Health & Wellness, Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation/Inclusive Services
4 Year Degree
Under general supervision, develops, coordinates, implements, schedules and evaluates safe and appropriate recreation services, programs, events and activities for individuals with a variety of special needs and disabilities.
Develop, coordinate, implement, and supervise safe and appropriate therapeutic recreation programs, events and activities for individuals with a variety of special needs and disabilities. Involves: Ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines, city policies, regulations and goals. Develop and provide appropriate accommodations and inclusion services in City recreation programs for participants with special needs or disabilities. Identify participant needs, strengths, and interests through an intake process. Identify programs that match the individual's abilities and interests. Revise plans as needed due to participant's condition and behavior. Collaborate with participant, parents and/or guardians regarding behavior plans. Evaluate programs for effectiveness and participation levels and recommend program changes and enhancements. Maintain program accounting and administrative records.
Represent the department and provide technical support, information and guidance on accessibility issues. Involves: Respond to requests for information on accessibility codes and regulations. Provide interpretation of municipal, state and federal codes, regulations and policies. Attend task force, committee, compliance and professional meetings to represent the department.
Develop and maintain program presentations, publications, brochures/posters and event calendars. Involves: Write, compose, edit, assemble and communicate material for internal and public distribution. Communicate with the general public, organizations, and community resource agencies to promote program activities. Partner with other agencies to promote and provide services, activities and events.
Supervise assigned personnel. Involves: Schedule, assign, instruct, guide and check work. Ensure staff adheres to policies for efficient and safe operations. Train recreation staff, volunteers, and contracted instructors in program accommodation, sensitivity training and crisis intervention and behavior management. Appraise employee performance. Provide for training and development. Enforce personnel rules and regulations and work behavior standards firmly and impartially. Counsel, motivate and maintain harmony. Interview applicants. Recommend hiring, termination, transfers, discipline, merit pay or other employee status changes.
Education and Experience: A Bachelor's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Recreation Therapy, Parks and Recreation Management or Public Administration, or a related field and two (2) years experience working with individuals with special needs and/or disabilities, including one (1) year of experience planning recreational programs, activities and events.
Licenses and Certificates: Valid Texas Class "C" Driver's License or equivalent from another state. Must obtain American Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR Certifications within three (3) months of hire. Must obtain Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) from the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation within six (6) months of appointment
Additional Salary Information: The starting salary is generally at the beginning of the salary range.
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Mission: Deliver outstanding service to support a high quality of life for residents, businesses, and visitors.
Vision: El Paso will have safe and beautiful neighborhoods, a vibrant regional economy, and exceptional recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities.
Values: Integrity, Respect, Excellence, Accountability, People