Recreation Specialist (SHS952)
Volunteers of America


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Recreation Specialist (SHS952)
Randalls and Wards Islands, New York, NY, USA Req #1202
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
About Us:

Volunteers of America-Greater New York (VOA-GNY) is an anti-poverty organization that seeks to end homelessness in the New York metropolitan area by the year 2050. We focus our continuum of care to address the most prevalent causes of homelessness: (1) lack of affordable housing; (2) unmet health needs, including but not limited to mental health and substance use; and (3) lack of jobs that create wealth. In each of these areas we strive to incorporate strategies that address issues of racial equity. We know that our clients are confronting longstanding barriers to accessing quality housing, healthcare, and employment. Our programs are designed to ensure that our clients do not have to face these challenges alone.

Now in our second century of serving those in need, VOA-GNY understands what it takes to heal families and individuals who are in crisis and have experienced trauma. We operate and provide services in emergency shelters, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing for close to 11,000 men, women and children through 65 programs located in New York City, Northern New Jersey, and Westchester annually. We are one of the largest providers of services to families and individuals experiencing homelessness in the Greater New York area, serving survivors of domestic violence, people living with HIV/AIDS, veterans, and others who have behavioral health or substance use needs. Many of VOA-Greater New York's programs are nationally recognized and meet the rigorous standards of accrediting bodies CARF, COA and the NAEYC.

The Recreation Specialist is responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of recreation activities and programming appropriate for the client population.

Minimum Qualifications:
Associate's degree and one year of relevant experience with a similar populations or high school diploma or GED with at least two years relevant experience.

Supervisory Role:
This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Principal Responsibilities:
The below enumerated principal responsibilities are inclusive of both program specific and firm-wide related administration, as applicable.

  • Plan, coordinate, publicize, implement and facilitate support groups, recreational activities, special events and holiday programs. Update and post printed materials and encourage client participation.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of new programs aimed at enhancing clients motivation through socialization and the development of leisure time skills.
  • Coordinate programs with case managers in order to facilitate success of In-Reach sessions.
  • Develop contacts with various sources for off-site activities.
  • Assist in preparing and submitting written and statistical reports.
  • Provide aftercare to assigned clients who have been placed / discharged from the facility.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

  • Make a living by making a difference. Apply online today! Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Vets/Disabled/Other Protected Categories.

    Other details
    • Job Family Childcare & Recreation
    • Job Function Program Services
    • Pay Type Hourly
    • Required Education Associate Degree
    • Job Start Date Wednesday, June 9, 2021

    • Randalls and Wards Islands, New York, NY, USA



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