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Community Center Director

City of Cincinnati

City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH, USA
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2023
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Community Center Director


$43,126.13 - $58,201.20 Annually


Ohio 45202, OH

Job Type

Full-time Classified

Job Number



Recreation Commission

Opening Date


Closing Date

9/26/2023 11:59 PM Eastern
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General Statement of Duties

Under the direction of Service Area Coordinator employee has the responsibility to provide a broad range of recreational program activities and services designed to respond to the interrelated needs and interests of the served communities; may direct the activities of volunteers and/or part-time employees and/or seasonal employees assigned to assist them in providing those program activities and services. Performs related duties as required. Ensures security and safety of the public. Must be willing to work with children, teens, seniors, adults, and/or with persons with disabilities, when required.

Minimum Qualifications (KSAs)

(Illustrative only. Any one position may not require all of the listed KSAs nor do the listed examples include all the KSAs which may be required.)

Knowledge Of

Basic methods of instruction and teaching techniques behavior issues and methods of managing behavior. (Direct leadership, facilitator or general supervision).

Common communicable diseases and infectious conditions (e.g. measles, mumps, colds, flu, etc.) so can recognize most common symptoms in participants and can help avoid spreading those diseases and conditions.

Characteristics of participants and participant behavior management (e.g. by age, disability, sex, etc.) Basic activities and services appropriate and available for different groups.

Customer service.

National Trends in recreation. Communication techniques. Emergency safety procedures.

Financial policies and procedures of the Department of Recreation's Financial

Management Division.

Policies and regulations of the Department of Recreation and the rules and policies of the Cincinnati Recreation Commission.

Appropriate application of emergency aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Correct method of organizing a program in accordance with the goals and objectives of the Recreation Commission.

Mission, goals, and objectives of the Department of Recreation.

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and how it applies to Department of Recreation programs and services.

Recreation leadership.

Program development.


Skill development.

Basic safety precautions to avoid the transmission of bloodborne pathogens and of any infections which might relate to personal care.

Transfer and physical accommodations. Participant behavior management.

A variety of recreation program areas. (Including: pools, playgrounds, shelters, field trip sites, etc) A variety of specific activities within the following program categories (e.g. athletics, games, creative art, theater, health and fitness, etc.)

Skill To

Organize activities. Administer first aid and CPR.

Conduct activities in a variety of settings (e.g. instructional classes, custodial and non-custodial care, leagues, tournaments, etc.)

Provide assistance or accommodations to include participants with disabilities.

Coordinate programs.

Create and implement a variety of recreation programs.

Research community needs and planning.

Ability To

Demonstrate appropriate activity techniques. Assess functional levels.

Problem solve.

Understand, recognize and network with social service agencies.

Work effectively as a team with staff, supervisors and managers, participants, parents, community groups and other agencies.

Manage multiple priorities.

Perform basic statistical math functions (add, subtract, multiply, divide).

Identify potential hazards and unsafe conditions relating to recreation facilities and activities.

Accurately prepare records and reports such as field receipts, night deposits, accident reports, work orders, statistical reports, registration forms, and permission/release forms.

Adapt activities to meet the varied functioning levels of the participants.

Plan activities reflective of the needs and desires of the community.

Enforce the rules and regulations of the Cincinnati Recreation Commission.

Work effectively with people of all groups and socio-economic backgrounds.

Transfer skills and expertise into recreation programs and services.

Manage time and resources; set activity priorities.

Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing and public speaking.

Develop, create lesson plan and assess progress, organize, and implement appropriate activities and services.

Perform simple clerical duties and basic computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite) related to assigned programs (e.g. address envelopes, place papers

in alphabetical or chronological order, take an accurate telephone message, use a photocopier to duplicate flyers).

Directly instruct, teach, and/or program.

Manage the work of part-time employees assigned to assist in a program or activity.

