JOB POSTING – Recreation and Athletics Specialist 2, Orting, VA Washingon Soldiers Home

Recreation and Athletics Specialist 2 Orting


$2,925.00 – $3,807.00 Monthly


Pierce County – Orting, WA

Job Type

Full Time – Permanent


Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Job Number



5/29/2017 11:59 PM Pacific

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) is pleased to announce an opportunity to truly make a difference in the lives of veterans as a Recreation and Athletics Specialist 2 at our Washington Soldiers Home (WSH).

This position works from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with Sunday and Monday off. 

The hiring manager reserves the right to review application materials after 7 days. It is in the best interest of the applicant to apply as soon as possible.

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) is comprised of more than 800 dedicated staff who strives to fulfill WDVA’s mission of “Serving Those Who Served.” To achieve this mission, WDVA provides critical services to veterans and their families, both in the community and among four veterans’ homes within the State of Washington. WDVA is a national leader in the quality of and advocacy for veterans claims submitted to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, reaching out to Washington’s more than 600,000 veterans.

WDVA operates four veterans’ homes in Port Orchard, Orting, Spokane, and Walla Walla providing Medicare and Medicaid nursing care for honorably discharged veterans, to include, in some instances, their spouses, widows or gold star parents.

For more information, visit our website at

“Serving those who serve” is the mission of DVA.  This position is commensurate with the mission as evidenced by interactions with Residents and their families, staff, volunteers and the public in general. The Recreation Therapy Department uses activities to enhance health, growth, development and independence through intrinsically rewarding leisure behavior. Recreational Therapy provides treatment designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities, to promote health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participate in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition. Responsibilities of documentation requirements must be kept up to mandated Federal and State standards in order for the facility to successfully pass State and Federal Surveys.


Some of what you will enjoy doing:
Assist in the planning, organizing, and implementation of resident desired activities as needed for all levels of care.

Under supervision organize and conduct creative therapeutic recreation groups and individual activities.

Some groups may be: outings, crafts, trivia, etc.  Groups will provide meaningful activities through identified interest for all Residents, some of which may have cognitive, physical emotional, or social impairments. 1:1 visits may also be required.

Operate facility wheelchair accessible buses on a variety of scheduled outings to include recruiting residents to attend these outings.

Assist the Recreation Specialist 3’s in providing recreation therapy programs for the resident census, including domiciliary residents, as needed.

Is a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team and completes all assigned medical record documentation as needed.

Under observation, assist in the initial resident assessment, MDS, SCOC and plan of care (if needed) to meet Resident individual needs.

Assist in keeping resident established goals and assessments current by charting appropriately.

Gather and record data from “Participation” records on a continual basis.

As a member of the Recreation Therapy Team, discuss resident recreation goals in order to support resident needs and plan of care.

Under direction of Supervisor/RS3, perform seasonal decorating, setting up tables, chairs, and other equipment as necessary for special events to include weekend events, i.e. Family Picnic, 4th of July, Memorial Day, etc..

Meet with other departments to maintain optimum communication among staff.

Work with and monitor volunteers when involved with group/1:1 activities.

Assist with working with TIP employees with necessary paperwork and assigned duties.

Document in residents’ medical record all pertaining information related to the TIP position and residents’ involvement.

Required Qualifications:
A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in either (a) recreation or therapeutic recreation, (b) music, drama, or physical education or (c) psychology, sociology, or education with a minor in recreation, physical education, music or drama and one year of paid, professional recreation experience.
One year of experience as a Recreation and Athletics Specialist 1.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all desirable qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:
Basic computer and writing skills

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Must pass criminal history background check and remain free of disqualifying criminal convictions.

Must submit to annual tuberculin testing or documentation.

Must comply with mandatory training requirements.

Respect and maintain the highest level of confidentiality at all times.

Capable of pushing or pulling with sufficient strength to move residents in wheelchairs.

Must be able to maintain quality, safety and/or infection control standards.

To apply please visit:[0]=Dept.%20of%20Veterans%20Affairs&sort=PostingDate%7CDescending&page=1&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs


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