Review Vacancy

Date Posted: 05/17/22
Applications Due: 05/30/22
Vacancy ID: 105033

Position Information

AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitleSenior Recreation Therapist - RIT 2

Occupational CategoryEducation, Teaching

Salary Grade17

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $56847 to $72364 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%


Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 40


From 8 AM

To 4:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No


County Franklin

Street Address 2445 State Route 30

City Tupper Lake


Zip Code12986

Job Specifics

Minimum Qualifications Transfer Qualifications: Any Current Senior Recreation Therapist
Anyone eligible for a 70.1 transfer.

Promotional Opportunities: Anyone currently reachable on the Civil Service list.

Provisional Appointment: In the event that there is not a valid eligible list, candidates who
meet the qualifications below may be qualified for a provisional

Minimum Qualifications: You must be a qualified employee of New York State and have had three months of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as follows:
as a Recreation Therapist, Recreation Therapist (Spanish Language), Recreation Therapist (Art), Recreation Therapist (Dance), or Recreation Therapist (Music).
For all other qualified individuals, candidates must have: Either. a master's degree in therapeutic recreation, creative arts therapy, art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, or drama therapy;
Or. a bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation, creative arts therapy, art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, or drama therapy, AND one year of post-degree professional experience in planning and administering a therapeutic program which involved developing and coordinating therapeutic activities for geriatric patients/residents, individuals with developmental disabilities, individuals with psychiatric disabilities, individuals who are physically challenged, or individuals in treatment for alcoholism and substance abuse;
Or. a bachelor's degree in recreation, physical education, adaptive physical education, art, dance, music, drama, recreation education with a concentration in therapeutic recreation, or recreation and leisure studies with a concentration in therapeutic recreation AND two years of post-degree professional experience as described above;*
Or. have one year of post-degree professional experience as described above AND be one of the following:
1. Certified as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).
2. Registered with the American Art Therapy Association as an Art Therapist.
3. Registered with the American Dance Therapy Association as a Dance Therapist.
4. Certified by the American Music Therapy Association as a Music Therapist.
5. Registered by the National Association for Drama Therapy as a Registered Drama Therapist.
Conditions of Employment:
If three or fewer interested promotional candidates respond to this notice, the agency may, at its discretion, nominate a qualified employee for non-competitive promotion under the provisions of Section 52.7 of the Civil Service Law. If certified by Civil Service, mandatory re-employment list candidates must be considered first for appointment to this title.

As of February 26, 2022 all OPWDD employees assigned to this location must be full vaccinated against COVID-19. There is no testing option for employees assigned to this location in lieu of vaccination.


Under the supervision of the Treatment Team Leader, the incumbent will be responsible for:

• As a Senior Recreation Therapist, you would design, develop, implement, and deliver recreational therapy services to affect the physical, mental, and/or social well-being of individuals residing in State operated programs residential programs.
• Incumbents are responsible for the organization and direction of one or more therapeutic recreation programs including, but not limited to, sports, dance, drama, music, art, and social activities.
• Incumbents may also supervise lower level Recreation Therapists as well as other recreation program staff in the design, development, and/or delivery of recreation therapy services.
• In accordance residents' interests and needs, the incumbent will conduct activities, reviews and evaluates program effectiveness for the residents served and recommends changes or specialized activities as required.
• May be required to shift adjust pass days for special events (Special Olympics, community events, etc.)
• Other duties as assigned.

Additional Comments 2 Evenings Shifts and 3 Day Shifts (8am-4:30pm)
Saturday/Sunday Pass

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Submit cover letter and résumé by May 30, 2022 to:
2445 State Route 30
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
Phone: (518) 359-4150
Fax: (518) 359-4161
Please reference the above EOA # 22-130 in all correspondence.

Please note:
• For CSEA positions: Local Bidding Agreements will be honored.
• Preference will be given to OPWDD employees impacted by closures. If you are being impacted by closure, please indicate this on your resume/cover letter.
• All OPWDD employees must be eligible and maintain eligibility for full and unconditional participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Continued employment will depend on maintaining eligibility.
• Employees on long term leave can bid on positions but must be able to report to work within fourteen (14) days and be able to perform the essential functions of their positions with or without reasonable accommodation (RA). If an employee believes that he or she needs a reasonable accommodation, they should contact the NYS OPWDD Division of Administration Central Office at (518) 473-4785 or Email at to obtain information and RA forms.
• Position may be eligible for Loan Forgiveness via the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program:
• For more information on PSLF, please visit

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Contact Information

Name Sunmount OHRM

Telephone 518-359-4150

Fax 518-359-4161

Email Address


Street 2445 State Route 30

City Tupper Lake

State NY

Zip Code 12986


Notes on ApplyingPlease reference the above EOA # 22-130 in all correspondence.