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Director of Recreation Therapy
AD: 102098   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 09/18/2018  


The YMCA of South Florida is looking for a Director of Recreational Therapy to join their Youth Development Team. The Director of Recreational Therapy is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the overall operations of the program throughout the YMCA of South Florida, including administration, management, marketing, program development of recreation therapy and Special Olympics.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop and maintain systems designed to enhance quality and efficiency of the program areas
  • Develop and maintain community relationships with regard to the school system, community, state and national agencies providing services related to programs.
  • Therapist will work to restore motor, social and cognitive functioning,
  • Build confidence, develop coping skills, and integrate skills learned in program settings into community settings based upon participant interests.
  • Develop and maintain programs that will specialize in the treatment of mental or physical disabilities (i.e.) creative arts, sports, aquatics, adventure programming, dance/movement, community outings,
  • Recruit, supervise, and evaluate staff to meet quality and performance standards of the Y.
  • Develop and monitor enrollment, payment, and safety guidelines for use throughout the YMCA of South Florida service area.
  • Participate in the Annual Support Campaign.
  • Prepare annual budget; manage and take appropriate action to correct variances.
  • Coordinate the training of all necessary staff.
  • Create and Implement Programs.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in recreational therapy or related field, with a preference for a candidate who is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS).
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong community relations.
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor and develop staff.
  • Excellent supervisory and organizational skills.
  • Experience adapting sports
  • Working with children and adults
  • Ability to work Nights and weekends
  • Experience with Intellectual and Physical Disabilities
  • Experience with Parks and Recreation
  • Excellent interpersonal; ability to relate with individuals at all levels.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent computer skills, (Microsoft Word and Excel).

As a condition of employment, you will be required to submit to and satisfactorily clear a thorough Level II fingerprinting background screening.

The YMCA of South Florida is a Drug Free Workplace and is committed to the policy of Equal Opportunity prohibiting discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, political affiliation, age or disability.

CONTACT:   Jean Kneely SALARY:
  Florida PHONE: 9548260800
URL: http://900 SW 3rd Ave Suite 300


Independant Living Coordinator
AD: 102096   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 09/18/2018  

General Responsibilities

Plan, direct and coordinate activities to provide life-enriching events for resident and the community; coordinate a successful volunteer program and ensure the interests and the physical, mental and psychological well-being of each resident is maintained.

Essential Duties

  • Directs the Escapades staff in the fulfillment of project assignments within budget, with quality and on schedule.
  • Provides indirect supervision of volunteers.
  • Staff supervision with direct responsibilities for interviewing, selection, training, motivating,performance appraisals, goals setting, and developing procedures to ensure achievement of those goals.
  • Develops and maintains a good rapport with all departments involved with the care plan to ensure that a team effort is achieved in developing a comprehensive plan of care.
  • Visits residents and provides assistance with activities.
  • Plans, develops, organizes, implements, evaluates, and directs the activity programs of this facility.
  • Develops, administers, and coordinates department policies and procedures.
  • Prepares and plans the department's budget for food, equipment, supplies, and labor, and submit to the Executive Director for review, recommendations, and approval; forecasts the needs of the department.
  • Meets with Escapades staff on a regular basis to develop, conduct, and evaluate activities.
  • Uses computer system and network to develop programs, flyers, notifications, activity calendars, etc.


A High School Diploma / GED Diploma. Pennsylvania requires drivers pass the BHSL Direct Care Competency Test. College degree preferred, recreation therapist certification desirable. Must possess a valid driver's license.


Minimum of three years recreation therapy supervisory experience preferred. Must possess leadership skills, willingness to work harmoniously with and supervise professional and non-professional staff, good human relations, strong verbal and written communications and ability to effectively deal with people at different organizational levels both inside and outside the company.

Physical and Sensory Requirements(with or without the aid of mechanical devices)

Must function independently, have flexibility, personal integrity and ability to work effectively with residents, personnel and support agencies. Position requires proficient interpersonal and communication skills; moderate reading, writing and grammar skills; auditory and visual skills; ability to bend, stoop, sit, stand, lift, reach, and push or pull a minimum of 50 pounds.

Working Conditions: Moves intermittently during working hours and subject to frequent interruptions. May be subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, personnel and visitors. Must be able to cope with mental and emotional stress of the position.

CONTACT:   Deborah Joachim SALARY:
  New York PHONE: Unlisted


Life Skills Services Coordinator
AD: 102094   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 09/17/2018  

Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse, located in Stone Mountain, GA, is a place where people living with the lifelong effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) are respected and valued as contributing community members.

Our rehabilitation focuses on the abilities, strengths and volunteer efforts of members who work side by side with staff to manage all operations of the Clubhouse. In this supportive environment, members once again learn to contribute in meaningful ways that carry over to work, home and community. Finally, a life-changing injury is transformed into a new normal for members and their families as they move from being a medical patient to living a full and satisfying life.


