Program Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $40,000
Maximum: $45,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



22377 Belmont Ridge Road
United States


This Program Specialist position is a member of NRPA’s Partnerships and Business Development Team and is responsible for providing detailed program support of a new federal grant from the Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The project will focus on the creation of a mentoring program for youth impacted by opioids in rural Central Appalachia. Preference will be given to those who have experience working on public health projects. Specific tasks include managing a group of NRPA grant recipients, coordinating webinars and facilitating conference calls, presenting at conference sessions, meeting planning and logistics, updating NRPA web pages, preparing electronic communications, assisting with research activities, providing technical assistance to NRPA members, attending site visits, and coordinating work with other staff and NRPA members.  

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national, nonprofit with a mission to “advance parks, recreation, and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people.” NRPA has an extensive nation-wide reach that represents a network of over 60,000 park and recreation professionals. The majority of our membership consists of employees of local park and recreation agencies across the country, through which a wide distribution of the population is served.   

In this position, you will:

  • Coordinate and prepare written summaries of project activities, including meetings, conference calls, and site visits. ;
  • Support the senior program manager to provide and coordinate technical assistance for park and recreation agencies selected to receive grants to support local planning efforts;
  • Coordinate NRPA meetings and site visits- work with NRPA staff and outside consultants to coordinate meeting logistics, including site selection, agenda development, and travel arrangements;
  • Research and identify local park and recreation agencies in target region, develop Memorandum of Understandings, administer grant check requests, respond to grantee questions, and ensure grantees are meeting grant requirements through regular communication and reporting;
  • Assist in performing research activities, including conducting focus groups, utilizing needs assessment measurement tools, creating surveys and analyzing findings.


  • Strong presentation and writing skills
  • Ability to work individually, as well as part of a team
  • Ability to manage multiple, time sensitive tasks
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Willing to travel

Application Process: All applications must be received through the online system in order to be considered for the position. If you are being referred by a current NRPA employee, please be sure to add their name in the "Notes" section. NRPA is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY employer with a COMMITMENT to DIVERSITY. Women and ethnic minorities ENCOURAGED to apply.

Salary: $40,000 - $45,000

Discover the Benefits at NRPA!

NRPA boasts a warm professional environment, with a relaxing and peaceful view of nature at its finest! At NRPA we are committed to promoting an environment of work-life balance. In the office you will have access to a fitness room with access to showers, walking and running trails, and indoor and outdoor eating areas. To promote healthy lifestyles, at work and away, we have established programs like Teleworking, Flextime Schedules, 37.5 hour work-week, Employee Assistance Programs, Educational Assistance Programs, Lunch-and-Learn sessions and more. Full time staff enjoy a very rich benefit package that includes:

  • 403(b) matched at 6% and fully vested upon hire;
  • Group Health, Dental, and Vision for employee and family paid 80+% by NRPA;
  • Life insurance, Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability paid 100% by NRPA;
  • 26 Paid days off per year plus 13 paid holidays, eligibility in the first month of employment;
  • Length of Service Awards and much more. 

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree