Recreation Specialist (ONS941) in New York, NY at Volunteers of America Greater New York

Date Posted: 7/22/2020

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
  • Location:
    New York, NY
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  • Experience:
    At least 1 year(s)
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Job Description

Volunteers of America-Greater New York (VOA-Greater New York) is the local affiliate of the national organization, Volunteers of America, Inc. and is one of the largest providers of human services in the metropolitan New York area. Founded in New York City in 1896 as a charity staffed by volunteers tending to the city’s poor, today VOA-Greater New York has 1,300 paid staff that provide life-changing, often life-saving services through 80 programs in New York City, Westchester County and Northern New Jersey.

VOA-Greater New York services extend to survivors of domestic violence; individuals and families — including veterans — experiencing, or at risk of homelessness; people living with HIV/ AIDS, behavioral health, and substance use issues; adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities; preschoolers with developmental delays; older adults on limited incomes, many with a history of homelessness; and at-risk youth. 

VOA-Greater New York expands, and introduces new services in response to community needs. As such, it is at the forefront of building affordable, supportive housing for seniors; providing a service-rich continuum of care for formerly homeless veterans; and expanding its services for those recovering from domestic violence. Battle Buddy Bridge®, a peer counseling program for veterans, and the work VOA-Greater New York is doing to raise awareness of the impact of Moral Injury, are examples of the organization’s responsiveness, creativity and life-altering work. 

Many of VOA-Greater New York’s programs are nationally recognized and meet the rigorous standards of accrediting bodies CARF, COA and the NAEYC. Operation Backpack® is the organization’s signature community service campaign that ensures every student who calls a NYC shelter “home” has a new backpack full of supplies in time for the first day of school.

The Recreation Specialist is responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of recreation activities and programming appropriate for the client population.

Associate’s degree and one year of relevant experience with a similar populations or high school diploma or GED with at least two years relevant experience.

1. Plan, coordinate, publicize, implement and facilitate support groups, recreational activities, special events and holiday programs. Update and post printed materials and encourage client participation.
2. Assist in the development and implementation of new programs aimed at enhancing clients motivation through socialization and the development of leisure time skills.
3. Coordinate programs with case managers in order to facilitate success of In-Reach sessions.
4. Develop contacts with various sources for off-site activities.
5. Assist in preparing and submitting written and statistical reports.
6. Provide aftercare to assigned clients who have been placed / discharged from the facility.

1. Programs and activities will be in line with program goals and objectives; clients will have access to an array of support, socialization and recreational activities.
2. Socialization activities will be enhanced to increase to client involvement and develop their socialization skills clients will be engaged and receptive to program services.
3. Clients will be consistently engaged to accept program services and immediate needs addressed.
4. Program will have an array of resources to enhance clients’ socialization skills.
5. Data collected will be accurate and complete and reports will be completed and submitted on time.
6. The outcomes/results for the client and the program will be successful; reduced recidivism rate.

Position Type:
This is a full-time position

Make a living by making a difference. Apply online today! Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Vets/Disabled/Other Protected Categories.

Other details

  • Job Family Childcare & Recreation
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Job Start Date Tuesday, July 21, 2020