Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

Recruitment #1804-TRSPECCPP3-002

Introduction

WHY JOIN US

Hillsborough County Government provides employees with careers that are both professionally and personally rewarding. With a wide range of independent agencies to choose from, the opportunities within Hillsborough County Government are endless! You are not just an employee within the government, you are an ambassador and business partner making a huge impact within our community that helps shape our future.

WHY WE EXIST

Our mission is to provide effective quality service at a reasonable cost with courtesy, integrity and accountability in a manner that protects and enhances the quality of life of our diverse population.

JOB OVERVIEW

Performs duties planning, organizing, and directing recreational activities for physically, psychologically, or acutely disabled individuals, senior citizens and other persons with special needs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Graduation from an accredited four year degree granting college or university with a major in Therapeutic Recreation, Adaptive Physical Education, Recreation, Special Education, or a related field; and
One year of experience providing therapeutic recreation to special needs population; and
Possession of a First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification; and
Possession of a valid Driver License.

OR

An equivalent combination of education (not less than a high school diploma/GED), training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job specific competencies listed above; and
Possession of a First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification; and
Possession of a valid Driver License.

CORE COMPETENCIES

  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals

WORK CATEGORY

Heavy work - Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds or force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • The job may be performed either in indoor or outdoor environments
  • Depending on the requirements of the position, the job duties require an employee to bend, reach, stoop, stand and/or walk for extended periods and lift up to 90 pounds.
  • The job duties may require an employee to handle the physical demands of the work including lifting and restraining children of varying age.
  • The job may require employee to work odd or long hours at a time to complete special requests or projects or to participate in or coordinate evening and off-hour activities.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below. 

    • On a daily basis plans, organizes, and directs appropriate recreation programs and activities for the physical, developmental, psychological, and acutely disabled individuals including senior citizens.
    • Contributes to and shares in staff conferences, staff development and in-service training programs, and other procedures designed to improve service to program participants.
    • Prepares and implements recreation and  educational programs for program participants and their families.
    • Supervises and trains employees and volunteers assigned to assist with the program.
    • Maintains records of client care, accounts and other records as necessary.
    • Provide personal care services and other various functions to help clients participate in activities.
    • Monitors the maintenance of equipment, supplies, and makes recommendation for the acquisition of equipment and supplies.
    • Provides excellent internal and external customer service
    • Attends staff meetings, as assigned; assist in the preparation and implementation of recreation and educational programs.
    • Maintains and enforces discipline and all established policies and procedures.
    • Serves as liaison between the unit or program and other public and private agencies serving the program clients.
    • Able to travel within and out of the county as necessary as well as work non-standard hours.
    • Performs other related duties as required.

    JOB SPECIFICATIONS

    • Knowledge of the theories, techniques and practices of adapted recreational activities.
    • Knowledge of various disability types, characteristics, behavior modification strategies and appropriate activities.
    • Knowledge of applicable departmental and safety policies and procedures.
    • Ability to teach and coach participants with disabilities in a variety of disciplines not limited to sports, crafts and daily living skills.   
    • Ability to presents and expresses ideas and information clearly and concisely in a manner appropriate to the audience, whether oral or written.
    • Ability to actively listen and understand what others are saying
    • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, both verbally and in writing.
    • Ability to work effectively with others. Establishes effective working relationships among team members.
    • Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and multi-task.
    • Ability to administer CPR and First Aide as necessary.
    • Ability to use a computer and related software.
    • Skill in the use of various office equipment  

    ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SOME POSITIONS

    TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILD CARE PERSONNEL

    • Employees must complete the State mandated 40 hour Introductory Child Care Training. The training must begin within 90 days of employment and complete the training within 12 months from the date training begins. Child care personnel must pass competency exams for the 40 hours of training to demonstrate their competency.
    • Employees must also complete a minimum of 10 hours of Continuing Education Unit (CEU) of in-service training during the state’s fiscal year beginning July 1 and ending June 30.

      Conclusion

      WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU

      We offer much more than the competitive pay you expect. We value our employees and Hillsborough County Government is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. And because we understand that no two people are exactly alike, you can choose what best suits the needs of you and your family.

      • Health Plan: The County pays towards health insurance premiums for all employees. Employees can select from three health care plan options. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 60 days of employment.
      • Dental Insurance: Employees are eligible to enroll in the dental coverage and choose from four options: High DMO, Low DMO, a network Open Access Plan, and a PPO. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment.
      • Vision Care: Employees and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the vision coverage. Co-payment coverage includes exams, lens and frame, as well as an allowable contact lens expense. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment.
      • Employee Assistance Program: This program provides all employees and family members with professional, confidential counseling sessions. All employees and dependents are afforded up to six (6) free visits per Plan year. Coverage begins on the first day of employment.
      • Tuition Reimbursement: Employees may be reimbursed up to $1,000 (undergraduate), $2000 (graduate) per fiscal year for classes at an accredited college or university for courses that enhance your ability to perform your current job duties.
      • Holidays: Employees receive up to 12 paid holidays per year.

      Visit our Employee Benefits page for more exciting details.

      Veteran’s Preference:

      Do you qualify for Veteran's Preference? Preference will only be entitled upon initial appointment for eligible veterans and eligible spouses of veterans. Documentation that clearly shows dates of service, campaign awards or medals received, and character of discharge (DD-214 Member-4 or Service-2 copy) to support entitlement to preference must be provided at the time of application.

      Equal Opportunity Employer:

      Hillsborough County Government provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Hillsborough County Government complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

      Hillsborough County welcomes and encourages applications from minorities, veterans, and persons with physical and mental disabilities, and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons in the application and testing process. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation requests will be on a case-by-case basis.

      Hillsborough County Government expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Hillsborough County Government’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge

      Hillsborough County is a drug free workplace.

      Response/Recovery Activities:

      Employees are required to participate in response/recovery activities in response to an emergency or natural disaster affecting County operations and/or its citizens. In such situations, every effort will be made to maintain operations, but employees will be assigned to carry out response activities suited to their skills and capabilities. *MON*