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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Therapeutic Activities Worker - Selinsgrove Center in Pennsylvania

Therapeutic Activities Worker - Selinsgrove Center

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Therapeutic Activities Worker - Selinsgrove Center

Salary

$49,839.00 - $75,795.00 Annually

Location

Snyder County, PA

Job Type

Civil Service Permanent Full-Time

Job Number

CS-2024-80012-31920

Department

Department of Human Services

Division

HS Sel Ctr

Opening Date

04/03/2024

Closing Date

4/19/2024 11:59 PM Eastern

Job Code

31920

Position Number

Multiple positions may be filled from this posting.

Union

SEIU

Bargaining Unit

F4

Pay Group

ST06

Bureau / Division Code

00213330

Bureau / Division

Department of Human Services / Selinsgrove Center

Worksite Address

1000 Route 522

City

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

Zip Code

17870

Contact Name

HHS Intake

Contact Email

ra-oahhsintakesec@pa.gov

  • Description

  • Benefits

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THE POSITION

Are you a compassionate, outgoing, and motivated person who enjoys helping others and being part of a team? A new and exciting career awaits you! The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is actively seeking Therapeutic Activities Workers to be a part of our team at Selinsgrove Center. We are located in a nice rural location just outside the borough and only a couple of minutes from town, area schools, and Susquehanna University. Come join us at the Selinsgrove Center by applying today to take the first step in your career in public service!

DESCRIPTION OF WORK

A Therapeutic Activities Worker provides direction to program implementation, support and monitoring; direction to individuals participating in the therapeutic activities services programs; and provides support for all functions, programs, and special events as warranted.

Duties include planning and organizing the delivery of therapeutic activities services, planning and organizing the delivering of therapeutic recreational and vocational services, securing and maintaining contacts for events and functions, developing programmatic plans and procedures, and working as a team with other Therapeutic Activities Workers. In addition, you oversee the care and maintenance of all equipment used for activities programs.

Interested in learning more? Additional details regarding this position can be found in the position description (https://careers.employment.pa.gov/pd/PD_NEOGOV.asp?p=00009647) .

Work Schedule and Additional Information:

  • Full-time employment, 37.5-hour work week

  • Work hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday, with 30-minute lunch.

  • Rotating days off. Will be required to work different shifts and different break days to accommodate special events.

  • The Department of Human Services provides excellent benefits, pay increases, paid leave and holidays, as well as opportunities for career advancement.

  • Overtime and travel as needed

  • FREE PARKING!

  • Salary: In some cases, the starting salary may be non-negotiable.

  • You will receive further communication regarding this position via email. Please check your email, including spam/junk folders, for these notices.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING & ELIGIBILITY

QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:

  • Four years of experience providing therapeutic activities for individuals with physical, medical, or cognitive disabilities; or

  • A bachelor’s degree with major coursework in therapeutic recreation; physical education; vocational rehabilitation; vocational education or counseling; art, music, dance, or occupational therapies; or a related human services field; or

  • An equivalent combination of experience and training.

    Other Requirements:

  • You must meet the PA residency requirement (https://www.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspx) . For more information on ways to meet PA residency requirements, follow the link (https://www.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspx) and click on Residency.

  • You must be able to perform essential job functions.

Legal Requirements:

  • A conditional offer of employment will require a medical examination and a drug screening.

  • This position falls under the provisions of the Older Adult Protective Services Act.

  • Under the Act, a conditional offer of employment will require submission and approval of satisfactory criminal history reports, including but not limited to, PA State Police and FBI clearance.

How to Apply:

  • Resumes, cover letters, and similar documents willnotbe reviewed, and the information contained therein will not be considered for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position. Information to support your eligibility for the position must be provided on the application (i.e., relevant, detailed experience/education).

  • If you are claiming education in your answers to the supplemental application questions, you must attach a copy of your college transcripts for your claim to be accepted toward meeting the minimum requirements. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

  • Your application must be submitted by the posting closing date. Late applications and other required materials will not be accepted.

  • Failure to comply with the above application requirements may eliminate you from consideration for this position.

Veterans:

  • Pennsylvania law (51 Pa. C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs. To learn more about employment preferences for veterans, go to www.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspx and click the Veterans’ Preference tab or contact us at ra-cs-vetpreference@pa.gov .

Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS):

  • 711 (hearing and speech disabilities or other individuals).

