THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK & PLANNING COMMISSION invites applications for the position of: Adapted Aquatics and Fitness Coordinator (14271, Grade 22)
An Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary: See Position Description
OPENING DATE: 05/04/18
CLOSING DATE: 06/15/18 11:59 PM
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, is seeking a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist III to fulfill the duties of the Adapted Aquatics and Fitness Coordinator.
Our ideal candidate is responsible for the coordination and supervision of Therapeutic Recreation programs with a focus on adapted aquatic, veterans and fitness programs on a countywide basis. Under direction, the 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 candidates 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 , program and staff supervision, behavior management, marketing and time management. Regularly exercise independent judgment and troubleshoot methodologies within general policy guidelines to determine optimal solutions to complex problems.
The budgeted salary range for this position is $52,480 – $71,139/year.
Assesses and analyzes participants' complex needs and provide accommodations to facilitate program participation. Ensures program activities are adapted to meet the skill level and abilities of program participants based on participation 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 supervises program staff. Recruits, selects and trains staff. Conducts background checks. Plans and assigns work schedules. 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 Therapeutic Recreation programs.
Prepares budget projections for assigned area. Monitors revenues and expenditures in accordance with approved budget. Prepares purchase requisitions, check requests, and initiate contracts.
Coordinates internally and externally as needed. Acts as a liaison and/or resource 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.
Important Worker Characteristics
A. Considerable knowledge of: (1) Therapeutic Recreation; (2) disabilities; (3) legislation and regulations affecting individual with disabilities i.e., American with Disabilities Act (ADA); (4) recreation and leisure activities (5) supervision (6) behavior management; (7) assessment tools; (8) Commission activity organization, policies and procedures;* (9) equal employment opportunity; (10) safety and health regulations (11) First aid/CPR; (12) disability advocacy organizations and services; (13) office practices; (14) public relations (15) marketing and (16) time management.
B. Skill in operation of: (l) auto and vans; (2) computer; (3) TTY (Teletype Systems for Hearing Impaired); (4) video equipment; (5) outdoor equipment; (6) calculator; (7) various assistive devices (e.g., wheelchairs, assistive listening devices, hydraulic lifts, etc.); (8) audio-visual equipment; and (9) adapted recreation equipment.
C. Ability to: (l) solve complex problems involving many variables; (2) analyze data; (3) read and write technical and complex reports and correspondence; (4) respond immediately and effectively to crisis situations; (5) use proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar; (6) makes effective presentations to large groups; (7) communicates clearly;
(8) organizes work efficiently; and (9) provide courteous service. The work requires strong analytical and communication skills, to effectively
*Developed primarily after employment in this job class.
1. 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
2. An equivalent combination of education and experience.
3. Valid Maryland driver's license or the ability to acquire one.
Certifications:WSI, Lifeguard, pool operator, CPR/First Aid or the ability to secure within six months of employment
C.T.R.S. certification preferred.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
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) aquatics, recreation and leisure programming (5) behavior management; (6) assessment tools; (7) conflict resolution; (8) disability advocacy organizations.
B. 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; (4) possess an attitude of enthusiasm and commitment in providing recreation opportunities for individuals with disabilities; (5) respond to crisis intervention situations; (6) establish and maintain good working relationships with the public, other agencies, and coworkers.
Works in office and in community. Works long hours, evenings, weekends, and occasionally holidays. Some driving. Deals with individuals with a variety of disabilities, including some with potentially aggressive and unpredictable behavior. Considerable pressure to meet deadlines. Responds to emergency situations and provides crisis intervention. Continuous contact with the general public; resolves citizen complaints.
About Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
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.