Keep a clean, safe and functioning environment

Required Education And Experience

Each applicant must have a Bachelor's degree in Parks and Recreation or in a field in which the Cincinnati Recreation Commission offers programming or services (e.g. art education, therapeutic recreation, geriatrics, special education, physical education, early childhood development, sports management)


30 semester/45 quarter hours in recreation-oriented courses and 1,500 hours verifiable paid work experience in recreation programming and service delivery with the Cincinnati Recreation Commission or with an organization which offers similar programming services (e.g. YMCAs, YWCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, parks and recreation departments, sports clubs, hospital recreation programs)


High school diploma or GED and 4,500 hours verifiable paid work experience in recreation programming and service delivery with the Cincinnati Recreation Commission.

Other Requirements

Must have a valid Driver's License, when required.

Must be willing to work irregular hours, evening hours, overnight, and weekends, if required.

Must be willing to be reassigned to a variety of Community Center Director assignments, if required.

Must be willing to work at multiple work sites during a workday, if required.

Must be able to furnish own transportation.

Must be reasonably flexible in stressful and/or emergency situations.

Must be willing to work with children, teens, seniors, adults, and/or with persons with disabilities, when required.

Military Education & Experience Evaluation

Military education and experience may be substituted for college level course work at the lower and upper division baccalaureate and graduate levels and apprenticeship training at the vocational certificate level on a case by case basis based on the American Council on Education (ACE) Military Guide recommendations.

Working and Physical Conditions

Working Conditions

Office environment; exposure to computer screens; possible exposure to outside and inside working conditions; working closely with others; may be required to work alone and unsupervised; may be required to work irregular hours. Outdoor environments: exposure to extreme weather conditions- wet, cold, hot, slippery surfaces, high noise levels.


Duties require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, standing, bending, kneeling, stooping, and walking for prolonged periods of time may require light to moderate lifting, reaching, pulling, and carrying; manual dexterity and audiovisual and linguistic acuity required.

The below information is solely intended as a summary of the benefits available and is subject to change. Not all benefits listed are available for every position. Benefits can vary depending on applicable labor agreements and/or salary plan. For specific questions, contact the HR Contact indicated on the Job Posting.

The City of Cincinnati offers its employees competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefit package designed to actively attract and retain quality employees' to add additional value to the City of Cincinnati's workforce. A summary of these benefits for full-time employment is listed below. This is a general listing of benefits for all employees and is not intended to be a comprehensive listing for all bargaining units.

The City offers a variety of training programs, ranging from job-specific skills such as computer and equipment instruction, to helping supervisors improve their management techniques.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The City of Cincinnati is dedicated to providing equal employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, disability status, marital status, sexual orientation or transgendered status, or ethnic, national or Appalachian origin, or on the basis of any other category protected under federal, state and local laws.


The City of Cincinnati has 11 paid holidays annually that include:

New Year's Day

Martin Luther King Day

President's Day

Memorial Day


Independence Day

Labor Day

Veterans' Day

Thanksgiving Day

Day after Thanksgiving


Health Insurance

The City of Cincinnati 80/20 offers 3 medical plans to all full time City of Cincinnati employees and eligible dependents: the 80/20 PPO medical plan, the HDHP medical plan with an HSA contribution, and a Health Reimbursement Arrangement for those enrolled on another non-city eligible group plan.

Eligible Dependents Include

Legal Spouse or Equal Partner

Child (natural child, adopted child, and/or child who the group has determined is covered under a "Qualified Medical Child Support Order")


Child for whom the employee or employee's spouse/equal partner is a legal guardian

Basic Life Insurance

A $50,000 Basic Life Insurance policy is paid for by the City for certain eligible employees. Full time employees not eligible for the City-paid basic life insurance policy are generally provided a similar benefit through their union group.

Supplemental Life, Long Term Disability, Accident & Critical Illness Insurance

Most full time City employees are eligible to participate in a supplemental life insurance program, a long term disability plan, and accident and critical illness insurance programs at their own expense. Premiums are determined by age, amount of coverage, and various additional factors.

