Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association (NEDSRA) is an organization dedicated to the provision of recreation and leisure opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Our work environment is both professional and fun, and we provide an excellent salary and benefits package for our employees. If you are looking for a career and not just a job, if you desire variety, challenge, and opportunity for advancement, if you want to put your skills and talents in recreation to good use, and if you want to make a significant impact in the lives of people with disabilities, look no further! Check out our website at www.nedsra.org.
Qualifications: Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in therapeutic recreation, recreation administration/management, education, or a related field, and experience working with individuals with special needs. Candidate should have strong leadership and organizational skills, and the ability to plan and implement recreation programs for youth and adults with special needs. Strong oral and written communication skills are required, as well as interpersonal skills to create good working relationships with participants, family members, teachers, allied professionals and community contacts. The position requires proficiency in Microsoft Office and Outlook applications. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) highly desired.
Responsibilities: The chosen candidate will work with a team of recreational professionals in the provision of specialized services for individuals with disabilities. This position will include assisting with the organization and implementation of inclusion services (working closely with the Inclusion Coordinator), and program leadership for individuals of all ages and abilities. This includes preparation of program budgets, supervision and mentoring of support staff, transportation of program participants, completion of written work including brochure descriptions and reports. The Recreation Specialist will assist with agency outreach efforts, development of new programs and services, development and maintenance of working relationships with consumers/parents/affiliates.
Benefits: Medical Coverage, PPO or HMO • Prescription Coverage • Dental Coverage • Vision Reimbursement Program • Life Insurance (basic & voluntary) • Short- and Long-Term Disability (IMRF) • Pension / Defined Benefit Plan (IMRF) • Flexible Spending Accounts • Paid Holidays, Vacation, Sick Time, Discretionary Days
Jerry Barton, CTRS
Northeast Dupage Special Recreation Association 1770 West Centennial Place Addison, IL 60101 630-620-4500 / email@example.com
Supervised by: Adult Day Program Manager EAGLES
Position Status: Permanent Part Time
Fair Labor Standards Act: Non-Exempt
Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Location: Brookfield Municipal Building, 8820 Brookfield Ave, Brookfield, IL 60513
Summary: The EAGLES Support Staff is responsible for assisting with the EAGLES Adult Day Program. This includes providing a safe learning environment for the participants and staff, assisting the EAGLES Manager and Site Director with program planning, lesson plans, and purchasing supplies.
• High school diploma required; college degree preferred. • Two years direct experience working with individuals with disabilities preferred. • Valid driver's license and CPR/First Aid certification or ability to obtain within six months. • 21 years of age or older and able to perform the job functions independently of others. • Availability to commit to working year-round with holiday breaks.
• Assist EAGLES Manager in the development, planning, and implementation of daily activities. • Successfully work with full-time staff, EAGLES Site Director and other Support Staff, volunteers, parents, community partners, member entity staff, and individuals with special needs. • Discuss any concerns and issues with EAGLES Manager. • Participate and supervise in all planned activities. • Be familiar with the physical, mental, and medical limitations of all participants; be prepared to provide appropriate attention to all participants in all situations. • Ensure safety factors relative to the program and participant needs. • Understand and use proper disciplinary techniques; provide behavior management when necessary. • Be available to listen to parental concerns and answer questions on behalf of SEASPAR or refer questions to administrative staff. • Create lesson plans which include appropriate activities, contacts, and timelines. • Ensure that the facility/program site as well as any equipment is properly maintained. • Read, understand, and abide by all SEASPAR policies and procedures.
• Be dependable and punctual. • Motivate staff and participants to initiate success. Be flexible to change when considering their needs. • Act as an advocate for the participants when necessary. • Provide behavior management when necessary. • Encourage participation and development of friendships with other participants in the program. • Lift, transport, and set up equipment if necessary. • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
Competencies To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: • Worker Traits: Demonstration of enthusiasm, strong interpersonal skills, communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with people with disabilities, SEASPAR staff, SEASPAR member entity staff, parents/guardians, participants, and community groups, as well as members of the general public. • Safety and Security: Use good safety awareness and judgment and always follow SEASPAR policies; report potentially unsafe conditions; use equipment following manufacturer safety instructions; follow agency ergonomic policies and procedures. • Problem Solving: Identify and appropriately resolve problems in a timely manner; gather and analyze information skillfully, develop alternative solutions; work well in group problem solving situations; use reason even when dealing with emotional topics. • Interpersonal Skills: Apply appropriate conflict management skills; maintain confidentiality; listen to others without interrupting; keep emotions under control; remain open to others' ideas; try new things. • Oral Communication/Language Skills: Speak clearly and effectively in all situations; listen and ask for clarification from supervisor if needed; respond appropriately to questions; read and interpret all necessary agency documents. • Written Communication: Write clearly and informatively; edit work for spelling and grammar; be able to interpret written information; present clear, legible handwriting for all SEASPAR forms and documents. • Judgment/Reasoning Ability: Exhibit sound and accurate judgment when making all program-related decisions; include appropriate people in the decision-making process. • Professionalism: Approach others in a tactful manner and react well under pressure; treat others with respect and consideration; accept responsibility for own actions; follow through on commitments. • Adaptability: Adapt to changes in the work environment; manage competing demands; change approach or method as necessary; deal with occasional changes, delays, unexpected events, or program cancellations. • Attendance/Punctuality: Demonstrate consistent attendance and on-time arrival; ensure responsibilities are covered when absent; arrive at meetings, in-services, and trainings on time. • Dependability: Follow instructions, respond to management direction; take responsibility for own actions; keep commitments; commit to long hours of work when necessary; complete tasks on time. • Leadership: Lead participants to have successful recreation experiences; demonstrate positive interactions with other staff members, individuals with disabilities, and parents/guardians; enlist the support of others to accomplish a common task. • Adaptability: Adapt activities based on the skill level and needs of each participant to encourage appropriate participation on a regular basis.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the key responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the key responsibilities. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee is required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or transfer up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at SEASPAR, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic as established by applicable law.
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. Gather, load, transport and set 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.