Recreation Program Leader

Recruitment #062420-MDCG01-380400

Summary Statement

This level assists in planning and leading the implementation of athletic and other recreational activities for youth and adults assigned to a large correctional facility.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
  • Plans, schedules, coordinates and implements a program of recreational athletics and cultural activities for groups or individuals.
  • Leads groups in athletic and other recreational activities. Instructs participants in specific activities including team play, stimulating participation, maintaining discipline, overseeing activities by security staff and assisting in supervising activities.
  • Officiates athletic games/contests or matches; trains and directs security staff assigned as coaching or officiating staff.
  • Prepares or oversees the preparation of facilities for recreational events such as lining athletic fields and setting up wrestling mats in accordance with DSSA rules and regulations.
  • Coordinates special recreational events with community organizations or schools.
  • Researches private or public funding, recreational funding sources and grants.
  • Prepares records and periodic reports of inventories, program schedules, problems, activities and incident/accident reports; recommends program changes.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Recreation Program Leader
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
  1. Six months experience in conducting recreational activities.
  2. Six months experience in using recreational equipment and supplies.
  3. Six months experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
  4. Six months experience in narrative report writing.
  5. Knowledge of behavior management such as understanding, explaining, describing and predicting behavior, studying the connection between behavior and its causes and identifying appropriate behavior modification strategies for individual situations. 

Additional Posting Information

Candidates must successfully complete all phases of a thirteen-week Probation and Parole Officer basic training course. This course is administered by the Department of Correction at the Employee Development Center. Coursework includes physical, classwork, and hands-on training. Instruction is provided in the areas of offender supervision, defensive tactics, legal issues, weapons, report writing, and emergency medical training.


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Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

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Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.