Recreational Therapist II

State of Utah

Job Description
Do you enjoy games, sports, arts and crafts and other recreational activities? The Utah State Developmental Center is looking for a compassionate, energetic person to fill our Recreational Therapist position. Join our staff who are dedicated to maintaining the physical, social and emotional well-being of the individuals that reside at our facility.

Principle Duties

Preparing and performing recreational therapy assessments
Implementing recreational therapy activities and programs
Functionally supervise and train staff to assist with recreational activities
Maintaining records to comply with federal requirements
Writing reports indicative of progress or regression of the individuals

Ideal Candidate
The model candidate for this position is someone who:understands and is passionate about the need of recreational therapy for individuals with special needs
is enthusiastic, flexible, and willing to try things they haven’t done before
has experience working with the intellectually disabled population
has experience in the recreational therapy field
has a good foundation of knowledge on how to write programs and goals for those with recreational needs

Why You Should Join Our Team
The selected candidate will be part of a team promoting independent life skills for the intellectually disabled individuals in our care. In return, you will be given opportunities for advancement and an excellent benefit package. A positive work-life balance is promoted through paid time off allowing you to spend more time with your family. Additional compensation is available through a referral program for selected positions.

The Agency
The Recreational Therapist will help support the mission of the Utah State Developmental Center which is to serve as a statewide resource center for people with disabilities while promoting opportunity through choice and outcome based support. Click on the following link for more information:

Example of Duties
Other duties in addition to those listed above

Adapting program(s) to meet specific needs or concerns.
Monitoring cases to ensure that treatment plans are being followed.
Discussing results, findings and/or recommendations with appropriate parties.
Acting as a resource to team members, participates in team and professional meetings and gives input as to needs of clients.
Assisting with the Equine assisted learning program.

Typical Qualifications

licensure as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in Utah.
follows all practices and requirements of the Recreational Therapy Practice Act and the Recreational Therapy Practice Rule
identify developmental needs of others and coach, mentor, or otherwise help others to improve their knowledge, skills and abilities
evaluate treatment effectiveness
speak clearly, concisely and effectively; listen to, and understand, information and ideas as presented verbally
oversee the appropriate use of equipment, facilities
maintain and/or repair tools and equipment
ability to observe details at close range and at a distance.
ability to observe physical conditions, behavior or surroundings for potential areas of concern or inappropriate activity.
ability to hear sounds that may indicate potential areas of concern or inappropriate activity.

Supplemental Information

In order to work at the Utah State Developmental Center as part of the CMS COVID-19 mandate, you must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have received at least your first dose of the two shot series and have scheduled the 2nd dose before you start.
Risks found in potentially dangerous or unusual environmental stress situations, e.g. being subject to possible physical attack, etc.
The work requires considerable and strenuous physical exertion such as frequent climbing, lifting heavy objects over 50 pounds, crouching or crawling in restricted areas, defending oneself and/or others against physical attack.
You must successfully pass a criminal history check.
You must be determined eligible for direct patient access to provide services to a vulnerable adult in accordance with U.C.A 26-21 and R432-35. To see what would exclude you from receiving direct patient access please click on the following link and read section R432-35-8.
Department of Human Resource Management rules regarding promotions and transfers apply to current employees.
Tobacco use is only allowed in designated areas on the campus grounds.
Schedule: 11:00 am to 7:30 pm. Saturday/Sunday off (Schedule may vary based on special events)

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