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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 4163 - Recreation Therapy Coordinator

Job Description

GRADE: 110

Under general supervision, performs work of moderate difficulty in executing recreational therapy programs with residents; performs related work as required.

Employees in this class participate in an interdisciplinary team providing recreational therapy to residents on an assigned basis in compliance with federal and State regulations.  Work involving direct contact with residents is performed in accordance with prescribed methods, techniques and procedures; general supervision is received from the Manager of Recreation Therapy.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Researches, develops, implements and directs therapeutic recreational programs for an assigned unit
• Creates an activities calendar on a monthly basis as assigned
• Adapts and modifies recreation therapy programs to provide successful outcomes
• Provides environmental enhancements during activity down times to increase stimulation
• Ensures resident safety during recreation therapy sessions
• Manages a monthly budget
• Purchases materials and supplies needed to carry out monthly activities
• Supervises residents and volunteers during activities which may include assistance in transporting, feeding and providing other personal needs to the residents
• Participates in care plan meetings with residents and families to assure quality care
• Completes state and federally mandated documentation
• Assesses each individual resident with regard to needs for leisure and adaptive equipment
• Provides discharge plans for community re-entry by researching agency and resource information
• Encourages client utilization of services
• Performs one-on-one  assessments with residents unable to participate in group activities
• Participates in resident care conferences when necessary
• Decorates assigned areas to reflect the current season, holiday, or upcoming special event
• Participates in fund raising activities directly related to the department
• Assists with all-house activities as needed
• Participates in facility-wide quality improvement initiatives and projects
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Modern methods, materials and equipment used in recreational therapy programs
• Economically and beneficially use materials and equipment for recreation therapy program activities.
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Effectively interacting with residents and assessing resident needs to gain the best results from recreational therapy programs
• Maintaining accurate records
• Analyzing residents’ progress towards goals
• Verbal and/or written communication
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation therapy, Arts, Music, Therapy or science in a healthcare field or related field; and one year of experience in recreation therapy; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work will occur in an office and field environment.  This position regularly includes working with residents. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to quiet.

A valid Illinois Driver's License will be required when travel is part of the position.