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TR Intern Summer 2021 (SS.114)

FUNCTION: Responsible for program planning, implementation and evaluation of therapeutic recreation programs. Supervision, and safety of WDSRA participants, equipment and monies, while working therapeutic recreation programs, trips, and special events.

SUPERVISION: Responsible to Support Services Manager

DEPARTMENT: Recreation


- Plan and lead recreation programs up to 30 hours per week.
- Perform all job tasks within the guidelines of agency safety program.
- Create and follow a structured lesson plan.
- Give direction, guidance, and supervision to support staff assigned to program.
- Gather, load, transport, and set up equipment and supplies for activities.
- Communicate participant and program progress, concerns, or issues to the Full Time Program Supervisor.
- Attend meetings, trainings, and workshops related to agency and professional development.
- Prepare program budgets, brochure blurbs, and designated reports.
- Complete and submit all documentation and forms in a timely manner to the Support Services Manager.
- Distribute, collect, and complete program and staff evaluations at the end of the program and return to fulltime Program Supervisor. Communicate all accidents/incidents to the Support Services Supervisor and/or Support Services Manager immediately.
- Perform all duties as assigned.

- Active participation in programs, which may include swimming, sports, or other action based activities requiring physical exertion including running
- Ability to perform required duties under stressful situations without supervisors
- Perform work indoors and outdoors and under varying weather conditions including heat and cold
- Ability to lift up to 40 lbs and carry for up to 100 ft – over 40 lbs requires a two person lift or mechanical assistance
- Supervise individuals with disabilities, including behavior management, personal care and assisting with daily living skills (i.e. feeding, toileting, clothing assistance)
- Assist individuals who use a wheelchair—including lifting and transferring from chair-to-seat and pushing people in wheelchairs. Operate the wheelchair lift operation and wheelchair tie-downs in WDSRA vehicles
- Maintain an accurate record of money including managing a budget, proper usage of forms, tracking receipts, and returning paperwork in an orderly manner at the conclusion of the program
- Prolonged use of computer
- Use of phone on a daily basis
- Routine use of office equipment (i.e. copier, postage machine, shredder, etc.)
- Possess knowledge of therapeutic recreation continuum for various ages and ability levels
- Strong ability to communicate professionally, both orally and in writing, with various audiences
- Ability to solve problems comprehensively and effectively

- Lead individuals with disabilities in a variety of activities through various recreation programs.
- Attend all orientations, meetings, and in-services as required by WDSRA.
- Work as a team by communicating with, and contributing ideas to co-staff, demonstrating open mindedness, creativity and enthusiasm.
- Must demonstrate dependability, integrity, punctuality and flexibility.
- Practice and adhere to WDSRA policies and procedures
- Communicate clearly and professional both verbally and in writing.
- Possess solid computer skills in order to create and maintain documents, budgets and files in various office software programs.
- Must display an overall enthusiasm for programs, genuine interest, and direct experience working with people who have special needs.
- Ability to plan and implement meaningful, safe, activities for various ages and various disabilities.
- Assess and adapt the program or activities as needed, and problem solve the situation independently of others.
- Mentor, coach, and supervise support staff with in the program, including addressing policy infractions and ensure safe practices.
- Use the agency phone and agency computer for business purposes only.
- Record and report hours worked on a bi-weekly basis.

- Twenty one years of age or older and be able to perform the Essential Job Functions and Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities independently of others
- Working towards Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation or a related field from accredited university
- Two to three years direct experience working with individuals with disabilities
- First Aid/CPR certification required or the ability to obtain
- Possess a valid Illinois Class “D” Driver's License & ability to drive agency vehicles
- Own transportation to and from agency worksites