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Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
AD: 102230   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: 102227   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: 102223   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


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.

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


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