Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services Specialist

CITY OF BROOKLYN PARK invites applications for the position of:

Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services Specialist

SALARY: $23.75 – $30.51 Hourly

$4,116.67 – $5,288.40 Monthly / $49,400.00 – $63,460.80 Annually

OPENING DATE: 02/11/19

CLOSING DATE: 02/25/19 11:59 PM


Recreation Specialist (Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Specialist) is responsible for the coordination of all therapeutic recreation and inclusion services within the Recreation and Parks Department. This position will work independently under the general supervision of the Recreation Program Supervisor and is a member of a results-oriented staff that works together to develop innovative programs focused on ensuring that all members of the community have access to quality programs and services.

The Department provides programs and services to people ages 2-older adult. We provide a broad spectrum of inclusion services for people with disabilities, severe allergies, behavior concerns, or other special needs. The Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Specialist will work with program area supervisors to develop individual inclusion plans and staff training for permanent and seasonal staff.

The Recreation and Parks Department participates in the Northwest Adaptive Recreation Consortium administered by REACH for Resources. The Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Specialist will be responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships with REACH and other providers of adaptive recreation and inclusion services in the north metro.

The Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Specialist will participate as a subject matter expert on a city-wide Inclusion Team to ensure the City is proactive, and in compliance, with ADA guidelines, whereby eliminating barriers and access to facilities, programs and services in the City of Brooklyn Park.



• Responsible for responding to customers and parents, including phone calls, site visits, and e-mails regarding therapeutic recreation and inclusion services

  • Plan and implement therapeutic recreation events/programs for people with physical, intellectual, and cognitive disabilities, severe allergies, behavior concerns, or other special needs as needed.
  • Assist Recreation Supervisor in development and management of therapeutic recreation and inclusion budget
  • Update all inclusion forms, program policies and procedures to ensure they are in compliance with the ADA and other applicable legislation.
  • Responsible for coordinating and maintaining adaptive recreation partnerships, including management of cooperative agreements and payments between the Department and partners
  • Enhance and maintain system for participant assessment, progress notes, and evaluation
  • Attend conferences and continuing education to maintain CTRS credential and ensure programs and services are current with industry best practices
  • Plan, coordinate, conduct, and evaluate inclusion training for seasonal
  • Participate as a subject matter expert on a city-wide Inclusion Team to ensure the City is proactive, and in compliance, with ADA guidelines


  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate seasonal inclusion staff.
  • Plan, coordinate, conduct, and evaluate inclusion training for seasonal
  • Work with the Recreation Program Supervisor to develop a therapeutic recreation internship program



Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Parks, Therapeutic Recreation, Special Education or a closely related field.


Related experience desired, but not required.


Certification in therapeutic recreation (CTRS) to be obtained after hire.


An equivalent combination of education and experience closely related to the duties of the position MAY be considered.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Experience with functional behavior analysis and implementation of positive behavior supports
  • Working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, IDEA, the Omstead Act and other relevant legislation
  • Experience working with people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities

Desirable Qualifications

  • Certification in therapeutic recreation (CTRS)
  • Coursework towards a Master’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Special Education, or related field
  • 5 years’ experience in community recreation or municipal setting
  • Experience in aquatics, specialty youth sports, ice skating, and summer camp
  • Experience with programs and activities for active, older adults
  • Experience working with racially, ethnically, socio-economically diverse youth that are at risk of experiencing crime and violence
  • Certificate in specialty area such as Autism, functional behavior assessment, or related field
  • CTRS specialization in behavioral health or community inclusion services

Background Check

The City has determined that a criminal background check and/or qualifications check may be necessary for certain positions with this job title. Applicants may be required to sign an informed consent form allowing the City to obtain their criminal history and/or verify their qualifications in connection with the position sought. Applicants who do not sign the informed consent form will not be further considered for the position.

Selection Process

The selection process will consist of one or more of the following steps: a rating of relevant education and experience and/or an oral examination (100%). It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. This information will be used to determine which candidates will proceed in the selection process. A submitted application is also used to verify the answers to any supplemental questions. Only those candidates who attain a passing score (70%) on each step in the selection process will be placed on the eligible list. The Human Resources Department reserves the right to limit the number in any phase of the selection process.

Eligible List

The eligible list will expire one month after it has been established.

