Recreation Specialist

DRC Solutions
Published
September 20, 2022
Location
Fort Worth, TX
Category
Other  
Job Type

Description

POSITION TITLE: Recreation Specialist
DIVISION TITLE: Client Services
SALARY RANGE: $40,000 - 45,000 annual + benefits (depending on experience)
PAYROLL STATUS: Full time (40 hrs/wk) Exempt

I. JOB PURPOSE

  • Perform surveys to gauge the needs and interests of our client population of chronically housed and unhoused individuals
  • Reach out to the community of recreation specialists, homeless service partners, and the volunteer community
  • Schedule recreational activities and events for the enhancement of client’s lives, and aid in recovery from homelessness, isolation, and serious behavioral healthcare deficits
  • Identify and secure an array, as necessary, of recreational options
  • Solicit feedback from participants, and use this feedback to evaluate the efficacy of recreational solutions

II. PRINCIPLE RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Evaluate, organize and create recreational opportunities for individuals and groups

Performance Standards:

  • Reference DRC Solutions program contracts
  • Develop expertise in working with a chronically homeless population
  • Obtain skills in utilizing HMIS and making data entries as necessary
  • All documentation and data collection completed at the end of each working day in accordance with DRC Solutions supervisor expectations

2. Source paid and volunteer instructors and facilitators for recreational classes and activities

Performance Standards:

  • Provide a log of all recreational activities
  • Document all work-related activity, and enter data into HMIS as required by supervisor
  • Work with DRC Solutions Case Managers in providing assessments and recreational planning for identified clients and service locations
  • Keep current of professional trade publications and state-of-the-art recreational strategies in working with a chronically homeless population
  • Attend professional workshops, seminars and conferences
  • Participate in local workgroups, committees, and collaborations of other homeless case management services providers

3. Develop familiarity with all local, state and federal grant programs at DRC

Performance Standards:

  • Maintain detailed familiarity with grant goals and objectives, documentation and data requirements, budgets, and reporting requirements
  • Work with supervisor in preparing all required progress reports
  • Work the supervisor in preparing components of new grant submissions, renewals, and technical submissions
  • Provide regular or as-needed grant progress reports as needed

4. Represent the agency as a consummate social work professional at the local, state, and federal level.

Performance Standards:

  • Attend relevant conferences and workshops
  • Participate in local, regional and state workgroups and committees as identified by the Executive Director
  • Meet with local recreational resources as necessary
  • Meet with local press at the direction of the Executive Director
  • Maintain professional demeanor and dress at all times

5. Maintain appropriate professional licensure (where appropriate), and remain current in state-of-art recreation for persons who have experienced chronical homelessness

Performance Standards:

  • Attain and maintain appropriate state licensure(s)
  • Remain current on topics of professional case management and social work practice

III. PHYSICAL/MENTAL CHARACTERISTICS

This position requires the following physical and mental capabilities:

  • Light lifting, under 40lbs
  • Light carrying, under 40lbs
  • Hearing (with or without aid)
  • Reaching above shoulder
  • Simple grasping
  • Ability to see
  • Ability to read in English
  • Ability to write in English
  • Ability to count
  • Ability to analyze data

IV. WORK SITE AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
Work site constitutes an indoor and outdoor environment.

V. EQUIPMENT USED
Equipment to be used in performing this job includes:

  • Personal computer
  • Calculator
  • Telephone system
  • Copy machine
  • Printer
  • Motor vehicle

VI. KNOWLEDGE OF LAWS, REGULATIONS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

  • Local, state and federal law relating to recreational programming
  • General labor rules and regulations
  • General time-keeping regulations
  • All regulations and policies related to granting entities

VII. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Computers, printers, agency software, and network systems
  • Competency in using MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Recreational programming theory and practice
  • Client and employee confidentiality
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships and collaborations
  • Recognizing, analyzing and developing solutions to client recreational issues
  • Work with minimum daily supervision
  • Keeping accurate records
  • Taking direction and follow instructions
  • Working extended hours as necessary
  • Prioritizing and managing a large volume of work
  • Communicating effectively, in both written and verbal format
  • Exceptional time management and attention to detail
  • Confident, assertive, self-starter

VIII. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in recreation from an accredited four-year college
  • Experience may qualify the candidate in lieu of college degree
  • Minimum one (1) year experience as a paid recreational specialist
  • Preferred: experience in working with homeless, indigent, aged, disabled, mentally ill, or addicted populations

IX. SPECIAL COURSES, CERTIFICATIONS, AND LICENSES

  • Valid Texas Driver’s License
  • Proof of US citizenship
  • Criminal clearance

X. PERSONAL AND PUBLIC CONTACT

  • This position requires internal and external contacts with staff at all levels of the agency, Board of Trustees, local and state officials, other professionals, vendors, homeless clients, and other members of the public.

XI. TRAVEL

  • Local regular travel is required.

XII. SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIPS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • This position is supervised by the agency’s Chief Operating Officer.
  • This position has no primary supervisory responsibilities, though is authorized to direct the day activities of hourly, contract and volunteer employees.

Application Instructions

NO PHONE CALLS, please.

Send your resume and cover letter to:
info@drc-solutions.org

or by mail to:
DRC Solutions
PO Box 871
Fort Worth, TX 76101

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