FUNCTION: Responsible for Fitness Programs for Teens & Adults, Aquatic Programs, Special Olympic Sports, Fitness for Veterans Program, and Inclusion Services.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: • Hire, orient, train and supervise part-time staff assigned to area programs. Monitor their performance with continual feedback. Promote staff growth and development, providing support and/or disciplinary action as needed through program visits. • Communicate with the Executive Director on issues and activities in an effort to ensure effective operations of the agency. • Prepare reports as deemed necessary by the Executive Director. • Complete program budgets and monitor financial activities. • Work up to 10 programs (special events, weekly programs, disability awareness, agency events, and inclusion programs) a season. • Oversee the Special Olympics communications including event coordination, medical applications and daily program operations. • Continuously recruit athletes and promote Special Olympics throughout our communities. • Assist in inventory, care and maintenance of supplies and equipment. • Assist with the seasonal brochure through program development, input and update of programs into RecTrac. • Create and assemble lesson plans including measurable and effective program goals and objectives, schedules, rosters and supplies. Evaluate assigned programs on a year-round basis. • Communicate effectively with coaches, players and parents regarding policies, schedules and last minute changes. • Conduct and process assessments, observations and evaluations of inclusion services. • Act as the agency's liaison for the Fitness for Veterans program • Actively support the Northern Will County SRA risk management program. • Perform other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES: • Possess knowledge of various disabilities and best practices when working with those who have special needs. • Ability to direct and supervise. • Strong ability to communicate professionally, both orally and in writing. • Ability to solve problems comprehensively and effectively. • Performs well under stressful situations. • Effectively transition through multiple tasks and/or multiple interruptions. • Ability to accommodate evening and weekend programs, presentations or meetings. • Prolonged use of computer. • Use of phone on a daily basis. • Routine use of office equipment (i.e. copier, postage machine, shredder, etc.). • Possess a valid Class “D” driver’s license to drive personal and agency vehicles to/from designated programs, between program sites, and for general transport of participants, supplies and equipment. • Assist in inventory, care and maintenance of supplies and equipment. • Perform work indoors and outdoors. • Assist people in wheelchairs, including lifting and transferring and pushing people in wheelchairs. • Supervise program participants including behavior management, transferring, personal care, and other skills necessary for the overall independence and participation. • Perform work indoors and outdoors.
POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university based on a major in Therapeutic Recreation or closely related field. • Certification in First Aid, CPR, AED and Handle with Care. • Illinois Special Olympic Class “A” Volunteer. • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire.
TO APPLY: send resume to Kailee Kordas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
BENEFITS: Complete medical, dental, vision, and life insurance package; vacation, personal, and sick days; ten paid holidays; pension plan; IPRA Membership; continuing education opportunities; Member Agency leisure benefits.
DIRECTLY REPORTS TO: The School Services & Day Camp Manager
RESPONSIBLE FOR DIRECTLY SUPERVISING: Part-Time Program Staff
JOB PURPOSE: To assess, plan, develop, implement and evaluate therapeutic recreation programs for children and adults with disabilities.
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, evaluate and document 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, evaluate and document 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. Safely drive a vehicle and 15 passenger bus 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.
SAFETY DUTIES & RESPONSIBLTIES: 1. Maintains a working knowledge of all general agency and departmental specific safety rules. 2. Uses material-handling equipment or staff assistance when needed and when lifting and/or moving objects 50 lbs. or heavier. 3. Inspects work and program areas (use checklists) for compliance with safe work practices and rules. 4. Reports any work-related or patron injuries to supervisor promptly. 5. Participate in Safety Committee and attend required safety program(s) and in service education meetings. 6. Adhere to Safety Manual contents by exhibiting a working knowledge of general and department specific safety rules. 7. Enforces safety rules by confronting and correcting unsafe behavior and conditions. 8. Corrects unsafe conditions and/or reports them to supervisor. 9. Uses personal protective equipment including safety and sun glasses, appropriate work boots and protective gloves.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The Therapeutic Recreation Specialist must, with or without reasonable accommodations, be able to perform the following functions: 1. Gather, load, transport and set-up equipment and supplies for activities. 2. Supervise individuals, including at times the use of physical restraints. 3. Physically assist individuals in wheelchairs by pushing, pulling or providing stabilization on unknown terrain. 4. Physically transfer individuals from wheelchair to chair, into and out of vehicles, from pool deck into pool, in washroom facilities, etc. 5. Lift and carry as much as 50 pounds for as long a distance as 300 feet. 6. Active participation in programs. 7. Pass pre-employment physical and lift test.
WORKING CONDITIONS: This job operates indoors in classrooms, gymnasiums, multi-purpose rooms and exercise rooms as well as outdoors at different activity fields, parks, playgrounds, etc. The noise level can range from quiet to loud. When working inside conditions can include different types of lighting and temperatures. When working outdoors you may be exposed to different types of weather conditions. You may be exposed to elements when driving to meetings or program.
HOW TO APPLY: Please apply by June 30, 2019 at: https://a2-5.applitrack.com/foxvalley/onlineapp/JobPostings/view.asp?FromAdmin=true&AppliTrackJobId=142