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St. Joseph Home

Careers

Position:  Activities Specialist
Location:  Cincinnati, OH
Job Id:  Hab 33
# of Openings:  1

Activities Specialist
 
About Us:
St. Joseph Home creates a home for adults and children with developmental disabilities who have complex support needs and use a wheelchair for mobility. The Home, a non-profit ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, offers a creative, loving environment for those in the residential, respite programs, and day programs. Attention to the individual’s medical, social, educational and spiritual development reveals the unique giftedness of each person. Compassionate care and respect for the dignity of life are the hallmarks of St. Joseph Home.
 
JOB SUMMARY
Assists with the planning and implementation of recreational activities and outings which will enhance the quality of life for the residents. Trains and monitors volunteers in providing services to the residents.
 
What you will do:
Activities Planning and Implementation
  • Participates in the research, advance planning, implementation and documentation of activities and community outings.
  • Works with the Lead Activities Specialist to staff all scheduled activities and communicate activity plans to appropriate staff and departments in advance.
  • Actively educates volunteers on how to effectively interact with residents during activities and assist staff during outings. (e.g., emergency procedures, how to operate bus lift, how to secure a resident’s wheelchair on the bus, etc.).
  • Communicates regularly with the Volunteer Coordinator and Lead Activities Specialist regarding pertinent information or concerns regarding volunteers.
  • Participates in weekly swimming with residents and monthly Activities Calendar meetings.
  • Provides input to Lead Activities Specialist regarding annual recreation assessments.
  • Responsible for securing supplies/shopping for all scheduled activities as needed.
Support Functions
  • Demonstrates competence in safe lifting, positioning, physical assistance to and transferring of individuals, including appropriate responsiveness to emergency and evacuation procedures; able to guide others to respond appropriately for scheduled drills and actual emergency situations.
  • Performs all job duties required of a DSP if necessary to meet shift coverage needs; to include assisting with lifting and repositioning, meals, baths, and personal care.
  • Attends meetings and all required in-services.
  • Exercises discretion and respects guests’ rights to privacy; maintaining confidentiality of information as required by HIPPA and policy.  
     
 
Education/Experience
  • Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • High school diploma or GED required, bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • At least one year experience working with multi-handicapped individuals in activities preferred.
  • At least one year of college education in the field of Recreation Therapy or Special Education preferred.

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