Recreation Specialist

New York, NY

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.