Recreation Program Leader

Many groups and facilities need to have someone who is in charge of planning organizing and scheduling activities that will keep everyone entertained and in many cases keep them physically and mentally active and contribute to their health and well-being. Recreation program leaders must be organized energetic and enthusiastic about the activities they plan and offer. They must be good at supervising assistants and at communicating with both their employees and with those who participate in the programs. In addition they must plan programs that are within an allotted budget. Recreation program leaders work in a variety of settings including children’s camps playgrounds sports organizations youth organizations nursing homes senior centers adult day care centers hospitals or even on cruise ships. Depending on the setting recreation program leaders may work year round or sometimes only seasonally. Their jobs may be full time or only part time. Among the activities they organize are sports events for sports leagues exercise programs horseback riding arts and crafts and music programs and card games. According to the website www.ehow.com individuals with a broad background of experience have the advantage in seeking a recreation program leader position. In general they need a high school diploma or the equivalent as well as demonstrated talent at the activities they are hired to manage. However some recreation program leaders have a bachelor’s or even a master’s degree in communication business administration leisure studies and parks and recreation. According to the website www.payscale.com earnings for recreation directors depend on their level of education experience and the organization for which they work. Annual salaries for those working full time 12 months of the year range from approximately $31000 to $60000.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $45500
High Salary: $60000
Low Salary: $31000
Tasks: Plans recreational activities.
Organizes activity registrations.
Creates a published schedule of programs.
Motivates individuals to participate in recreational programs.
Also Called: Recreation Worker
Recreation Director
Recreation Activity Director
Director of Recreation
Additional Resources: http://www.ehow.com/about_6131145_recreation-director-job-description.html
http://www.careerplanner.com/Job-Descriptions/Recreation-Workers.cfm
http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos058.htm