing, coordinating, supervising, or evaluating community, industrial, outdoor, institutional, or other recreational programs.
Experience planning, developing and implementing a variety of recreational programs which promote physical, creative and social development for within a correctional environment.
Experience developing and conducting a large and diversified program in a recreational specialty area.
Combining Education and Experience:
Equivalent combination of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. This experience must have equipped you with the particular qualifications to perform the major duties of this position as described above.
If applicable, credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as the number of hours worked per week) spent in activities.
Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.
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