Recreation Specialist - Close to Home Program
St. Vincent's Services - Staten Island, NY

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The Recreation Specialist plans and provides therapeutic recreation and independent living skills programming to the residents in Missouri Model-based program: Responsibilities:
• Provide individualized care and supervision of each resident
• Develop a comprehensive activity/recreation plan for all residents
• Organize and conduct social/recreational/cultural activities
• Develop community contacts and resources to support the above activities
• Provide individualized skill assessment, instruction and supervision
• Accompany, supervise, and provide transportation for activities
• Assist families in planning activities for children on home visits and in engaging children in activities
• Help families locate resources in their own communities to support the child and family’s social/recreational/vocational and cultural needs
• Provide direct care coverage with flexible work hours
• Organize and facilitate independent living skills groups in the residence
• Record client progress in regards to independent living skills development
• Collaborate with inter and intra agency training and ILS initiatives
• Provide a therapeutic milieu and promote appropriate socialization
• Create a warm, caring, home-like environment
• Participate in the service planning and review process
• Deliver services in accordance with service goals and objectives
• Ensure adherence to medication regimen
• Provide crisis intervention and behavior management
• Report incidents, occurrences or untoward events to the supervisor as soon as they occur and complete appropriate paperwork
• Complete all assigned documentation in a timely fashion
• Assist in residence household duties (general cleaning, laundry, shopping, meal planning and preparation); train and supervise children in developing these skills
• Attend supervision and meetings as scheduled
• Distribute and reconcile petty cash according to NSP procedures
• Fulfill any other tasks assigned by Senior Counselors or the Residence Supervisor

Skills
• Bachelor’s degree in a human service field required.
• Therapeutic recreation and National Council Therapeutic Recreation Certification eligibility is preferred
• Ability to work flexible shifts
• 2 years direct care experience, with preference for applicants with experience with youth and families with exposure to juvenile justice
• Valid NYS Driver’s License required

Notes
Dynamic new program with dedicated staff and experienced leadership in established Agency; Highly competitive salaries and generous benefits.

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