Therapeutic Recreation Specialist I (13778, Grade 16)
Description The Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation, Special Programs Division is searching for a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist I who will work with the Therapeutic Recreation programs for individuals with disabilities (eg, cognitive, social/emotional, physical, sensory). The selected candidate provides on-site program supervision. The incumbent plans, adapts and directs activities that are appropriate to the age and functioning level of program participants. The Therapeutic Recreation Specialist I conducts program participant assessments and adapts activities to meet individual needs. This individual develops and implements behavior management plans, monitors progress and maintains appropriate documentation. The selected candidate assists with the recruitment, selection and hiring of program staff. This individual plans and schedules staff assignments. Evaluates and counsels staff on job performance. Develops and implements marketing strategies and maintains working relationships with local school officials, citizens, community groups and internal facility staff. The budgeted salary range for this position is $40,877 - $55,412. Examples of Important Duties 1. Plans, coordinates, and implements a comprehensive leisure programs for individuals with disabilities. Plans and adapts activities to meet the needs of program participants. Upholds licensure for after care programs as assigned. Carries out assigned behavior management plans when applicable. Responsible for direct supervision and leadership of program participants at all times. Processes registration forms. Enforces division policies and regulations. 2. Directly supervises program staff. Assists in recruitment and selection. Plans, schedules and assigns work. Evaluates and counsels employees on ways to improve performance. Meets on a regular basis with supervisor on program progress. Assists with coordination of staff training programs. 3. Ensures safety of participants, staff, and volunteers at all times. Develops and maintains a written emergency plan. Maintains current medical information on all program participants. Maintains appropriate Red Cross certification (ie, first aid, CPR, lifesaving, pool operators). Inspects facility and equipment prior to use. 4. Implements public relations component of programs. Provides ongoing communications to program participants and parents/guardians through newsletters, phone calls, and meetings. Maintains working relationship with cooperating agencies and facility staff. 5. Overall accountability for all program supplies and equipment. Responsible for use, storage, and inventory. Requests additional supplies and equipment. May purchase supplies. 6. Plans and directs activities that are appropriate to the age and functioning level of program participants. Provides written evaluation of participant's progress (if applicable). Provides an opportunity for the development of skills (ie, leisure, social, motor, etc). Provides written documentation as required. Minimum Qualifications 1. Bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation or related field (eg, special education, vocational rehab, etc.), and one year of progressive part-time experience, or associate degree in therapeutic recreation or related field and three years full-time professional experience or an equivalent of progressive part-time experience. 2. Certification on a paraprofessional level from the National Therapeutic Recreation Certification Council preferred. 3. Valid Maryland driver's license. Supplemental Information Preferred prior experience in the following: Planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of therapeutic recreation programs for individuals with disabilities. Experience in supervising program staff in a community-based therapeutic recreation program. Knowledge of behavior management principles and the ability to implement effective behavior plans when needed. Ability to conduct and make recommendations on individualized assessment plans, ability to apply principles to solve practical problems, experience conducting meetings and preparing training presentations. Ability to utilize various communication techniques within the program, such as, Picture Expressive Communication Symbols (PECS), functional sign language, etc. Knowledge of Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) procedures and licensing requirements for child care providers. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist desired. Working Conditions: Works in an office and in the community. Works long hours, some evenings and weekends. On call during program hours and responds to emergency situations. Some driving required. Works with individuals with various disabilities (ie cognitive, social/emotional, physical, and/or sensory). THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION 2017 BENEFIT SUMMARY FOR MERIT SYSTEM EMPLOYEES The following information is a summary of benefits extended to all Merit System employees of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). All plans are optional except the Defined Benefit and Long Term Disability plans. Retirement Programs Defined Benefit Plan (Mandatory Participation) - Plans A, B and E exclude FOP members. Plan Employee Contribution Plan A: 7% of base salary. Social Security Wage Base (SSWB) and 8% in excess of SSWB. Plan B: 4% of base salary up to maximum Social Security Wage Base (SSWB) and7% in excess of SSWB. Plan C: 9% of base salary. (FOP members only) Plan D: 8% of base salary. (FOP members only) Plan E: 4% of base salary up to maximum Social Security Wage Base (SSWB) and 8% in excess of SSWB. Deferred Compensation ICMA-RC 457 plan (Optional) Traditional and Roth IRAs (Optional) Health Insurance Plans (FOP Members Pay 20% for Medical, Prescription and Dental.) All others pay percentage below. Medical - Kaiser Permanente Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) - (15%) UnitedHealthcare Choice Plus Point of Service (POS) - (20%) UnitedHealthcare Select Exclusive Provider Organization Health Plan (EPO) - (15%) Prescription - CVS Caremark (retail and mail-order) - (15%) Dental - United Concordia Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) - (20%) Vision - VSP (Vision Service Plan) - (Commission Pays 80% of the Low Option Plan only) Low, moderate, and high options are available. Frequency of covered services differs. Flexible Spending Accounts (Employee Pays 100%) Medical Account - Maximum annual contribution: $2,550 Dependent Care Account - Maximum annual contribution: $5,000 Long-Term Disability Insurance (Mandatory Participation) Employee Pays 20%: Commission Pays 80% (FOP Members Pay 100%) Benefits paid at 66 2/3% of base salary, maximum of $6,000/month Supplemental Long-Term Disability Insurance (Employee Pays 100%) Benefits paid at 66 2/3% of base salary that exceeds $108,000; capped at $216,000 Basic Life and AD&D Insurance (Employee Pays 20%: Commission Pays 80%) Two (2) times base salary; maximum benefit is $200,000 for each Supplemental and Spouse/Dependent Life Insurance (Employee Pays 100%) Supplemental - 1,2,3,4,or 5 times base salary; maximum benefit is $750,000 Spouse/Dependent Combination - $10,000/$5,000, $20,000/$10,000, or $30,000/$15,000 Sick Leave Bank (Eligible After One Year Probationary Period) Employee contributes leave hours each year Eligible for up to 66 work-days or 396 hours in 12-month period Leave Programs Annual: 15 days per year Personal: 3 days per year (12 month waiting period) Sick: 15 days per year Holidays:10 days per year Other Benefits Credit Union Tuition Assistance Program Employee Assistance Plan Wellness Program Legal Services Plan Work-Life Program This summary is provided for informational purposes only and is not, nor should be construed as an employment agreement with the M-NCPPC, implied or actual. It is not all-inclusive and is subject to change. For a more detailed description of benefits, please contact the Commission's Health and Benefits Office at (see application details).