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DJS YOUTH RECREATION SPECIALIST I

Recruitment #19-002622-0004

GRADE

11

LOCATION OF POSITION

Department of Juvenile Services

Western Maryland Children's Center

18420 Roxbury Rd.

Hagerstown, MD 21740

Main Purpose of Job

The Youth Recreation Specialist I assumes primary responsibility to plan, organize, develop and implement recreational programs for youth that have been detained or placed in a committed facility in accordance with the objectives, policies and responsibilities of the Department. The DJS Youth Recreation Specialist I is responsible for the order, care and safety of youth. The position will provide a variety of recreational experience that include initiating, instructing, and leading group indoor and outdoor sports, games and other leisure time activities designed to help participants develop a better awareness of personal care health, fitness and general self-esteem. May be required to work weekends, holidays, rotating shifts to provide 24 hours/7days a week coverage.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate acceptable to the Maryland State Board of Education as described in the Maryland Correctional Training Commission regulation.

Experience: One year of experience supervising the recreational activities of children or youth in a recreation center, fitness center or school setting.

Notes:

1. The above educational requirement is set by the Maryland Correctional Training Commission in accordance with the Correctional Services Article, Section 8-209, Annotated Code of Maryland.

2. Candidates may substitute possession of an Associate of Arts degree from an accredited college or university in a recreational program such as Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies; Sports and Fitness Administration or Health and Physical Education or 60 credit hours with 30 credit hours in the required areas for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Recreation Aid and Assistant classifications or Recreation Aid Assistant specialty codes in the Social Science, Psychology and Welfare field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

- Experience scheduling recreational  activities to meet needs of adolescent youth.

- Experience demonstrating safe use of physical education equipment.

- CPR Certification

- Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education  

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

1. Employees in this classification must complete and successfully pass the Entrance Level Correctional Training Course for DJS support staff required for the Maryland Correctional Training Commission certificate during the probationary period.

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

3. Employees in this classification that are employed at DJS Youth Centers may be required to complete a Board approved medication technician training program and possess a valid Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON) certification as a Medication Technician.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. In accordance with the Correctional Services Article, Section 8-209 of the Annotated Code of Maryland, the Maryland Correctional Training Commission shall establish the minimum qualifications for probationary or permanent appointment of a Department of Juvenile Services employee. These requirements are listed in detail in the Code of Maryland Regulations 12.10.01.04, general regulations of the Maryland Correctional Training Commission, and include:

U.S. Citizenship or Resident Alien status

Must be at least 21 years of age

A thorough background check, including fingerprinting and drug testing

An oral interview, and

Physical and psychological examinations.

2. Employees in this classification may be subject to call-in and, therefore, may be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number where the employee can be reached.

3. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulation 17.04.09 – Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.

SELECTION PROCESS

Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after the date.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

The assessment will be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position.  Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all related experience and education.  Applicants who meet the Minimum Qualifications will be placed on the eligible list categorized as Qualified, Better Qualified, or Best Qualified.  Candidates shall be certified to the eligible list for a period of one year.  This list will be sued by the DJS hiring agency to select employees. 

If you have completed education outside the US, you will need to provide proof of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service. 

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Online application process is STRONGLY preferred.   A paper application may be mailed to the address below or faxed to the fax number below.  If you choose fax or regular mail you must include on each page of the attachment your First and Last Name, the Recruitment Number that is located at the top of the bulletin and the last 4 digits of your SS#.   Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the online application or paper application.   Applications must be received by the closing date no postmarks will be accepted.  Incorrect application forms will not be accepted:

Maryland Department of Juvenile Services

OHR-Recruitment and Examination Unit

One Center Plaza

120 W. Fayette St.

Baltimore, MD  21201

Attn:  Bonnie Smith

Fax Number 410-333-4188

The resulting Certified Eligible List for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other state agencies.

Bilingual applicants are welcome to apply for all recruitments.

DJS values the experience gained by Veterans while serving our country.  Veterans are welcome to apply for all current recruitments.

Should additional information regarding this recruitment be required, please contact DJS Office of Human Resources at djs.careers@maryland.gov.  Include the Recruitment Number that is located at the top of the bulletin.

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

 

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.