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Term Assistant Professor of Therapeutic Recreation
AD: 102193   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 11/19/2019  

The Department of Health Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alaska Anchorage invites applications for a term Recreation Therapy/Therapeutic Recreation faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. The position requires teaching, academic program and course development, and service. This nine-month contract can also include a summer component based on contracts with community agencies for the purposes of offering and developing summer programs.

The department is seeking a faculty member with an earned post-professional graduate and/or doctoral degree and is eligible for or holds certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). The position will bring to the university expertise and substantial experience in therapeutic recreation with an emphasis on outdoor engagement and program planning in outdoor recreation.

Candidates should have backgrounds in mental health, behavioral health, recreation therapy and/or therapeutic experience in working with members of vulnerable populations. This faculty member will contribute to the advancement of the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and the development of recreation therapy to meet accreditation standards. The position will bring expertise in working with community agencies and will expand the department’s philosophy and mission of teaching, scholarship and service to the university, community, and profession. The appointment is responsible for internships and practica, which not only includes the supervision of practicum students, but also includes building collaborative partnerships with community-based organizations, agency supervisors. The position will coordinate credentialing.

The Department is developing a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. The faculty position will lead the development of therapeutic recreation. Therapeutic Recreation will graduate students who have the preparation to pass the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist exam sponsored by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification as identified in its academic path standards. The applicant will join a group of dynamic faculty with diverse teaching, program development, and service interests. HPER faculty engage in numerous interdisciplinary teaching, service and program development collaborations across the University of Alaska system. The HPER Department supports strong partnerships with many of the state’s health care and community agencies.

The department is the home of the UAA Human Performance Lab that offers students opportunities for practice, service learning, and civic engagement in the discipline of exercise science, health promotion, and rehabilitation. The University Medical (UMED) district of Anchorage, Alaska is adjacent to the university, and can provide unique opportunities for practice, student placement, program development, and collaboration.


Submit applications online at Careers at UA. The application for this position must include a cover letter indicating experience working with or mentoring minorities, individuals with disabilities, or members of other underrepresented groups. It must also include the applicant’s curriculum vita, statement of teaching philosophy that includes a description of how multicultural content have been or will be brought into courses, and copies of academic transcripts verifying terminal degree (official transcripts will be required prior to hiring).

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

CONTACT:   Betty Hernandez SALARY: DOE
  Alaska PHONE: Unlisted


Activity Therapist
AD: 102192   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 10/10/2019  

Plan, direct or coordinate medically-approved recreation programs for patients in the facility.


Obtain information from medical records, medical staff, family members or patients themselves to assess patient capabilities, needs and interests.

Plan, organize, direct and participate in treatment programs and activities to facility patient rehabilitation.

Plan and implement expressive therapy, leisure and social activities for patients to ensure that their needs are addressed.

Conduct sessions to improve patient mental and physical well-being, instruct patients in activities and techniques, such are sports, dance, music, art or relaxation techniques designed to meet their specific needs.

Assess patient needs through observations, medical records, tests and discussions with other healthcare professionals, patient family and patient.

Create treatment plans and programs that meet patient needs and interests.

Plan and implement interventions to prevent harm to a patient.

Engage patients in therapeutic activities, such as exercise, games and community outings.

Help patients learn social skills needed to become or remain independent.


Perform other functions and tasks as assigned.


Bachelor's degree in Recreational Therapy or other recreation-based field which may be approved for national certification in their area of expertise. Master's degree preferred in some facilities, based on state requirements. Previous experience in recreation in a healthcare setting is preferred.


Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) or currently in the process of obtaining national certification; OR certified in the area of specialty (Art, Dance, Music, etc.) OR clinical professional licensure (LCPC, LPC, etc.) with certification in expressive therapy area.

First Aid, CPR, de-escalation and restraint certification required (training available upon hire and offered by facility).

CONTACT:   Allison Liston SALARY:
  Texas PHONE: Unlisted


Program Coordinator
AD: 102191   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 09/25/2019  

Brookdale Foundation House is excited to be opening a new memory care unit.

Are you looking for an opportunity to enrich the lives of others and share our passion for making a difference in people's lives, come join our team! Our residents are the reason we choose to deliver high quality care and services in a home like setting.

We offer competitive wages, benefits, training and opportunity for growth. We welcome you to apply & join our family today! This position is Monday through Friday, though flexibility in evenings and weekends is required.

