Recreational Therapist for Cooke SKILLs

New York, NY

Job Title: Recreational Therapist – SKILLs at 29th Street

Supervisor: Division Head

Regular Daily Schedule: 8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Calendar to Follow: 10-month Academic

Status: Exempt

Term: 10 Months

  • Develop and adapt programming that meet student needs and interests through assessment and observations
  • Develop and maintain established relationships with community partners
  • Support and develop the gym programming, including facilities use, activity development, staff training and student integration
  • Support student’s integration into the community by teaching them how to use community resources and recreational activities
  • Support students with navigating NYC transportation systems (Access-A-Ride, buses, subway stations, pedestrian crossings, etc)
  • Seek out new opportunities and community partnerships for students
  • Plan and implement interventions to support the student in meeting his or her goals
  • Engage students in therapeutic activities, such as exercise, games, and community outings
  • Help students learn social skills needed to become or remain independent
  • Evaluate interventions for effectiveness
  • Collaborative planning and training with teachers, CIAs, Paras and clinicians for recreational community experiences
  • Monitoring and implementation of current community outing procedures and adjusting as needed to ensure the safety of students within the community
  • Any other duties deemed necessary by the Administration to ensure the vision, mission, and values of Cooke school are supported

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Recreation Therapist is responsible for providing direct and indirect service to students and staff consistent with the integration and collaboration model of the Cooke School. In this capacity, it is expected that the Recreation Therapist will establish collaborative relationships with parents, partner schools and Cooke colleagues to ensure successful inclusion for Cooke students. The Recreation Therapist’s responsibilities include:

Assessment and Direct Service to Students

  • Interpret assessments in order to determine level of functioning and needs of each child
  • Conduct ongoing informal assessments in the classroom and coordinate professional practice with pedagogic staff
  • Utilize a variety of activities to meet students’ needs as determined by informal and formal assessment
  • Utilize knowledge of content area to effectively serve students
  • Maintain ongoing communication with classroom teachers and parents about progress of the students
  • Attend monthly team meetings prepared with information about the students being discussed
  • Maintain relevant records and goal banks

Planning and Record Keeping

  • Develop Progress Reports on each student in conjunction with classroom teachers and other team members
  • Create plans consistent with Progress Report goals for each child
  • Maintain narrative logs for each child
  • Maintain attendance records for each child
  • Complete monthly documentation relevant to the number of sessions given to each child
  • Ensure that make-up sessions are provided

General Professional Responsibilities

  • Initiate and foster good working relationships with teachers, paraprofessionals, general education teachers and parents
  • Attend all planning meetings with the teachers and monthly meetings with each classroom team
  • Participate in all Progress Report meetings convened at the school level
  • Attend and participate in all Cooke meetings and workshops
  • Arrive at assigned site and meetings promptly and be prepared for daily assignment
  • Prepare documents, when necessary, for CSE meetings and, if applicable, impartial hearings
  • Adhere to carefully planned schedules
  • Utilize supervisor for guidance, discussion, collaboration, professional and self-growth
  • Develop professional growth goals with supervisor and create and implement a plan to reach the agreed upon goals
  • Staff training is an integral part of professional development at Cooke. All staff must at a minimum: attend all scheduled Staff Development activities throughout the year and participate in staff orientation scheduled for the last week in August

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy or related field
  • Valid and current Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) credentialto practice in New York State preferred Prior experience working with students with special needs preferred

Physical Requirements

Able to maintain the physical capacity required to navigate the school environment and to ensure the safety of the students; the ability to…

  • walk, run, sit, and stand
  • move rapidly forward, backward, and laterally
  • bend and stoop
  • push, pull, and lift

Professional Development

All Cooke staff are responsible for developing a professional growth plan with their supervisor. Staff training is an integral part of the Cooke School and as such is a requirement of the job. All staff must at a minimum: attend all scheduled Staff Development activities throughout the year and participate in staff orientation scheduled for the last week in August.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement

The Cooke School and Institute provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Cooke complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

The Cooke School and Institute expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Cooke’s employees to perform their expected job duties is not tolerated.

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