This is a re-advertisement. Previous applicants need not reapply
The Special Programs Division of the Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation, of the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission is seeking aTherapeutic Recreation Specialist III
Our ideal candidate is responsible for the coordination and supervision of Therapeutic Recreation programs within an assigned geographic area. Under direction, this individual will plan, coordinate, implement and evaluate comprehensive and seasonal Therapeutic Recreation programs and special events for individuals with disabilities (e.g., cognitive, social/emotional, physical, sensory) in Prince George's County, Maryland. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a high degree of technical knowledge and expertise in the areas of Therapeutic Recreation, disabilities, legislation affecting individuals with disabilities, recreation and leisure activities, program planning supervision, behavior management, marketing and time management. Regularly exercise independent judgment and troubleshooting methodologies within general policy guidelines to determine optimal solutions to complex problems
Assesses and analyzes participants' complex needs and provide accommodations to facilitate program participation. Ensures program activities are adapted to meet the skills and abilities of program participants based on participant assessments.
Provides on-going support to program participants, families, and staff through regular program visits, personal contacts and correspondence/ newsletters, etc. Develops program adaptations, behavior management plans, and provides staff training.
Coordinates and supervise staff. Recruits, selects and trains staff. Checks backgrounds. Plans schedules and assigns work. Evaluates performance and counsels employees on ways to improve performance.
Coordinates marketing strategies. Promotes Therapeutic Recreation Programs through articles, news releases, fliers, websites, exhibits and presentations. Maintains mailing lists of individuals and groups interested in inclusion services or therapeutic recreation programs.
Prepares budget projections. Monitors revenues and expenditures in accordance with approved budget. Prepares purchase requisitions, check requests, and initiates contracts.
Coordinates internally and externally as needed. Act as a liaison and/or resources to other area personnel within the department on a regular basis. Reviews commission policies and procedures and serves on committees to ensure that commission facilities and programs provide equal access and enjoyment to individuals with disabilities.
Community relations. Includes external coordination and communication with cooperating agencies/ facilities. Initiates formal agreements with other agencies. Refers participants to outside services (e.g., employment, educational, medical, etc). Meets with citizens, community groups, schools, and other governmental agencies to identify needs, plan programs, and answer questions about programs. Investigates complaints.
Preferred candidates should have:
A. Considerable knowledge of: (1) Therapeutic Recreation; (2) disabilities; (3) legislation and regulations affecting individuals with disabilities i.e., American with Disabilities Act (ADA); (4) recreation and leisure activities (5) behavior management; (6) assessment tools; (7) First aid/ CPR; (8) disability advocacy organizations and services.
B. Skill in operation of: (1) TTY (Teletype Systems for Hearing Impaired; (2) Various assistive devices (e.g.. wheelchairs, assistive listening devices, hydraulic lifts etc.); (3) adapted recreation equipment.
C. Ability to: (1) Read and write technical and complex reports and correspondence; (2) make effective presentations to large groups; (3) communicate effectively and have strong analytical skills.
Works in office and community, long hours, evenings, weekends, and occasional holidays. Some driving required and working with individuals with a variety of disabilities, including some with potentially aggressive and unpredictable behavior. Considerable pressure to meet deadlines, respond to emergency situations and provide crisis intervention. Continuous contact with the general public; resolves citizen complaints.
Bachelor's degree or four years progressively responsible experience in therapeutic recreation and/or related field (e.g., special education, vocational rehabilitation, etc.) and four years professional experience in community-based therapeutic recreation programs, at least one of which involved supervision of others; or
An equivalent combination of education and experience.
Valid Maryland driver's license or the ability to acquire one
Works in office and in the community. Works long hours, evenings, weekends, and occasionally holidays.
About Special Programs Division of the Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation
M-NCPPC was created by the Maryland General Assembly in 1927 to develop and operate public park systems and provide land use planning for the physical development of the great majority of Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, and to operate the public recreation program in Prince George's County. State of the art facilities and award winning programs have been the result.