Services for the Underserved

  • Recreation Specialist

    Job Location US-NY-Brooklyn
    Behavioral Health
    Regular Full-Time
  • Position Overview

    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.


    Job Functions:


    • 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 for residents and consumers of SUS housing and services
    • Participate in meetings as assigned including supervisory and service planning meetings
    • 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
    • Assist in the organization and maintenance of common areas where indicated
    • Participate in a 24/7 crisis response rotation as indicated
    • Adhere diligently to all life-safety policies and procedures
    • Perform all duties in a manner that is appreciative of resident’s strengths and supportive of their continued recovery
    • Be informed of resident’s backgrounds, histories and assessments from information contained available records
    • 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
    • Serve as Fund Custodian for a Recreation Petty Cash Account
    • Enlist residents’ participation in creating and finding recreational, social and personal development opportunities
    • Facilitate and coordinate residents’ access to (including transportation), and inclusion in, recreational, social and personal development opportunities both within, and external to, SUS
    • Teach residents the skills that will permit them maximum benefit from participation in the
    • Recreational, social, and personal development opportunities of their choice.


    • 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
    • Must have a valid NYS Drivers License


    Company Overview

    Services for the UnderServed (S:US) believes every New Yorker has the right to lead a life of purpose. Since 1978, S:US has been turning this belief into reality by advocating for people with life circumstances marked by homelessness, intellectual/developmental disability, behavioral health and addiction challenges, poverty, criminal justice involvement, and trauma. Our dedicated workforce of 2,400 provides services and supports to transform the lives of 35,000 individuals and families in New York City and Long Island. Learn more about S:US, our mission, and values by visiting


    Benefits Overview: We offer attractive compensation with comprehensive benefits including: Medical/Dental/Prescription/Vision/Life Insurance; 403(b); Credit Union; FSAs; Short-and-Long-Term Disability; Transportation Plan; Generous Paid Vacations and Holidays


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