The Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation is searching for an Adapted Aquatics Coordinator who plans and coordinates, implements and evaluates comprehensive and seasonal adapted aquatics and fitness programs for individuals with disabilities located throughout Prince George’s County, Maryland.
This highly skilled individual hires, supervises, and evaluates program staff; prepares budget projections and monitors program revenues and expenses; handles program registrations, participant issues, etc; writes newsletters, articles, reports, program flyers, etc.; coordinates adapted aquatics staff trainings; performs community outreach by representing therapeutic recreation programs and services internally and externally through committee work, presentations, meeting with community groups, etc. Position requires a high degree of expertise in the area of therapeutic recreation.
Examples of Important Duties:
1. Coordinates on-going programs. Develops and adapts programs for individuals with disabilities (i.e., days camps, pre-school programs, five-day-a-week programs, etc.). Plans activities and programs to meet the needs of individuals with various disabilities. Assist in the development of behavior management plans where applicable. Processes registration forms. Schedules facilities and equipment works with group leaders and parents to evaluate the process of program participants with disabilities. Also includes programming the coordination of individuals medication. 2. Coordinates and supervises staff. Recruits, selects, and assists in the training of staff. Checks backgrounds. Plans, schedules, and assigns work. Evaluates performance and counsels employees on ways to improve performance. 3. Publicizes programs. Writes articles, newsletters, flyers, news releases, and ads to publicize programs and events. Gives talks at professional conferences. Sends promotional materials to news media and maintains mailing lists of individuals and groups interested in special recreation programs. 4. Prepares budget requests for programs. Monitors revenues and expenditures. Controls expenditures in accordance with approved budget. Prepares purchase requests, check requests, and initiates contracts. 5. Coordinates internally. Assists in developing goals and objectives for division. Acts as a liaison and/or resource with other area personnel within the department on a regular basis. Reviews Commission policies and procedures and serves on committees to ensure that Commission facilities and programs provide equal access and enjoyment for individuals with disabilities. 6. Coordinates externally. Includes case coordination with cooperating agencies/facilities. Initiates formal agreements with other agencies. Refers participants to outside services (e.g., employment, educational, medical, etc.). Meets with citizens, community groups, schools, and other governmental agencies to identify needs, plan programs, and answer questions about recreation programs. Investigates complaints.
7. Maintains records of revenue and expenditures, supplies and equipment, time cards, and program participants. Writes periodic administrative reports.
1. Bachelor's degree or four years progressively responsible experience in therapeutic recreation and/or related field (e.g., special education, vocational rehabilitation, etc.) and four years professional experience in community-based therapeutic recreation programs, at least one of which involved supervision of others; or 2. An equivalent combination of education and experience. 3. Valid Maryland driver's license or the ability to acquire one.
Preferred prior experience in the following:
Planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of adapted aquatics and fitness programs for individuals with disabilities.
Certifications in Lifeguarding, Water Safety Instructor, and Pool Operator’s License (or the ability to acquire the certifications within 6 months of employment).
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist desired.
Kn owledge or proper use adapted aquatics and fitness equipment.
Knowledge of behavior management principals and the ability to implement effective behavior plans when needed. Working Conditions:
Works in an office and in the community. Works long hours, evening, and some 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).
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