Weather you are starting your career or are a seasoned health care professional, then Brookdales Program Coordinator job is for you. Our program coordinators share warm smiles while helping seniors with dementia enjoy their daily routines and live life to the fullest. Become part of our family, grow your skills and career, and have the satisfaction of helping make seniors' lives brighter every day.

This is a leadership and hands on position caring for our residents that have dementia or memory impairment. Our Program Coordinator plan, coordinate and facilitate a calendar of dementia friendly programs that meet specific needs of each and all residents within the dementia care community. You will provide person centered life enrichment programs while engaging residents in meaningful and purposeful programs with in the Brookdale Community enhancing their quality of life along with leading our caregivers in providing the best programming and activities. A Bachelor's Degree in therapeutic recreation, gerontology, education or related filed preferred.

CONTACT:   John Lanouette SALARY: Depending on Qualifications
  Washington PHONE: 2533445837
URL: http://32290 1st Ave S.


Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
AD: 102190   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 09/04/2019  

Job Summary:

Be an important part of a wonderful team that provides great patient care and truly makes a difference in people’s lives! We have an opening for an excellent Recreational Therapist. This person provides assessment, individualized intervention planning, treatment planning and group therapy to further patient/family/group progress in treatment according to Joint Commission, Federal and State Regulations, the Oceans' Mission, policies and procedures and PI standards.

Oceans Healthcare is a healthcare company that specializes in the development and management of behavioral health services. As a company, we are dedicated to offering a wide range of services and expertise to meet all the mental health needs of our patients, clients, and communities.

Our dedication to our mission, 'Providing quality healthcare services with dignity and professionalism', will allow us to be known as a quality provider of mental health services across the United States.

We are committed to utilizing the latest treatments and technological findings to ensure our patients receive the best in quality psychiatric care in each of our hospitals.

Job Requirements:Must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the disability-related needs of the patients served on assignment.Must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development appropriate to the patient population served.Must be able to assess and interpret data about the patient’s status in order to identify each patient’s needs and provide the appropriate care, including age related care/disability/cultural sensitivity related care to adolescent, chronically mentally ill, adult, geriatric, chemically dependent, and dually diagnosed patient populations.Must demonstrate in-depth knowledge of mental illness and chemical dependency and the family dynamics, which accompany them.Must have basic knowledge of chronic mental illness.Must have in-depth knowledge of clinical therapy modalities.Must have excellent communication and group/process skills as related to age specific patient needs.Must be versatile, flexible, and able to perform in stressful situations.Must have good time and organizational skills. Must be capable of coordinating multi-faceted workload.Must be able to work with an array of mental/physical-disabled persons.

CONTACT:   Melissa Richahrds SALARY:
  Louisiana PHONE: Unlisted
URL: Link Not Given


Experiential Therapist
AD: 102189   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 08/26/2019  




  DATE: 08/13/2019  


The Future of Healthcare is here at Village On The Isle. Join our team as we advance caring for our senior adults with our person-centered, household model that focuses on dignified care and support.

Village On The Isle, situated on a beautiful 16.5-acre campus on the island of Venice, Florida, is one of the first life plan communities on the Gulf Coast of Florida. A vibrant and visionary Community offering the full continuum of care, Village On The Isle is guided in its philosophy and practices by its mission to 'share God's love by promoting individual growth and dignity, enhancing the quality of life and meeting the human and spiritual needs of our residents, staff and community.'

These values are ever present in the thoughts and actions of the Community and in how we treat one another. With annual revenue of $22 million, the organization is home to approximately 360 residents and employs a dedicated team of 280 staff members.

