Employment Opportunities

BVRA is hiring for the following positions:

BVRA Executive Director

GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION: The Executive Director is the chief administrative officer of the Recreation Authority. The Executive Director is responsible for implementation of Authority policy and the overall management of the Authority’s parks and recreation system. The primary function of the Executive Director is to carry out the Authority’s statutory responsibilities and to enact and follow the policies adopted by the Authority’s Board of Trustees (the “Board”). S/he shall be the administrative head of all department heads and divisions of the Authority, in regard to recreation programming, personnel management, facility development and business management. The Executive Director shall be the official intermediary for all communications between the employees of the Authority and the Board.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED The Executive Director acts in the capacity the Director of Recreation, Director of Parks, Director of Finance/Human Resources and directly supervises all other Authority employees.


  • General Administration
  • Direct the activities of the Authority in accordance with the Buffalo Valley Park Code and the policies established by the Board.
  • Recommend policies, plans and programs, and provide the Board with information necessary to the Board’s policy-making functions.
  • Supervise the provision of a broad program of recreation that meet the needs and desires of community residents.
  • Organize and supervise an efficient administrative organization for the Authority.
  • Develop, review, analyze and implement operational procedures required to effectively manage day-to-day operations and implement Board approved policies.
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of all Authority parks and facilities to meet the needs of the community.
  • Oversee the development and operation of the revenue facilities of the Authority.


  • Oversee the recommended goals and objectives for the Authority’s operation, and develop strategies for achieving these goals and objectives.
  • Be aware of and represent the Authority in all matters pertaining to zoning changes, land development, and related concerns which affect the Authority’s current and future interests.
  • Make recommendations to the Board concerning land acquisition and facility development.
  • Work with the Board and citizen committees and implement methods of involving the public in the Authority’s planning/decision making process.


  • Develop and recommend to the Board a multi-year financial plan and the yearly working budget
  • Exercise sound fiscal management by reviewing and analyzing current fiscal conditions and projecting financial needs and resources.
  • Plan and coordinate efforts to receive federal, state and local funds to assist the Authority’s operations.
  • Supervise preparation of requests for grants from various state and federal programs related to parks and recreation.


  • Conduct staff meetings, establish staff training programs, supply the staff with significant information from professional and technical publications, and explain and interpret Board policy to the staff, all to the end of enhancing staff capabilities and maintaining open and effective staff relations.
  • Act as the official means of communication between the employees of the Authority and the Board.
  • Directly supervise and evaluate the Director of Gymnastics Programs, Director of Early Education, Director of Programming and the Director of Maintenance on an annual basis.
  • Select or assist in the selection of administrative and supervisory personnel.
  • Develop and coordinate an effective personnel administration program that includes, job descriptions, evaluation procedures, clear performance standards, salary and fringe benefit plans.
  • Work with the Board and department heads in determining current and future staffing needs and appropriate personnel organization.


  • Maintain good relations with the public, accurately represent to the Board the needs of various groups with the community, and develop, maintain and supervise an effective program for handling citizen complaints and inquiries.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive marketing program to promote the Authority’s image, parks, facilities, programs and special events.
  • Act as the representative of the Authority in providing information to the news media in supplying information to the public concerning Board policies.
  • Ensure that Authority staff members have the ability to provide and understand the importance of maintaining courteous relations with the public.\
  • Promote greater understanding and support of Authority activities by participating and representing the Authority at various governmental, civic and community functions.


  • Become thoroughly familiar with the Buffalo Valley Park Code and Authority policies, as well as other federal, state and local statutes and ordinances, both existing and proposed, which affect Authority operations.
  • Establish a program of efficient intergovernmental cooperation, and maintain continuing cooperative relationships with staff, appointed and elected officials of other governmental units.
  • Work with the Authority’s attorneys in conjunction with Board established policies, procedures and directives in handling of the Authority’s legal matters.


  • Support and promote or cause to be changed all policies relating to safety, health and loss control as accepted by the Board.
  • Require all responsible personnel to provide regular timely reports and summaries of incidents within the realm of safety, health and loss control.
  • Require and ensure that personnel employed by the Authority support, promote or cause to be changed all policies and procedures adopted by the Board relating to issues of safety, health and loss control
  • Professional Initiate or maintain membership in significant professional organizations, and participate in workshops, conferences, seminars and programs designed to promote professional development with prior Board approval.


  • Review proposed state legislation; maintain contact with state legislators enlisting their support when possible in meeting the Authority’s needs for legislative action on a variety of issues.
  • Review or cause the review of all safety policies, accident/injury reports and suggestions relative to safety and loss control in a timely fashion so as to maintain a safe and healthy park Authority organization.
  • Be aware of new developments, trends and innovation in professional management of parks and recreation service systems.
  • Other job related duties as assigned by the Board.


  • Ability to handle pressure from being held responsible for the Authority’s daily operations, financial accountability, and personnel of the Authority.
  • Ability to handle questions, complaints and concerns from the public and from employees in a professional manner.
  • Ability to work with co-workers on a cooperative basis.
  • Ability to manage crisis situations.
  • Ability to drive to required meetings, workshops and Authority facilities.


