Therapeutic Recreation Program Specialist

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Basic Job Info

US-IL-Lake Villa
Job Type
Degree Required
4 Year Degree
Begin Date
End Date
Base Pay
Employment Type
Manages Others
Travel Required
Relocation Covered

Job Description


 Are you interested in a career where you can have a meaningful contribution to the community and be a part of a team?  Allendale Association is looking for people like you.  For over 120 years, our mission has been dedicated to helping children and families overcome the overwhelming impact of severe emotional and behavior issues and trauma through services and programs that create opportunities for children to learn, grow and heal.   Allendale Association, a Child Welfare, Mental Health and Special Education facility, is seeking a full time, Therapeutic Recreation Program Specialist at our Lake Villa IL location to work actively and assess therapeutic goals and objectives related to each client, and provide client specific therapeutic recreational activities in order to help the client develop in knowledge, abilities, social skills and emotional functioning.  Consult to team, and as appropriate, plan for normalized recreational and leisure activities and experiences.


 We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and an education assistance program within an environment that promotes professional growth.  . Please visit to download our application and email or send with a copy of your resume to:


Attn:  HR Dept.

P.O. Box 1088

Lake Villa, IL 60046


FAX: (847) 356-0290

EMAIL: [Click Here to Email Your Resumé]

Why work for Allendale?

  • Our staff get the chance to:
    • Receive outstanding trauma-informed training
    • Be a part of a strong and clinically-minded team
    • Challenge themselves daily
    • Enjoy great benefits
  • Working at Allendale can lead to:
    • Growing within the agency – the majority of our supervisors, directors and VP’s grew from within Allendale!
    • Gaining in-depth experience in the field and learn skills that will contribute to any 

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Job Responsibilities

  • Performs assessments on clients and develops therapeutic and normalized recreational activities plans, including protocols of groups and activities. Implements the client-specific therapeutic recreation programs, and analyzes effectiveness of programs.


  • Attends and participates in various regular meetings, including Recreation Team meetings and weekly Unit meetings.

  • Collects and compiles data; and prepares, updates, and maintains various records, including daily documentation, schedules, Medicaid billing and budget/expenditures, etc.  Prepares various reports and assessments as needed.

  • Provides direction to direct care teams in organizing and planning cottage recreational and leisure activities and schedules.

  • If certified, acts as lifeguard during the summer season and other swimming programs.

  • Assists unit direct care staff with child care duties and with crisis/one-to-one situations.  Administers medication as needed.  Provides assistance and support in the implementation of behavior management and reinforcement systems which are congruent with all other program areas.  This includes ability to physically restrain acting out clients per safety and behavior management standards.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation or related field.
  • Six months related experience.
  • First Aid/CPR certified within 90 days of employment.
  • Per DCFS regulations, candidate must be 21 years of age and have a valid driver’s license with a good driving record.
  • Related experience in the field of social services and/or mental health desired.

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ATTN: HR Dept.

P.O. Box 1088

Lake Villa, IL 60046

FAX: (847) 356-0290

[Click Here to Email Your Resumé]


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