Therapeutic Recreation Specialist I (13778, Grade 16)
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
April 16, 2018
$40,877 - $55,412
Full-time - Experienced
THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK & PLANNING COMMISSION invites applications for the position of: Therapeutic Recreation Specialist I (13778, Grade 16)
An Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary: See Position Description
OPENING DATE: 04/09/18
CLOSING DATE: 05/21/18 11:59 PM
The Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation, Special Programs Division is searching for a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist I who will work with the Therapeutic Recreation programs for individuals with disabilities (e.g., cognitive, social/emotional, physical, sensory). The selected candidate provides on-site program supervision. The incumbent plans, adapts and directs activities that are appropriate to the age and functioning level of program participants. The Therapeutic Recreation Specialist I conducts program participant assessments and adapts activities to meet individual needs.
This individual develops and implements behavior management plans, monitors progress and maintains appropriate documentation. The selected candidate assists with the recruitment, selection and hiring of program staff. This individual plans and schedules staff assignments. Evaluates and counsels staff on job performance. Develops and implements marketing strategies and maintains working relationships with local school officials, citizens, community groups and internal facility staff.
The budgeted salary range for this position is .
EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT DUTIES:
1. Plans, coordinates, and implements a comprehensive leisure programs for individuals with disabilities. Plans and adapts activities to meet the needs of program participants. Upholds licensure for after care programs as assigned. Carries out assigned behavior management plans when applicable. Responsible for direct supervision and leadership of program participants at all times. Processes registration forms. Enforces division policies and regulations.
2. Directly supervises program staff. Assists in recruitment and selection. Plans, schedules and assigns work. Evaluates and counsels employees on ways to improve performance. Meets on a regular basis with supervisor on program progress. Assists with coordination of staff training programs.
3. Ensures safety of participants, staff, and volunteers at all times. Develops and maintains a written emergency plan. Maintains current medical information on all program participants. Maintains appropriate Red Cross certification (i.e., first aid, CPR, lifesaving, pool operators). Inspects facility and equipment prior to use.
4. Implements public relations component of programs. Provides ongoing communications to program participants and parents/guardians through newsletters, phone calls, and meetings. Maintains working relationship with cooperating agencies and facility staff.
5. Overall accountability for all program supplies and equipment. Responsible for use, storage, and inventory. Requests additional supplies and equipment. May purchase supplies.
6. Plans and directs activities that are appropriate to the age and functioning level of program participants. Provides written evaluation of participant's progress (if applicable). Provides an opportunity for the development of skills (i.e., leisure, social, motor, etc). Provides written documentation as required.
1. Bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation or related field (e.g., special education, vocational rehab, etc.), and one year of progressive part-time experience, or associate degree in therapeutic recreation or related field and three years full-time professional experience or an equivalent of progressive part-time experience.
2. Certification on a paraprofessional level from the National Therapeutic Recreation Certification Council preferred.
3. Valid Maryland driver's license.
Preferred prior experience in the following:
Planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of therapeutic recreation programs for individuals with disabilities.
Experience in supervising program staff in a community-based therapeutic recreation program.
Knowledge of behavior management principles and the ability to implement effective behavior plans when needed.
Ability to conduct and make recommendations on individualized assessment plans, ability to apply principles to solve practical problems, experience conducting meetings and preparing training presentations.
Ability to utilize various communication techniques within the program, such as, Picture Expressive Communication Symbols (PECS), functional sign language, etc.
Knowledge of Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) procedures and licensing requirements for child care providers.
Works in an office and in the community. Works long hours, some evenings and weekends. On call during program hours and responds to emergency situations. Some driving required. Works with individuals with various disabilities (i.e. cognitive, social/emotional, physical, and/or sensory).
OUR OFFICE IS LOCATED AT: 6611 Kenilworth Avenue Suite 103 Riverdale, MD 20737 301-454-1411
An Equal Opportunity Employer
Job #13778 THERAPEUTIC RECREATION SPECIALIST I (13778, GRADE 16)
About Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
M-NCPPC was created by the Maryland General Assembly in 1927 to develop and operate public park systems and provide land use planning for the physical development of the great majority of Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, and to operate the public recreation program in Prince George's County. State of the art facilities and award winning programs have been the result.