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Recreation Therapists - Veterans Affairs

Various locations, United States

Openings for Recreation Therapists to serve as a team member utilizing therapeutic recreation strategies to promote function and maximize quality of life for Veterans.

Interested individuals should follow instructions once the position has posted on - recreation therapy.

Youth and Teen Program & Inclusion Coordinator

Warren Special Recreation Association
Gurnee, IL

Contact Name: Susan Markey, Superintendent
Contact E-mail:
Closing Date: Open until filled
Salary: $40,000 - $45,000 DOQ
Please submit resume and 3 letters of recommendation to:
Susan Markey at


Qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation or related field with knowledge of behavior management and 3-5 years of practical experience in Special Recreation programming and supervising staff. NCTRC eligibility desired. Must demonstrate enthusiasm, strong interpersonal skills, communication skills and ability to work effectively with people with disabilities, WSRA staff, member agency staff, parents/guardians, community agencies, and members of the general public. Must be able to work independently, solve problems, and convey a positive attitude to others. Must have strong written and verbal communication skills. First Aid/CPR certification required or ability to obtain within one year. Handle with Care Behavior Management certification or ability to obtain within six months. Ability to assess, plan, develop, implement, evaluate and document activity programs. Ability to perform required duties under stressful situations without supervision and solve complex problems. Must have experience in the supervision of part-time employees, training, and evaluation of employees. Must demonstrate dependability, promptness and punctuality, confidence, maturity, flexibility, and professionalism. Be a team leader, prompting cohesiveness, safety-conscious, must be trainable, willing to learn new skills and willing to train others.


The Youth and Teen Program & Inclusion Coordinator is responsible to assess, plan, develop, implement and evaluate Recreation programs for youth and teens with disabilities and oversee the inclusion process and support the recreation team.

  • Assess, plan, develop, lead, evaluate and document Therapeutic Recreation programs on a year round basis.
  • Serve as liaison to part-time staff and member districts with inclusion needs and be able to work efficiently and effectively under pressure; such as deadlines and emergencies.
  • Assist with interviewing, hiring and orientation of new part-time staff.
  • Prepare program budgets and maintain expenditure records.
  • Provide physical and emotional assistance to children, teens and adults with disabilities.
  • Computer skills and ability to create program flyers, brochure program write ups, budget reports, use of online staffing software and detailed written work.
  • Must be able to complete inclusion observations, and follow through with necessary paperwork, phone calls, and debriefing after each observation.  Schedule assignments, direct supervision and evaluation of companion staff assigned to inclusion assignments.
  • Conduct intake meetings with new families seeking inclusion and youth/teen services.


  • Collaboration - Promotes and supports workplace and member districts
  • Reliability - Performs responsibilities dependably and accurately, fulfills promised actions
  • Responsiveness – Focuses on the customer, willingly helps, and provides prompt service
  • Assurance - Conveys trusts and inspires confidence
  • Empathy - Deals with individuals, appreciates their differences, handles emotions and shows compassion for others
  • Self Confidence - Recognizes the contributions of others and is conscious of own ability
  • Initiative - Begins and follows through energetically with plans and tasks
  • Communication - Shares information, listens to what others say, have an open-door policy
  • Adaptability - Makes decisions and solves complex problems


The Youth and Teen Program and Inclusion Coordinator, with or without reasonable accommodations, must be able to perform the following functions: Purchase, gather, load, transport and set-up equipment and supplies for activities. Supervise individuals, including at times the use of physical restraints. Physically assist individuals in wheelchairs by pushing, pulling or providing stabilization on unknown terrain. Physically transfer individuals from wheelchair to chair, into and out of vehicles, from pool deck into the pool, in washroom facilities, etc. Lift and carry as much as 50 pounds for as long a distance as 300 feet. Active participation in programs. Pass pre-employment physical and lift test. Must be able to drive 15 passenger wheelchair-accessible buses.


Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, vacation, personal and sick days: ten paid holidays; pension plan; IPRA membership; continuing education opportunities, park district program benefits, including fitness center and, program benefits.

For More Information:

Warren Special Recreation Association (WSRA)
100 S. Greenleaf St.
Gurnee, IL 60031
Phone: 847-244-6619
More: Employment Opportunities: Part Time and Full Time at WSRA


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