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Recreation Specialist

Location: Bronx, NY

Department: Children's Center Annex

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

In partnership with the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), Sheltering Arms is launching a new program that will serve as an Annex for the Nicholas Scoppetta Children’s Center pre-placement program for children entering the foster care system.  This new Bronx-based short-term, residential program serving young children between the ages of 0 to 12 years old, will be called the Children’s Center Annex.  The Children’s Center Annex will provide a home-like, co-ed, developmentally appropriate setting for younger children, including sibling groups. The Annex will be designed to be warm, colorful, and child-friendly, and staff will be trained in trauma informed practices allowing them to provide a nurturing environment for children entering foster care.  


Sheltering Arms is seeking a Recreation Specialist for our New Children's Center Annex in the Bronx. The Recreation Specialist will provide the opportunity for infants, toddlers and children up to 12 years of age to exercise, socialize and learn developmentally appropriate skills through organized recreational activities. The work requires the application of specialized skills and training, planning and organizational skills to meet the particular needs of the group being served.


 Essential Functions:

  • Coordinate and facilitate structured activities/groups for children in the Reception Center.
  • Create and promote a positive environment to encourage age appropriate play and activities.
  • Maintain and update program documentations.
  • Works closely with Program Director and staff members to ensure quality services are provided
  • Attend all meetings as required by supervisor
  • Evaluate the overall need, cost, quality, and effectiveness of activities and programs and recommend improvements and changes.
  • Conduct regular safety inspections of recreation equipment and grounds.
  • Transport personnel, participants, supplies, and equipment as necessary for work activities.
  • Develop a weekly calendar for play groups and activities that is distributed to all Child Care Worker staff.  Prepare announcements, bulletins, flyers, calendars, and other promotional material.
  • Requisition, secure, and inventory necessary materials, supplies and equipment. 
  • Motivate residents to become involved in recreation programs by participating and leading specific activities. 
  • Develop open communication with local parks department and recreation centers.
  • Plan and develop cultural activities with supervisor’s approval. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Associates Degree in Recreation Therapy, Education, Health Education’, Health Services Administration; Public Health; and related field required.
  • 2 years experience in a role where activities (arts, sports, etc) were facilitated for young children.  
  • Positive attitude and professional demeanor, good ethical and moral character
  • Must work well with others and have good written & verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of recreational programming and the basic fundamentals of common recreational sports and activities. 
  • Ability to operate a computer and associated software to prepare promotional materials, calendars, and reports.
  • Must be able to pass required TCI Training


It is the policy of Sheltering Arms that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

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