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    The Recreation Therapy Supervisor is assigned to the Nursing Service/Recreation Therapy Section at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Recreation Therapy Supervisor is responsible for and supervises a large complex level network of recreation therapy and creative art therapy program. Supervisor is responsible for the supervision, administrative management, and direction of program services.

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    The Recreation Therapy Supervisor has responsibility for overall program planning, developing, implementing, directing, evaluating, and controlling the Recreation Therapy and Creative Art. Therapy program. They develop and initiate new treatment programs based upon current research findings. They evaluate programs to ensure proper coordination with the overall delivery of health care.

    The Recreation Therapy Supervisor reviews and analyzes service activities, manages and directs all phases of the Recreation Therapy Section. Responsibilities include training, evaluation, performance appraisal, development of performance standards, writing position descriptions, developing clinical and administrative competencies, counseling of subordinates, initiating disciplinary actions when necessary and hearing and resolving complaints for subordinates, interns, volunteers, patients and the community. Training, clinical staff meetings, Recreation Therapy safety program, therapeutic activities, evidence-based programming, self-directed activities and patient-focused Special Events, are all under direct leadership of the Recreation Therapy Supervisor.

    Recreation Therapy Supervisor is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive quality improvement program including risk management and infection control using a systematic approach, which assures the overall quality of the Recreation Therapy and Creative Art Therapy program. The Supervisor also has responsibility for adherence to all provisions of the Equal Opportunity Program in accordance with Office of Personnel Management and Department of Veterans Affairs regulations and established medical center guidelines. The Supervisor demonstrates appropriate attention to and participation in the Incentive Awards program. The Supervisor ensures that all employees, support staff, community personnel, volunteers, medical center staff and veterans are knowledgeable of and comply with safety rules and that safety program requirements are met.

    Major Duties:

    -Responsible for coordinating the day-to-day planning, supervision and evaluating the entire Recreation Therapy Section
    -Develops/supervises specific programs consistent with Department goals
    -Prepares written business plans that address strategic goals and objectives
    -Supervises implementation of programs for groups and individuals
    -Identifies/analyzes governmental, accreditation, and professional standards
    -Identifies/analyzes population to be served
    -Recruits, trains, supervises and evaluates professional, paraprofessional, interns, Veteran Work Study students and volunteers
    -Responds to concerns of staff, patients, relevant others and community at large
    -Insures compliance with governmental, professional, agency and accreditation standards and regulations
    -Coordinates Service performance improvement and participates actively in Medical Center performance improvement plan
    -Prepares/analyzes service funding proposals and development of the facility five-year plan
    -Supervises/directs assessments for the purposes of therapeutic recreation interventions
    -Coordinates service program/operations with other activity based programs to ensure quality service to patient while ensuring most cost-effective utilization of Medical Center resources
    -Collects and analyze data regarding the effectiveness of Recreation Therapy Section operations

    NOTE: Candidate may be required to perform a one-year supervisory probation period.

    Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm
    Telework: Not Available
    Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/575284300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.