Recreational Therapist - Safety Net Shelter
Bill Wilson Center
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Post Date: Jan 21, 2021
Job Type: Full Time
Start Date: ASAP
Salary: Depending on experience
Location: US - California - Santa Clara
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Exciting opportunity to work in a cutting edge program providing comprehensive recreational and social opportunities to youth ages 11 - 18 and their families. The Safety Net Shelter provides emergency shelter to homeless and at risk youth. The Recreational Therapist plans and provides professional, creative, and age/developmentally appropriate recreational programs and activities of therapeutic value performing the following essential duties and responsibilities (and maintaining compliance with all laws and regulations including, but not limited to, Community Care Licensing):

•        Assesses the emotional and therapeutic needs of clients to determine the support, activities and play interactions needed during residential experience; documents assessments and all interactions in medical record charts.
•        Engages and energizes youth by coordinating special events, entertainment, activities, and donations related to assigned areas.
•        Ensures safe client care and maintains activity / storage area. Maintains age-appropriate supply of therapeutic play materials (e.g., arts, crafts, games, books); evaluates the need for equipment and supplies.
•        Evaluates services / programs by collecting information used to monitor performance improvement and developing and completing performance improvement projects.
•        Facilitates appropriate use of resources for clients.
•        Functions as a member of the care team by attending client meetings, and documenting information related to interventions. Maintains on-going communication with other providers of services to clients.
•        Provides education and support to include life skills, adaptive, healthy coping mechanisms, and positive peer and social interactions. Facilitates social interactions between clients and families to foster connections, peer support, and normal social development.
•        Provides supportive relationships, emotional support, information and role modeling and uses developmentally appropriate methods for clients
•        Provides therapeutic services, including developmentally and age appropriate play/recreational activities and teaching effective coping procedures for clients in individual and group settings, consistent with developmental needs.
•        Participate in agency Program Quality Improvement activities and initiatives
•        Participate in agency Safety initiatives and proactively report safety issues to management immediately
•        Monitor respite facility conditions to ensure safety and/or cleanliness issues are addressed in a timely manner. Report all maintenance or safety issues to manager or Facilities Manager immediately.
•        Regular attendance is a requirement of the position.
•        Other duties as assigned.

Bachelors of Science/Arts in Recreational Therapy, Art Therapy, Occupational Therapy or related field. 2 years of direct service experience. Knowledge of recreational therapy needs of residential programs, homeless and street youth and experience working with culturally diverse youth and families required. Must be punctual, efficient and organized. Valid CA drivers license with access to a personal vehicle with current Ins.   Fingerprinting, TB test & CPR/First Aid required.

For consideration, please submit cover letter and resume to:
ATTN: Resumes
FAX: (408) 244-4022
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