Flexible Benefits Plans

Healthcare Flex Spending Account

City employees can participate in the Healthcare Flex Spending Account that can be used to pay out-of-pocket medical, prescription, dental, and vision care expenses for employees and family members.

Dependent Care Flex Spending Account

City employees can participate in a Dependent Care Flex Spending Account that can be used to pay work-related dependent care expenses. Participants can set aside money each year through pre-tax payroll deductions to pay for these expenses.

Transportation Expense Reimbursement Account

City employees can participate in a Transportation Expense Reimbursement Account (TERA) that can be used to reimburse expenses related to traveling to and from work. Participants can set-up a pre-tax payroll deduction up to an IRS regulated amount.

Healthy Lifestyles Program

City employees can voluntarily participate in a wellness incentive program that encourages and rewards employees and their spouses/equal partners for making positive choices for better health. The City of Cincinnati will contribute up to $300/year to a Health Reimbursement Account for each the employee and their spouse/equal partner for meeting specified program goals. These dollars can be used to offset qualified out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Integrated Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)

This is a voluntary program that serves as an alternative healthcare option to traditional medical plans. If you have alternate group health coverage available to you through a spouse, equal partner, another job, or a non-city retirement plan, you may be eligible for this plan which reimburses you for the difference in premiums between the plans and your covered out of pocket expenses on the other plan.

Retirement Plan

The City provides a defined benefit pension plan for part-time and full-timeemployees. New hires and re-hired employees are required to participate in the City of Cincinnati's Retirement System (CRS), regardless of previous participation in an Ohio State pension system or any another state or federal pension system. CRS is funded by employer and employee contributions, and investment returns from plan assets. CRS provides retirement and health care benefits subject to eligibility requirements. The following groups are excluded from participation in CRS: Mayor and Members of City Council; Sworn Police & Fire; Police Recruits; and Rehired Ohio Police & Fire Retirees.

Deferred Compensation

As an Ohio government employer, the City offers employees the ability to participate in a 457(b) tax-deferred retirement savings plan. The City makes an annual match to your 457(b) of up to $750, or as otherwise specified in applicable regulations and union contracts.


By completing this supplemental evaluation you are attesting that the information you have provided is accurate. Any information you provide may be reviewed by the Human Resources staff and hiring department(s). Any misstatements or falsification of information may eliminate you from consideration or may result in dismissal. "See resume" is not an acceptable answer to the questions. The Human Resources staff will verify that you meet the minimum qualifications as outlined in the job posting, based on the information provided in your application and in these answers. Please indicate you have read and agree with this information.
  • Yes, I understand and agree

Do you understand that if your application does not include your resume, valid driver's license, and transcripts (indicating the type of degree earned) that your application will be rejected?
  • I have read the above statement and understand that my resume, valid driver's license, and transcripts (indicating the type of degree earned and when the degree was awarded/conferred) must be attached to my application or my application will be rejected.

In what area do you meet the mini qualification for this position?
  • five years of experience as a Community Center Director with the City of Cincinnati Recreation Department or an organization with similar operations (i.e. YMCA, YWCA, Boys & Girls Club, etc.)
  • Two years of experience as a Community Center Director or Therapeutic Recreation Program Coordinator, with the Cincinnati Recreation Commission or with an organization that offers similar programming and services with a Bachelor's degree. (i.e. YMCA, YWCA, Boys & Girls Club etc.)
  • One year experience as a Community Center Director or Therapeutic Recreation Program Coordinator, with the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, and a Master's degree in Recreation Administration or related field. (Business Administration/Organizational Leadership/Education/ Public Administration etc.)

Do you understand notifications regarding this position will be sent via email, therefore, it is your responsibility to check your personal email, Government Jobs mailbox, SPAM, JUNK, and CLUTTER FOLDERS for any and all communication sent regarding this position ?
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City of Cincinnati


805 Central Avenue Suite 200

Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202