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Minimum Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Permanent service as a Senior Recreation Therapist
2. Eligible to 70.1 transfer into a Senior Recreation Therapist title.
3. Reachable for appointment on the Civil Service eligible list
4. For provisional appointment:
Either 1. a masters degree in therapeutic recreation, creative arts therapy, art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, or drama therapy;
Or 2. a bachelors 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 3. a bachelors 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 4. have one year of post-degree professional experience as described above* AND be one of the following:
a. certified as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC); or
b. registered with the American Art Therapy Association as an Art Therapist; or
c. registered with the American Dance Therapy Association as a Dance Therapist; or
d. certified by the American Music Therapy Association as a Music Therapist; or
e. registered by the National Association for Drama Therapy as a Registered Drama Therapist.
*Substitution: A masters degree in 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 may be substituted for one year of the post-degree professional experience described above.
Duties Description POSITION DESCRIPTION:
• Provide recreational support to residential homes in Erie County.
• Develop cadre of recreational activities with focus on community inclusion to occur on late afternoon/evenings and weekends.
• Development and provision of “hands on” recreational activities across the Central Region residential teams to include coaching a variety of sports teams ( i.e. track and field, basketball, softball, bowling) according to the interests of individuals living in the Central WNY homes
• Assist in development of home recreational calendars.
• Develop Central WNY area recreational calendar of events to share with homes on teams.
• Special assignments determined by DDPS 4 and Central WNY teams to enhance inclusion and community recreational activities.
Additional Comments Please note:
• 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.
• OPWDD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
• Position may be eligible for Loan Forgiveness via the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program: For more information on PSLF, please visit www.studentAid.gov/publicservice
The posting is pending NYS Dept. of Budget approval.
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