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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 10/18/21

Applications Due11/02/21

Vacancy ID92986

AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitleRecreation Therapist

Occupational CategoryEducation, Teaching

Salary Grade14

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

Salary RangeFrom $48237 to $61575 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Other (see below)

"Other" Explanation SHIFT/PASS DAYS: Day/Sunday/Monday (11:00 am – 7.30pm)<br /> Evening/Friday/Saturday (1:30pm – 10:00 pm) with flexibility<br /> Evening/Tuesday/Wednesday (1:30pm – 10:00 pm) with <br />flexibility<br /><br />OTHER: Off Shift and Weekend work may be required<br />The incumbent will receive hazard duty pay for the shifts worked in the ETU.<br />

Hours Per Week 40


From 11 AM

To 7:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Queens

Street Address Extended Treatmet Unit (ETU) - House 8

80-45 Winchester Boulevard

City Queens Village


Zip Code11427

Minimum Qualifications Currently serving as a Recreation Therapist and eligible for transfer
Reachable on the Civil service List for Recreation Therapist
One year in a permanent title eligible for 70.1 transfer per Civil Service Rules and Regulations
Eligible for provisional appointment pending examination. To be eligible for provisional appointment, candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation; Or 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 possess current credentials as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) issued by the National Council For Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC); Or possess current licensure by NYS as a Creative Arts Therapist

* 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 achieve a reachable score, you may not be retained *.

Under the supervision of the Treatment Team Leader, the incumbent will be responsible for recreational activities with individuals residing in the Extended Treatment Unit in accordance with ICF/483 regulations

Under the supervision of the TTL and as a member of the ETU treatment team, the incumbent will plan and conduct recreational activities to address the needs of the individuals to foster acclimation into the community by utilizing a wide range of recreational activities. The incumbent will organize/direct sports, games, music, dances, hobbies, exercise program, outings to address their individualized needs. The incumbent will requisition recreational equipment / supplies and maintain for use by ETU individuals. The incumbent will as needed train the DSAs in any required implementation of recreational goals and documentation set for the individual. Will complete recreational assessment section of the CFA for their assigned individuals and attend the ITT meetings as required by the 483 regulations. The incumbent will be required to complete necessary required documentation of community inclusion and the individuals progress towards goal attainment and participation in activities. The incumbent will be responsible to manage/request/document/secure personal allowance expenditures via Acumatica for their assigned individuals in accordance with their personal expenditure plans (PEP). The incumbent will keep current with all their required trainings, the incumbent will also be required, when necessary, to transport consumers/staff on recreational outings etc. Incumbent should have training/experience in one of the following areas- Dance, Yoga, Arts, Physical Fitness or Music etc.

Prefer incumbent 1 yr. of ICF (483 regulations) experience working with Intellectually Developmentally Disabled

May assist or cover other recreation therapists for SOIRAs when census in ETU has been reduced.

Additional Comments ? 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) 473-4785 or Email at to obtain information and RA forms.
? 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.

Must be current with all mandated trainings.

OPWDD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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

Name Kion Patterson, HR Specialist 1


Fax (718) 264-3436

Email Address


Street Bernard Fineson Human Resources

80-45 Winchester Boulevard, Bldg 80

City Queens Village

State NY

Zip Code 11427


Notes on ApplyingPlease reference EOA# 2021-062 on all correspondence when submitting cover letter and resume.

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