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Job Summary

New Jersey Veterans Memorial Homes
Paramus, NJ 07653
Healthcare Services
Government and Military
Job Type
Per Diem
Years of Experience
1+ to 2 Years
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
11.90 - 11.90 $ /hour
Job Reference Code

Recreation Assistant

About the Job

The NJ Veterans Memorial Home at Paramus is looking for a QUALIFIED, EXPERIENCED Recreation Assistant. 

MUST have experience in an Activity Department in a Long-Term Care Facility!!

This is a PER DIEM position.  Approximately 20 hours per week (may include weekends).

A criminal background investigation and drug test will be administered!!

MUST be a NEW JERSEY resident.


  Under the direction of a Supervisor of Recreation or
  other supervisor in an institutional setting, assists in
  the organization and implementation of the recreational
  program for patients, residents, and/or inmates; does
  related work as required.


  Assists in the planning, organization, and direction of
  wholesome and diversional recreational activities to
  effect improvement in the physical, mental, and social
  well being of participants.

  Provides opportunities for creativity, behavioral outlets,
  learning and the refinement of physical or social skills;
  participates directly in such activities as sports, dramatics,
  nature study, social activities, dancing, games, arts, and
  crafts in accordance with the participant's need, capabilities,
  interests, emotional, and social characteristics.

  Takes part in activities with volunteers and other staff
  members and enlists their support in order to gain
  optimistic response and improvement of the participant.

  Prepares reports for the treatment team or staff reflecting
  the individual participant's recreations, and indications
  of progress or regression.

  With the approval of the supervisor, makes arrangements
  for movies, dances, live entertainment, and group outings
  such as picnics, ballgames, sightseeing, and other
  programs, including off grounds trips evening, and weekend
  activities when assigned.

  Assists in transporting or accompanying participants to
  and from recreational areas or activities.

  Assists in evaluating the participant's recreational needs,
  limitations, capabilities, and when necessary, modifying
  the individual's program of activities.

  Maintains equipment and supplies.

  Assists in preparing order requests for supplies,
  and equipment and keeps them at level of needs.

  Distribute equipment and supplies as needed.

  Assists with the indoor and outdoor programs of
  physical education.

  Operates motion picture projectors, makes minor
  repairs and adjustments, and shows films; assists
  in planning, organizing and implementing recreational
  programs for employees.

  Takes the measures to insure the safety, welfare, and
  custody of patients during classes at all times according
  to hospital and state standards.

  Sees to it that work areas are maintained in a reasonable
  clean condition according to institutions and state standards.

  Instructs new employees and volunteers when assigned by
  the supervisor.

  Maintains the required recreational records and reports.

  "May be required to engage in lifting clients when working
  in a setting which provides direct services to clients who are
  non-ambulant, or who are semi-ambulant and/or have severe
  physical handicaps."

  May be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
  and/or manual recording and information systems used by
  the agency, office, or related units.



  Two (2) years of experience in work involving the care
  and custody of persons confined in an institution and in
  an Activities Department in a LTC facility.

  Appointee will be required to possess a driver's license
  valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather
  than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the
  essential duties of the position.

  Special Note:  Ability to physically lift, move
  and position clients as needed.


  Knowledge of the typical interests and skills of normal
  individuals as an aid in conducting recreation activities
  for typical individuals.

  Knowledge of educational, recreational and psychological
  theories pertaining to physical education and recreation.

  Ability to acquire knowledge of the policies, standards,
  and procedures of the particular facility in which employed.

  Ability to evaluate the participants' recreational needs
  and capabilities; when necessary modifies the program
  of activities.

  Ability to develop activities or equipment necessary to
  conduct recreation activities.

  Ability to adapt programs to the specific physical,
  emotional, or mental abilities of the participants.

  Ability to use judgment in selecting, planning, adapting,
  and inventing the type of activity most beneficial to
  the participants.

  Ability to work with volunteers and members of other

  Ability to learn quickly from written and oral instructions
  and from explanations and demonstrations.

  Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic
  and/or manual recording and information systems
  used by the agency, office, or related units.

  Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or
  communicate in English sufficiently to perform the
  duties of this position.  American Sign Language
  or Braille may also be considered as acceptable
  forms of communication.

  Persons with mental or physical disabilities are
  eligible as long as they can perform the essential
  functions of the job after reasonable accommodation
  is made to their known limitations.  If the
  accommodation cannot be made because it would
  cause the employer undue hardship, such persons
  may not be eligible.


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