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Program Assistant

Company: Seaspar
Location: Downers Grove
Posted on: May 5, 2022

Job Description:

Job DescriptionAre you looking for a part-time job with a purpose? An opportunity to do good things while getting paid? Look no further than SEASPAR! We are a special recreation association, which is like a park district just for people with disabilities. We serve twelve communities in eastern DuPage and southern Cook counties, and our home base is in Downers Grove. We offer recreational programming specifically for children and adults with special needs, and we're looking for kind, patient, energetic people from all backgrounds to help our participants learn, grow, and most importantly have fun!Why work at SEASPAR? We offer flexible hours during days, nights, and weekends. Our work provides real-world experience with lasting benefits (and looks great on a resume). You'll make new friends in fellow staff and participants. And it's time that you treat yourself to a role that will make a positive difference in your community.Interested? Read on for position details, then apply to become a member of Team SEASPAR today!

Summary: Responsible for program implementation, supervision, and safety of SEASPAR participants, property, equipment, and monies while working community-based therapeutic recreation programs.

Position Qualifications:

  • High school or college diploma preferred.
  • No formal experience required; minimum one year experience working with individual with disabilities preferred; working knowledge of disabilities.
  • Must be 15 years of age or older and able to perform the job functions independently of others.
  • Availability to commit to assigned work times. Availability to commit to a minimum 4-6 hours per week.Key Responsibilities:
    • Assist in the implementation of recreation activities for individuals with disabilities.
    • Work with full-time staff, program supervisors, program assistants, volunteers, parents, community partners, member entity staff, and individuals with special needs.
    • Assist with the supervision of and participate in all planned activities.
    • Adapt activities, rules, equipment, and/or supplies as needed to ensure quality participation and the most independent participation possible.
    • Provide the appropriate attention to participants in all situations.
    • Manage assigned group or individual.
    • Interpret and use knowledge of the physical, mental, and medical limitations of participants to the benefit of the program.
    • Discuss staffing concerns/issues with Support Staff Manager.
    • Be alert and responsive to health and safety needs of the participants and staff.
    • Ensure safety factors relative to program and participant needs.
    • Implement proper disciplinary techniques. Provide behavior management when necessary.
    • Ensure that the facility/program site as well as any equipment is properly maintained.
    • Read, understand, and abide by all SEASPAR policies and procedures.
    • Be available to listen to parental concerns. Answer questions on behalf of SEASPAR or refer questions to administrative staff.
    • Other duties as assigned.Marginal Responsibilities:
      • Motivate participants and initiate successful recreation experiences.
      • Attend all job-related season orientations, in-services, conferences, and workshops as directed by supervisor.
      • Act as an advocate for the participant when necessary.
      • Be dependable and punctual.
      • Encourage participation and development of friendships with other participants in the program.
      • Gather, load, transport, and set up equipment if necessary. Load/unload and transport participants in a safe manner.Competencies:To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
        • Safety and Security: Use good safety awareness and judgment; follow SEASPAR policies at all times; report potentially unsafe conditions; use equipment following manufacturer safety instructions; and follow agency ergonomic policies and procedures.
        • Problem Solving: Identify and appropriately resolve problems in a timely manner; gather and analyze information skillfully; develop alternative solutions; work well in group problem-solving situations; and use reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
        • Interpersonal Skills: Focus on solving conflict, not blaming; maintain confidentiality; listen to others without interrupting; keep emotions under control; remain open to others' ideas; and try new things.
        • Oral Communication/Language Skills: Speak clearly and effectively in all situations; listen and ask for clarification from supervisor if needed; respond appropriately to questions; and read and interpret all necessary agency documents.
        • Written Communication: Write clearly and informatively; edit work for spelling and grammar; be able to interpret written information; and present clear, legible handwriting for all SEASPAR forms and documents.
        • Judgment/Reasoning Ability: Exhibit sound and accurate judgment when making all program-related decisions; solve problems involving a few concrete variables; and include appropriate people in the decision-making process.
        • Professionalism: Approach others in a tactful manner; react well under pressure; treat others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accept responsibility for own actions; and follow through on commitments.
        • Adaptability: Adapt activities based on the skill level and needs of each participant to encourage appropriate participation on a regular basis; adapt to changes in the work environment; manage competing demands; change approach or method as necessary; and deal with frequent changes, delays, unexpected events, or program cancellations.
        • Attendance/Punctuality: Demonstrate consistent attendance and on-time arrival; ensure responsibilities are covered when absent; and arrive at meetings, in-services, and trainings on time.
        • Dependability: Follow instructions and respond to management direction; take responsibility for own actions; keep commitments; commit to long hours of work when necessary; and complete tasks on time.
        • Leadership: Lead participants to have successful recreation experiences; demonstrate positive interactions with other staff members, individuals with disabilities, and parents/guardians; and possess the ability to enlist the support of others to accomplish a common task.Physical Demands:The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the key responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the key responsibilities.

          While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee is required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or transfer up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

          This is a non-exempt, part-time position. Hours vary but will not exceed 25 hours per week or 950 hours per year.

          Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at SEASPAR, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic as established by applicable law.

Keywords: Seaspar, Downers Grove , Program Assistant, Other , Downers Grove, Illinois

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