The Recreation Specialist is responsible for planning, organizing, and conducting recreational activities for clients and their children in temporary shelter.
- Organize trips for the clients and their children according to the needs of the changing client system.
- Develop, coordinate and facilitates activities for families in temporary shelter including but not limited to homemaking, healthy eating, shopping on a budget, financial empowerment, etc.
- Develop linkages with external recreational programs and facilities.
- Act as a liaison between the site and community based recreational resources.
- Plan and organize special facility events.
- Coordinate field trips and attendance to holiday celebrations offered in the community and by DHS.
- Work with community providers/institutions in the development of recreational opportunities for clients, (i.e., Big Buddy programs, PAL, Big Brothers/Big Sisters), students, and others.
- Maintain contact with museums, theaters, sporting events, and other cultural programs and activities to facilitate awareness and attendance of special events for clients.
- Escort families to all events to ensure a safe and structured environment for all in attendance.
- Organize and coordinate parent/escort volunteer groups.
- Manage own time effectively and coordinate program activities accordingly.
- Coordinate transportation services to and from all special events with CRF, DHS and/or others as needed.
- Maintain and submit logs of all activities (completed and upcoming).
- Other assignments and tasks may be added at the discretion of the Program Director.
- Assist in the identifying housing resources and leads for families in shelter.
Education: High School Diploma (or GED).
Experience: Successfully completed 2-hour Mandated Reporter training course (may be completed upon hire). At least 6 months related work experience. Must be a people person and have an outgoing, cheerful disposition.
Other Requirements (including Physical Demands)
- Travel within New York City may be required.
- May be required to work evening and weekends as needed.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.