If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodations due to a disability, please discuss your request for accommodations with the interviewer in advance of your interview date.

The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

EXAMINATION INFORMATION

  • Completing the application, including all supplemental questions, serves as your exam for this position. No additional exam is required at a test center (also referred to as a written exam).

  • Your score is based on the detailed information you provide on your application and in response to the supplemental questions.

  • Your score is valid for this specific posting only.

  • You must provide complete and accurate information or:

  • your score may be lower than deserved.

  • you may be disqualified.

  • You may only apply/testoncefor this posting.

  • Your results will be provided via email.

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Health & Wellness

We offer multiple health plans so our employees can choose what works best for themselves and their families. Our comprehensive benefits package includes health coverage, vision, dental, and wellness programs.*

Compensation & Financial Planning

We invest in our employees by providing competitive wages and encouraging financial wellness by offering multiple ways to save money and ensure peace of mind including multiple retirement and investment plan options.

Work/Life Balance

We know there’s more to life than just work! Our generous paid leave benefits include paid vacation, paid sick leave, eight weeks of paid parental leave, military leave, and paid time off for most major U.S. holidays, as well as flexible work schedules and work-from-home opportunities.*

Values and Culture

We believe in the work we do and provide continual opportunities for our employees to grow and contribute to the greater good. As one of the largest employers in the state, we provide opportunities for internal mobility, professional development, and the opportunity to give back by participating in workplace charitable giving.

Employee Perks

Sometimes, it is the little “extras” that make a big difference. Our employees receive special employee-only discounts and rates on a variety of services and memberships.

For more information on all of these Total Rewards benefits, please visitwww.employment.pa.gov and click on the benefits box.

*Eligibility rules apply.

01

How much college coursework have you completed in therapeutic recreation; education; vocational rehabilitation, education, or counseling; therapy (art, dance, music, occupational, physical, vocational, recreation, etc.); anthropology; counseling; criminology; gerontology; human behavior; psychology; social work/social welfare; sociology; professional nursing; or occupational or physical rehabilitation?

If you are claiming credits/degree, you must upload a copy of your college transcript(s) for this education to be considered in the eligibility decision. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. You must attach your transcript(s) prior to the submission of your application by using the "Attachments" tab on the left. You will not be able to add a transcript(s) to the application after it has been submitted.

If you are claiming credits/degree based on education acquired outside of the United States, you must also upload a copy of your foreign credential evaluation. For more information on foreign education credentials, please visithttps://www.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspx#q3and click on Other Information.

  • 120 credits or more

  • 90 but less than 120 credits

  • 60 but less than 90 credits

  • 30 but less than 60 credits

  • Less than 30 credits

  • None

    02

    How many years of full-time experience in providing therapeutic activities for individuals with physical, medical, or cognitive disabilities do you possess?

  • 4 years or more

  • 3 but less than 4 years

  • 2 but less than 3 years

  • 1 but less than 2 years

  • Less than 1 year

  • None

    03

    If you are claiming experience in the above question, please list the employer(s) where you gained this experience in the text box below. The employer(s) and a description of the experiencemustalso be included in the appropriate sections of your application if you would like the experience to be considered in the eligibility decision. If you claimed you do not have experience, type N/A in the text box below.

    04

    You must complete the supplemental questions below. These supplemental questions are the exam and will be scored. They are designed to give you the opportunity to relate your experience and training background to the major activities (Work Behaviors) performed in this position. Failure to provide complete and accurate information may delay the processing of your application or result in a lower-than-deserved score or disqualification. Youmustcomplete the applicationandanswer the supplemental questions. Resumes, cover letters, and similar documents willnotbe reviewed for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position or to determine your score.

All information you provide on your application and supplemental questions is subject to verification. Any misrepresentation, falsification or omission of material facts is subject to penalty. If requested, you must provide documentation, including names, addresses, and telephone numbers of individuals who can verify the validity of the information you provide in the application and supplemental questions.

Read each question carefully. Determine and select which "Level of Performance" most closely represents your highest level of experience/training. List the employer(s)/training source(s) from your Work or Education sections of the application where you gained this experience/training.The "Level of Performance" you choose must be clearly supported within the description of the experience and training information entered in your application or your score may be lowered.In order to receive credit for experience, you must have worked in a job for at least six months in which the experience claimed was a major function.

