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Therapeutic Creative Arts Assistant Coordinator
CI7338
3/6/2013
Non-exempt
A04
The fundamental reason this classification exists is to perform skilled recreation work assisting the Therapeutic Creative Arts Coordinator in the organization and instruction of creative arts activities for special populations of various age level groups. Examples of special populations include individuals with hearing and visual impairments, mentally and physically challenged and individuals with strokes. Employees in this classification receive instructions on the scheduling of classes and on course content from the supervisor, but must exercise independent judgment in the application of specialized knowledge and techniques in the conduct of the work. The essential functions are: assists in planning and implementing arts and crafts programs for individuals with disabilities (children and adults) and wellness programs adult groups; coordinates and supervises the activities of recreation aide and volunteers; assists in coordinating and coaching the drama team; assists in coordinating therapeutic recreation center's garden club (vegetable and herbs garden) and green house; assists in coordinating the stroke support group; and accepts additional assignments to achieve the overall objective of the Therapeutic Recreation Center. Employee in this classification reports to the Therapeutic Creative Arts Coordinator.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The following list was developed through a job analysis; however, it is not exhaustive and other duties may be required and assigned. A person with a disability which is covered by the ADA must be able to perform the essential functions of the job unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The list of essential functions is to be used as a starting point to determine essential functions for a specific position at a specific location at a specific time. The ADA was intended to be applied on a case-by-case basis with the understanding that one position may differ from another similar position. The performance of non-essential functions is not optional for employees not covered under the ADA.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION:Assists in planning and implementing arts and crafts programs for individuals with disabilities (children and adults) and wellness programs adult groups using supplies and equipment following policies and procedures of the Therapeutic Recreation Center in order to provide participants with recreational activities.

Develops and teaches crafts such as paintings and drawings; works with items such as clay, nature crafts and recyclables that have been modified to meet the needs of participants.
Develops courses of study for age appropriate activities in arts and crafts.
Transports arts and crafts projects prepared by disabled groups to various arts and craft exhibits.
Plans and implements daily arts and crafts activities for a six-week summer camp.
Coordinates arts and crafts displays made by disabled groups for display at the South Alabama State Fair.
Communicates with the coordinator to order arts and crafts supplies and materials used in class such as paints, crayons, butcher paper, markers, scissors and glue.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Coordinates and supervises the activities of Recreation Aide and volunteers by overseeing the planning and scheduling of activities and monitoring their performance following departmental guidelines and rules and regulation in order to implement programs.

Assigns tasks to Recreation Aide and volunteers in order to carry out various recreation programs.
Monitors work performance of recreation aide and volunteers during assigned programs.
Assists the Therapeutic Creative Arts Coordinator in scheduling of Arts and Crafts programs.
Provides training to recreation aide and volunteers to include explaining rules and regulations and policies and procedures.
Provides supervision and performs other duties to ensure implementation of programs in the absence of the Therapeutic Creative Arts Coordinator.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Assists in coordinating and coaching the drama team for individuals with disabilities using props, flyers and costumes following guidelines of the Therapeutic Recreation Center in order to provide recreational activities.

Designs and distributes flyers for various events.
Provides input in writing scripts (writes in the absence of the coordinator) for the drama team and adapts the script to the abilities of the participants.
Assists in teaching basis drama skills to assist in building participants' confidence needed to perform before an audience.
Assists in coordinating all the props and performances for the drama team.
Follows-up with parents and participants to ensure participation in the drama workshops.
Locates costumes for plays to include contacting local thrift shops to borrow costumes or informing parents to assist in locating costumes.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Assists in coordinating Therapeutic Recreation Center's Garden Club (vegetable and herbs garden) and green house using hand trowel and other tools following departmental guidelines in order to provide recreational activities for individuals with disabilities.

Coordinates and assists disabled groups in planting herb and vegetable gardens and annual beds.
Assists the disabled groups in maintaining the gardens to include watering, fertilizing and weeding.
Assists with fund-raising efforts through the sale of vegetables and herbs to the public and uses funds to maintain necessary supplies for the club.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Assists in coordinating the Stroke Support Group to include membership, special activities, weekly meetings, monthly potluck brunches and monthly bingo following departmental guidelines in order to allow participants to have support groups with individuals of the same disability.

Maintains, in the absence of the coordinator, records of all participants attending the support groups to include addresses, birthdays and monthly fees.
Assists with the annual Christmas party for wellness program to include food preparation, entertainment and decoration.
Assists with weekly meetings to include monthly bingo, and potluck brunches to allow participants to have social gatherings.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Contributes to the department objectives by accepting additional assignments following departmental policies and procedures in order to achieve the overall objective of the Therapeutic Recreation Center.

Administers medication to individuals with disabilities as needed.
Submits the names of volunteers assisting with special events to the supervisor for each scheduled event.
Occasionally, speaks at community club meetings to promote the center in the area of Creative Arts.
Inventories supplies and equipment at the end of fiscal year and submit to the Therapeutic Creative Arts Coordinator.
Assists with other Therapeutic Recreation Center programs when necessary.
Helps coordinate the transportation of disabled groups to events through the transportation division.
Maintains daily attendance on all creative arts programs and submits records to the City Parks and Recreation Department in the absence of the Therapeutic Creative Arts Coordinator.
Knowledge of the needs and functioning characteristics of individual with disabilities.

Knowledge of the objectives, techniques, materials and equipment of recreational programming for the disabled.

Knowledge of disabled groups and their limitations to include the mentally and physically challenged, and individuals with cerebral palsy, the quadriplegic and strokes as needed to instruct and plan activities and programs to meet the needs of individuals.

Knowledge of different arts and crafts techniques to include painting, drawing, clay, nature crafts and jewelry as needed to create and develop recreational activities for individuals with disabilities.

Knowledge of gardening techniques and procedures to include recognizing annuals and perennials, and using garden tools as needed to instruct disabled groups in planting and maintaining gardens.

Knowledge of the needs and functioning characteristics of individuals with disabilities.

Skill in written communication to include clarity, sentence structure, spelling and basic grammar, logical ordering of information and ideas as needed to assist in writing plays, and preparing correspondence and flyers.

Skill in oral communication to include being clear, concise and adjusting appropriate level of communication to special population and others as needed to teach and instruct creative arts activities, and relay or exchange information.

Ability to develop and implement recreational programs to meet the clients' needs and interests.

Ability to be compassionate and understanding when dealing with individuals with disabilities.

Ability to supervise subordinates and volunteers to include monitoring work performance, providing guidance, and coordinating work schedules as needed to ensure work is performed correctly.

Ability to work harmoniously and cooperatively with employees, participants and the public to include tact, courtesy, patience and diplomacy as needed to supervise employees, provide information to parents, public and to promote a positive image of the department.

Ability to teach basic drama skills to include memorization, and coordinating props and performances as needed to ensure participants success.

Ability to secure a CDL license as needed to drive a bus to transport participants to and from events.
High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent and one year of experience working in Arts and Crafts for individuals with disabilities. A Bachelor's degree in Recreational Therapy is preferred; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Must be physically able to stoop, bend and lift overhead as needed to assist and instruct with various creative arts. Must be able to work flexible schedules, depending on program needs including working nights and weekends and shifting assignment as program needs change. Employment is conditioned upon applicants acquiring and maintaining a commercial driver's license (CDL) B (Passenger Endorsement) in accordance with the provisions of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 and providing a Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) from the Department of Public Safety as proof of an insurable driving record. CDL must be obtained within six (6) months of employment.
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