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Recreation Assistant

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Inglis enables people with disabilities – and those who care for them – to achieve their goals and live life to the fullest.
It is essential that all duties are performed with the highest level of integrity, while supporting Inglis Values and Standards of Excellence, ensuring the achievement of competencies and compliance with regulatory agencies.

The Recreation Assistant has the primary responsibility for facilitating general activity groups and programs including individual room visits. Assist with development and implementation of recreational opportunities for residents to promote general health and well-being.  Assist with planning, development, and implementation of resident trips into the community. All essential job responsibilities will be executed in accordance with Inglis Administrative policies and compliance/ethics guidelines.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position. The primary duties and responsibilities are intended to describe those functions that are essential to the performance of this job. This job description does not state or imply that the above are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. There are other duties and responsibilities that are considered incidental or secondary to the overall purpose of this job. Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by management. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS:
  
Therapeutic Recreation Services

•    Assess, plan, develops, implements, and evaluates Therapeutic Recreation; groups, and individual sessions based on the resident’s assessed needs and interests. .
•    Utilizes a variety of leadership styles / techniques to engage the residents in individual, small group and large group settings. Facilitating engagement for individuals of various functioning abilities. 
•    Knowledge of recreation interventions in all domains (physical, creative, social, cognitive, educational, spiritual and service) 
•    Ability to adapt recreation / music interventions / programs – considering time frames, setting, leadership style and adaptations, facilitation style, cognitive skills needed.  
•    Employs the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) process to assess and plan specific goals and interventions to address the resident’s identified problems and build on the individual’s strengths to achieve goals. 
•     Works with the Interdisciplinary Team to insure continuity of resident’s involvement in therapeutic recreation / music programs.
•    Develops and implements recreational opportunities for residents to promote general health, psycho-social well-being, and independent choices as per resident needs.
•    Engages residents individually when the resident is unwilling or unable to participate in a group setting. 
•    Is an active member in the Interdisciplinary Plan of Care meeting weekly for individualized resident care planning. 
•     Participate in development and review the Quality Assurance Plan and Improvement (QAPI)  plan and resident outcomes on a consistent basis to improve the results of the QAPI measure. 

Trip Coordination

•    Assists the Trip Coordinator with preparation and facilitation of Inglis House trips as scheduled.
•    Assists residents in preparing needed resources for trips such as funds and meals.
•     Serves as the leader during a recreation trip weekly. 
Resident Services

•    Meets weekly hourly requirement for direct resident services as outlined by Resident Services Director.
•    Signs up to assist with resident trips and Special Events, including evenings, weekends, and holidays, in accordance with TR / TE policies and procedures and, in critical situations, as requested by Resident Services Director.
•    Provides assistance with resident transportation to activities.  Supports the TR / TE team being flexible in providing coverage for programs when there are unusual circumstances.
•    Provides individual resident room visits as needed based upon resident assessment and interest Collaborates with the Neighborhood Team (Neighborhood Life Leader, Social Worker and others) to plan and implement interventions that promote a resident’s sense of belonging and independence. 
Customer Service

•    Communicates professionally, in an approachable manner, with staff and residents as demonstrated daily by electronic communications (e-mail) and observed person to person interactions.
•    Is responsive to resident and staff ideas and feedback with return response within 48-72 hours.
•    Is on time for groups, meetings, and appointments as scheduled.
•    Completes tasks and assignments daily as assigned.  

PERSON CENTERED CARE

•    Champion for culture change and supportive leadership.
•    Demonstrates a real sense of inquiry and a personal willingness to learn.
•    Demonstrates the ability to take responsible actions within the parameters of the role without a constant need to be directed by others.
•    Demonstrates politeness and respectfulness and evidences the self-awareness of the effect of her/his behavior on others.
•    Demonstrates mutual respect for diversity.

PEOPLE & TEAM LEADERSHIP

•    Demonstrates Inglis people and leadership values and behaviors
•    Demonstrates the ability to follow-up on schedules, set priorities and achieve deadlines
•    Demonstrates the Inglis Code of Conduct and builds trusted partnerships throughout the Inglis organization.
•    Establishes and maintains effective relationships by gaining trust and respect.
•    Is approachable and easy to talk with; puts forth an extra effort to make people at ease; is patience and builds rapport with customers and is a good listener.
•    A team player and has the trust and support of peers.
•    Promotes collaboration within the department

TECHNOLOGY:      
           
•    Actively engages in the use of computer systems and technology to enhance the day-to-day flow of information
•    Encourages and supports staff on the appropriate use of computer systems and technology
•    Understands common computer terminology, computer fundamentals such as screen positioning
•    Understands and efficiently uses basic computer hardware such as a mouse, and telecommunication devices
•    Understands the use of the internet/intranet applications and file management including file saving, storage and basic data controls
•    Responds to emails and calendar requests in a timely manner using Outlook
•    Understands IT security, i.e. no sharing of passwords, processes, best practices including email encryption and enlisting help of IT help desk as needed. 
•    Possesses general knowledge of how to interface with a computer, i.e. use of mouse, resizing windows, etc.

ROLE SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES

•    Assessment, Plan, Implement, and Evaluate individuals to engage in Therapeutic Recreation 
•    Knowledge of the Resident Assessment Instrument Process and Care Planning 
•    Leadership / facilitation techniques and styles to engage individuals at their highest practible  level. 
•    Quality written skills for accurate documentation of interventions and outcomes.
•    Measurable, specific and time oriented goal writing. 
•    Variety of Therapeutic Recreation  interventions and modalities to engage individuals in all domains. 
•    Ability to follow through with the action plan for  Quality Assurance Performance Improvement.
•    Provide guidance to volunteers for successful engagement when participating in a recreation program. 
•    Creativity in designing and leading therapeutic recreation / music interventions and programs. 
•    Ability to work with in a team setting 

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

In addition to the necessary skills and experience to perform the responsibilities outlined above, there are a number of traits that a successful candidate will possess.  

•     A minimum of two (2) years of college coursework from a recognized and accredited institution in a related field is required.