Position title
Therapeutic Recreation Aide (FT & PT Vacancies)
Description

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Full-Time and Part-Time Vacancies available, some with flexible schedules

The Therapeutic Recreation Aide assists the Therapeutic Recreation Director in the organization, direction, and implementation of activities for all residents of Gracedale. This position is responsible for practicing ethical and professional behaviors related to the field of therapeutic recreation and meeting the physical, mental, emotional and social needs, as well as the interest of the Gracedale residents.

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must successfully submit a completed application prior to the posting deadline. Applications submitted with incomplete or missing education and/or work experience sections will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. These applicants will be disqualified from consideration. The attachment of a resume to the application does not fulfill this requirement and will not prevent incomplete applications from being rejected. Education and work experience fields must be completed, regardless of the presence of an attached resume.

Please answer any supplemental questions truthfully and completely. Use the employment history section of your application to substantiate your answers to supplemental questions.

Once the posting closes, all applications will be reviewed. The information provided on the application will be utilized to determine whether or not each applicant meets the minimum requirements for this position as noted in the Job Description. Please read the Minimum Requirements thoroughly and then demonstrate that you meet these requirements on your application. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered for the position.

Qualified, eligible applicants will move on to the next step, either a Written Exam or an Education and Experience Review.

There is not a Written Exam for this position; instead, we will conduct an Education and Experience Review, in which we assign points to each applicant's education and relevant work experience as depicted on their application. We encourage all applicants to provide a comprehensive, concise history of their education, certification, licensing, and employment on their employment application so that we are able to accurately assess their experience. Eligible candidates will be ranked on an Eligibility List based on their total score on the Education and Experience Review.
Equal Employment Opportunities – It is the policy of Northampton County to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or any other status protected by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and any other state, federal, or local law.

For questions regarding this posting, please contact Sherry Christman, Human Resources Analyst, at schristman@northamptoncounty.org or 610-829-6382.

 

Job Description

 

GENERAL PURPOSE
The Therapeutic Recreation Aide assists the Therapeutic Recreation Director in the organization, direction, and implementation of activities for all residents of Gracedale. This position is responsible for practicing ethical and professional behaviors related to the field of therapeutic recreation and meeting the physical, mental, emotional and social needs, as well as the interest of the Gracedale residents.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED
This position reports directly to the Therapeutic Recreation Director.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED
This position is not responsible for the supervision of other employees or functions.

Responsibilities

ESSENTIAL DUTIES OF THE POSITION
Organize and implement all scheduled activities, including workshops, trips, religious activities, social and special events, including maintenance of supplies and equipment, preparation and completion of projects and adaptation of activities.

Responsible for documentation of the following with approval of Therapeutic Recreation Director: initial evaluation; progress notes; interdisciplinary care plan approaches and goals; and taking of attendance.

Participation in departmental meetings, interdisciplinary patient care plan meetings, and in-services.

Cooperate and maintain good working relationships with other staff members and volunteers.

Operation of various therapeutic department equipment (see Tools and Equipment).

Transportation of residents to and from activity programs.

Responsible for remaining alert to mental and physical needs of all residents during activities; recognizing residents' limitations; and reporting any problems to the immediate supervisor.

*An employee assigned to this title shall perform a majority, but may not perform all, of the duties listed in this job description.  Conversely, minor level duties performed on the job may not be listed.  The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Qualifications
REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE - Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent; AND 
 
Six (6) to twelve (12) months of experience in organizing and instructing activities for groups is preferred; AND

Experience with geriatric residents is preferred; AND

Employees assigned to this title will be required to possess and maintain a valid and current motor vehicle driver's license with an acceptable driving record.

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS - Applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and present valid proof of vaccinated status, in order to be eligible for hire at Gracedale Nursing Home. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), people are considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines), or two (2) weeks after a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine).

Upon hire employee must have a drug screening and COVID-19 testing. Employees may also be periodically tested for COVID-19 as required or recommended. In addition, Gracedale Nursing Home will follow The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements with regard to booster(s) needed for workers in health care settings.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES  
Knowledge of goals, objectives, principles and practices pertaining to therapeutic recreation in long-term care.

