Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) enriches the lives of children and adults with disabilities as a partnership of 17 Park Districts located within the northwest suburbs of Chicago. NWSRA provides outstanding recreation opportunities for people with disabilities within our partner Park Districts through weekly programs, adult day programs (PURSUIT), special events, summer day camps and inclusion in park district programs. NWSRA is a park district that serves people with disabilities.
Job Purpose: To support the inclusion process for individuals with disabilities participating in recreation and leisure programs and services within the Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) 17 member districts, in cooperation with three Inclusion Coordinators, the Manager of Inclusion Services, the member district staff, the participants and parents/guardians. To assist the Manager of Inclusion with in-service training for member district staff and NWSRA staff regarding inclusion and ADA. To recruit, hire, oversee and manage the inclusion staff. To assess, plan, develop, implement and evaluate recreation and leisure programs for children and adults with disabilities. Represent NWSRA at meetings, support community access to recreation for individuals with disabilities and advocate for the development of recreation programs for everyone.
Summary of Duties: Demonstrate an understanding of the inclusion process and work closely with the inclusion team to support individuals with disabilities in the least restrictive environment and the most inclusive setting. Responsible for all the inclusion services for the assigned member districts including before and after school care, preschool, weekly programs, special events, trips and summer day camp. Responsible for responding to inclusion requests, observation of programs, recruiting, hiring, supervising, training, and evaluating inclusion staff, interpreters and volunteers. Conduct weekly inclusion site visits at the assigned member districts. Complete observations, assessments and follow up with the necessary paperwork, phone calls, and debriefing after each observation. Provide training of inclusion staff with the inclusion placements in assigned member districts. Demonstrate ability to troubleshoot and address behaviors, programming issues, and concerns regarding the inclusion placement and the inclusion process. Ability to develop, implement and evaluate behavior plans and inclusion plans based on Participant Care Guidelines.
Qualifications: Graduate from accredited college or university with a BA/BS degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Parks and Recreation, or related field of study. Must have knowledge of and ability to confidently work effectively with individuals with disabilities. Current National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) or Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or the ability to get certified within an allotted amount of time determined by the policy of the Association and/or the Executive Director. Must have a minimum of two years of full time experience with children and adults with various disabilities.
To apply complete online Application at www.nwsra.org/jobs. Must attach current resume. Position is open until March 1.
Maine - Niles Association of Special Recreation, located in Morton Grove, IL, is an extension of six member Park Districts and one local Village. Please visit our website at www.mnasr.org to learn more about our agency.
Accountability: Superintendent of Recreation
The Support Staff Manager is responsible for the coordination and direct supervision of all Part Time Staff and Volunteers into an array of therapeutic recreation programming. The position requires the application of specialized therapeutic training to formulate and administer a broad recreation delivery of services for individuals with special needs without exclusion.
FLSA: The Support Staff Manager is a full time, exempt employee with hours that fluctuate to accommodate evening or weekend programs and meetings.
Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Special Education, adaptive physical education or a related field. Two (2) years full-time experience in therapeutic recreation, parks and recreation, special education, adaptive physical education or related field. Knowledge of the recreational needs of persons with a disability without exclusion. NCTRC (National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Council) Certification or comparable certification on the state level required within six (6) months of employment. Candidate must also possess a valid Illinois class “D” driver license.
Plan, conduct, oversee, implement, and evaluate and/or assist recreation programs for individuals with disabilities. This includes but is not limited to implementation of lesson plans, adaptions, behavior management strategies and documentation including but not limited to budgeting, program evaluations and incident reports.
Provide supervision of overall program, assisting staff, and participants. Participant supervision may include lifting and transferring, feeding, and other personal care. Provide physical and emotional support to children and adult with disabilities.
Safely transport participants of varying ages and abilities using agency vehicles.
Assist with agency-wide and Foundation events.
Advocate for community access to recreation for individuals with disabilities.
Represent M-NASR through attendance at community meetings and functions, and address schools, parents, participants, Member Agencies and/or other service groups.
Adhere to all agency policy, procedure, and safety manuals by exhibiting a working knowledge of general and department specific rules and operations.
Provide timely response to communication.
