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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 02/21/24

Applications Due03/06/24

Vacancy ID151748


AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitleSenior Recreation Therapist

Occupational CategoryHealth Care, Human/Social Services

Salary Grade17

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

Salary RangeFrom $62811 to $79116 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 40%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 40


From 8:30 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Bronx

Street Address State Operations

City Bronx


Zip Code10461

Minimum Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Permanent service as a Senior Recreation Therapist in a New York State agency eligible for transfer OR at least one year of permanent service in a title eligible for 70.1 transfer pursuant to Civil Service Law OR Reachable on the current New York State Civil Service list for Senior Recreation Therapist.


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:

• Recreation Therapist
• Recreation Therapist (Spanish Language)
• Recreation Therapist (Art)
• Recreation Therapist (Dance) OR
• Recreation Therapist (Music)

*If you are appointed provisionally, you must take the next scheduled Civil Service examination for this title and your score must be reachable on the resulting eligible list before you can be permanently appointed. If you do not pass the examination or achieved a reachable score, you may not be retained*

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

• Provide recreation and leisure activities as well as direct treatment services.

• Will coordinate and facilitate participation in a variety of recreation activities.

• Will be a consultant in their specialty for treatment programming and evaluation.

• Will train and supervise subordinate professional and paraprofessional staff in recreational and inclusionary activities.

• Will be required to develop and coordinate inclusion opportunities for individuals and coordinate and oversee documentation of the inclusion activities for all individuals in the unit as per regulations.

• In accordance with Active Treatment plans and people’s interests and needs, will conduct activities, review and evaluate program effectiveness, and recommend changes or specialized activities as required.

• Oversee direct care staff in providing recreational opportunities by providing training on various techniques and valued outcomes of recreation programs and by direct participation in service delivery.

• Prepare annual assessments, interest surveys, and review paperwork. Attend and participate in annual and quarterly reviews and special meetings as full member of interdisciplinary team.

• Seek and explore new activities and events in the community to provide inclusion. Maintain existing connections and consistently seek new connections networking in the local communities.

• Develop weekly recreation schedules.

• Schedule and participate in the community inclusion activities.

• Will on occasion accompany individuals on trips which may require working on late and some weekends.

• Travel will be required

• Other Duties as assigned.



Additional Comments Please note:

• OPWDD is committed to creating and sustaining a culture of inclusion. We believe that we are most effective in managing and improving our service system with a diverse team of employees. With such a large workforce, we rely on the collective individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, self-expression, ideas and talent that our employees bring to their work. This speaks to our culture and is a key part of our successes. As we continuously recruit people for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that applicants bring in terms of their education, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

• If you are employed by state government, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments have been made under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. For more information on PSLF, please visit

• 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 Workforce and Talent Management Central Office (518) 473-9689 or Email at to obtain information and RA forms.

• Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

• 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.

• In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.

• OPWDD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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

Name Metro NY DDSO


Fax 646-766-3491

Email Address


Street 2400 Halsey Street

Human Resources Office

City Bronx

State NY

Zip Code 10461


Notes on ApplyingPlease submit a cover letter and resume by March 6, 2024, and reference EOA #2024-28 on all correspondence.

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