The Special Recreation Division offers positive and healthy recreation programming focused on leisure, social, educational, and vocational opportunities within the community for individuals with special needs with a team of talented, dedicated, knowledgable, and experienced staff. Programming also includes the largest south suburban community of Special Olympics in the state of Illinois with over 300 participants. Our special recreation staff are committed to meeting the unique individual leisure time needs and positively impact the lives of individuals with special needs every day by focusing on community outreach and reinitegration.
We are currently seeking education, therapeutic majors and those who love to work with individuals with special needs to join our Special Recreation programming as a Recreation Instructor II, that is committed to meeting unique individual leisure time needs. Programming includes general weekly programs, inclusion programming, Special Olympic sports, special events, and overnight trips.
This position is responsible for providing an optimal experience in recreation for individuals with disabilities. The ideal candidate will supervise, coach and provide assistance tailored to the individual needs of participants enrolled in our Special Recreation programs that are designed to provide vocational, leisure and social activities to participants ensuring a successful program experience.
Responsibilities also include completion of all necessary documentation for the assigned programs, keeping department management aware of issues or problems that arise during a program and contacting participant's parent or guardian as needed regarding program updates, changes, transportation, weather conditions or other pertinent information.
In-service training on the village's standards and expectations of working with participants with special needs (i.e. parallel activities, behavior management skills, redirection techniques, etc) will be provided.
Must be able to bring energy, compassion and a positive team oriented attitude while building sound relationships and fostering new partnerships.
Preferential consideration will be given to male applicants as a bona fide job requirement to meet one on one activities of daily living (ADL) staffing needs.
Ideal candidate will have a minimum of 1 year experience in either the education or recreation field including prior therapeutic recreation or special education experience in working with individuals with special needs (physical, cognitive, emotional, psychological, etc) and the ability to deal appropriately with behavior management issues is required.
Additional qualifications include a minimum of 30 college credit hours in Therapeutic Recreation or other closely related field and/or prior life or work experiences with special needs individuals. A genuine interest in enhancing the recreation experience for each program participant is required. Experience with behavioral management and adaptive equipment is preferred.
Flexibility is required up to 19 hours per week, mostly evenings from 5pm to 9pm; weekends between the hours of 9am to 9pm and occasional daytime hours from 9am to 12pm or 12pm to 3pm.