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Recreation Assistant
AD: 102219   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 06/28/2019  

The Recreation Assistant at LIFE Pittsburgh will assist our Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in the planning, organizing, and implementation of activities in our Adult Day Health Center. This is a Monday through Friday, daylight position. At least 1 yr (12 months) of experience in Recreation Department with the elderly or frail population is required. LIFE Pittsburgh offers excellent benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k), paid time off and more. Apply today!

  Pennsylvania PHONE: 412-325-4220


Recreational Therapist
AD: 102216   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 06/25/2019  

CONTACT:   Betsy Dooley SALARY:
  Tennessee PHONE: 615-319-9872


Recreational Therapist (CTRS)
AD: 102215   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 05/30/2019  

Recreational Therapist - CTRS

Thome PACE

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Employment Type: Full-time, 40 hours/week, M-F - 8:00am-4:30pm (No Weekends or Holidays!!)

Supervisor: Center Manager


Thome PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) provides an alternative to nursing home care for participants – allowing seniors to remain independent in their own homes and communities. Participants may receive medical and supportive services in our Day Center located in Jackson, Michigan. We also offer a variety of services that can be provided in the comfort of your own home.

Job Summary The primary purpose of this role is to provide the Recreational Therapy, under the direction of the Recreational Therapy Supervisor and/or Center Manager. Responsible for the coordination and planning of the therapeutic and recreational activities for the participants of the program. Is independent in the application of the advanced recreational therapy knowledge and skills.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Organizes Recreational Therapy Services for participants
  • Conducts an initial assessment and scheduled reassessment of all participants
  • Communicates participant changes with team members. Coordinates 24-hour care delivery.
  • Develops specific therapeutic programs as part of the plan of care to include recreational and social activities.
  • Implements the Activity Program for all levels of participants
  • Communicates with Skilled Nursing or Assisted Living Facilities. Assesses participant activity and involvement and works with facility staff.
  • Participates as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team. Attends staff meetings and takes part in participant care planning.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Must display patience, tact, a positive disposition, and enthusiasm, as well as be willing to work with a variety of participants with varying cognitive levels.

Core Competencies

  • Know, teach and live out the Mission, Guiding Beliefs of UMRC.
  • Manage from a position of compassion, passion and servitude.
  • Customer Service is key to relationships within and outside the organization. Make this a program achievement.

Every effort has been made to make your job description as complete as possible. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is a logical assignment to the position.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor of Science in Recreation Therapy or Bachelor of Arts from an accredited college with a recreation with special populations focus.
  2. Current CTRS certification through the NCTRC
  3. Must be CPR certified.
  4. Minimum of one (1) years of experience in social or recreational programming providing and coordinating services for a frail elderly population within the past 5 years.

CONTACT:   Angela Serpetti SALARY: $43,000
  Michigan PHONE: 7344331000
URL: http://805 West Middle Street, Room 309


Life Enrichment Director
AD: 102213   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 04/08/2019  

POSITION TITLE: Life Enrichment Director


Responsible for planning and organizing individual and group activities to meet the social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs of the residents to enhance their quality of life. Develops and communicates quality programming of interest and meaning to residents and encourages participation. Supports and grows a wellness program within the community by offering personal training, group exercise, wellness center programs, and service and community outreach.


Four-year degree in Recreation Therapy or Human Services field; minimum of three years of experience working in a senior housing community or comparable setting; one-year supervisory experience preferred; national certification in Therapeutic Recreation a plus.


Executive Director



Adheres to and conveys a philosophy that supports the dignity, privacy, independence, choice and individuality of residents.

Researches, evaluates, and develops resort-style community events and programming.

Prepares a creative monthly calendar of recreation events and programs.

Collaborates with the marketing department to create unique ideas to promote programs and events to the community.

Manages and directs the planning, implementation and coordination of all recreation activities; analyzes participation rates and satisfaction of programming.

