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Activity Therapy Program Director (PSA, Opt. 6)

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

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Date:  Jun 8, 2021

Kankakee, IL, US, 60901-5018

Job Requisition ID:  3270

Agency:  Department of Human Services 

Posting ID: 10-75-3270-29267

Opening Date: 06/10/2021
Closing Date/Time:  06/23/2021 
Salary:  Anticipated Salary: $6,250 - $7,917 per month 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Kankakee 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Gubernatorial Exclusion 063 



Please attach a DETAILED Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your application. You WILL NOT be considered for the position if you attach a CMS100, CMS100b or any other document that is not a Resume or CV.

Position Overview

The Division of Developmental Disabilities is seeking to hire an energetic Activity Therapy Program Director to carry out a comprehensive training program for adults with intellectual disabilities who have severe medical and/or behavioral needs and supervises educators, rehab instructors, activity therapists, technicians, and volunteers in the field of recreational and work activities at the Shapiro Center in Kankakee.

Job Responsibilities

1. Serves as the Activity Therapy Program Director for the Shapiro Center.


2. Serves as full-line supervisor.


3. Assists in the development and, in conjunction with the director of staff development, carrying out of a comprehensive training program for educators, rehab workshop instructors, activity therapists, technicians and volunteers in the field of activity.


4. Serves as a consultant to unit directors and other executive level staff regarding Activity Therapy and its relation to the overall program of the Center.


5. Ensures compliance with State and Federal standards and ensures Shapiro policies and procedures are implemented.


6. Serves as liaison with community groups and agencies and other department facilities to develop resources and activity services for individuals of this Center.


7. Directs support personnel responsible for cleaning assigned areas.


8. Verifies the accurate and timely completion of ancillary service information for inclusion in individuals’ habilitation plans.


9. Serves as an Administrator on Duty (AOD) on a rotating basis, exercising full authority after business hours, weekend, and holidays.


10. Performs other duties as assigned or required which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four (4) years college with course work in a social or human services field.
  2. Requires three (3) years progressively responsible administrative experience in a health or human services organization.

Preferred Qualifications (in priority order)

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation.
  2. Three (3) years of professional supervisory experience assigning work, providing guidance to subordinates, recommending counseling and/or discipline following collective bargaining agreements, training staff, preparing and signing performance evaluations, and approving time off.
  3. Three (3) years of professional experience organizing, planning, executing, controlling, and evaluating the operation of an activity therapy program for a public or private organization.
  4. Three (3) years of professional experience carrying out of a comprehensive training program in a public or private organization.
  5. Three (3) years of professional experience writing policies, procedures and guidelines for an activity program in a public or private organization.
  6. Three (3) years of professional experience communicating in oral and written form with internal and external stakeholders.
  7. Three (3) years of professional experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities.
  8. Three (3) years of professional experience in the development of habilitation plans.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires the ability to travel.
  2. Ability to work after business hours, weekends, and holidays on a rotation basis as Administrator on Duty (AOD).

Work Hours:  Mon - Fri, 8:00am - 4:30pm, Evening & Weekend Hours Based on Operational Needs 
Work Location: 100 E Jeffery St Kankakee, IL 60901-5018 

Division of Developmental Disabilities

Shapiro Developmental Center

Support-1/Central Ed/Rec/Voc/Activities
Agency Contact: Laci.Indermark@illinois.gov
Job Function: Administration/Management; Health Services; Sciences and Natural Resources 


About the Agency:

IDHS 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.