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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 10/03/18

Applications Due10/17/18

Vacancy ID60411

AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitleRecreation Therapist - Pending DOB Approval

Occupational CategoryHealth Care, Human/Social Services

Salary Grade14

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

Salary RangeFrom $45455 to $58028 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Variable

Hours Per Week 40


From 12 PM

To 8 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Clinton

Street Address 7242 State Rte 9

Suite 101

City Plattsburgh


Zip Code12901

Minimum Qualifications Transfer Qualifications: Any Current 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: On or before the date of the examination, you must have:
Either 1. a bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation;
Or 2. a bachelor's degree in Recreation, Physical Education or Adaptive Physical Education AND one year of experience in planning and administering a therapeutic recreation program* which involved developing and coordinating therapeutic recreational activities for geriatric patients/residents, individuals with developmental disabilities, individuals with psychiatric disabilities, individuals that are physically challenged, or individuals in treatment for chemical dependency;
Or 3. current credentials as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) issued by the National Council For Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC), 7 Elmwood Drive, New City, NY 10956. For further information you may contact them at (845) 639-1439 or at
Or 4. current licensure by NYS as a Creative Arts Therapist. For information about licensure, visit or call (518) 474-3817.
* A therapeutic recreation program is defined as a professional service that assists people with disabilities and other limitations to have a leisure life-style that encompasses functional independence, health and well-being through treatment, education and participation. Therapeutic recreation is practiced in clinical, community and residential treatment settings.


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

• Providing recreation and leisure activities, as well as direct treatment services.
• The Recreation Therapist will coordinate and facilitate participation in the Special Olympics.
• The incumbent 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.
• The Recreation Therapist will be required to develop and coordinate inclusion logs for individuals and coordinate and oversee documentation of the inclusion activities for all individuals in the home as per IRA regulations.
• In accordance with residential habilitation plans and people's interests and needs, the therapist conducts activities, reviews and evaluates program effectiveness and recommends changes or specialized activities as required.
• Oversees 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.
• Prepares annual assessments, interest surveys, and reviews paperwork. Attend and participate in annual ISP, 6 month 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.
• Provide oversight to other counties as needed.
• Complete recreation assessments as required per IRA regulations.
• Develop weekly/monthly recreation schedules.

Additional Comments APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Submit cover letter and résumé by October 17, 2018 to:

2445 State Route 30
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
Phone: (518) 359-4150
Fax: (518) 359-4161

Please reference the above EOA # 18-137 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.
• Position may be eligible for Loan Forgiveness via the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program:
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Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

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 # 18-137 in all correspondence.

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