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Date:  May 23, 2023

Joliet, IL, US, 60436

Job Requisition ID:  27289

Agency :  Department of Human Services

Openging Date/Time: 05/24/2023
Closing Date/Time: 06/07/2023
Salary:   Anticipated Salary: $4,512 - $6,556 per month.  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Will  
Number of Vacancies:   6  
Plan/BU:   RC062  


This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.


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Posting Identification Number 10-85-27289

Position Overview

Under general supervision of the Director of Rehabilitation Services, performs professional activity therapy duties involving the therapeutic use of activities individually or in group setting for forensic patients: functions as a member of the interdisciplinary team (IDT), completing activity therapy assessments, activity therapy interventions, and evaluating patients' behavior and progress toward a measurable objective; develops plans and procedures to assist in the treatment and habilitation of consumers to guide them towards recovery; budgets activity therapy funds and orders supplies; works with other staff to maintain a safe working environment. Ensures that the clinical services are appropriate with respect to chronological age, developmental age and social maturity of the adult (18-64 yrs.) and geriatric (65+ yrs.) population. 


Job Responsibilities

  1. Performs professional activity therapy duties involving the therapeutic use of activities individually or in group setting for Joliet Inpatient Treatment Center Mental Health (JITC) Mental Health (MH) patients.
  2. Develops plans and procedures to assist in the treatment and habilitation of consumers to guide them towards recovery.
  3. Functions as member of the Interdisciplinary Treatment Team (IDT).
  4. Relates the philosophy, scope and needs of the Activity Therapy Department to the Director of Rehabilitation.
  5. Conducts recreational therapy and/or expressive arts programs such as music therapy, art therapy, dance therapy, and/or drama therapy that meets the needs of the consumer's services.
  6. Participates in departmental activities and meetings to promote and enhanced positive staff interaction, cooperation, and communication within the discipline.
  7. Assists in budgeting activity therapy funds and orders supplies, requests, procures, and maintains supplies to implement Activity Therapy programming.
  8. Provides professional direction and counseling to students assigned for internship training and clinical practicum.
  9. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are normally within the scope of those duties enumerated above.


Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires a bachelor's degree with a major in therapeutic recreation, music therapy, art therapy, dance therapy, drama therapy, leisure studies or recreation with a specialization in recreational therapy, including successful completion of an approved internship, fieldwork, or practicum.
  • This class is included as an Upward Mobility Program credential title.


Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires ability to pass the IDOC background check.
  2. Requires ability to pass a drug screen. On January 1, 2020, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act made it legal for residents over the age of 21 to produce, consume and sell cannabis in Illinois. Please note that although the law has changed, the Department will continue to enforce the Department's zero tolerance Drug Testing policy. The use of unauthorized drugs, including cannabis, by an employee, regardless of the position held is prohibited.
  3. Requires the ability to meet all agency vaccine/health-related policies and guidance.


Work Hours:  Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 5:00pm  
Work Location: 2848 McDonough St Joliet, IL 60431  

Division of Mental Health

Joliet Inpatient Treatment Center (JITC)

Social Services - Health Unit
Agency Contact:

Job Family:  Social Services  


About the Agency: 

As a State of Illinois Employee, you will receive a robust benefit package that includes the following:
• A Pension Program
• Competitive Group Insurance Benefits including Health, Life, Dental and Vision Insurance
• 3 Paid Personal Business Days annually
• 12 Paid Sick Days annually (Sick days carry over from year to year)
• 10-25 Days of Paid Vacation time annually - (10 days in year one of employment)
* Personal, Sick, & Vacation rates modified for 12-hour Work Schedules (as applicable)
• 13 Paid Holidays annually, 14 on even numbered years
• Flexible Work Schedules (when available dependent upon position)
• 10 Weeks Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave
• Deferred Compensation Program - A supplemental retirement plan
• Optional Pre-Tax Programs such as Medical Care Assistance Plan (MCAP), Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP)
• Tuition Reimbursement Program and Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program eligibility
• 5% Salary Differential for Bilingual Positions
• Commuter Savings Program (Chicago only)
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Qualifying state employees in the Upward Mobility Program should follow the Upward Mobility Policy Guidelines when applying for this title.


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Nearest Major Market: Joliet
Nearest Secondary Market: Chicago