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Recreation Therapist
Title:Recreation Therapist
Schedule:Full time
FSL Location:GADHS (59thAve/Northern)

Develop monthly calendar of events; design the implement the daily schedule; ensure that all planned activities are implemented. Analyze the activity needs of the participants and develop programs to meet those needs. Plan and implement outings and special events. Complete recreation assessments, reassessments, and in conjunction with participant, develop recreation outcomes for care plan; actively participate in care plan conferences. Ensure that care plan outcomes are achieved and noted in participant file. Complete all participant Activity Flow Sheets on a daily basis. Observe and report to Center Director or Social Worker significant changes in participant’s behavior. Maintain activity area at all times. Perform other job-related duties deemed necessary and/or assigned by the Center Director.



  • Develops and submits before the end of the calendar month an imaginative and varied monthly calendar of events. Activities for participants are designed to meet their interests, promote their personal growth, enhance their self-image, and improve or maintain their functional levels when possible. Activities encompass the participant’s individual needs in the areas of education, socialization, recreation, physical, and cognitive development. Emphasis is placed on scheduled times for activities, as well as time for rest, relaxation, and attention to personal needs.
  • Implements daily schedule(s) of activities. Leads and encourages participants to join in groups facilitated by staff or volunteer. Special care is to be given to promote participants’ highest levels of functioning.
  • Actively participates in care plan conferences. Includes completing recreation assessments, reassessments, and developing care plan outcomes; following through on expected outcomes and documenting progress toward outcomes.
  • Supervises all recreation leaders and assistants as directed by Center Director.
  • Ensures that all planned activities are implemented. Gives training and guidance to recreation staff in activity development and facilitation.
  • Observes participant behavior; reports any physical or behavioral changes to Center Director of Social Worker.
  • Writes progress notes as required by Center Director. Ensures that progress notes are reflective of the participant’s care plan. Preserves confidentiality of all records.
  • Makes both major and minor activity purchases. Ensures that enough materials are on hand so that programs can be carried out as planned, minimizing the need for last-minute purchases. May be responsible for petty cash.
  • Maintains activity area. Ensures that all activity areas are clean, neat, orderly, and that supplies are available for activity. Responsible for the locked storage of paints, glue, scissors, and other potentially hazardous materials. Decorates activity space and bulletin boards for the season.
  • Displays enthusiasm and maintains a positive attitude in working with the participants.
  • Responsible for implementation of licensure and accreditation standards in the recreation program. Monitors the safety and security of the participants at all times.
  • Participates in ongoing training including training sessions offered at the Foundation’s administrative offices.
  • May be required to evaluate, counsel, or discipline recreation staff under the guidance of the Center Director.
  • May assist with meals according to CACFP guidelines.
  • Other duties as needed.



Minimum Required:

  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Knowledge of how to plan, develop, and implement activity programs.
  • Must be alert to the needs of participants; have the ability to work under conditions of frequent interruptions; and to work on several projects at the same time.
  • Ability to adapt environment and available equipment to meet the needs of the participants.
  • Ability to work with challenging behaviors expressed by participants, i.e., verbal and physical aggression, wandering, etc.
  • Accuracy in documenting observations of activity performance.
  • High-energy output during activity program.
  • Knowledge of or experience in gathering data, evaluation of data, and external dissemination of data as part of the ongoing performance improvement process.
  • Must have valid Arizona driver’s license and vehicle insurance.
  • Must be insurable by Foundation for Senior Living when driving FSL vehicles.
  • Must have, or be able to obtain, Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card through Department of Public Safety’s background check/fingerprint clearance process.
  • Must have, or be able to obtain, CPR/First Aid certification.
  • Ability to obtain Food Handler’s card (if asked to obtain one).
  • Must be able to list up to 25 pounds.
  • Must not have any restrictions for physical work for which reasonable accommodation cannot be made.



Minimum Required:

  • A B.A. or B.S. degree in Recreation Therapy.



  • National Certification in Recreation Therapy.
Experience or training in working with older adults, adults with disabilities, or adults with SMI

***Military Personnel Encouraged to Apply.***
FSL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, M/F/D/V. DFWP. FSL believes that diversity leads to strength.

FSL is a proud Wellness AtoZ Platinum employer! FSL is a Gold Award recipient of the Healthy Arizona Worksite Program (HAWP)

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