Recreation Therapist IV

  • Latimer County, Oklahoma
  • Mar 16, 2023
Full Time Parks and Recreation Public Health

Job Description

Job Posting Title
Recreation Therapist IV


Supervisory Organization
Talihina Veterans Center

Job Posting End Date (Continuous if Blank)

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the posting end date above.

Estimated Appointment End Date (Continuous if Blank)

Full time

Job Type

$22.82/hour ($47,468.12/year)

Job Description

Do you know someone who would be a fantastic Recreation Therapist IV to provide quality diversional activities to residents of a long-term care home for Veterans?

As a Recreation Therapist you will be responsible for the following:

Basic Purpose: Responsibilities for planning, organizing, directing and conducting client therapy programs and instruct or supervise clients in recreational activities as part of a therapeutic psychiatric or medical treatment program.

Typical Functions

• Plans and implements therapeutic recreational programs and activities for an assigned caseload of patients.

• Conducts interviews, tests and other procedures to evaluate the patient’s needs, attitudes, interests and abilities.

• Develops a therapeutic intervention plan based on observations, tests and other information, evaluates patient’s participation in program activities and progress towards established goals and objectives and documents response to various treatments and activities.

• Serves as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team that consults with other health care professionals in determining a total treatment plan and recommends changes based on individual observations and evaluations.

• Assists in developing protocols, treatment guidelines, education materials and specialized programs for patients.

• Serves as a community resource on recreational therapy and related health care issues.

• Conducts various therapeutic recreation programs for clients' families and groups, including but not limited to outdoor adventure/wilderness programs (ropes courses, rock climbing, rappelling, backpacking, wilderness camping and canoeing), physical activity programs (sports, group games, dancing), creative expressive programs (dramatics, music, arts and crafts) and special events and programs.

• Works intensively with groups and individual clients as part of their treatment program, coaching and supervising them in active sports, group games, dancing, dramatics and related activities; and participates, if necessary, to encourage participation.

Level Descriptor This is the leadership level where the incumbent organizes, supervises and administers the Recreational Therapy Department, including program staffing and facilities management in a major facility.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of the principles, techniques and equipment used in recreational therapy programs; of outdoor adventure/wilderness recreational activities; of the goals of recreational therapy; of the interrelationships between it and other treatment programs; of the causes of abnormal behavior and behavior modification techniques; of supervisory techniques; and of recreational therapy budgets. Ability is required to organize various types of recreational activity; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; and to work with mentally ill or physically handicapped clients.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a master’s degree in recreational therapy, outdoor recreation or physical education and two years' experience in recreational therapy; or a bachelor's degree in recreational therapy, outdoor recreation or physical education and three years' experience in recreational therapy; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. ## Note: Persons eligible to sit for the national exam provided by the NCTRC may apply and be selected but must obtain certification within the six-month probationary period.

Special Requirements

ODVA has determined positions in this job family to be safety sensitive as defined by63 O.S. § 427.8. The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs

requires successful applicants to any level to obtain and maintain a CDL within 6 months of appointment.

Equal Opportunity Employment

The State of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information, race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Current State of Oklahoma employees must apply for open positions through their Workday account. Go to Careers app on WD home screen>Click on 'Find Jobs-Internal State of Oklahoma'.

Job Address

Latimer County, Oklahoma United States View Map