Organizes resident outings; ensures sufficient staff assist in the outings; determines residents’ ability either physically or cognitively to attend outings.

Engages in community public networking.

Implement recreation department budget. Track cost-containment strategies and programs to evaluate effectiveness of programs.

Manage, organize and maintain an inventory of programming supplies.


Manages and directs scheduled and private transportation services. Provide proper guidance and training to transportation staff.

Inspire, motivate and encourage direct reports to engage residents in activities.

Recruits, researches, and approves schedules and supervises program leaders, entertainers and vendors.

May perform other duties as needed and/or assigned.


Can accurately verbally communicate, providing the necessary level of detail even under stressful or demanding conditions. Ensures a positive attitude and team orientation is exhibited in verbal and non-verbal communication.

Solid performance management skills, including the ability to communicate performance expectations, document performance conversations, coach and document performance issues and complete performance management expectations as guided by the company.

Able to operate standard office equipment.

Possess written and verbal skills for effective communication.

Competent in organizational & time management skills.

Demonstrates good independent judgment, problem solving and decision-making skills.

Ability to work independently by following community procedures and guidelines, ability to follow through on assigned tasks.

Ability to effectively utilize technology including use of computers, iPad/Tablet use, Word programming, internet access, email, AV equipment, and social media.


Position requires driving responsibilities (may use Company provided vehicle and/or personal vehicle).

Must possess valid driver’s license.

Must be able to work flexible shifts and schedules, including weekends and holidays.

Must be able to lift and carry 40 pounds.

Must be able to stand, walk, lift, and bend for long periods of time.

CONTACT:   Michele Smith SALARY:
  New York PHONE: 6073986783


Lecturer of Recreation
AD: 102212   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 03/28/2019  

Lecturer of Recreation—Search #67694
College of Behavioral & Social Sciences/School of Human Ecology

The School of Human Ecology in the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences invites applications and nominations for the position of Lecturer of Recreation. This position will be located on the Statesboro campus.

Please click this link to view the job announcement -

CONTACT:   Dr. Beth Myers SALARY:
  Georgia PHONE: 912-478-6996


AD: 102146   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 02/21/2019  

The Therapeutic Recreation Specialist will evaluate, plan, implement and document according to the ATRA standards. Create Therapeutic Recreation Programs primarily for the Neurobehavioral patient population that benefit the patient's health, functional status, personal development and quality of life. Ensure the successful provision of recreation/leisure/community participation throughout admission utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, communicating relevant information to others and providing education to staff, patients and families as necessary. The Therapeutic Recreation Specialist will mentor and provide training to aide level staff and volunteers as appropriate. This position is primarily responsible for patients within the neurobehavioral units, but therapist may be required to provide coverage in other service areas as indicated.

CONTACT:   Terri Larson SALARY: unable to provide
  Connecticut PHONE: Unlisted


AD: 102144   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 02/19/2019  


Arlington County has an exciting opportunity in the Department of Parks and Recreation for a Therapeutic Recreation Programmer to supervise community recreation programs for individuals of all ages, with disabilities. The program areas may include social clubs, trips, inclusion support coordination, summer day camps, special events, family programming and adapted classes. Populations served may include, but are not limited to, individuals with developmental disabilities, autism, emotional and behavioral disabilities, learning disabilities and physical disabilities. This position requires significant interdisciplinary collaboration and teamwork within the unit, division and department as well as other county agencies.

Specific duties may include:

  • Assessing individual/group needs while establishing goals and objectives by working with program staff, participants and their guardians;
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of therapeutic recreation interventions and making changes based upon findings by completing written program evaluations;
  • Coordinating, scheduling, supervising, and training up to 20 part-time/seasonal staff and volunteers;
  • Creating and implementing behavior modification or support plans for participants, and documenting their progress;
  • Coordinating services to lead social clubs for members with developmental disabilities ages 13 and up for monthly socials, trips and bi-annual dances, as well as to lead summer camps for individuals with disabilities between the ages of 6-21 years old;
  • Assisting recreation staff in the development of program modifications to ensure accessibility and participation for individuals with disabilities;
  • Supervising vendors for various adapted recreational activities (i.e., gymnastics, aquatics, dance, music, and yoga); and
  • Designing and distributing marketing materials by using social media platforms, websites, Granicus/GovDelivery, Microsoft Publisher, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, and WordPress.

