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Recreation Therapist

Andrus Childrens Center
Yonkers, NY
  • $21 to $26 Hourly
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Job Overview

The Recreational Therapist is responsible for overall design, planning, facilitation, and monitoring of therapeutic recreation services delivered to assigned clients and across campus in collaboration with department peers. The Recreational Therapist manages the administrative aspects of program delivery and supports team members with the facilitation of activities and programs. The Recreation Therapist is an effective and collaborative interdisciplinary team member who strives to leverage all on and off-campus recreational resources and opportunities to meet the individualized treatment goals of ANDRUS youth through the clinical implementation of therapeutic recreation services (the APIED process).

Front End: Tuesday 11am-7pm Wednesday through Saturday 12pm-8pm OR Back End: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 12pm-8pm Wednesday 11am-7pm

Essential Duties

Key duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Designing and facilitating engaging, motivating, and developmentally appropriate activities, programs, and community outings
  • Creating monthly recreation activity and trip schedules with significant client and cottage treatment team input and feedback
  • Collaborating with Recreation Department team members to design and deliver community recreation programming, special events, and holiday events
  • Developing and facilitating TR groups using the APIED process ensuring alignment between client treatment goals and therapeutic recreation interventions along the five domains of Therapeutic Recreation (Social, Emotional, Psychological, Spiritual, and Physical)
  • Documenting client progress in agency EMR system (both individual and group notes)
  • Assessing client interests through data collection and seeking to increase access to programs based on self-report measures such as surveys
  • Ensuring variety of programming opportunities which include diverse areas of interest, normalizing childhood experiences, and experiences which promote social-emotional growth and development
  • Participating actively in proactive and responsive treatment team meetings (TPCs, Achiever meetings, Red Flags, weekly team meetings, programming meetings, and daily briefing meetings)
  • Managing and monitoring recreation supplies, budgeting, purchasing, and replenishment
  • Maintaining specialized program skills and certifications (CTRS, Lifeguarding, Ropes Course facilitation, RIDE Program, RAP Studio, etc.)
  • Ensuring high level of activity facilitation guidance and support for Milieu Therapists, including establishment of Talent Integration Projects
  • Supports overall strategic plan of the organization
  • Ability to adhere to our organization's core values and commitments

Essential Qualifications

Key qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation or related field (CTRS certification preferred)
  • Experience with OR willingness to receive training in the following areas: Ropes Course facilitation, Lifeguarding, MSF Dirtbike School Instruction, RAP Studio Music Production, Animal Assisted Interventions, Sports Coaching, and other areas of Therapeutic Recreation
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point; Ability to learn additional software/programs a must (including agency EMR software)
  • Ability to work as a member of interdisciplinary teams with strong collaboration and communication skills
  • Ability to engage youth and colleagues in activities and programs through motivational and relational leadership
  • Ability to design programming based on client treatment goals, monitor client progress, and manage client data
  • Excellent time management, coordination, and delegation skills
  • Drivers license in good standing is preferred
  • Ability to access and utilize ADP app on smartphone or other device for access to agency programs

Physical/Travel Requirements

  • Must possess ability to sit, stand, walk, see, climb stairs, and lift weight of up to 30 lbs. The employee must be able to meet these requirements with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Recreational Therapy staff must possess physical abilities relevant to safe facilitation of specialized program skills (i.e. American Red Cross swimming endurance standards for Lifeguarding, fine motor skills for high Ropes belaying and other technical skills, adequate sensory integration abilities for OHV/Dirtbike lesson demonstration and coaching, etc.)
  • Must possess manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer keyboard
  • Must have physical capacity to restrain or assist in the restraint of a child
  • Must be able to hear and see well enough to provide appropriate supervision of children.


Nothing in this job description restricts Andrus’ right to modify the duties/responsibilities of this job at any time, with or without advanced notice.

EEO Statement

Andrus is an equal opportunity employer.


Andrus Childrens Center

Yonkers, NY
10701 USA



Posted date

Over a month ago
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