Bachelor’s degree preferred in Therapeutic Recreation or a related field. NCTRC eligibility desired. Related experience will be considered. Must have the ability and knowledge to plan, supervise, implement, and evaluate therapeutic recreation programs. Must demonstrate leadership skills and possess strong oral and written communication skills. Valid Illinois Driver’s License required. First Aid, CPR is required or attainable upon employment. Pre-employment physical including drug and alcohol test required.
The Recreation Specialist is responsible for the organization, implementation, and evaluation of recreation programs for individuals with disabilities. The position is full-time, but hours must be flexible to accommodate evening, weekend and overnight programs. The Recreation Specialist is responsible for approximately 20-30 hours of leading programs per week and to supervise 3-4 special events each season. Programs run seasonally for 26-28 weeks of the year. The remainder of time is dedicated to program planning, miscellaneous programs, development and trips. Driving is essential to the position. Recreation Specialist is required to transport self to programs they supervise or staff. Also, must be trained to drive SSSRA vehicles for transportation of participants, equipment and other program needs.
Supervise, plan, implement, lead and evaluate weekly programs, day camps, cooperative programs, special events, away trips, and occasionally Inclusion programs.
Provide supervision and care of individuals, including behavior management, dispensing medication, and assistance in daily self-care.
Professionally communicate with parents, guardians, co-workers, outside agencies, and other professionals.
Provide direct oversight of the Drama Club program.
Plan for and coordinate the Day Trippers, Young Adult Social Club and Saturday Night Social Club programs. Planning consists of creating seasonal calendars, purchasing tickets, gathering supplies, and supervising/overseeing the programs.
Plan for and coordinate overnight camps. Planning consists of developing an agenda/calendar, packing lists, overnight
forms, and medication distribution records. Information is then provided to participants, families, & part-time staff.
Present information at the Annual Safety Training and Seasonal Staff Meetings of part-time staff and volunteers.
Write and prepare routine and special reports for the monthly Board packet.
Provide pertinent program information to the Public Relations Manager for flyers, brochures and news releases.
Participate in agency fundraising events and promotion of SSSRA through public relations activities.
To be available by cell phone, in accordance with the Association’s Cellular Phone Usage Policy, when you are responsible for a particular program, even if the program occurs outside of your regular business hours.
To prepare and manage program related budget line items.
All other duties deemed necessary by the supervising Manager, Superintendent or Executive Director.
To actively support the safety program by obeying and enforcing safety guidelines and procedures; To practice safety and risk management in daily work; To promptly and properly report all accidents and incidents occurring within the course of employment, no matter how minor; To ensure the timely and accurate completion of incident reports.
Sitting: intermittent 20-25 hrs/week (desk & vehicle); Crouching: to lift participant or equipment up to 300 pounds, with assistance of other staff; Lifting: participants in and out of wheelchairs, supplies and equipment up to 50 lbs.; Transportation: ability to get to and from programs and office, provide other transportation for participants; Participation: ability to actively participate in program activities 20-30 hrs/week i.e. swim, bowl, sports, music, day camp.
The Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association is looking for a trustworthy therapeutic recreation professional who is ready for the job of a lifetime! Join our fun work atmosphere filled with innovative staff. Does compassion for individuals with disabilities just come naturally for you? The NISRA team could be the place for you.
Our NISRA core values of FUN, PROFESSIONAL, COMPASSIONATE, TRUSTWORTHY AND INNOVATIVE clearly describe the culture by which we are guided in all of our programs, people we hire and places where we provide services.
Position: Part-Time Recreation Specialist Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association 285 Memorial Drive Crystal Lake, IL 60014 (815) 459-0737
Qualifications: Must be a high school graduate or equivalent with a minimum of (1) year experience in a recreation setting. Bachelor’s degree (in process) in Therapeutic Recreation or related field preferred. Candidates must have general knowledge and skills to instruct sports and games, swimming, fitness, arts & crafts, outdoor, general recreation and social programs for individuals with disabilities. Must possess strong communication, leadership, planning and organizational skills as well as basic computer knowledge. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age or older, have a valid Class “D” driver’s license and be First Aid/CPR certified, or attain upon hiring. In accordance with federal, state and local laws, it is the policy of NISRA to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons.
Summary: The primary responsibility of this position is to organize, plan and lead weekly recreation programs, social clubs and special events for individuals with disabilities of all ages. The Part-Time Recreation Specialist gives direction to, supervises and evaluates assisting staff and volunteers in assigned programs. Other duties include transporting participants in NISRA para-transit vehicles, coaching Special Olympic sports (which may require travel and/or overnights), assisting with overnight trips, and other administrative duties as assigned. Plan, lead and drive for programs an average of 30-35 hours per week, including afternoons, evenings and weekends (Saturdays required during program season). Schedule is determined based on need and availability during the 4 NISRA program seasons (approximately 30 weeks per year). This position averages 20 hours per week outside of the 4 NISRA program seasons.
Salary: Starting at $14.45 per hour Benefits: IMRF pension plan, monthly mileage reimbursement, sick, vacation, holidays, personal days. Start Date: ASAP
To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to: NISRA Attn: Kelly Kronwall 285 Memorial Drive Crystal Lake, IL 60014 firstname.lastname@example.org