The successful candidate will have extensive knowledge of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and accessibility issues, and will be experienced in therapeutic recreation program planning in either its direct or in-direct implementation.


Minimum: Bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Recreation, Special Education, Adapted Physical Education, or a related field plus considerable experience managing recreational activities for participants with disabilities, preferably in a community recreation setting; and Certification by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Master's degree in a directly related field may substitute for up to one year of the required experience.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with the following:

  • Experience supervising the work of others, especially seasonal, temporary, or part-time staff;
  • Possession of a current Medication Administration Training (MAT) or Medication Administration Training-Diabetes (MAT-D) certification; and/or
  • Certification in CPR, First Aid, and/or AED.


Work hours: This is a 40 hour a week position with flexible hours generally between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; some weekends and late evenings depending on programmatic needs, events and marketing outreach. Employees are provided County-issued smart phones to handle occasional after-hours program and staffing situations.

Position is based at Langston-Brown Community Center, but involves travel within Arlington to other County facilities and greater metropolitan area to various activities.

Possession of, or ability to obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence; OR the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Note: This recruitment is open continuous with a preferred filing date of 1/04/2019 and will close once the positions is filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. Qualified applicants in this first group will be referred to the hiring manager and interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the application process and are required for this position. Please do not give 'see resume' as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All applicants must submit an online application (unless the job announcement states otherwise) for each position for which they wish to apply. The application must be submitted by the posted deadline.

To apply online go to, click on Apply Now, scroll down the alphabetical list of job titles and click on the one in which you have an interest. The link to the employment application (APPLY) is found on each job announcement. Once completed, your application information remains in the system for you to review, edit and submit for future Arlington job openings.

Applicants who have questions or need assistance with the application may telephone (703) 228-3500 or visit the Human Resources Department. Our staff will be happy to work with you to get your application into the system. Public access computers are available at all County Libraries, and in the Human Resources Department.

The examination for this position may include one or more of the following: (1) evaluation of training and experience; (2) written and oral examination; (3) performance test; (4) personal interview; and (5) physical examination.

Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process. Please call the ADA Coordinator at 703-228-3559 (voice) or email

2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 511
Arlington, VA 22201
703-228-3500 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, weekdays;
or e-mail
(no resumes to this e-mail address, please)

Posting Date: 12/14/18

CONTACT:   April Rosenthal SALARY: 59,820.80-91,416.00
  Virginia PHONE: 703-228-4740


Shepherd Center
AD: 102131   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 01/22/2019  

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit 152-bed hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions.

Our Recreation Therapy Program introduces our patients to a world of leisure enjoyment in adaptive activities such as sports, horticulture, arts and crafts, hunting and fishing, and a variety of outdoor sports.

In this hands-on position, your team will depend on you for evaluating each patient (adolescent, adult, geriatric) assigned and determining short-term and long-term goals in conjunction with the patient and other team members. You will have the opportunity to develop and implement a comprehensive treatment program to meet these goals with moderate direct supervision, and plan and implement recreational programs and events to meet the needs of patients and the appropriate community. You will also be responsible for periodically assessing effectiveness of treatment programs and adapting and implementing changes as needed; documenting patient care and progress; determining equipment needs; maintaining awareness of and contact with community-based resources for patient and caregiver referrals, providing training as appropriate; plus more.

