Recreation Program Coordinator

Recruitment #23-4085-002


The Recreation Program Coordinator (RPC) is a management position that requires strong organizational, oral, and written communication skills, along with the use of sound judgment. The RPC develops and supervises City sponsored recreational programs and events for all age groups which includes arranging, scheduling, and securing necessary instructional, supervisory, and volunteer personnel to carry out such programs. RPCs respond to and resolve difficult and/or sensitive requests or complaints from citizens or interested community groups. The incumbent administers joint use agreements with school districts; establishes affiliation agreements with other organizations and collaborates with local and state organizations. The RPC assists in the preparation of federal and state grants; and participates in the design, preparation, and distribution of public advertisement such as activity guides, press releases, brochures, pamphlets, flyers, web site updates, and printed schedules. The Recreation Program Coordinator prepares estimates of activity costs and revenue used in preparing budget requests, as well as prepares requisitions and maintains inventory for procurement of supplies and equipment. This is a multi-incumbent position that may specialize in program areas including but not limited to: Aquatics/Senior Recreation, Camps/After School & Fitness/Wellness, Youth/Adult Sports, or Special Events/General Recreation & Teen programming. Incumbents will be assigned to one of the specialty areas based on experience but are expected to develop a working knowledge in each of the other specialty areas. All incumbents in this position must stay abreast of new technologies and changes in the Recreation, Parks, and Youth services industry to offer the best services possible to the public. The current vacancy is over Aquatics & Senior Programming.

AQUATICS & SENIOR PROGRAMMING – Manages the operation of the indoor pools located at each of the City’s respective recreation centers. Responsible for the planning and implementation of aquatics programming such as aquatic fitness classes and swim lessons; and senior programming such as art, dance, wellness, etc. 
CAMPS, AFTER SCHOOL, FITNESS & WELLNESS – Manages recreational programming at each of the City’s respective recreation centers. Responsible for the planning and implementation of fitness and wellness programming, summer camps and after school programming. 
YOUTH & ADULT SPORTS PROGRAMS – Manages the operation of the City’s outdoor sports arenas (Kettering Field Complex, Jim Nichols Tennis Center, and Community Golf Course). Responsible for the planning and implementation of youth and adult sports leagues at each of the City’s respective recreation centers, i.e. volleyball, softball, baseball, basketball, etc. 
SPECIAL EVENTS, GENERAL RECREATION & TEEN PROGRAMMING – Responsible for planning the City of Dayton’s special events such as music festivals, fireworks display, and other community events in addition to teen programming and general activities such as open gym, open swim, etc.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Recreation, Physical Education, Sports Medicine, Leisure Services, Business Administration, Communications, or a closely related field AND 3 years of experience in recreation or a closely related field (2 of the 3 years must have been in a full-time paid supervisory, leadership or administrative position).

Degree must be from a college or university that is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission or equivalent region.


Must possess a valid First Aid and Adult/Child CPR with AED certification at time of appointment and maintain as a term and condition of continued employment.

Within six (6) months of appointment, must obtain a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification and maintain as a term and condition of continued employment.

License Requirements

Must possess a valid driver’s license at time of appointment and maintain thereafter as a term and condition of continued employment.


Applications must specifically address each of the minimum qualifications, directly showing how each is met.

Background Check

A background investigation and evidence of Employment Authorization and Identity is required prior to employment. All candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position, including current city employees seeking transfer, promotion, demotion, etc. into a classified position.

Medical Examination & Drug and Nicotine Testing

Final appointment is contingent upon the applicant passing a job-related medical examination including drug screen. Applicants offered employment with the City will be required to pass a nicotine screening. Newly hired employees must remain tobacco and nicotine free as a condition of continued employment. The Tobacco and Nicotine Free Hiring Policy does not apply to current City employees.

An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer