Services for the Underserved

Recreation Specialist

Job Location US-NY-Brooklyn
Regular Full-Time

Position Overview

OASAS Peer Certificate and other Peer Certificate holders strongly encouraged to apply.


The Recreation Specialist engages people with mental illness and assists them in meeting the demands of community living by teaching them the necessary skills through a planned program of social, recreational and personal development activities designed to support their recovery, independence and self-determination, and enhance overall well-being and quality of life.



  • Work independently in the field, and as a member of a team to ensure the safety and well being of all residents receiving services
  • Search for,  integrate, and act as liaison to, appropriate and available community resources and recreational, social and personal development opportunities
  • Facilitate resident empowerment committees/activities
  • Provide training and assist residents with the safe handling of food and preparation of  meals as needed
  • Provide training for residents in the organization and maintenance of their apartments and personal living space
  • Participate in a 24/7 crisis response rotation, as indicated
  • Perform all duties in a manner that is appreciative of residents’ strengths and supportive of their continued recovery
  • Be informed of resident’s backgrounds, histories and assessments Encourage residents to function independently through prompts and role modeling
  • Assist residents in identifying and creating as many natural supports as possible
  • Acknowledge success and engage residents in collaborative problem solving
  • Create, and link residents/consumers to, appropriate social, recreational and personal development opportunities: engage residents in expressing recreational , social and personal development preferences
  • Develop monthly recreation schedule in consultation with Program Director
  • As needed, serve as an advocate for residents in overcoming stigma and other barriers to community integration
  • Maintain up to date, accurate, complete and timely documentation (handwritten and electronic word-processing) of resident progress in individual client records.
  • Support, guide and counsel residents towards self-management and self advocacy in all areas of functioning


  • High School Diploma or GED required, Associates Degree preferred
  • Minimum one year experience with a mentally ill population in a residential program or previous experience people with mental illness in the capacity of recreational therapy preferred.
  • Computer literate in word processing and email
  • Valid NYS Drivers Licence preferred

Effective August 30, 2021, unless granted a reasonable accommodation for disability, all new hires must show proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus.  If hired for one of our city sponsored programs, this requirement must be met by your date of hire.

Company Overview

Join a team of employees who cares about the wellbeing of others. We believe in fostering a culture built on our core values: respect, integrity, support, maximizing individual potential and continuous quality improvement.

S:US is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. S:US is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities, including allowance of the use of services animals. To request reasonable accommodation or if you believe such a request was improperly handled or denied, contact the Director of Recruitment.


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