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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 11/28/23

Applications Due12/12/23

Vacancy ID144967

AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitleSr Recreation Therapist - WNY EOA #23-684ebk

Occupational CategoryHealth Care, Human/Social Services

Salary Grade17

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

Salary RangeFrom $59724 to $76029 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 40


From 7:30 AM

To 3:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Cattaraugus

Street Address Route 39

City Perrysburg


Zip Code14129

Minimum Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Permanent service as a Senior Recreation Therapist


2. Eligible to 70.1 transfer into a Senior Recreation Therapist title. For eligible 70.1 transfer information, visit the Career Mobility Office at:

The current eligible list for this location will be canvassed.

*In the event there is not a valid eligible list, candidates who meet the following open competitive qualifications may be qualified for a provisional appointment:

Either 1. a bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation, creative arts therapy, art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, drama therapy, 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 in planning and administering a therapeutic program which involved developing and coordinating therapeutic activities for a geriatric population, or individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, mental illness, physical disabilities, addiction, or substance use disorders;

Or 2. a master's degree in therapeutic recreation, creative arts therapy, art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, drama therapy, 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 one year of post-degree professional experience as described above.

Substitutions: Licensure and current registration as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) in New York State; certification as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC); registration as an Art Therapist with the American Art Therapy Association; registration as a Dance/Movement Therapist with the North American Dance Therapy Association; certification as a Music Therapist by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT); and registration as a Registered Drama Therapist by the North American Drama Therapy Association may be substituted for one year of post-degree professional experience.


Day Habilitation offers numerous opportunities from which to choose, the selected candidate will need to develop, plan and implement activities based on Person Centered planning approach, promoting recreational activities, social skills groups, leisure skills groups, sensory based activities and community inclusion opportunities.

Consideration will be given to interest, demonstrated skills in curriculum development and implementation, experience/success in establishing linkages with the community to promote individuals’ inclusion, and expertise relevant to the population to be served.

It is the philosophy of Day Habilitation that courses offered will be integrated in the least restrictive environment and in the community setting as much as possible. Knowledge of the Transformation agenda and Person Centered Planning will be needed.


Selected candidate will design, develop, implement, and deliver recreational therapy services to affect the physical, mental and/or social well-being of individuals attending two State Operated Day Services. The base work location will be located at the JN Adam Day Hab site and services will also be provided at the North Rd. Day Hab site, alternating 1 week at each site.
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, community inclusion and social activities. Incumbents may supervise other recreation program staff in the design, development, and/or delivery of recreation therapy services.

Develop and implement goal-oriented recreation programs for the JN Day Hab and the North Road Day Hab. Identify current needs for RT programs at each Day Hab with each Day Habilitation Program Coordinator.

Complete Recreational Therapy Assessments as needed. Aid with planning and coordinating large scale events at Day Habs. Provide monthly recreation calendar for specific programs.

Selected candidate will at times need to provide supervision coverage for the building and/or assist with transportation.



Additional Comments ***The duty base location is JN Adam Day Hab (12234 Route 39, Perrysburg, NY) with services also provided at North Road Day Hab (10714 North Road, Perrysburg, NY).

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Name Western NY DDSO Human Resources

Telephone 716-517-2057

Fax 716-517-3718

Email Address


Street 1200 East and West Road

City West Seneca

State NY

Zip Code 14224


Notes on ApplyingAPPLICATION PROCEDURE: Submit cover letter and resume by the posting deadline date of December 12, 2023 to: PLEASE REFERENCE EOA#23-684ebk in all correspondence.

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