Building connections and achieving goals through recreation therapy and aquatic therapy       

Current Openings

Recreation Therapist in Aquatic Therapy-Part time

General Nature of Work:

  • Assess, Plan, Implement, and Document RT programming and activities to improve the functioning of participants who have a wide variety of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, developmental or age-related needs following Rec2connect protocol, under supervision of Recreation Therapist.
  • Participates in staff meetings and projects as assigned.
  • Respond to parent emails, phone calls, messages within 24 hours.  
  • Provide any necessary training tools, seminars, meetings and any other appropriate interventions to increase knowledge and understanding of Rec2connect, LLC protocols and procedures in a group setting for volunteers and staff.
  • Performs work in accordance with the facility and Rec2connect, LLC standards and policies regarding risk management, safety, infection control, etc.

Examples of Work Tasks:

  • Consults, as needed with supervisor concerning participant referrals; collects assessment information, complete assessments and develop treatment plans.
  • Implements 1:1 and group RT activities with assigned participants for all group programming.
  • Completes RT discharge summaries, as needed.
  • Documents participant progress in RT programs through progress notes completed according to Rec2connect standards with prompt and narrative data.
  • Designs and adapts or modifies RT daily activities to meet participant’s needs.
  • Provides participants with RT resources, supplies and equipment.
  • Provides emotional support to participants and families.
  • Provides a positive, supportive atmosphere during RT sessions.
  • Ensures participants safety during RT sessions; follows health and safety policies, anticipates hazards, and takes appropriate measures.
  • Participates in team meetings as needed.
  • Communicates behavioral observations of participants to other staff and team members, assess behavior motivation, provide appropriate behavior plans, assist in implementation.
  • Encourages participant involvement in recreation opportunities and provides necessary supports to facilitate involvement.
  • Participates in quality improvement projects.
  • Works to promote a positive, professional image of RT within and outside the agency.
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings and in-services as assigned.
  • Develops and promotes positive working relationships within the agency.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
  • Participates in task forces and committees as assigned.
  • Handle registrations and payments when necessary.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to observe participants behaviors and develop behavior modification plans as needed.
  • Basic understanding of Applied Behavior Analysis and how to integrate into programming.  
  • Fundamental knowledge of TR principles and practices and its effects on participants functioning.
  • Basic knowledge of terminology, diagnoses, issues and conditions related to participants functioning.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to relate in a warm, caring, and professional manner to participants with multiple needs.
  • Ability to produce and maintain accurate records and reports.
  • Ability to follow moderately complex instructions delivered both in writing and orally.
  • Ability to function independently, once work tasks has been assigned.
  • Ability to gather assessment information in accordance with appropriate guidelines/standards (i.e., American Therapeutic Recreation Association Standards of Practice/Guidelines for TR Assistants; National Therapeutic Recreation Society Standards of Practice).
  • Ability to plan and lead a variety of TR sessions.
  • Ability to observe and document participant’s progress.
  • Knowledge of activity modification techniques, accessibility concepts and assistance techniques that enhance successful consumer participation in RT activities.
  • Knowledge of RT policies and procedures.

Minimum Education and Experience:
Completion of a four year bachelor’s degree program in TR or related field.
Preference- Applicants who demonstrate possession of knowledge, skills and abilities gained through at least two years of experience performing tasks similar to those assigned to the position.

Openings available at three locations: East (Mandel JCC in Beachwood), West (Gemini Center in Fairview Park), and Akron (Shaw JCC). Hours are typically afternoons/evenings. Both week night and weekend hours available.

To apply, email resume to Jen Knott at .