A Bachelor's degree from accredited program and 3 years experience in Therapeutic Recreation or related specialty field is required. CPR certification is required and can be provided by Shepherd Center. Basic knowledge of therapeutic recreation and/or related specialty field as it relates to spinal cord injury and brain injury, as well as Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) Certification by National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) is preferred. Membership and active participation in professional organization preferred. Current Georgia driver's license and insurable by Shepherd's auto insurance policy a must.

Shepherd Center has been recognized once again as one of the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in their 2018-2019 Best Hospitals ranking and also recognized in the top 100 Great Places to Work in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. We have a compassionate and fun culture, and seek employees who want the same for patients and their families, caregivers, and co-workers. Shepherd teams are self-motivated and directed, learn and apply knowledge quickly, are proficient and timely in organizing and completing multiple tasks and projects, have effective and appropriate communication skills in all interactions, and consistently demonstrate proficiency in their area(s) of expertise.

Shepherd Center is a high-performing organization that offers rewarding careers, as well as competitive compensation and benefits, a diverse workplace culture, enlightened leadership and professional growth opportunities. Please tell us about yourself by completing an application to join us at this great place to work!

Visit to learn more!


CONTACT:   human resources SALARY:
  Georgia PHONE: Unlisted


AD: 102129   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 01/16/2019  

Korn Ferry is pleased to assist Temple University in a national search for the Founding Chair and Director for the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and we are writing to request your nominations of appropriate candidates for this extraordinary opportunity.

The College of Public Health is distinguished from other accredited schools of public health through its merging of clinical and population health disciplines, enabled by its 26 program-specific accreditations. Led by its most transformative dean, Laura A. Siminoff, PhD, the College has undergone major growth in the past five years, including significant faculty hiring of tenured/tenure track faculty as well as senior clinical positions. The College looks to expand some of its iconic and renowned programs to strengthen transdisciplinary education and leverage commonalities across the physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), athletic training (AT), and recreational therapy (RT) programs; this includes an exciting opportunity to incorporate a large undergraduate program in health professions to be housed in the new comprehensive Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

A critical success factor of the College of Public Health in expanding these changes is the recruitment of a nationally recognized leader with a distinguished record of achievement in research and scholastic work, education and administration, who can promote the educational, clinical, and research missions. The successful candidate will have a broad understanding of the rehabilitation sciences and professions from clinical practice to community-based programs and be eager to expand the scope and depth of all its programs within the theoretical framework of public health. The Founding Chair/Director will have the opportunity to shape and expand the department through targeted recruitment of high impact faculty members, investments to support growth in extramural research grants, build community engagement by joining efforts with a nascent neighborhood clinic and an expansion of participatory research, and articulate a vision that inspires philanthropic funding.

To request a copy of the position specification or to forward applications, please reply, as soon as possible, to: or Self-nominations are welcomed.

Thank you for taking time to reflect on this opportunity and for your confidential suggestions of potential candidates.

CONTACT:   Rosa Morris SALARY: Competitive
  Pennsylvania PHONE: Unlisted
URL: Link Not Given


Recreation Therapeutic Specialist (certified) / Adult -
AD: 102123   EDIT    POST JOB OPENING   DATE: 01/04/2019  

Meridian is seeking a full time day Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist to function as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide assessment of recreation and leisure skills to adult and senior patients in our Indiana University / Ball Hospital Inpatient Psychiatric unit located in Muncie, Indiana. Merit based pay compensation plan. Seeking candidates with the following qualities:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation and a certification or eligibility to apply for a National Council of therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) required
  • One year experience working in psychiatric and/or addiction treatment setting and/or with elderly patients preferred
  • Good interpersonal relationship skills and demonstrated ability to communicate with adults and geriatric patients
  • A valid drivers license, reliable transportation, proof of auto insurance, and a driving record meeting Meridian's driving policy also required
  • A commitment to providing individual attention to help clients achieve mental, emotional and physical well-being

CONTACT:   Diana Roach SALARY: Based on experience and skill set
  Indiana PHONE: 7652545123
URL: http://240 Tillotson


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