Assesses, develops, and teaches skills to adults with brain injuries to live as self-sufficiently as possible while engaging in meaningful and productive life roles; uses person-centered planning and Clubhouse philosophies in supporting members to develop, implement, and modify their individual Member Plans for both onsite and offsite services; coordinates Life Skills Services with clients, families, case managers, staff, and community resources while maintaining the scope of Side by Side’s mission and practices.


• Master’s degree in Human Services field (will consider Bachelor's degree with minimum of 3 years experience in brain injury services with demonstrated ability to develop and implement service plans)

• Professional certification/license preferred

• Experience as a Recreation Therapist or Rehabilitation Counselor will be considered

• Certification as a Brain Injury Specialist or obtains within 1 year of eligibility.

• Minimum of 2 years experience working in a Clubhouse or agency specializing in serving people with brain injury-related disability

• Demonstrated ability to effectively provide positive behavior supports, coach cognitive compensatory strategies, coordinate community-based services, and initiate program development activities.

• Demonstrated history of excellent communication skills by phone, in person, and via various e-communication tools

• Competent in use of Microsoft Office programs and electronic health record systems

• Physical ability to perform job requirements

• Good driving record, current Georgia driver’s license; insurable by employer’s auto insurance policy

In partnership with Shepherd Center, we offer rewarding careers, as well as competitive compensation and benefits.

For more information and to apply online, visit


  Georgia PHONE: Unlisted


AD: 102092   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 09/11/2018  

Ring House, the premier Independent Living Facility on the campus of Charles E. Smith Life Communities, is looking for a new Lifestyle and Leisure Manager. This dynamic Lifestyle and Leisure Manager will create and manage a comprehensive program of social, cultural, and wellness activities that are designed to enrich the quality of life and enhance the vibrancy of the residents. The Leisure and Lifestyle Manager will manage a team that will create innovative and original programs for a vibrant senior living community.

A successful candidate needs to have a Bachelor s degree in a related field with 3 years progressive experience, including supervisory and department management. A positive attitude, enthusiasm, energy, and a strong customer service focus is a must. This position will require some weekend and evening hours.

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits in a friendly, fast-paced, team-oriented environment. To learn more, please send resume and salary requirements to: Charles E. Smith Life Communities, Attn: Chris Stamps, 6121 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852, Fax (301) 770-8511; Email: EOE

CONTACT:   Christopher Stamps SALARY:
  Maryland PHONE: 3017708431
URL: Link Not Given


Claire Bridge Program Coordinator / Memory Care Activiti
AD: 102087   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 08/23/2018  

Job Summary

In alignment with Brookdale’s Resident and Family Engagement philosophy, plans, coordinates and facilitates a calendar of dementia friendly programs that meet specific needs of each and all residents within the dementia care community. Provides person centered life enrichment programs while engaging residents in meaningful and purposeful programs within the Brookdale community enhancing their quality of life. Recognizes individual abilities and needs while encouraging independence and ensure resident habits, historical routines and preferences are honored in the provision of care and programming.

Essential Functions

1. Designs a 7 day a week person centered program that is exciting and creative and meets the needs and interests of the individual residents. Promotes and engages residents in the 6 dimensions of Optimum Life – purposeful, intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional and physical in a dementia friendly structured environment; including sensory focused small group programming for residents who cannot participate in a large group setting.

2. Ensures life enrichment programs are in compliance with Brookdale Excellence Standards Tool (BEST) standards, state, federal, and other regulations and meet Brookdale’s mission, policies, procedures and standards.

3. Leads programs with the residents daily and coordinates the programming assignments of associates, volunteers and entertainment.

4. Coordinates volunteer program. Follows and manages volunteer guidelines.

5. Completes program documentation, as required by Brookdale standards or state requirements

6. Plans, coordinates, appropriately decorates, and participates in special events at the community including holidays, signature programs, family socials, educational and marketing events.

7. Plans and schedules programming events outside the community, which may include driving a community motor vehicle.

8. Acts as a resource for associates and families coping with the changes dementia causes and knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

9. Collaborates in the education of associates regarding dementia care including how to lead programs on an ongoing basis. This includes facilitating dementia focused in-services, computer based and situation specific training.

10. Communicates positively with residents, families, and community professionals regarding Brookdale’s Clare Bridge program and its benefits. Communicates with families regarding residents’ personal needs and successes.

11. Reports changes in residents’ overall health to clinical partner, including changes in behavior; takes actions to address concerns in a timely manner and collaborates with the team in identifying interventions to address behavioral expressions.

12. Participates, maintains and monitors department quality improvement tools including the (BEST), budget and supplies as assigned by the Executive Director.

13. Supports and partners with leadership in organizing the National Walk to End Alzheimer’s team in the community or local area.

14. Performs personal care, housekeeping and dietary responsibilities, as needed, to ensure service quality is maintained in accordance with Clare Bridge Program standards. Has completed training and qualifications based on state regulations to ensure service quality is maintained in accordance with Clare Bridge Program standards.

15. May directly supervise Clare Bridge Program Assistants; may act in supervisory capacity in absence of Manager or Executive Director. Assists Manager/Director/ED with hiring, training, and evaluating Clare Bridge Program Assistants.

