Job Posting 99509

Recreational Therapist, Resource Centre
MPA Society
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closed 9 days ago (Fri, 16 Feb)
full time  •  Grid 6: $33.01 - $44.18

POSTING DATE:                   February 2, 2024


POSTING NUMBER:             2024-007


POSITION:                             Recreational Therapist

                                                Regular Full-Time


UNION:                                   H.S.A


PROGRAM:                           Resource Centre



SALARY RANGE:                 Grid 6: $33.01 - $41.18


HOURS OF PAY:                   37.5 hours per week


SCHEDULE:                          Monday to Friday: 0930 hrs to 1730hrs


START DATE:                       May 1, 2024



  • All candidates subject to a criminal record check
  • Qualifications and job description attached
  • Class 5 unrestricted BC Driver’s license required



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Internal applications no later than 5:00pm on Friday, February 9, 2024.



Job Description – Recreational Therapist

Resource Centre



Grid Level:                                         6

Collective Agreement:                     HSPBA

Reports to:                                         Manager, Resource Centre





MPA Resource Centre employees must be committed to the mission, philosophy, values and beliefs of MPA Society. This commitment includes an understanding, acceptance and practice of the principles of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and harm reduction strategies as well as an understanding of the determinants of health.


Under the direction of the Manager, the Recreational Therapist works independently and as part of a larger team to design, implement, participate in and evaluate social, recreational, leisure and adventure therapy-based programs on behalf of all the members of the MPA Society.



Functions & Responsibilities

  1. As part of the Resource Centre team, and in consultation with the Manager and operational Director, develops, designs, implements, participates in and evaluates social, recreational, leisure and adventure therapy-based programs for the membership of the MPA Society.
  2. Engages in a consultative process with other operational portfolios, including the membership in ensuring maximum involvement and participation of the members of the MPA Society in social, recreational, leisure and adventure therapy-based programming and activities.
  3. Designs and develops adaptations and modifications as required to meet the special needs of the membership of the MPA Society.
  4. Promotes membership participation in social, recreational, leisure and adventure therapy-based activities and provides feedback regarding the performance and progress of members to the appropriate operational portfolios as required.
  5. Encourages feedback on the value of the offered social, recreational, leisure and adventure therapy-based activities from the membership of the MPA Society and reports this to both the Program Manager and the Director of the Program in a form acceptable to the Director of the Program.
  6. Works with the membership of the MPA Society along with peers, supervisors, other MPA Operational Portfolios, and outside agencies in the larger community in a cooperative, collaborative, and professional manner.
  7. Completes and maintains related records and documentation as required.
  8. Maintains an inventory of any required supplies and identifies items for purchasing and seeks the approval of the Program Manager or Program Director before making purchases.
  9. May be asked to supervise and participate in the placement of students and volunteers.
  10. Performs other duties as required.


Education, Training & Experience

  1. Diploma or Baccalaureate in Therapeutic Recreation
  2. Must have current membership in good standing with the British Columbia Therapeutic Recreation Association
  3. A minimum of two (2) years' experience in a similar setting with a mental health related agency, with responsibility for front line service delivery, crisis intervention, debriefing and support, and conflict resolution or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  4. Extensive working knowledge, understanding and ability to implement Psychosocial Rehabilitation principles and the ability and willingness to work within its philosophy; and the Harm Reduction Model of Recovery.
  5. A solid background and knowledge of concurrent disorders is required with related work experience.
  6. Abilities to operate related equipment.
  7. Ability to carry out the physical demands of the position.
  8. Certificates in CPR, First Aid, and Class 5 unrestricted BC Driver’s License.
  9. Must possess a certificate in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.


Skills & Abilities

  1. A working understanding of resources and collateral services available to our members that assist their medical, economic, housing, social, recreation and vocational needs.
  2. Knowledge of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Concurrent Disorders including theories and methods. 
  3. Ability to operate related equipment and technology including Microsoft Office.
  4. Ability to organize, prioritize and problem solve.
  5. Ability to establish and maintain rapport with members.
  6. Ability to observe and recognize changes in members.
  7. Ability to work independently and in cooperation with others, exercise initiative and good judgement.
  8. A good understanding of the issues facing persons with a psychiatric disability.
  9. Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
  10. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.


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