If you have read and understand these instructions, please click on the "Yes" button and proceed to the exam questions.

If you have general questions regarding the application and hiring process, please refer to ourFAQ page (https://www.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspx) .

  • Yes

    05

    WORK BEHAVIOR 1 – DEVELOP OBJECTIVES AND MAINTAIN RECORDS

Develop specifically planned therapeutic activities goals and objectives to implement the therapeutic activities segments of comprehensive individual program plans. Maintain administrative and clinical records of therapeutic activities services planned and provided to meet departmental requirements.

Levels of Performance

Select the "Level of Performance" which best describes your claim.

  • A. I have experience developing therapeutic activities goals and objectives to implement segments of individual program plans, and maintaining administrative or clinical records of therapeutic activities services planned and provided to meet departmental requirements.

  • B. I have experience developing goals and objectives to implement segments of individual program plans and maintaining administrative or clinical records, in a field other than therapeutic activities services.

  • C. I have experience maintaining administrative or clinical records of services planned and provided.

  • D. I have successfully completed college-level coursework related to therapeutic recreation or vocational rehabilitation.

  • E. I have NO experience or training related to this work behavior.

    06

    In the text box below, please describe your experience as it relates to the level of performance you claimed in this work behavior. Please be sure your response addresses the items listed below which relate to your claim. If you indicated you have no work experience related to this work behavior, type N/A in the box below.

  • The name(s) of the employer(s) where you gained this experience

  • Your experience developing goals and objectives or maintaining records

  • The field your experience is in

  • Your specific duties and responsibilities

    07

    If you have selected the level of performance pertaining to the college coursework, please provide the requested information in the text box below. Please be sure your response addresses the items listed below. If you indicated you have no training related to this work behavior, type N/A in the box below.

  • College/University

  • Course Title

  • Credits/Clock Hours

    08

    WORK BEHAVIOR 2 – MEETING TREATMENT PLAN GOALS

Provide instruction, direction, and support to individuals involved in therapeutic activities services to encourage progress in relation to treatment plan goals.

Levels of Performance

Select the "Level of Performance" which best describes your claim.

  • A. I have experience providing instruction, direction, or support to individuals involved in therapeutic activities services to encourage progress in relation to treatment plan goals.

  • B. I have experience providing instruction, direction, or support to individuals in a group or home setting to encourage progress in relation to treatment plan goals.

  • C. I have successfully completed college-level coursework related to occupational therapy.

  • D. I have NO experience or training related to this work behavior.

    09

    In the text box below, please describe your experience as it relates to the level of performance you claimed in this work behavior. Please be sure your response addresses the items listed below which relate to your claim. If you indicated you have no work experience related to this work behavior, type N/A in the box below.

  • The name(s) of the employer(s) where you gained this experience

  • Your experience providing instruction, direction or support to individuals

  • Was your experience therapeutic activity related, in a group or home setting, etc.

  • Your specific duties and responsibilities

    10

    If you have selected the level of performance pertaining to the college coursework, please provide the requested information in the text box below. Please be sure your response addresses the items listed below. If you indicated you have no training related to this work behavior, type N/A in the box below.

  • College/University

  • Course Title

  • Credits/Clock Hours

    11

    WORK BEHAVIOR 3 – TEAM MEETINGS

Attend multi-disciplinary team meetings to recommend the use of specific therapeutic activities methods for individual program plans.

Levels of Performance

Select the "Level of Performance" which best describes your claim.

  • A. I have attended multi-disciplinary team meetings to recommend the use of specific therapeutic activities methods for individual program plans.

  • B. I have attended multi-disciplinary team meetings in a field other than therapeutic activities services and made recommendations.

  • C. I have attended multi-disciplinary team meetings to report patient/individual progress in meeting activity goals and objectives.

  • D. I have NO experience related to this work behavior.

    12

    In the text box below, please describe your experience as it relates to the level of performance you claimed in this work behavior. Please be sure your response addresses the items listed below which relate to your claim. If you indicated you have no work experience related to this work behavior, type N/A in the box below.

  • The name(s) of the employer(s) where you gained this experience

  • Your experience recommending the use of methods for plans or making recommendations

  • The team meetings you have attended related to therapeutic activities or other

    Required Question

Agency

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Address

613 North Street

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120

Website

http://www.employment.pa.gov

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