Program Assistant

Maine-Niles Assn of Special Rec/Liponi Foundation
Job Description
About M-NASR: Located just north of Chicago, The Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation (M-NASR) has been providing recreational programs and services to individuals with disabilities since 1972. M-NASR is an extension of the park districts of Morton Grove, Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Skokie, Niles, Golf-Maine, and the Village of Lincolnwood Parks and Recreation Department. M-NASR provides skill development opportunities for staff such as leadership, problem solving, and planning to name a few. We also provide a fun work environment with flexible schedules. In addition to M-NASR’s weekly programs and special events, M-NASR also works with our member districts to provide Inclusion services in their programs to individuals that need it.

Immediate Supervisor: Support Staff Manager
Rate of Pay:  $12.50/hr.+ (Depending on Experience)

General Responsibilities:
The part-time Recreation Assistant is responsible for assisting with the organization, implementation and evaluation of recreation programs for children and adults with disabilities.
The position is part-time, may include morning, afternoon, evening and weekend hours. Programs run seasonally for eight weeks and for four seasons a year. Programs typically run for one to three hours. Program hours will not exceed 39.5 hours per week.
Must be 16 years of age or older. Must have a basic knowledge and understanding of recreation programming. Must be highly motivated and enthusiastic in order to provide quality experiences for our participants.
Must pass a criminal background check by the state of Illinois as well as a yearly Driver Abstract.
Transportation to and from M-NASR programs is the responsibility of the part-time staff.
Essential Functions:
1. Supervision of individuals with disabilities, including implementing behavior management plans and if certified, CPI techniques as well as physical restraints as an absolute last resort.
2. Maintain open communication with the Support Staff Manager, program leaders and other staff with information concerning programming, families, group home staff and/or participants.
3. Active and enthusiastic participation in all activities.
4. Assisting in self-help and daily skills for the participants when necessary.
5. Gathering, loading, transporting and setting up equipment.
6. Transferring individuals and/or pushing individuals in wheelchairs.
7. Attend mandatory orientations.
Marginal Functions:
1. Any other task or responsibility the immediate supervisor may require.
2. To complete paperwork as needed including documentation forms, etc.
3. To maintain the program facilities in a neat and orderly manner.
Safety Considerations:
1. Staff will comply with all M-NASR Safety Policies and Procedures and carry out all tasks in a safe manner.
2. Attendance at various safety in-services will be required.
Psychological Considerations:
1. Worker must be able to respond to the needs of individuals with disabilities.
2. Worker must be able to work under stressful conditions.
3. Worker must be able to maintain professional attitude with other staff, with participant family members and with individuals in the community.
Physiological Considerations:
1. Must be able to lift and transfer participants or equipment safely.
Cognitive Considerations:
1. Worker must be able to demonstrate good safety awareness and judgment.
2. Worker must be able to follow rules, policies and directions.
Environmental Considerations:
1. Worker may work with flammable material.
2. Worker may be exposed to hazardous vegetation (i.e. poison ivy, etc.) during activities.
3. Worker may be exposed to extreme weather conditions (i.e. rain, heat, etc.)
Essential Physical Capabilities:
1. Prolonged periods of sitting, standing, bending, stooping, walking, running.
2. Good vision.
3. Good speaking capabilities.
4. Lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying items weighing 20-50 pounds with mechanical 
    assistance or team lift.
Pre-placement Examination:
None required
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