Western Dupage Special Recreation Association is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Program Specialist. The specialist is responsible for the implementation and evaluation of recreation programs for individuals with disabilities. The position is part time, 28 hours per week, year round, but hours must be flexible to accommodate morning, evening and weekend programs. Specialist will lead programs, work inclusively with park district participants, lead agency programs, and assist with program planning intermittently. Applicants should have knowledge of special needs populations, behavior management and therapeutic recreation. Ideal candidates can demonstrate leadership, communicate thoroughly, time manage and multitask.
FUNCTIONS: Create and follow a structured lesson plan, give direction, guidance, and supervision to support staff assigned to program, lead programs while safely supervising individuals with special needs. Maintain, store, and transport program supplies and materials as needed to successfully implement programs and inclusive experiences. Communicate participant and program progress, concerns, or issues to the Full Time Program Supervisor and communicate all accidents/incidents to the Support Services Supervisor and/or Support Services Manager immediately. Complete and submit all documentation and forms in a timely manner. Perform all duties as assigned.
SKILLS: Active participation in programs, which may include swimming, sports, or other action based activities, ability to engage in activities requiring physical exertion including running. Ability to perform required duties under stressful situations without supervisors. Perform work indoors and outdoors and under varying weather conditions including heat and cold. Ability to lift up to 40 lbs and carry for up to 100 ft – over 40 lbs requires a two person lift or mechanical assistance. Supervise individuals with disabilities, including behavior management, personal care and assisting with daily living skills (i.e. feeding, toileting, clothing assistance). Assist individuals who use a wheelchair—including lifting and transferring from chair-to-seat and pushing people in wheelchairs. Operate the wheelchair lift operation and wheelchair tie-downs in WDSRA vehicles. Maintain an accurate record of money including managing a budget, proper usage of forms, tracking receipts, and returning paperwork in an orderly manner at the conclusion of the program.
COMPENSATION: Hourly compensation based upon experience and qualifications, IMRF, mileage reimbursement.
SUPERVISION: Responsible to the Inclusion Manager
QUALIFICATIONS: Twenty one years of age or older, High school graduate; Bachelors degree in Therapeutic Recreation or a related field preferred. Two to three years direct experience working with individuals with disabilities. First Aid/CPR certification and Handle with Care Certification required or the ability to obtain within 3-6 months. Possess a valid Illinois Class “D” Driver's License. Ability to drive WDSRA vehicles per requirements listed in job description.
TO APPLY: Interested candidates should submit application and resume via our website www.wdsra.com.
Fox Valley Special Recreation Association (FVSRA) was formed in 1976 and is an extension of the Batavia, Fox Valley, Geneva, Oswegoland, St. Charles, Sugar Grove Park Districts, and South Elgin Parks & Recreation Department to provide a diverse range of year round recreational activities to enable residents with disabilities to experience active, healthy and playful lifestyles. Programs are designed to include opportunities that will enhance skill development and socialization, encourage self-awareness and community exploration, promote independence through personal choice of least restrictive environments, and provide a sense of enjoyment, satisfaction and fulfillment. Today, FVSRA serves approximately 1500 distinct individuals annually—within a diverse cultural and socioeconomic service area—through roughly 600 programs and special events.
FVSRA has 18 full-time employees, 150 part-time employees and roughly 101 seasonal recreation staff with an operating budget of 2.8 million dollars.
The mission of FVSRA is to enrich the lives of people with disabilities. Working collaboratively with member agencies and community partners, we pledge to put PEOPLE FIRST.
JOB PURPOSE: To assess, plan, develop, implement and evaluate therapeutic recreation programs for children and adults with disabilities.
POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Graduate from accredited college or university with a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation or recreation with a therapeutic emphasis and practical experience in therapeutic recreation programming. 2. Current NCTRC Certification or ability to obtain within one year of employment. 3. Must demonstrate knowledge of disabilities and have proven experience working with individuals with disabilities including planning a wide range of recreation activities. 4. Must demonstrate enthusiasm, strong interpersonal skills, communication skills and ability to work effectively with people with disabilities, FVSRA staff, FVSRA member agency staff, part time coaches, parents/guardians, participants, school district personnel, community agencies, as well as members of the general public. 5. Must be able to work independently, solve problems, and convey a positive attitude to others. Must have strong written and verbal communication skills. 6. First Aid/CPR certification required or ability to obtain within one year. 7. Handle with Care Behavior Management certification or ability to obtain within six months. 8. Ability to assess, plan, develop, implement, and evaluate activity programs for the therapeutic recreation continuum of services. 9. Ability to perform required duties under stressful situations without supervision.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Assess, plan, develop, lead, and evaluate therapeutic recreation programs on a year round basis. 2. Analyze specific area of focus, identify trends and recommend programs. 3. Serve as liaison to part-time program leaders. 4. Assist in supervision and evaluation of part-time staff and volunteers in assigned programs. 5. Develop goals and objectives for each assigned program and maintain all program paperwork; i.e., records, forms, and correspondence. 6. Attend all assigned meetings and approved professional development opportunities. 7. Develop and maintain effective communications in all work-related relationships. 8. Assist in the orientation of new part-time staff and supervision of interns. 9. Prepare program budgets and maintain expenditure records. 10. Drive a van or car to programs, seasonal events, away trips and/or meetings. 11. Provide physical and emotional assistance to children and adults with disabilities. 12. Select, recommend, inventory, purchase and organize supplies and equipment, which are associated with program assignments and responsibilities. 13. Work efficiently and effectively under pressure; such as deadlines and emergencies. 14. Demonstrate strong leadership qualities. 15. Cooperates and assists in the investigation of accidents. 16. Treats public concerns with the utmost and courteous attention. 17. Assist in all Foundation fundraising events. 18. Other duties as assigned.
BENEFITS: Medical Coverage, PPO or HMO • Prescription Coverage • Dental Coverage • Vision Reimbursement Program • Life Insurance (basic & voluntary) • Pension / Defined Benefit Plan (IMRF) • Flexible Spending Accounts • Paid Holidays, Vacation, Sick Time, Personal Days
Submit resume via email to: Keith Zalewski, Human Resources Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association (NEDSRA) is an organization dedicated to the provision of recreation and leisure opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Our work environment is both professional and fun, and we provide an excellent salary and benefits package for our employees. If you are looking for a career and not just a job, if you desire variety, challenge, and opportunity for advancement, if you want to put your skills and talents in recreation to good use, and if you want to make a significant impact in the lives of people with disabilities, look no further! Check out our website at www.nedsra.org.
Qualifications: Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in therapeutic recreation, recreation administration/management, education, or a related field, and experience working with individuals with special needs. Candidate should have strong leadership and organizational skills, and the ability to plan and implement recreation programs for youth and adults with special needs. Strong oral and written communication skills are required, as well as interpersonal skills to create good working relationships with participants, family members, teachers, allied professionals, and community contacts. The position requires proficiency in Microsoft Office and Outlook applications. Applicant must possess or have the ability to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) highly desired.
Responsibilities: The chosen candidate will work with a team of recreational professionals in the provision of specialized services for individuals with disabilities. Primary responsibilities include program leadership for individuals of all ages and abilities including Summer Day Camp; planning of NEDSRA’s adult social clubs, preparation of program budgets; supervision and mentoring of support staff; transportation of program participants; completion of written work including brochure blurbs and reports; assisting with overall agency outreach efforts and the development of new programs and services; development and maintenance of good working relationships with consumers, parents, affiliate organizations, and school personnel.
Benefits: Medical Coverage, PPO or HMO • Prescription Coverage • Dental Coverage • Vision Reimbursement Program • Life Insurance (basic & voluntary) • Short- and Long-Term Disability (IMRF) • Pension / Defined Benefit Plan (IMRF) • Flexible Spending Accounts • Paid Holidays, Vacation, Sick Time, Personal Days