Job Specific Essential Functions:
Recruit, hire, orient, train, evaluate, and supervise one full time Recreation Specialist.
Recruit, hire, orient, train, supervise, approximately 50 part time staff (including assisting staff, program leaders, and drivers) for ongoing programs, social clubs, and special events.
Recruit, orient, train, supervise volunteers for M-NASR programs and events.
Conduct seasonal trainings for part time staff, evaluate and provide additional trainings as necessary.
Manage and communicate staffing assignments, placements, and changes to ensure coverage for M-NASR ongoing programs, social clubs, and special events.
Oversee evaluation process for part time staff.
Proof and submit bi-weekly payroll for part time staff.
Utilization of computer software and databases, specifically Microsoft Office and RecTrac.
Staff will comply with all M-NASR Safety Policies and Procedures and carry out all tasks in a safe manner
Attendance at various safety in-services will be required
Must be able to respond to needs of individuals with disabilities
Must be able to work under stressful conditions
Must demonstrate adequate leadership qualities
Must be willing to work as part of a team
Must be confident when presenting to a group at orientations and trainings
Must be able to lift and transfer participants or equipment safely
Must be able to perform physical restraints if necessary
May be exposed to extreme weather conditions (i.e. during damp seasons, rain and heat)
May be exposed to elements when driving to meetings/programs or when assisting in outdoor functions
May be exposed to hazardous vegetation (i.e. poison ivy) during activities
May work with flammable material
Must exhibit good problem solving ability and good judgment in keeping with the mission of M-NASR
Must be able to demonstrate good safety awareness and judgment
Must be able to follow rules and directions
Essential Physical Capabilities:
Prolonged periods of sitting, standing, bending, stooping, and walking.
Good hearing at conversation levels.
Good general health.
Operating a passenger vehicle.
Good speaking capabilities.
Capable of lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying items weighing 20-50 pounds with mechanical assistance or team lift. M-NASR is an equal opportunity employer.
To apply, please complete a formal application at the link below.
Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The Therapeutic Recreation Intern is responsible for the organization, implementation, and evaluation of recreation programs for individuals with disabilities of all ages. Hours will vary depending on the weekly activities and special events; however, the intern will work approximately 37.5 hours per week, including nights and weekends.
QUALIFICATIONS: Currently working towards a college degree in Recreation Therapy or related field. Must have experience working with individuals with disabilities in a recreation setting. The Recreation Intern must possess exceptional oral and written communications skills.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB: 1. Develop individual program plans, goal writing and tracking current progress. 2. Paperwork - planning programs, complete weekly and final program evaluations and complete seasonal part-time/volunteer staff evaluations. 3. Display professionalism in oral and written communications. 4. Manage personal schedule, combining pre-scheduled activities, special events, meetings, and university requirements. 5. Gathering, loading, transporting and setting up equipment. 6. Supervision and care of individuals, including behavior management, dispensing medication, and assistance in daily self-care. 7. Collaborate with all facets of the agency and Special Recreation including Lekotek and Inclusion Services. 8. Assist with behavior management suggestions to Inclusion Aides and partner agency staff. 9. Help develop, implement, and evaluate individual behavior/inclusion plans. 10. File incident reports and perform emergency care in accordance to WSSRA safety program. 11. Consistently communicate with parents/guardians. 12. Provide activities for day and away trips. 13. Perform orientation and training of seasonal part-time staff, volunteers and new employees. 14. Prepare for and attend special events. 15. Assist in the supervision, training, and evaluation of part-time supervisors for programs and special events. 16. Actively support WSSRA risk management program including enforcing safety rules, reporting accidents and injuries, and developing ideas for the prevention of future incidents. 17. Drive to and from programs and facilities. 18. Transport participants and others in agency vehicle to and from WSSRA programs. 19. Attend agency and local community meetings.
Please send letter of interest and resume to Carla Pakenas at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please follow the link to apply: https://seaspar.isolvedhire.com/jobs/129592.html
Function - The Recreation Coordinator is responsible for planning, leading, and evaluating assigned recreation and leisure programs.
Supervision - The Recreation Coordinator is responsible to the Inclusion Manager.
