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Recreational Therapist Supervisor

Company: Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Executive Office of
Location: Chelsea
Posted on: September 17, 2023

Job Description:

Description The state operated veterans' homes are independent state agencies that organizationally report to the Secretary of the Executive Office of Veterans' Services (EOVS). The Veterans' Homes are owned and operated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and address the needs of a wide variety of veterans, including long term care and domiciliary services meeting the veteran residents' care and psychosocial needs. The care and services provided by the Veterans' Homes are supported by a staff of approximately 450; representing physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses, aides, social workers, recreation therapist, physical and occupational therapy, speech language pathology, educators, building trades, dietary, housekeeping, managers, support staff, consultants and contractors. The tradition of service to the veterans of Massachusetts is surpassed only by a continued commitment to excellence in care for those who are in need now and in the future.

Assign, direct, reviews, evaluates, instructs and monitors activities staff as they provide recreational, social, intellectual, emotional and spiritual activities to residents.
Develops, implements, and monitors recreation therapy care plans and individual resident assessments.
Develops and implements the therapeutic recreation program individualized for each resident
Develops and maintains the recreation therapy calendar. Ensures that all progress notes are informative and descriptive of the services provided and of the resident's response to the services and programs.
Participates in the ongoing quality assurance program.
Train and supervise volunteers and prepare their individual assignments.
Participates in developed individual and group participant physical, mental, social, psychosocial, interest and other activity programs and procedures. Maintains special attention toward residents due to the unpredictable and changeable behavior of unit participants. Sets up, coordinates, administers and participates in various individual and/or group exercises, instructional games, entertainment, field trips, outings and other activities appropriate to the needs and individualized and collective needs and interests of the residents. Programming include but are not limited to: exercises, unit and other decorating, instructional and board games. Cards, bingo, puzzles, arts and crafts, entertainment, field trips, outings, movies and shows, hand-eye coordination. Ensure residents are fed, toileted, positioned and moved as required.
Posting in a conspicuous place a monthly calendar of programming and events
Collaborates with the Director in developing staffing needs and in the preparation of work schedules.
Makes daily and periodic rounds to observe residents and staff; to determine if recreation therapy and engagement needs are being met in accordance with the residents' requests, care plans and assessments and other established criteria. Review staff notes, resident charts and other documentation to assure compliance with informative and descriptive narration requirements and resident needs.
Collaborates with nursing, social services, nursing managers and others as may be required to meet needs of residents.
Maintains liaison and open lines of communication with other facility departments/personnel.
Attends and/or participates in staff, unit, department and other meetings, conferences, on committees, task forces.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED AT HIRE (List knowledges, skills, abilities)

Strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills
Experience with the bidding and awarding of contracts
Ability to interact effectively with different business departments, team members.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively with diverse groups.
Strong computer, administrative and software utilization skills (MS Outlook, Word and Excel).
Strong communication skills, written and oral; ability to write concisely, to express thoughts clearly, and to develop ideas in logical sequence
Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of data, to draw conclusions, and make appropriate recommendations.
Ability to maintain accurate and organized records and create reports
Ability to supervise, to include planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job being accomplished; ability to coordinate the efforts of others in accomplishing assigned duties.
Strong computer, administrative and software utilization sills
Ability to deal tactfully with others
Ability to develop and maintain harmonious relationships with others.

QUALIFICATIONS ACQUIRED ON JOB (List knowledges, skills, abilities)

Knowledge of dementia and its effects on clients and families
Knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, specifications, standards, and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.
Knowledge of the organizational structure and functions of the agency.
Knowledge of veterans' service programs
Knowledge of the types and users of agency forms.

Pre-Offer Process:
A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, administrative or managerial experience in business administration, business management or public administration the major duties of which involved program management, program administration, program coordination, program planning and/or program analysis, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for the required experience.*

II. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major other than in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

Comprehensive Benefits
When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future.
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COVID Vaccine: As a condition of employment, depending on job assignment and location, employees may be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination and/or other vaccinations, or to have been approved for a vaccination exemption prior to their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.
Official Title: Program Coordinator IPrimary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Chelsea-91 Crest StreetJob: Administrative ServicesAgency: Chelsea Veterans HomeSchedule: Full-timeShift: DayJob Posting: Sep 13, 2023, 3:01:57 PMNumber of Openings: 1Salary: 56,579.12 - 80,651.48 YearlyIf you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Syreeta Wiggins / - 8572760961Bargaining Unit: 06-NAGE - Professional Admin.Confidential: NoHybrid Work Eligible: No

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