Pathlight Group
  • 26-May-2022 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Family Services / Whole Children
  • Hadley, MA, USA
  • 19.93
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Vacation, Sick, Health Insurance, Retirement


DIVISION: Family Support Services

PROGRAM: Whole Children/Milestones/Whole Selves

TITLE: Recreation Specialist 1

GRADE: Grade 9 Exempt

Summary of Position:
Responsible for managing the routine operations of classes and programs for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families; ensuring the attainment of individual, family and programmatic goals; participate in development of new programs and services, implementing programs in accordance with Pathlight's policies, and applicable governing external regulations. Responsible for oversight of Program Assistants and volunteers.


Essential Job Functions:


1. Provide individualized and group support to individuals and families including: complete intakes/ assessments, advise and communicate with families, develop community integration/recreation programs and recommendations; provide information on resources and services; connect families with other families and recreation opportunities in their community; maintain files and records, including attendance and regular reports.


2. Assess individual and group interest, availability, and needs; design, create and adapt classes to meet the needs of changing populations, including online, in person, and in community. Adapt teaching approach, communication methods and access to meet the needs of a wide variety of abilities and interests, including developing visual supports as needed; carry out instruction of students in a manner consistent with Whole Children and Milestone's quality standards, policies, and philosophy.


3. Act as liaison between programs, families, providers and allied professionals on routine programmatic or related matters. Work with DDS, supervisor, other Pathlight divisions, schools and families to provide coordination, assistance and resources to support the individual's recreation and social needs.


4. Promote community inclusion by teaching skills and advocating for inclusion with community organization; encourage and support individuals and family member in their participation in community experiences.


5. Provide group and individualized training to individuals, families, staff and outside professionals in developing skills and opportunities for meaningful, healthy relationships; serve as Whole Children/ Milestones/Whole Selves representatives at conferences, workshops and on committees.


6. Participate in the development of new programs to meet the needs of families and constituent populations; manage the physical environment to support programs including appropriate signage, supplies and equipment needed to implement policies and programs.

Knowledge and Experience Required:

1. Broad knowledge of a discipline involving the use of a broad theoretical knowledge equal to a complete 4-year college education or equivalent work experience.

2. 1-3 years direct experience working with families or individuals with disabilities.

3. Broad knowledge of disability support services.

4. May be required to complete First Aid, CPR, OSHA and/or Safety Care training based on program needs.

5. Valid driver's license and reliable transportation/vehicle required.


Skills and Abilities Required:

1. Must be able to maintain regular attendance.

2. Wide variety of duties requiring a general knowledge of related organizational policies and procedures and their application to cases not previously covered. Duties require considerable judgment to work independently toward general results, to devise new or modify existing methods, techniques or procedures to meet requirements and to make related decisions controlled by precedent and within limits of established policy.

3. Work with confidential data that if disclosed, could have significant internal effect or minor external effect.

4. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Proficiency with Microsoft office (Word, Outlook & Excel), communication platforms such as zoom or webex, health record or other database.

5. Outside and/or inside contacts involving carrying out organization policy or programs and influencing others where improper handling will have a marked effect on results. Considerable tact required.

6. Bi-lingual preferred.


Mental Attention or Visual Demand: Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and peripheral vision; reading of written, printed or computer screen data. In addition, the ability to:

· Fully focus and concentrate on the task at hand.

· Demonstrate decision making; considerable judgment.

· Maintain a calm, composed manner.

· Calmly and effectively communicate with individuals and families.

· Work with unexpected disruptions.

· Redirect individuals served appropriately to maintain safety for self and others.

· Actively listen and communicate clearly with staff and others.

Working Conditions:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Usual office working conditions; exposure to weather during travel; exposure to site conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but at times loud.


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

· Rarely lifting/transferring person with or without assistance of co-worker with or without mechanical lift

· Occasionally lift and/or move up to or greater than 60 pounds

· Occasional twisting, bending, squatting with full use of arms/legs

· Potential stooping, kneeling

· Reaching above shoulder level

· Potential prolonged standing throughout shift

· Work requiring depth perception

· Potential to engage in activity with individual on the floor

· Ability to get up off the floor

· Rarely use restraints: conduct physical restraints with individuals served Restraints require: repetitive bending/twisting using right/left hands/arms, ability to maintain physical position up to 10 minutes

· Driving personal vehicle and/or company van


Reporting Relationships:

Reports to Program Manager

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