Activity Specialist

Location: Topeka, Kansas
Date Posted: 11-07-2017
Company: Easterseals Capper Foundation
Position: Activity Specialist - Employment Services
Job Classification: Non-Exempt, Full-time
Work Schedule: As negotiated in Offer Letter
Reporting Relationship: Program Coordinator – Employment Services
 
Primary Accountabilities:
The Activity Specialist is responsible for supporting the  purpose and values of Easterseals Capper Foundation (“ESCF”) by exhibition the following behaviors: ability and commitment to identify strengths, genuine respect for diverse perspectives and life styles, a capacity to listen and reflect, skill and creativity in helping people become more aware and confident of their own abilities, to help the individual or group assume decision-making and action, knowledge about how to gain access to information and ability to reflect and criticize ongoing process, including one’s own role in those processes.
 
Major Duties:
  • Develops, disseminates, and implements a daily menu of social/leisure/therapeutic activities to stimulate peer interaction, promotes constructive leisure time and motivates persons to function at their maximum level of independence.
  • Ensures activities are purposeful, meaningful, and affords choices to persons served.
  • Documents and reports any significant event, problem or progress concerning the persons supported. 
  • Plans, coordinates and participates in swimming, on-site activities and community outings, which includes driving the ESCF vehicles when necessary.
  • Plans, coordinates and participates in special activities, such as holiday parties or other events.
  • Provides oversight of purchase, inventory, and storage of activity supplies.  Reorders supplies when needed.
  • Attends meetings as appropriate.
  • Responds appropriately to emergency situations.
  • Maintains cleanliness and safety of program areas.
  • Assists with personal care, including toileting, feeding etc.
  • Encourages Direct Support Professionals (“DSPs”) to keep persons supported engaged in scheduled activities as outlined in their support plan.
  • Provides support during activities when needed.
  • Notifies the Program Coordinators if there concerns about the services provided.
  • Serves as a Liaison between the persons supported and employer.
  • Provides job coaching support to persons supported at their job site as needed.
  • Monitors and encourages persons supported to follow their chosen work and/or activity schedule.
  • Assists with all other duties as requested.


Qualifications:
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Associates degree in therapeutic recreation, activity therapy or social or behavioral science is preferred.
  • Read, write and speak fluent English.
  • Must be able to pass background checks and drug test per agency procedures.   
  • Prior experience working with specific population served, e.g. persons with DD, older adults, dementia, dual-diagnosed, etc. is preferred.


Training Requirements:
  • Must complete orientation training and maintain training certification based on agency procedures.
  • Supported employment web-based training.


Physical Demands:
  • Lift up to twenty-five (25) pounds.
  • Frequently bend, stoop, kneel, crawl, walk and respond to aggressive behavior with prescribed techniques.


Work Environment:
  • Direct contact with individuals who are severely physically and/or developmentally disabled and who may exhibit unpredictable behavior and uncontrollable outbursts. The physical characteristics of the work environment are such that noise and odor control procedures are required. May work with individuals with Hepatitis B and/or other blood borne pathogens.
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