  • Ability to perform responsibilities indoors and outdoors.
  • Ability to perform his/her duties in various lighting, temperature and weather conditions.


  • Ability to follow direction given by the Board and complete responsibilities as described.
  • Good analytical skills, problem-solving ability, and overall good judgment in completing responsibilities.


  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to show high level of performance.
  • Knowledge of fiscal procedures and budgetary planning.
  • Knowledge of efficient personnel management techniques.
  • Skill in oral and written communications.
  • Computer fluency and a working knowledge of basic accounting software.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to perform duties with substantial initiative and creativity.
  • Ability to perform duties with sound judgment, persistence, integrity, tact and courtesy.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with the public, media, the Board and Authority staff.
  • Skill to evaluate the Authority’s programs and operations.
  • Ability to get others to accomplish tasks, move in a certain direction or influence their direction of thought.
  • Commitment to and passion for parks and recreation.
  • Ability to attend frequent meetings, workshops, and conferences during non-business hours. 14. Possession of a valid PA license.
  • Submit to and successfully pass a criminal background check.


  • Certified as a park and recreation professional with the National Recreation and Park Association.
  • Working knowledge of rules, regulations, and ordinances pertaining to recreation programs and facilities.
  • Ability to understand the recreation needs of the community and to formulate programs designed to meet these needs.
  • Thorough knowledge of the theory and philosophy of recreation and the ability to interpret this philosophy to others.
  • Ability to develop, organize and direct a comprehensive community recreation program.
  • Ability to develop, organize and direct a program of acquisition, construction and maintenance of park areas and facilities.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business management, public or business administration, parks and recreation administration, or a closely related field of study is required, although a master’s degree is preferred. In the discretion of the Board, however, a comparable amount of directly related experience will be considered as a substitute for the minimum educational requirements. The Executive Director must have at least five (5) years of related experience in an upper level management/administrative position, preferably in the field of parks and recreation. The Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to director@bvrec.org
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Lewisburg Community Pool: Lifeguard 2019 Summer

This position is responsible for maintaining order at the pool facility by preventing accidents through the enforcement of policies, rules, regulations, and ordinances governing the conduct of patrons. Lifeguards are also responsible for monitoring the pool facilities for potential hazards or unsafe conditions, providing first aid to patrons, custodial duties in maintaining the pool facilities, public relations, and all other duties as necessary or required. This position requires weekend and Holiday work. Applicants must be 16 years or older.

Prior lifeguard certification is not required, but applicants must be able to pass lifeguard certification class (hosted by BVRA) before beginning employment. This includes a prerequisite swim test where applicants must demonstrate skills such as swimming 300 yards continuously, treading water, and picking up and transporting an object from the bottom of the pool.

Physical Aspects:

  • Ability to stand or sit for prolonged amount of time.
  • Position may require lifting of children or adults for rescue.
  • The ability to see, hear, and communicate are integral for this position and manual dexterity is needed to perform day to day operations.
  • Exposure to sun, heat, and various weather conditions.

Weekly Hours, Duration, and Time Commitment:

  • Required attendance to pool staff orientation in May
  • Staff in-services
  • Training sessions
  • Staff meetings.
  • Must be available both weekdays and weekends.
  • Preference will be given to applicants available for entire length of pool season.

To apply, please email your completed application and optional resume to Stacey Sommerfield at director@bvrec.org or call 570-524-4774.

Lewisburg Community Pool: Pool Manager 2019 Summer

Seeking individual with previous management experience to work in the capacity of Pool Manager for the Lewisburg Community Pool. Responsibilities include but are not limited to enforcing policies and procedures, which ensure efficient and effective operation of pool facilities including personnel management and training. Duties involve all swimming pool operations, including first aid, rotations, scheduling for staff, public relations, janitorial duties, limited pool maintenance including daily chemical analysis/testing, pool cleaning, cleaning of bathrooms & concession stand area, swim lessons, water aerobics and all other duties as necessary or required. This employee should have excellent organizational, communication and public relation skills.

Must be Lifeguard, First-Aid and CPR Certified or able to become certified.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Assist in supervision of staff
  • Supervise total operations of swimming pool
  • Manage seasonal pool staff members including lifeguards and front desk staff
  • Attend pool management meetings
  • Collect, count, and record reports and receipts.
  • Responsible for closing and opening of the pool.
  • Report maintenance needs to maintenance staff.
  • Assist in the scheduling and maintenance of time sheets.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous supervisory or management experience and/or demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Comfortable with public speaking and interacting with people of all ages
  • Willingness to start prior to orientation, in order to assist with the opening of the pool to the public.
  • Previous experience working with pools
  • Current lifeguard certification
  • Readiness to work 30 hrs per week including, evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Comfortable with handling chemicals, and handling required equipment for necessary work on pool when required.

Weekly Hours, Duration, and Time Commitment:

  • Required attendance to pool staff orientation, staff in-services, training sessions, and staff meetings.
  • Availability for the entire LCP season, from Memorial Day through late August. Must work weekdays, weekends, and holidays.

To apply, please email your completed application and optional resume to Stacey Sommerfield at director@bvrec.org or call 570-524-4774.

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