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State of Massachusetts Recreation Coordinator - Western Region in Westfield, Massachusetts

The Department of Youth Services (DYS) is the juvenile justice agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We work with young people who are detained or committed and provide detention, custody, diagnosis, education and support to young people ages 7-20. Most of the youth served are between the ages 14 and 18. The Department promotes positive change for the youth committed to our care and custody in part, by providing adolescent-focused rehabilitation to youth in residential treatment. For additional information about the Department of Youth Services and its programs please watch:** The Department of Youth Services employs staff in various professions and backgrounds in order to engage young people in strategies that support positive youth development. As a key member of the residential team, the Recreation Coordinator leads program activities during non-school hours in the residential programs to support all aspects of the milieu and positive programing. We are seeking a dynamic individual for the role of Recreation Coordinator. The Recreation Coordinator is responsible for planning and organizing recreational, social instructional and special activities, recommend use of recreational areas, motivate youth and staff to engage in recreational activities, conduct training sessions for agency personnel, determine, organize, and schedule appropriate activities to ensure that there is structure and consistency to the programming, enforce rules and regulations, and perform related work as required. The Recreation Coordinator performs related care and security activities that include observation and reporting of conduct and behavior of the youth in the residential programs and work with the residential program staff to ensure safety and security is maintained and activities are conducted safely. The Residential Coordinator works closely with the program administration teams that provide guidance and direction to the Juvenile Justice Youth Development Specialists (JJYDS) to ensure scheduled activities are followed as designed and planned. The JJYDS are the DYS direct care residential staff _The Recreation Coordinator’s primary duties include, but are not limited to the following:_ * Plan, develop, and implement indoor and outdoor physical activities, recreational and leisure time activities by conferring with program administration team to develop positive social skills including working with the health and wellness teachers. * Evaluate youth’s recreational needs and interests and motivate youth to participate in recreational activities through education and counseling on physical fitness and the value of leisure and recreational activities and the value of cooperating with others through participation in team and group activities. * Participates in staff and interdisciplinary team meetings, seminars and professional development conferences and workshops. * Prepare reports and summaries of recreational, physical education programs; maintain essential records, files of staff as well as, the program results. * Prepare reports and summaries of recreational, physical education Programs, maintain essential records including entries into JJEMS, maintains files of staff as well as, the program results. * Evaluate and report on the condition of recreational areas, sport fields, facilities of existing programs, equipment and needs of youth to adapt and participate in the recreation and physical educational programs. * Keep accounting records of funds needed and review the status of accounts to prevent overspending while operating within a budget. * Coordinate special events that include family engagement, interunit competitions, special guest speakers and other events that enhance youth engagement. * Work with residential program team to ensure proper security, control and supervision of shift. * Collaborate with residential program team to ensure all unit policies, rules and regulations are followed. * Provide de-escalation and physical interventions where appropriate and necessary in accordance with Departmental policies to diffuse crisis situations and ensure safety and security of youth and staff. * Attend trainings in crisis intervention and re-certified in CPR (every year). * Attend meetings and other trainings as required. * Take initiative to create or improve current systems and procedures for efficiently and effectively engaging youth in recreational and physical education activities. * Act as a liaison for communication of any concerns or problems from direct-reports up through chain of command. * Follow up and finish all tasks assigned by supervisor or administration. * Other related duties as assigned. _Schedule_: 5 days a week: 12pm to 8pm or 1pm to 9pm (with one weekday and one weekend day off _About the Department Of Youth Services:_ As the Juvenile Justice agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Department of Youth Services promotes positive change in the youth in our care and custody. Our mission is to make communities safer by improving the life outcomes for youth in our care. We achieve our mission through investing in highly qualified staff and a service continuum that engages youth, families, and communities in strategies that support positive youth development. For more information please go to:* * _Total Compensation:_ As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including: * 75% state paid medical insurance premium * Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans * Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs * Low cost basic and optional life insurance * Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan * 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time * Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities * Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options * Incentive-based Wellness Programs * Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities * Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program _Pre-Hire Process:_ Candidates must pass a pre-employment screening which includes: * Drug Screening If you would like more information, please logon to the DYS website to access detailed information on the Pre-Employment process. A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit and click on "Information for Job Applicants". Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. As part of the hiring process, the Office of Human Resources will be verifying any college-level degrees conferred to the selected candidate. Additionally, any licensure required for the position will be verified. Information provided as part of the hiring process is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the Reasonable Accommodation Online Request Form For questions, please contact the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human at 1-800-510-4122 and select option #2. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, administrative or managerial experience in business administration, business management or public administration the major duties of which involved program management, program administration, program coordination, program planning and/or program analysis, and (B) of which at least one year must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.* II. A Graduate degree with a major in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of three years of the required (A) experience.* III. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major other than in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience. Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. NOTE: No substitutions will be permitted for the required (B) experience. *Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Administrative Services* *Organization: Department of Youth Services *Title: *Recreation Coordinator - Western Region Location: Massachusetts-Westfield-51 East Mountain Rd Requisition ID: 22000727