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Activity Therapy Associate III


Recruitment #23-004202-0004


The Maryland State Department of Education is dedicated to supporting a world-class educational system that prepares all students for college and career success in the 21st century. With excellent stewardship from our divisions, we oversee State and federal programs that support the needs of a diverse population – students, teachers, principals, and other educators throughout Maryland. As part of the Maryland State Department of Education, the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) provides services to assist students with disabilities prepare for the work world, vocational rehabilitation services to assist adults with significant disabilities who are seeking to enter or reenter the workforce, and the adjudication of Social Security disability claims for the citizens of Maryland.




MSDE - Div of Rehab Svcs - Workforce and Technology Center
2301 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218


The shift for this position will primarily be the evening shift 2:30 PM - 11:00 PM Sunday - Thursday.

This rewarding role directly supports the provision of Enrichment Services that sustains the vocational and independent living goals of consumers at the Workforce and Technology Center (WTC).

 Job Duties include: 

  • Conducts prescribed and accessible enrichment activities as directed by a therapeutic recreator or supervisor in art, music, dance, crafts, games, aerobics, swimming, therapeutic recreation, and social and cultural events for WTC consumers.  
  • Provides individual and small group leisure education sessions and travel training instruction, as directed.
  • Actively initiates enrichment activities and encourage consumer participation.  
  • Plans and organizes approved activities by assigning consumers to specific activity groups and/or structured activities.  
  • Prepares for group activities by setting up equipment and materials. 
  • Mediates disputes and conflicts, and documents as appropriate.  
  • Observes consumers’ participation during individual and group activities in order to ensure safety and proper use of materials and equipment.  
  • Contacts therapeutic recreator, supervisor, center counselors or case managers and other department staff via in-person, phone, and/or email regarding visually observed consumer behaviors and interactions.  
  • Assists with carrying out emergency and routine safety procedures.  
  • Maintains equipment, tools, and supplies according to manufacturer and departmental standards to ensure maximum and safe usage.  
  • Develops requests and proposals for the purchase of supply and equipment according to WTC and supervisory guidelines.  
  • Submits receipts for credit card purchases to assigned staff in a timely manner for reconciliation of credit card statement. 
  • Attends and participates in staff development, special assignments, and program activities required to improve professional skills and knowledge, as well as enhance services to consumers of the WTC as directed by a therapeutic recreator, supervisor, or agency personnel.


Experience:   Four years of experience assisting in the implementation of prescribed activity therapy programs under the supervision of a healthcare professional to include assisting in patient/client assessments for mentally ill, aged, physically ill or physically disabled patients or developmentally disabled clients.


  1. Candidates may substitute the completion of 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university, with at least 15 credit hours in health services, human services, education or the behavioral sciences for two years of the required experience.   
  2. Candidate may substitute possession of a Bachelor’s degree in art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy or therapeutic recreation for the required experience. 
  3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Therapy classifications or Therapy specialty codes in the Therapeutic Recreation field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


  • Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of an automobile. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.
  • Employees in some positions may be required to operate vehicles which require a Class "C" motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.
  • Employees in this classification may be required to successfully complete and maintain current certification of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation training.
  • Employees in this classification at facilities with a swimming pool may be required to obtain Red Cross instruction and certification in Life Saving and Water Safety prior to permanent appointment.


  1. Applicants are subject to a criminal background investigation in accordance with the federal Family Law Article, Section 5.
  2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle including a car, five-passenger van, and a 12-passenger van. 
  3. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland, and their driving records will be subject to investigation. 
  4. Employees appointed to position in this classification will be required to provide a cell phone number where they can be reached as this position is identified as Emergency Essential Personnel and subject to call-in and compensatory time based on staffing needs.
  5. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 06.01.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


It is preferred that applicants complete the MD State Government online application for employment. The application must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for the position. If you are unable to apply online, paper applications can be obtained from the link below and be faxed to 410-554-9397 or mailed to DORS Human Resources Department at 2301 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218. If there is a supplemental questionnaire, this must be completed and sent in with your paper application, if you are unable to apply online.

All application materials must be received in our office by the closing date. Postmarks will not be accepted. Applications must be complete to be considered including all related job duties, even if those are also listed on an attached resume. Additional required materials may be uploaded with the online application, submitted to the fax number, or mailed to the address listed.

Inquiries can be made to 410-554-9391, TDD (410) 554-9399. Appropriate accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities.

If you have difficulty with your user account or have general questions about this online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850. TTY Users: Call via Maryland Relay.

Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, and travel throughout the State are required. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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