Therapeutic Recreation Leader
• Leads, teaches and oversees participants with disabilities with varying ages, abilities and skill levels in a variety of recreation programs, events, facilities and other related activities or services.
• Assists in planning and implementing disability specific activities in the areas of social, cognitive, emotional and physical development; ensures implementation of participants’ accommodation plans; ensures accurate documentation of participants’ progress when necessary.
• Establishes and maintains rapport with participants, parents, school staff, administrative officials and other community partners; responds to customer inquiries and/or complaints.
• Provides assistance in feeding, toileting and daily task completion; assists in reinforcement of daily living and self-help skills; accompanies participants on field trips; works with participants and develops behavior modification skills to ensure a safe environment for play and participation; physically retrains participants when necessary.
• Assists in reporting all accidents, incidents and disciplinary actions to a supervisor; oversees proper use of facility, equipment and supplies.
• Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a high school diploma, preferably supplemented by college coursework in therapeutic recreation, recreation, education or related field; some experience working with individuals with disabilities and planning a wide range of activities. Must be at least 18 years of age; individuals between 16-18 years of age may be considered with proof of current education and some experience working with individuals with disabilities; however, certain restrictions apply.
• Must possess, or be able to obtain within 30 days of hire, a valid Virginia driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record based on James City County’s criteria.
• Must possess, or be able to obtain within 60 days of hire, certification from the American Red Cross in First Aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Professional Rescuers (Infant, Adults and Child).
• Knowledge of instructional procedures and practices; growth and development of children of different ages and abilities; varying types of disabilities and medical conditions; current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards and best practices; principles and processes for providing customer service.