This job description represents an overview of the responsibilities for the above referenced position. It is not intended to represent a comprehensive list of responsibilities. An associate should perform all duties as assigned by his/ her supervisor.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in therapeutic recreation, gerontology, education or related field preferred. Minimum two years of direct programming experience with older adults and persons with dementia preferred; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Certifications, Licenses, and other Special Requirements

Must have a valid driver’s license and a current 3-year driving abstract with no more than one moving violation as a condition of employment.

Valid Arizona Caregiver's Certificate and Arizona Food Handler's card preferred.

CONTACT:   Esther DiCamillo SALARY:
  Arizona PHONE: Unlisted


AD: 102083   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 07/02/2018  

Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) is one of the nation's largest and most respected health care management companies, operating through its subsidiaries acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers nationwide. Founded in 1978, UHS subsidiaries now have more than 65,000 employees. The UHS business strategy is to build or purchase health care properties in rapidly growing markets and create a strong franchise brand on exceptional service and effective cost control. Our success comes from a responsive management style and a service philosophy based on integrity, competence and compassion.

Canyon Ridge Hospital is a 106-bed behavioral health facility located on the western edge of San Bernardino County. Canyon Ridge Hospital is a full-service psychiatric hospital that operates within a 15-mile radius of Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Canyon Ridge Hospital has been a public resource for behavioral health and substance abuse treatment in the greater Inland Empire since 1989. Our acute care facility offers a safe and comfortable environment for adolescents, adults and geriatrics. By offering a full spectrum of services (inpatient, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient), Canyon Ridge Hospital is able to provide a full continuum of care for its clients.

Position Summary:

The Certified Recreational Therapist will be responsible for providing direct patient care to adolescents, adults and geriatrics. He / she will organize and lead various activities offered to inpatients (gym / exercise time, art time, etc.) Responsible for maintaining a safe and therapeutic environment, documenting and working collaboratively with the Nursing Department.

Job Requirements:

CTRS, Masters Degree in Music or Art Therapy or similar degree. Minimum of one year experience in psychiatric or mental health setting or related experience preferred. Must possess organizational skills, time management skills, willing to be flexible with schedule when needed, must exert self-control in volatile or hostile situations. Have an ability to motivate patients to attend and participate in activities offered. Awareness of psychological needs of patient populations, an understanding of psychological needs of these groups and basic interventions used at different ages is required. Must work well in a fast paced environment.

CONTACT:   Patty Clemens SALARY:
  California PHONE: Unlisted


Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
AD: 102081   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 06/29/2018  

DEFINITION: Under the direction of the Community Services Supervisor, the Therapeutic Recreation Specialist will plan, organize, and coordinate therapeutic recreation activities at District sites and implement comprehensive programs for persons with disabilities. Responsible for independently developing and supervising specialized programs that serve this target population. Being organized, proactive and multitasked is a must. Each interaction with customers must be handled in a way that positively spreads the District's reputation.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBLITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Plans, organizes, implements, directs, evaluates and promotes the adaptive sports & recreation program.
  • Engages in strategic thinking to develop goals, objectives and policies aligned with Therapeutic and adaptive program.
  • Responsible for establishing and implementing overall program objectives. Identifies and implements curriculum, methods and standards. Ensures programming for a diverse general public (i.e. culturally, socio-economically, age, etc.) and accessibility for all community members.
  • Develops, implements and monitors program budget and prudently allocates resources to accomplish program goals and objectives.
  • Initiates and administers service agreements and contracts for area of responsibility; determines scope of work, monitors contracts and evaluates services provided.
  • Responsible for supervising subordinate staff and volunteers; selects and trains personnel; counsels and coaches employees to correct deficiencies; conducts timely and effective evaluations based on performance measures and outcomes.
  • Ability to assess participant needs through personal observations, conducting assessments, participant and caregiver feedback; record and analyze progress, and evaluate for program effectiveness.
  • Develops community knowledge and builds partnership that identify District recreation facilities, program and services as a community focal point. Develops and/or coordinates a variety of publication and communication materials to market the adaptive sports & recreation program.
  • Research to develop a clear understanding of community adaptive recreation needs.
  • Collaboration with partners to ensure a viable adaptive program, including coordination of accessibility council.
  • Clear understanding of cost recovery policy for adaptive programs to ensure program sustainability.
  • Careful execution, completion and sign off of records, reports, inspections, trainings and time schedules.
  • Working safely by using good judgment and following all District policies and procedures, therapeutic recreation and Cal-OSHA regulations is required.
  • Assisting supervisor with additional tasks as needed.
  • Ensures that all applicable licensing rules and regulations are followed.
  • Ensures that program equipment, facilities and supplies are available, used properly, cared for, and meet applicable health and safety standards.
  • Performs necessary first aid and CPR when applicable.
  • Uphold the excellence of the District image, standards, and values.

CONTACT:   Nataniel Rodriguez SALARY: $46,316.58
  California PHONE: 760-347-3484


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