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 plan and coordinate Special Olympics and sports 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 coordinate all aspects of the summer school cooperative programs (SASED).
To plan a variety of aquatic 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 coordinate several large-scale sporting events on an annual basis, including a swim meet, bowling tournament and various other sports competitions.
To develop, organize and plan the weekly adaptive athletic programs for people with physical disabilities.
To develop program goals and objectives, maintain attendance, and write evaluation reports for assigned programs.
To actively support SEASPAR’s risk management program.
To assist in the planning of seasonal programs and special events.
To develop and manage department budgets, revenue and expenditures. Assist in the formulation and management of the recreation department budget.
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.
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 and drug test.
Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation (M-NASR)
Recreation Specialist - Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (AWID) / Special Olympics Liaison
Accountability: Senior Operations Manager
The Adults with an Intellectual Disability (AWID) Recreation Specialist is responsible for the implementation of leisure services for individuals with a disability or special need from child to adult. This position requires the application of specialized therapeutic training to formulate and administer a broad recreation delivery of services for individuals with special needs without exclusion. This position is full-time, with hours that fluctuate to accommodate evening and weekend programs and meetings.
Qualifications: Must have a Bachelors’ Degree, preferably in Therapeutic Recreation, Special Education, Adapted Physical Education or a related field from an accredited college or university. Ability to complete NCTRC (National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification) or comparable certification within six months of employment. Lifeguard Certification, CPR & First Aid Certification, and NCI are all required within six months of employment. A valid Illinois Driver’s License and personal transportation to accomplish position responsibilities. Knowledge of the recreational needs of persons with a disability without exclusion. Knowledge and/or training in the area of therapeutic recreation, recreation, special education, adaptive physical education or a related field.
Essential Functions: 1. Assist with managing support staff in programs 2. Direct leadership of leisure services for individuals of all ages with special needs and ability levels as well as active participation in programs 3. Supervision of program participants including behavior management, transferring and other skills necessary for the overall independence and participation of individuals with a disability 4. Assist with development of curriculums for community based recreation programs 5. Gather, load, transport and set up of equipment necessary for program implementation 6. Assist in the training and orientation of support staff. Successful passage of lift/transfer training within 1 year of employment 7. Assist in the daily management of programs through paperwork and record keeping systems-planning programs, program evaluation, budgets and occasionally incident reports. 8. Prepare for special events 9. Assess, plan, implement and evaluate all aspects of all Special Olympics Programs 10. Plan the annual vacation trip 11. Assist with managing M-NASR Facebook Page 12. Other Agency related responsibilities as assigned by Supervisor, Superintendent or Executive Director
Marginal Functions: 1. Comply with Safety Policies 2. Drive a van or car to daily programs, seasonal special events or away trips 3. Pick up general materials (i.e. printed brochures, special supplies) 4. Attend meetings for state and local organizations
Safety Considerations: 1. Staff will comply with all M-NASR Safety Policies and Procedures and carry out all tasks in a safe manner 2. Attendance at various safety in-services will be required
Psychological Considerations: 1. Must be able to respond to needs of individuals with disabilities 2. Must be able to work under stressful conditions 3. Must demonstrate adequate leadership qualities 4. May work with flammable material
Physiological Considerations: None
Environmental Considerations: 1. May be exposed to extreme weather conditions (i.e. during damp seasons, rain, snow, sleet, and extreme heat) 2. May be exposed to elements when driving to meetings/programs or when assisting in outdoor functions 3. May be exposed to hazardous vegetation (i.e. poison ivy) during activities
Cognitive Considerations: 1. The AWID Specialist must exhibit good problem solving ability while leading programs, assisting participants and supervising support staff 2. Good judgment is needed to provide safe program atmosphere 3. Must be able to demonstrate good safety awareness 4. Must be able to follow rules and directions
Essential Physical Capabilities: 1. Prolonged periods of sitting, standing, bending, stooping, and walking 2. Good Vision 3. Good hearing at conversation levels 4. Good general health 5. Operating a passenger vehicle 6. Good speaking capabilities 7. Capable of lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying items weighing 20-50 pounds or use mechanical assistance/team lift.
To apply, please complete a formal application at the link below.
Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.