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SPARC Careers

SPARC empowers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, transforming their lives through therapeutic recreation activities. We are looking for highly trained,  passionate and dedicated individuals to join our team and help us make a difference in the lives of our participants.

We offer a rewarding and fulfilling work environment where you can use your skills to help others. 

SPARC Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Postings

Job Title: Program Associate (Per Diem)

Location: Various locations throughout Westchester County, NY

Hours: Weekday evenings and Saturdays during the day

Supervisor: Program Coordinator

 

Impactful Work: The opportunity to work closely with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, making a profound and positive impact on their lives every day.

 

Job Overview:

In this role, you’ll play a vital part in creating enjoyable and meaningful experiences for participants through a variety of recreational activities, including but not limited to bowling, tennis, art, and weekend trips. Your commitment to ensuring the safety, comfort, and well-being of participants will have a positive impact on their physical and emotional health. This position offers excellent experience for graduate students studying special education, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and recreational therapy providing a valuable opportunity to build their resumes and gain practical skills working with people with disabilities.

 

Responsibilities:

As a Program Associate focused on empowering individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, your key responsibilities will include:

  • Provide hands-on support and guidance during various recreational activities, such as bowling, tennis, golf, film production, art exhibits and weekend trips to name a few.

  • Ensure the safety, comfort, and well-being of participants, prioritizing safety in every interaction.

  • Work closely with our team to facilitate engaging recreational activities that promote participants’ physical and emotional well-being.

  • Maintain thorough and accurate records to track participant attendance/dismissal.

  • Offer support as participants work toward achieving recreational and therapeutic milestones, fostering personal growth and self-confidence.

  • The Program Associate provides a variety of pre-planned activities that meet the needs of the participants at our programs.

  • Exemplifies the core values and mission of the organization.

  • Administrative tasks as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications:

To excel in this role, you should bring:

  • Experience in athletics, the arts, film, or recreational therapy. Knowledge of the Special Olympics is a plus but not required.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable form of transportation.

  • Must be willing to travel within the Westchester County Area.

  • Self-motivated, punctual, and responsible for collecting payments for participants’ food and drink.

  • Exceptional organizational skills and a professional demeanor.

  • Proficiency in computer use and effective communication, both written and verbal.

  • Preferred (but not required): Hands-on experience working with people with disabilities or related experience.

  • Provide support to program coordinator and other team members as needed.

  • Must possess ability to sit, stand, walk, see, climb stairs, and lift weight of up to 30 lbs.

  • Possess physical abilities relevant to safe facilitation of specialized program. (i.e. Emergency evacuations)

  • The employee must be able to meet these requirements with or without reasonable accommodation

  • Staff should possess the ability to problem-solve quickly in response to any issues that may arise with participants or the logistics of a program.

  • Ability to adhere to our organization’s core values and commitments

 

Benefits: This position is not benefit eligible.

Schedule: On an as-needed basis for evenings and weekends.

Location: Servicing the Westchester County Area

Salary Range: $25 per hour

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