Knowledge of therapeutic recreation methods and techniques applicable to individuals in an inpatient nursing facility.

Knowledge of physical, mental, emotional, and other factors affecting geriatric needs, interests and capacities.

Knowledge of governmental regulations and requirements governing therapeutic recreation.

Knowledge of the organization, functions and operation commonly found in care facilities and their relationship to the administration of recreational therapy services.

Ability to assess individual patient needs and develop a plan to address those needs by designing crafts and various other activity programs, and coordinate efforts with medical, social and other care.

Ability to demonstrate initiative, creativity, dependability, cooperation and self-motivation.

Ability to recognize the importance of the activity program in the total plan of care, and to enjoy working with geriatric residents.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, representatives of social, community and other organizations, including their participation in recreational activities.

Ability to operate a personal computer to enter information into and secure information from established programs.

Ability to effectively read and write work schedules, resident records, physician orders, etc.; to maintain records of activities and prepare reports of same.

Ability to hear and speak clearly both in person and over the telephone.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand and communicate in English to perform the duties of this position.

Job Benefits
Full-time employees of the County of Northampton are afforded a package of benefits which includes the following:
Medical Insurance
Vision and Prescription
Dental
Life Insurance
Retirement
I. Medical Insurance
Coverage begins for the employee the first of the month following full-time employment for employees and their eligible dependents.  Cost to the employee to participate in the plans varies by the coverage selection and number of dependents; and may be subject to collective bargaining, if a union member. The employee may also elect to opt out of the County's medical insurance if proof of coverage through the spouse's employer is provided. Under this arrangement, the employee is provided with an annual $1,500.00 opt out payment.
II. Vision and Prescription
Coverage begins for the employee the first of the month following full-time employment for employees and their eligible dependents. Copayments may vary, subject to collective bargaining, if a union member. Coverage under the vision plan varies and depends upon the employee's choice of doctor and frame selection.
III. Dental Coverage
Coverage begins for the employee the first of the month following full-time employment for employees and their eligible dependents. Copayments may vary, subject to collective bargaining, if a union member.
IV. Life Insurance
A life insurance policy is afforded to full-time employees beginning on the first day of employment, unless specified differently in a collective bargaining agreement. It remains in effect as long as the employee is actively employed and terminates upon resignation or retirement. $20,000 is afforded to all eligible employees.
V. Retirement
All full-time employees and part-time employees working more than 1000 hours per year qualify for County of Northampton retirement benefits, in which employees must contribute 5% of their earnings, and employees may choose to add additional voluntary contributions, not to exceed an additional 10%.   Additionally, employees may participate in an optional deferred compensation plan [457(b)] which may provide present tax advantages and future retirement savings. Such arrangements are made directly with the providers and the County will administer payroll deductions only.
Additional Information
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Telephone, personal computer, and therapeutic recreation equipment.  Woodworking tools including hammer, screw driver, hand saws, pliers, and a glue gun; video equipment such as a VCR, DVD player, and large screen television; kitchen appliances, including microwave, blender, and electric frying pan; vacuum cleaner; sewing machine; and other related equipment.  Operation of a motorized vehicle, such as a van or bus.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit, talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.

The employee must possess agility and strength sufficient to support and maneuver heavy patients of limited physical capacity.  Must be able to lift, push, etc. in transport an average of 55 pounds for wheelchair residents and an average of 75 pounds for geri-chair residents combined with weight of resident with assistance from bed to and from commode and/or bus seat.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to care and therapy room environments.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately loud in care areas and in therapy sessions.

SELECTION GUIDELINES
Formal application, rating of education and experience, oral interview and reference check as well as job related tests may be required.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

FLSA STATUS:      FLSA NON-EXEMPT (Overtime Eligible)
DESIGNATION:     CAREER SERVICE
PAY GRADE:         GU-02
UNION STATUS:  AFSCME GRACEDALE

Employment Type
Full-time, Part-time
Job Location
2 Gracedale Avenue, Nazareth, PA, 18064-9213, USA
Base Salary
$13.78 Per hour
Date posted
March 8, 2022
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