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General Activities Therapist 2 at STATE OF OHIO in Cleveland, Ohio

Posted in Police/Fire/Emergency 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Who We Are…

Our mission at the Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS) is to improve Ohio's future by habilitating youth and empowering families and communities. We believe that our staff are our greatest resource, we believe every person can change, we encourage the best for youth and families, we strive to provide youth with everything they need to succeed, and we treat everyone with respect.

What We Do:

DYS is the juvenile corrections system for the state of Ohio. DYS is statutorily mandated to confine felony offenders, ages 10-21, who have been adjudicated and committed by one of Ohio's 88 county juvenile courts.  During their stay with DYS, youth are engaged in programming that is designed to address their criminological and behavioral needs. DYS reaches thousands of youth in facilities and those on parole.

To learn more about DYS, please visit our website by clicking here.

JOB DUTIES: Works under direction from the Activity Therapy Supervisor for the Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS) Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility (CHJCF) to plan, organize, conduct & ensure implementation of clinical adjunctive therapy program/services for youth assigned to residential treatment units:

  • Organize & conduct individual &/or group recreational & activity therapy activity (e.g., individual &/or teams sports, arts & crafts, music, drama, physical fitness &/or community service functions, etc.)

  • Plan & instruct youth in a variety of leisure & therapeutic activities designed to expand youth knowledge, skills & fitness level

  • Participates in weekly treatment team meetings to provide update on youth recreational participation & progress; prepare reports &/or progress notes for inclusion in youth record

  • Review youth physical fitness assessment to prepare individualized activity therapy program

  • Develop & coordinate community service projects; maintain community contact via church groups, volunteer opportunities &/or civic organizations to augment & support community service projects  

  • Supervise youth workers assigned to work area.


Leadership, professionalism, creativity, strong interpersonal communication skills, good judgment of people and situations, change agent, excellent customer service, and solution driven. The ideal candidate is adaptable and able to work in a fast-paced environment with internal and external customers.  The candidate must be able to determine solutions and positive outcomes.

Completion of undergraduate core program in recreation area (e.g., physical education); 12 mos. exp. in activity therapy or recreation.

-Or completion of associate degree in recreational area; 24 mos. exp. in activity therapy or


-Or 12 mos. exp. as General Activities Therapist 1, 44211.

-Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications for Employment noted above.

Application Process: Applications must indicate how the minimum qualification for the position are met. All answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by information in the work experience &/or education sections.   Do not use “see resume” as a substitution. If you don’t demonstrate how you meet minimum qualifications, your application will be disqualified from consideration. You can check the status of your application online by signing into your profile. The application status is shown to the right of the position title(s) to which you have applied along with the application submission details. â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹



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