Therapeutic Recreation Activity Leader
- Summary of Job Duties
- Applicants with experience will start at $13/hour
The City of Aurora is seeking a part-time staff that will provide assistance with the implementation and facilitation of therapeutic recreation programs, classes, and activities with individuals of all ages and varying abilities.
Programs locations and times will vary during day, evening and weekends.
The City of Aurora is committed to supporting individuals with disabilities in recreation programs. We provide an opportunity to experience programs of social enrichment, arts, culture, excursions, sports & fitness in a positive, healthy & fun environment.
At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our work by modeling the Core 4 values of Customer Service, Professionalism, Integrity and Respect and we welcome all who share those values to apply.
**This posting will remain open until a sufficient pool of qualified applicants are obtained; however, it is subject to close at any time without prior notice.**
- PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Under the supervision of "full time TR staff member", provide assistance with the implementation & facilitation of therapeutic recreation programs for all ages of individuals with varying abilities
- Responsible for assisting with year round programs including days, nights, and weekends.
- Effectively communicates with parents, teachers, therapists or guardians, providing appropriate answers and follow up information as necessary
- Ability to show courtesy, dignity, and redirection for participants who are difficult, hostile, and distressed
- Provides a safe and supportive learning environment for all participants
- Ability to show flexibility, effectively adapting behavior and program due to various obstacles
- Ability to drive a 13 passenger van , as needed
- Performs other related duties as assigned or requested
- MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: High School diploma or equivalent. Prefer knowledge or coursework toward therapeutic recreation, education, human services or a related field
Experience: Prefer experience working with individuals with disabilities in recreation programs or similar activities
Abilities: Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and citizens; handle sensitive or stressful situations with tact and diplomacy; communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to successfully engage participants with disabilities in community recreation program.
Skills: Strong organization and interpersonal skills
Licensure and/or Certification: Requires a valid driver's license; Must be able to complete all requirements related to operating a City of Aurora vehicle (including clearing a Motor Vehicle Record check); City of Aurora's defensive driving course
Requires certification in CPR/First Aid within (6 months of hire)
- WORKING CONDITIONS
Physical Demands: Moderate to heavy physical work; ability to lift a maximum of 50 lbs.; may need to lift individual participants into and out of a wheelchair; must be able to push wheelchairs for those in program unable to do so; some lifting required to transport materials to and from sites some standing, walking, bending, and stooping; hand/eye coordination for operation of a computer system; vision to read reports and other written material; frequent speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees and citizens.
Work Environment: Works primarily in clean, comfortable environment but will be required to work outdoors, depending on the season, with exposure to dust, noise, and inclement weather conditions.
Equipment Used: Uses standard office equipment including a computer system, copy/fax machines, and multi-line telephones; may require operation of motor vehicle. May be required to utilize personal equipment (vehicle, cell phone, etc.)
For Veterans preference: Please show all of your employment history, military service and include related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer. We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants. It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace. A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.
Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.