The State of Connecticut, Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) is looking for a Rehabilitation Therapist 1 (Therapeutic Recreation) to join our team. If you are looking for your next step in healthcare and want a chance to help our State's veterans, the DVA can help!
This is a part-time, 24-hour, second shift role. This position will have a work schedule of 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
For over 140 years, Connecticut has been caring for its veterans and their dependents. As a Department, we believe in "serving those who have served". This is accomplished through our: Office of Advocacy and Assistance, Residential Facility, Healthcare Center, and Cemetery and Burial Services.
You will be serving those who have served at the Sgt. John L. Levitow Healthcare Center, a Skilled Nursing Facility licensed by the Connecticut Department of Public Health and certified by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Healthcare Center is also certified as a State Veterans Homes by the Federal Veterans Administration and regularly inspected by the VA.
At our health care facility, we provide both short and long-term care for patients requiring daily medical management.
THIS CAN INCLUDE:
- Cardiac Disease
- End Stage Renal Disease
When you walk through the doors of the Healthcare Center (HCC), one immediately feels a sense of community, comfort, and camaraderie. The HCC stands apart from other 24-hour care centers with full time Physicians and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses on staff. Our highly trained staff is dedicated to providing compassionate care to meet the unique needs of Veteran patients; built on the foundation of integrity, honor, and respect. We pride ourselves on fostering these qualities as we honor Veteran patients for their service and encourage the innate bond between them.
In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
*You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.
In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
As a reminder:
- The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
- Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account.
- This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
- The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
- Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
- All State employees shall follow Executive Orders 13G (as amended by Executive Order 14C).
For more information, we encourage you to contact the recruiter for this position, Joseph K. Fried at Joseph.Fried@ct.gov, (860) 924-7053.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state facility this class is accountable for the evaluation, planning and application of a recognized therapeutic discipline to provide treatment for persons with mental, emotional and physical disabilities.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Evaluates client and/or patient level of functioning by assessing behavior and reviewing medical, social and emotional case histories; writes and implements treatment plans using a specific modality; conducts individual and group activities, consulting with other professionals and selecting appropriate techniques and materials to teach skills to correct disorders in mental, emotional or motor status of a client and/or patient; attends case conferences, actively participating in admission, treatment and discharge planning; observes, records and evaluates client and/or patient progress; participates in or assists in conducting training programs for staff therapists and rehabilitation and nursing students; uses data from observation and diagnostic evaluations to develop goals and new activities; administers and interprets evaluations in speciality areas; requisitions and distributes supplies; adapts musical, art and recreational equipment used in designated discipline; may attend workshops and conferences; may transport and escort clients to off grounds activities; may perform prevocational activities with client and/or patient; may participate in and plan special activities within community; may perform duties in client and/or patient home or community setting; may serve as a Qualified Mental Retardation Professional; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of principles and practices of a designated therapeutic discipline; knowledge of physical, mental and psychosocial disorders; knowledge of individual and group dynamics; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; skill in application of therapeutic techniques.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Four (4) years of professional experience in the appropriate professional rehabilitation therapy program speciality performing such activities as program evaluation, planning and application for persons with mental, emotional and physical disabilities.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
College training in the appropriate recognized therapeutic discipline indicated by the parenthetical title may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
- Experience following current COVID processes within a skilled Nursing Facility
- Experience utilizing the Minimum Data Set (MDS) and care planning for Therapeutic Recreation
- Experience with dementia and psychiatric diagnoses
- Experience with Therapeutic Recreation programming
- Experience working with the Veteran population
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and maintain a certificate as a Water Safety Instructor (W.S.I.), and/or life saving (CPR, First Aid) from the American Red Cross.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to be fluent in a foreign
language or proficient in use of American sign language in certain
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some danger of injury and to moderately disagreeable job conditions while providing treatment to persons with disabilities.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.