Most of the time, recreation supervisors work for city governments, community centers, various nonprofit clubs, or senior centers. Cruise ship companies also employ recreation supervisors for their guests, both adults and children. Big corporations may have recreation supervisors within their human resources departments, in order to maintain employees' satisfaction and to run corporate events. They are responsible for creating, managing, and implementing various recreational programs and activities.
Large companies require that candidates have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in recreation, social services, education, business, or other relevant fields. However, some companies may accept candidates with significant years of experience as recreation supervisors in lieu of a bachelor's degree requirement. Recreation supervisors must have solid communications skills. They must have strong leadership and interpersonal skills. They must have excellent oral and written communications skills. They must be highly organized.
They must supervise full-time and part-time staff. They must make sure that their staff perform their duties in accordance with their employer’s policies, procedures, and regulations. They must establish clear goals for their staff to follow. They create work schedule for their employees. They monitor staffing budgets and time reporting. Recreation supervisors must conduct employee performance evaluations and provide feedback in a timely manner. They must be able to identify problems and render consistent decisions. They may have to work on weekends and evenings. They may be required to train and coach their staff.
Recreation Supervisor Tasks
Organize, schedule, and oversee a variety of activities and programs for a community.
Market and publicize events and programs.
Arrange maintenance and upkeep of facilities, equipment, and supplies.
Supervise and mentor program staff and coordinators, expanding, and terminating programs based on feedback.
Prepare budgets, forecasts, and financial allocations that take space and demand into account.