Reporting to the Director of Resident Life, the Resident Life Lead Coordinator creates an environment and lifestyle options that provide opportunities for our residents to enjoy the highest possible quality of life through meaningful engagement that supports the mission of Village On The Isle. The Resident Life Lead Coordinator provides guidance, oversight and direction to the Activities Department in an environment that honors rich and meaningful lives for our residents. The Resident Life Lead Coordinator is a servant leader who interacts with all staff, residents and family members in a manner that is respectful and collaborative. The Resident Life Lead Coordinator reports to the Resident Life Director. This is a safety sensitive position.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Gerontology, Therapeutic Recreation, Social Services, Psychology or related field
  • Three to five years of leadership experience in a senior living or CCRC environment preferred
  • Must have outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently, while being highly collaborative with staff in all departments
  • Computer literacy which includes, but is not limited to, Microsoft Office suite
  • Must possess ability (or have a willingness to learn) to set up, maintain and run basic A/V equipment
It is understood that every incidental duty connected with operations listed in the job description is not always specifically described, and that employees, at the discretion of management, may be required to perform duties not within their job descriptions. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities by embracing and acting in accordance with our organizational values, policies & procedures.
  • Provides overall daily guidance for the Resident Life - Activities Department.
  • Supervises daily workflow, assignments and activities
  • Ensures resident programs satisfy the goals and mission of Village On The Isle.
  • Serves as community liaison to religious, civic and cultural organizations in our community.
  • Establishes holistic wellness strategies that integrate all services and departments in a person-centered strengths-based approach with residents throughout the spectrum of their experience with Village On The Isle.
  • Works with team members to implement new activities including internal and external events and functions to create an enriching environment for residents.
  • Ensure all activities-related transportation needs are met.
  • Ensure contracts with external vendors and other entities are in order.
  • Support staff by assisting with events and functions to ensure their success.
  • Responsible for ensuring accurate and timely information about events, trips and activities are maintained in a format that is most effectively communicated to our residents, families and staff.
  • Has the ability to be flexible with their work schedule as required.
  • Regular and reliable attendance is an essential function of this job.
The essential mental and physical functions listed below are required in order for an employee to be able to perform the essential functions of this position.
  • Thinking critically; defined as reading, understanding and taking appropriate action on detailed and complex information
  • Walking long distances regularly
  • Lifting and carrying up to 10 lbs
  • Repetitive actions/motion of one or both hands
  • Hearing ordinary conversation and office sounds
  • Verbal communication in person and on the phone
  • Written communication by hand and on PC

Village On The Isle
920 Tamiami Trail S.
Venice, FL 34285

CONTACT:   Teresa Carrubba SALARY: $20.00 Hourly
  Florida PHONE: Unlisted


Recreation Therapy Director
AD: 102187   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 07/18/2019  

If you are a dynamic and creative individual looking for an opportunity to make your mark with a highly respected Five-Star long-term care organization, join our team at Charles E Smith Life Communities! We are seeking an energetic Recreation Therapy Director to organize, develop and direct recreational therapy operations that contribute to our reputation, developed over the past 100 years, for excellence in geriatric care. As the largest long-term care facility in the state of Maryland, we offer many opportunities to design and launch innovative and person-centered care recreational programs. Your hands-on role as the Recreation Therapy Director will focus mainly on the facilitation and direction of activities in our 558-bed facility, the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington.

Job Responsibilities: As a Recreation Therapy Director with Charles E. Smith Life Communities, you will hire, train, develop and supervise a large staff of Recreational Therapists and assistants. You will conduct performance evaluations and act as a resource for staff as they pursue professional development for opportunities both within and outside Hebrew Home.

Additional responsibilities of the Recreation Therapy Director include:

  • Overseeing yearly departmental budgets
  • Updating and maintaining a monthly recreational calendar
  • Planning and leading outings and trips
  • Reviewing and signing off on MDS forms
  • Providing documentation for individual care plans
  • Collaborating with nurses, doctors and other medical department colleagues to develop appropriate resident programming Our ideal Recreation Therapy Director can hit the ground running upon hire, enjoys talking with residents and serves as a teacher and mentor to staff members. You must be a trendsetter who understands the importance of a cutting-edge recreational therapy department in a long-term care setting.

Additional requirements for the Recreation Therapy Director include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in therapy or a related field
  • Minimum: 5 years supervisory and department management experience in a long-term care environment
  • Experience with vendor negotiations
  • Russian speaking abilities a plus
  • CTRS Certification a plus
Benefits: Charles E. Smith Life Communities fosters a work environment that values teamwork and professional development, and recognize the hard work our people put in to provide personal care of the highest quality. Throughout our 107 years of service, we have proven time and again to be the employer of choice for individuals seeking innovation, stability and success in a long-term care career. Over 200 staff members have been with us for more than ten years and they appreciate our close proximity to Metro and public bus lines, as well as the many entertainment and educational opportunities available in the Rockville and northwestern Washington, D.C. area.

Additional benefits for the Recreation Therapy Director include:

  • Medical, dental, vision and prescription insurance
  • Retirement plan and tax-deferred annuity
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • PTO
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Credit union membership

Charles E. Smith Life Communities
Attn: Chris Stamps 6121 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852

Fax: (301) 770-8511

CONTACT:   Christopher Stamps SALARY:
  Maryland PHONE: 3017708431


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