Northwest Special Recreation Association
  • Hanover Park, IL, USA
  • 14.50
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) enriches the lives of children and adults with disabilities as a partnership of 17 Park Districts located within the northwest suburbs of Chicago. NWSRA provides outstanding recreation opportunities for people with disabilities within our partner Park Districts through weekly programs, adult day programs (PURSUIT), special events, summer day camps and inclusion in Park District programs. NWSRA is a park district that serves people with disabilities.

NWSRA aspires to create the most engaging experience for the individuals who participate in our programs. We are looking for applicants who want to inspire others, have fun while working hard and are motivated to improve themselves. If all this interests you, we want you to join our family, Apply Now!

All positions are part-time and work schedules may range from a minimum of 1 hour per week up to 25 hours per week. Scheduling is assigned at the beginning of each program season, yet hours are flexible and can be adjusted per season. Reliable transportation is required to ensure attendance at all scheduled programs. When committing to work in a program you must be able to work all program dates for the entire season.

NWSRA provides over 2,000 recreational programs annually, many emphasizing healthy living, fitness, imagination, community involvement and increasing life skills. NWSRA works with member Park Districts to provide inclusive, accessible programs so our participants can Celebrate Their Lives.

General Duties:

The DSP is responsible for direct supervision of services to the clients of the PURSUIT Adult Day Program including support and assistance in all areas addressed in the Individual Personal Plans of the client.

Essential Functions:

  • Participate as part of the Interdisciplinary Team providing input concerning evaluation, objectives, progress, and revision for client's goals (ISP).
  • Provide skills development and maintenance to clients in accordance with the Individual Personal Plan and record all necessary data.
  • Provide, supervise, and participate in scheduled social and recreational activities for the clients.
  • Participate in monthly staff meetings for advanced training and to discuss issues/needs directly related to providing supports and services to the clients.
  • Implement approved behavior plans for the clients.
  • Complete NWSRA driver's training and drive agency vehicles (14 passenger bus) for program activities.
  • Work with DSP Team to prepare and implement meaningful activities; (i.e. set up supplies and equipment, inspect new sites for potential hazards, adapting activities as needed, completing required record keeping).
  • Maintain client/family confidentiality and conduct themselves professionally.
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures established for Clearbrook & NWSRA.
  • Complete mandatory training annually.
  • Perform any other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Physical and Environmental Requirements:

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against any qualified individual with a disability.

To be qualified for this position an individual must meet the following standards and be able to perform the essential functions of the job:

  • Must pass post-employment physical and drug test within 30 days
  • Must pass an Illinois state criminal background check with no disqualifying conditions
  • Must pass a TB test within 30 days of employment
  • Must have a valid driver's license, with acceptable driving record
  • Must be DSP certified within 120 days, Training is provided at no charge.
  • Must pass literacy test at an eighth grade level

Environmental Conditions:

  • Work may be performed in a variety of settings with varying levels of cleanliness, noise, etc.
  • Occasional exposure to blood borne or airborne pathogens
  • Occasional exposure to combative clients
  • Heavy lifting required
  • Hazards typically present in a home environment

NWSRA is a Equal Opportunity Employer

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