Profession recreation policy officer

Recreation policy officers research, analyse and develop policies in the sports and recreation sector and implement these policies in order to improve the sport and recreation system and improve the health of the population. They strive to increase the participation in sports, support athletes, enhance the performance of athletes in national and international competitions, improve social inclusion and community development. They work closely with partners, external organisations or other stakeholders and provide them with regular updates.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional

Skills

  • Develop recreation programmes

    Develop plans and policies which aim to provide the desired recreation activities to a target group or in a community.

  • Promote recreation activities

    Promote the implementation of recreation programs in a community, as well as recreation services provided by an organisation or institution.

  • Advise on legislative acts

    Advise officials in a legislature on the propositioning of new bills and the consideration of items of legislation.

  • Create solutions to problems

    Solve problems which arise in planning, prioritising, organising, directing/facilitating action and evaluating performance. Use systematic processes of collecting, analysing, and synthesising information to evaluate current practice and generate new understandings about practice.

  • Maintain relationships with government agencies

    Establish and maintain cordial working relationships with peers in different governmental agencies.

  • Develop sports programmes

    Develop plans and policies for the inclusion of sporting activities and organisations in a community, and for the development of sporting activities for specific target groups.

  • Manage government policy implementation

    Manage the operations of the implementation of new government policies or changes in existing policies on a national or regional level as well as the staff involved in the implementation procedure..

  • Promote sport activities in public health

    Support the delivery of sport and physical activity to promote general health and wellbeing, decrease risk factors for disease and prevent chronic disease and disability.

  • Analyse community needs

    Identify and respond to specific social problems in a community, delineating the extent of the problem and outline the level of resources required to address it and identifying the existing community assets and resources that are available to address the problem.

Optional knowledge and skills

advise on government policy compliance apply latest sport science findings project management perform project management government policy implementation develop professional network scientific research methodology liaise with politicians government representation liaise with sports organisations