MH-Recreation Assistant
State of Mississippi 25 reviews - Lauderdale, MS

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This is responsible work involving planning, organizing, and directing a recreation and entertainment program or acting as an assistant responsible for a special phase of a large program at a Department of Mental Health facilities. Incumbents direct and participate in group and individual recreational activities for both adults and children by teaching, coaching, and/or supervising them in games and musical or dramatic activities. This includes a planned program for the rehabilitation or restoration of mental and physical health. Instructions received are largely confined to matters of general policy and coordination with other programs or services, and allow for wide latitude of individual initiative and program planning. Work progress results are reviewed through staff conferences and reports. Supervision is frequently exercised over helpers, students, inmates, attendants, and/or volunteer workers. Incumbents may work under supervision of a higher-ranking Recreation Therapist at Department of Mental Health facilities.

Examples of Work:
Examples of work performed in this classification include, but are not limited to, the following:

Plans and directs a program of recreational activities for patients, students, and inmates.

Plans and directs the activities of assigned patients or children in a special phase of recreation or group activity.

Plans and directs a program of recreational activities at an educational institution for students and staff members.

Secures or directs the selection of musical instruments, organizes bands, and schedules practice sessions and program.

Coordinates programs with physicians and other staff.

Selects necessary materials, equipment, scenery, or costumes.

May assist in the in-service training of new workers.

Observes and reports on the results and progress of recreational activities to include participation and reactions.

Supervises volunteer workers, attendants, or helpers.

Coaches, instructs, and supervises games, teams, and athletic events; organizes and supervises indoor games, dances, and parties.

Works with special group or patients.

Submits requisitions and requests and cares for recreational equipment.

Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
These minimum qualifications have been agreed upon by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in this job class and are based upon a job analysis and the essential functions. However, if a candidate believes he/she is qualified for the job although he/she does not have the minimum qualifications set forth below, he/she may request special consideration through substitution of related education and experience, demonstrating the ability to perform the essential functions of the position. Any request to substitute related education or experience for minimum qualifications must be addressed to the State Personnel Board in writing, identifying the related education and experience which demonstrates the candidate�s ability to perform all essential functions of the position.

Graduation from a standard four-year high school or equivalent (GED);


One (1) year of experience related to the described duties.

Substitution Statement:
Related education and related experience may be substituted on an equal basis.

Essential Functions:
Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring agency. The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Plans, coordinates, directs, and documents recreational activities at a Department of Mental Health facility.

2. Supervises and trains lower-level staff, volunteer workers, or helpers.

3. Ensures the proper selection of equipment, scenery, materials, etc. associated with recreational activities.

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