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ACTIVITY THERAPIST(UPWARD MOBILITY) - 0015700

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois.  A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public.  Bilingual skills welcome

Reasonable Accommodation Statement

Persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations throughout the hiring process and during performance of all job duties.  Please email the Central Management Services Disability Resource Center at CMS.DisabilityResCen@illinois.gov or call (217) 524 - 7514 for further information and to request an accommodation.

Sponsorship for Employment

The State of Illinois does not provide sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H-1B visa status).  To be considered for permanent employment with the State of Illinois, applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Disclosure of Salary Information

In compliance with the Illinois Equal Pay Act, 820 ILCS 112/1 et seq., the State does not seek, request, or require a job applicant’s wage or salary history.  Employment decisions are not made based on an applicant’s wage or salary history.  To that end, please do not include wage or salary information in your resume or other profile or application materials.

Date:  Sep 21, 2022
Location: 

Chester, IL, US, 62233-2542

Job Requisition ID:  19037

Agency :  Department of Human Services 

Opening Date/Time: 09/22/2022
Closing Date/Time: 10/05/2022
 
Salary:   Anticipated Salary: $4,326 - $6,556 per month.  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Randolph  
Number of Vacancies:   1  
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.

 

All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through the illinois.jobs2web.com website. State of Illinois employees should click the link near the top left to apply through the SuccessFactors employee career portal.

 

While not required, a Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV), a copy of your transcripts or diploma for any degrees earned and a copy of any applicable professional licenses is recommended and should be uploaded to the Additional Documents section of your application. Please note that the Department of Human Services must verify proof of higher education for any degree earned (if applicable) before any offer can be extended.

Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.

 

Posting Identification Number  10-78-19037

Position Overview

The Division of Mental Health is seeking to hire an Activity Therapist for the Chester Mental Health Center located in Chester, Illinois to provide therapeutically activity programs and conducts direct therapy for patients served on an assigned unit, on an assigned shift. Completes activity therapy assessments and evaluative data for the development of habilitation plans. Evaluates behaviors and reactions relative to patient’s reaction with activities and leisure time. Establishes and coordinates, types and schedules of activity programs. As a member of the treatment team, participates in the formulating of treatment plans and writes programs notes. Monitors and maintains adequate resources and verifies a safe environment. Participates in formal on-the-job training opportunities.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Provides therapeutically activity programs and conducts direct therapy for patients served at Chester Mental Health Center on an assigned unit, on an assigned shift. 
  2. As a member of the treatment team, participates in the formulating of treatment plans.
  3. Evaluates behaviors and reactions relative to patient’s reaction with activities and leisure time.
  4. Maintains awareness of supplies and equipment for various activities.
  5. Monitors and maintains adequate resources and verifies a safe environment for patients and staff.
  6. Participates in formal on-the-job training opportunities to develop greater skills regarding therapeutic techniques.
  7. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the 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 utilize the principles and practices of recreational therapy, music therapy, art therapy, dance therapy and/or drama therapy.
  2. Requires ability to assess the patient’s current level of functioning, strengths, needs and interests.
  3. Requires the ability to meet all agency vaccine/health-related policies and guidance.
  4. Requires the ability to pass the IDHS background check.
  5. Requires ability to pass a drug screen for drugs prohibited from recreational use under Illinois Law.   

Work Hours:  Sun, 12:00pm - 8:00pm; Mon - Thurs 8:30am - 4:30pm  

Unit C
Work Location: 1315 Lehmen Dr Chester, IL 62233-2542  

Chester Mental Health Center

Activity Therapist
Agency Contact:
 

DHS.Hiringunit@Illinois.gov

Job Family:  Social Services  

 

About The Agency:

The Illinois Department Human Services serves families in need all across Illinois. Our mission is providing equitable access to social services, supports, programs and resources to enhance the lives of all who we serve. We are committed to the core values of Human Dignity, Equity, Community, Urgency, Transparency and Kindness.

 

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)
  • 13 Paid Holidays annually, 14 on even numbered years
  • Flexible Work Schedules (when available dependent upon position)
  • 10-25 Days of Paid Vacation time annually - (10 days in year one of employment)
  • 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)

For more information about our benefits please follow this link: https://www2.illinois.gov/cms/benefits/Pages/default.aspx

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Use the “Apply” button at the top right or bottom right of this posting to begin the application process.

If you are not already signed in, you will be prompted to do so. 

State employees should sign in to the career portal for State of Illinois employees – a link is available at the top left of the Illinois.jobs2web.com homepage in the blue ribbon. 

Non-State employees should log in on the using the “View Profile” link in the top right of the Illinois.jobs2web.com homepage in the blue ribbon.  If you have never before signed in, you will be prompted to create an account.

If you have questions about how to apply, please see the following resources:

State employees: Log in to the career portal for State employees and review the Internal Candidate Application Job Aid

Non-State employees: on Illinois.jobs2web.com – click “Application Procedures” in the footer of every page of the website.

 

The main form of communication will be through email. Please check your “junk mail”, “spam”, or “other” folder for communication(s) regarding any submitted application(s). You may receive emails from the following addresses:

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  • systems@SIL-P1.ns2cloud.com