Hiring Range $34,000 - $44,000 DOQ
Benefits: Complete medical/health/life/vision and dental package; vacation, holidays, personal and sick days; IMRF
The Recreation Coordinator is responsible for planning, leading, and evaluating assigned recreation and leisure programs; and serving as the agency’s children and adolescent participant liaison.
Duties: To instruct recreation and leisure programs as developed and sponsored by SEASPAR, with a range of twelve-sixteen hours of direct leadership per week. To develop programs, special events, and overnights for children and adolescents which include developing and maintaining a wide range of recreation and leisure programs which must meet the needs and interests of SEASPAR's residents in addition to coordinating the use of community facilities to meet program needs.
To plan and implement all aspects of summer day camp program. Assist in hiring, scheduling, training and supervising camp staff. To serve as participant liaison to welcome new children and adolescent participants, develop participant profiles, mediate problems related to participants and programs. To assist with developing, organizing, and planning weekly activities, special events, day camp, and leisure education programs for people with disabilities.
To actively analyze the need for and coordinate the purchase of program supplies and equipment on a regular basis. To develop and manage department budgets, revenue and expenditures. To assist in the formulation and management of the recreation department budget.
To inform parents and teachers of students in early childhood programs through middle school about SEASPAR and its programs. To develop program goals and objectives, maintain attendance, and write evaluation reports for assigned programs.
Oversight of all aspects of Wonders Sensory Room including purchase and maintenance of equipment, scheduling and training staff. To actively support SEASPAR’s risk management program. To assist in the planning of seasonal programs and special events.To prepare and present reports relative to job duties. To assist with preparation and distribution of SEASPAR brochures and promotional materials.
To obtain and maintain training and certification in first aid, CPR, Handle with Care, and others related to duties. To attend job related in-services, conferences, workshops, and classes. To monitor local, state, and national trends as they relate to SEASPAR functions. To perform other job related duties as assigned.
Essential Functions: Must be able to sit 70% of the work day. Must be able to carry equipment up to 35 lbs. for up to 100 feet. Lift equipment/participants up to 50 lbs. Push participants in wheelchairs. Must be able to transfer individuals from wheelchairs to stationary seats, including restroom transfers. Must be able to drive agency vehicles and operate wheelchair lifts and tie-downs. Must have the ability to use telephone, computer, and office equipment and access files in cabinets. Must have mobility to move from one facility to another during the work day.
The knowledge of the basic philosophical foundation of recreation and leisure.
The ability to interact effectively with and to plan for individuals with a wide range of disabilities.
The ability when necessary to modify and adapt recreation activities to meet participants needs and interests. Develop individualized behavior management plans for participants. The knowledge of the philosophy of inclusion as well as ADA Accommodations.
The knowledge of current inclusive practices. The knowledge of basic supervisory principles.
The knowledge of current employment laws and practices. The ability to interact and plan effectively with the SEASPAR staff, parents, and staff representing park districts, schools, and other community agencies and organizations. The knowledge of schools, nursing homes, group homes, hospitals, clinics, agencies and organizations serving individuals with disabilities. The knowledge of community facilities available for SEASPAR’s use. The knowledge and skill in a wide range of recreation interest areas. The ability to set and evaluate program goals and objectives. The ability to express ideas clearly and concisely; orally and in writing. The ability to be flexible in all aspects of job responsibility. The ability to observe and accurately report on participant behavior and progress. The knowledge of and ability to practice emergency first aid and aquatic safety. The knowledge and demonstration of proper safety measures regarding equipment, supplies, and leadership while conducting programs.
Required Education and Experience: The Recreation Coordinator should be graduated from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in recreation, therapeutic recreation, special education, or related field. The Recreation Coordinator must be a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), or hold the highest level of certification in their field or attain certification within one year.
Condition of Employment: The Recreation Coordinator must be a licensed driver, provide and insure his/her own car, and use his/her own car for SEASPAR business, and must pass the pre-placement physical.
West Suburban Special Recreation Association
JOB TITLE: Recreation Specialist
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Inclusion Manager
SALARY RANGE: $36,083 – 48,800
JOB PURPOSE: Responsible for the development and implementation of recreation programs for individuals with disabilities. Supervising seasonal staff and volunteers who assist in programs. Flexible work schedule as you will work some nights and weekends. Coordinate overnight and travel trips for our participants.
QUALIFICATIONS: 4 year degree from an accredited University in Therapeutic Recreation or related field and have the equivalent of one year of experience in a recreation setting. Experience working with a variety of ages and abilities will make you a strong candidate. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist; CTRS preferred. Valid Illinois driver’s license required.
ESSENTAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB:
1. Develop individual program plans, goal writing and tracking participant’s progress.
2. Paperwork - planning programs, complete weekly and final program evaluations and complete seasonal part-time/volunteer staff evaluations.
3. Gathering, loading, transporting and setting up equipment.
4. Creating, designing and supervising seasonal programs and special events.
5. Supervision and care of individuals, including behavior management, dispensing medication, and assistance in daily self-care.
6. File incident reports and perform emergency care in accordance to WSSRA safety program.
7. Computer work, program calendars and memos to staff and families.
8. Consistently communicate with parents/guardians.
9. Provide activities for day and away trips.
10. Perform orientation and training of seasonal part-time staff, volunteers and new employees.
11. Prepare for and attend special events.
12. Assist in the supervision, training and evaluation of part-time supervisors for programs and special events.
13. Assists with inclusion programming, including conducting participant assessments, program
observations, and creating visual supports.
14. Maintain a working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 15. Provide a safe environment during programs. 16. Actively support WSSRA risk management program. 17. Drive to and from programs and facilities.
MARGINAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB: 1. Assisting individuals with disabilities. 2. Transporting participants and others in van or car to and from WSSRA offerings. 3. Picking up general materials (i.e. printed brochures, special supplies) 4. Attending agency meetings, as well as for state and local organizations.