The Salvation Army

Recreation Specialist

Job Locations US-NY-Springfield
Job ID
Community and Social Services
Compensation Min
USD $15.00/Hr.
Compensation Max
USD $16.34/Hr.
Regular Full-Time


The Recreation Specialist is responsible for the coordination of recreation activities for children after school and when school is not in session. The Recreation Specialist plans, organizes, and coordinates all youth and family programming.


· The Recreation Specialist reports directly to the Children’s Services Supervisor regarding all youth and family recreation related issues.
· The Recreation Specialist coordinates field trips, calendar of programs, and holiday celebrations.
· The Recreation Specialist works with local colleges and high schools in the development of recreational opportunities for clients, i.e., Big Buddy programs, student recreation, and any other program concepts.
· The Recreation Specialist develops and maintains contacts with museums, theaters, sporting events, and other cultural programs and activities for clients.
· The Recreation Specialist develops and facilitates recreation activities for the adults within the facility including but not limited to: homemaking, healthy eating, shopping on a budget, empowerment, etc.
· The Recreation Specialist organizes After School Programs, i.e. basketball, soccer, baseball, football leagues, etc., on-site or in conjunction with community and school programs.
· The Recreation Specialist is responsible for planning monthly family meeting activities.
· The Recreation Specialist responsible for maintaining a safe and structured environment.
· The Recreation Specialist maintains up-to-date statistics and documents on incidents.
· The Recreation Specialist may be called upon to work a shift beginning as early as 8am and ending as late as 7pm depending on the needs of the program and the activities scheduled for the program youth.
· To continue to run each of our shelters with excellence and to meet the needs of the program, employees may be asked to assume their same position at one of our other shelters operated by the Salvation Army at the discretion of the Director of Shelters or Salvation Army Department Heads.
· Other assignments and tasks may be added at the discretion of the Director of Shelters or Salvation Army Department Heads.
· Has respect and consideration for the people being served.
· Consistently reports to work on time and is ready to begin work at the start of the shift
· Always provides proper notification as per Salvation Army procedures when late or absent.
· Demonstrates reliability when on-call.
· Available to work overtime when necessary (Only non-exempt employees)
· Demonstrates the ability to recognize priorities in organization of workflow.
· Able to perform duties independently, with minimal need of direct supervision.
· Maintains the confidentiality of clients, shelter/programs, agency, and/or The Salvation Army.
· Reports to work well-groomed and in compliance with dress code.
· Wears I.D. badge while on duty.
· Demonstrates the ability to interact in a positive and helpful manner with clients, visitors, contract staff, volunteers and co-workers.
· Reflects commitment to building a supportive work environment and maintains a positive attitude at the work place and towards job.
· Projects a good image in dealing with the public and its clients. Is willing to make an extra effort to help build a quality and caring shelter/program.


· High School Diploma or GED is required.
· Experience working with disadvantaged children in childcare and/or recreational programs for children.
· NYS Driver’s License is strongly preferred.
· Must be certified in CPR and First Aid and Fire Safety within three months of their hire date.
· Good organizational skills, writing skills and communication skills are a must.


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