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
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