Core Operational Values

Ability to work within the City’s value system where individuals are valued and respected for their unique differences, experiences, skills and knowledge.

INCLUSION: We value all people and diverse ideas

  • Cultural competency
  • Address economic, geographic & racial inequities
  • Include the people affected in decision-making
  • Engagement is part of our DNA

PARTNERSHIP: We build trusting partnerships

  • Teamwork
  • Working within & between departments
  • Partnering with residents & community stakeholders
  • Open & honest communication

ACCOUNTABILITY: We’re accountable for our actions and results

  • Ethical decisions
  • Personal & professional responsibility
  • Responsible stewardship of the community’s resources
  • Excellent service & results

LEARNING: We learn and improve each day

  • Continuous improvement & innovation
  • Opportunities for learning and training
  • Thriving employee culture & learning environment
  • Professional and personal growth

BP2025 Goals

Ability to work towards a set of goals to further strengthen and grow the community.

  • UNITED COMMUNITY: A united and welcoming community strengthened by our diversity
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACES: Beautiful spaces and quality infrastructure make Brooklyn Park a unique destination
  • THRIVING ECONOMY: A balanced economic environment that empowers businesses and people to thrive
  • HEALTHY & SAFE PEOPLE: People of all ages have what they need to feel healthy and safe
  • INCREASED EQUITY: Partnerships that increase racial and economic equity empower residents and neighborhoods to prosper
  • EFFECTIVE, ENGAGING GOVERNMENT: Effective and engaging government recognized as a leader

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Department/Division: Recreation and Parks Department

Anticipated Work Schedule: Position is a full-time, non-exempt, non-union position that will work Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekends based on program needs.

Anticipated Hiring Wage: $23.75 – $26.65 dependent upon qualifications Pay Grade: NE6 Program Assistant III


5200 85th Avenue N Brooklyn Park, MN 55443


[email protected]


*  1. Which level best describes your highest level of education in Recreation and Parks, Therapeutic Recreation, Special Education, Adaptive Recreation or a closely related field or a related degree?

  • No degree
  • Associate’s degree
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree of higher
  • Degree in an unrelated field

*  2. Which level best describes your previous experience coordinating therapeutic recreation and inclusion services?

  • No experience
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 year to less than 2 years
  • 2 years to less than 3 years
  • 3 years to less than 4 years
  • 4 years to less than 5 years
  • 5 years to less than 6 years
  • 6 years to less than 7 years
  • 7 years to less than 8 years
  • 8 years to less than 9 years
  • 9 or more years

*  3. Are you certified in Therapeutic Recreation (CTRS)?

  • Yes
  • No

*  4. Which level best describes your level of previous experience working in a municipal recreation department?

  • No experience
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 year to less than 2 years
  • 2 years to less than 3 years
  • 3 years to less than 4 years
  • 4 years to less than 5 years
  • 5 years or more

*  5. Briefly describe your experience working with people with disabilities, severe allergies, or other behavior concerns.

*  6. If a new participant with Autism requested inclusion services in order to participate in a recreation program like swimming lessons, what steps would you take to meet their need from the initial request to the first day of class?

*  7. Please describe any coursework or training that you’ve had related to the American’s with Disabilities Act, IDEA, the Rehab Act, and the Omstead Act?

*  8. Please describe your experience developing and managing a project-based budget.

*  9. Please describe your experience supervising/directing the work of other staff or volunteers.

*  10. Please describe why you think adaptive recreation programs and inclusion services are a vital part of program offerings in a recreation and parks department.

*  11. Do you have any certificates or training in the following areas? (Select all that apply)

  • CPR/First Aid
  • Training
  • Program Management
  • Behavior Health Management
  • Adaptive Recreation & Inclusion
  • Intellectual and Cognitive Disabilities
  • No, I do not have any related certificates or training

*  12. Are you able to fluently speak, write, and understand any of the following languages? (Check all that apply)

  • Spanish
  • Hmong
  • Russian
  • Somali
  • Vietnamese
  • American Sign Language
  • None of the Above

*  13. Which veteran’s preference points, if any, are you claiming?

  • Not claiming veteran’s preference
  • Veteran’s preference
  • Disabled veteran’s preference
  • Spouse of a deceased veteran
  • Spouse of a disabled veteran

* Required Question

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