Under limited supervision, performs administrative and professional work in planning, coordinating and implementing community-based leisure programming for people who have physical and cognitive disabilities within the community. Expected to implement new programming ideas for youth and adults. Work involves planning, organizing and supervising staff and operations of the therapeutic recreation programs and facility; coordinating the Special Olympics Programs; maintaining accounting and administrative records, managing expenditures, and monitoring the budget.
Organizes, promotes, and evaluates programs suited to the needs of the participants and potential participants. Allocates staff, supplies, and equipment.
Competes on State level with Youth and Adult Special Olympic activities; recruits athletes with special needs to compete in competitive sports; coaches and trains volunteer coaches and athletes in a variety of sports; empowers athletes to participate in leadership roles; travels with athletes and other staff members to competitions.
Will serve on The Miracle League Executive Board for VLPRA.
Promotes, organizes, and stimulate good relationships with community groups, institutions, and other agencies serving special populations.
Interprets and explains programs and philosophies to groups and individuals, community resources, committees, staff, and volunteers.
Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals such as Executive Director, coworkers, volunteers, adults with special needs, parents and guardians of special needs individual, school age children with special needs, special education teachers and staff and the general public.
Completes other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Special Education, Adapted Physical Education, Recreation or related Human Service area supplemented by two years of experience or equivalent combination.
The following are also required: Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) certification or eligibility to sit for the CTRS exam required.
CPR and First Aid Training Certificate required.
A resume must be emailed to the HR Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
The job application can be obtained on the Authority website at (www.vlpra.com)
Excellent Benefits Package which includes the following:
Georgia Municipal Association (GMEBS) Pension Plan
Supplemental Life Insurance Option
457B Plan Offered through MetLife
12 Vacation Days Per Year (15 after 5 years)
12 Days of Sick Leave Per Year
10 Paid Holidays Per Year
About Valdosta-Lowndes Parks and Recreation Authority
The Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority (VLPRA) offers sports and leisure activities for all ages and manages 40+ parks and facilities. The Georgia Recreation and Parks Association named VLPRA the statewide Agency of the Year four out of the last six years. VLPRA is a family-friendly work environment that values work-life balance and has a strong sense of teamwork.
Valdosta-Lowndes County is the business, cultural, educational, medical, leisure, and retail hub for eleven South Georgia and North Florida counties. Valdosta, Georgia's tenth largest city, and Lowndes County are quickly becoming one of the fastest growing areas in Georgia and is home to Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta State University, and a regional medical center.
The community's dedication to maintaining its level of growth, without compromising quality of life, makes Valdosta-Lowndes County a "City Without Limits - Region of Opportunity" and ESPN's TitleTown USA.