Supervisory Recreation Therapist

This position is closed.



  • Only current permanent employees of VA Boston Healthcare System will be considered for this position.
  • To qualify for this grade you need one (1) year of specialized experience, which is experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization; in this case it would be at the G10 level.
  • Assign work based on institutional priorities, treatment requirements of patient population, regulatory guidelines, level of difficulty of assignments, and capabilities of staff.
  • Instruct employees on work expectations, identify service priorities to staff and administrative requirements.
  • Mediate and/or resolve complaints, grievances.
  • Effect disciplinary actions.
  • Identify and arrange training for staff.
  • Develop position descriptions and performance standards for staff.
  • Evaluate employee performance and recognize good performance.
  • Promote team building among staff.
  • Set long term and short term goals and objectives for section.
  • Plan work, adjust priorities and prepare schedule for completion of work.
  • Interview and make recommendations on candidates for selection.
  • Identify and eliminate bottlenecks and barriers to delivery of services.
  • Develop evaluation criteria and establish reporting systems to ensure quality and accountability.
  • Formulate and track budget.
  • Purchase and maintain equipment.
  • Implement and audit new programs.
  • Serve on special committees and task forces within the agency and as liaison to community organizations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of resource flow, how to differentiate between allocated and donated funds and the policies governing expenditures.
  • Provide direction to a variety of different clinical specialties.
  • Stay abreast of trends, problems, and needs of all services in order to assure the overall quality of recreation therapy provided.
  • Oversee the supervision and evaluation of all therapies using acceptable professional standards of practice as well as accreditation criteria.
  • Am responsible for the development and clinical oversight of the Recreation Therapy academic/internship training program.
  • Provide direction and instruction to staff.
  • Coordinate work directed with that of other services, peers, local, state, and national offices.
  • Advise on program changes, resolve procedural problems, and explain and gain acceptance of methodology.
  • Consult with others to monitor patient progress and develop appropriate schedule for program adjustments.
  • Evaluate and select appropriate organization programs to maintain an effective relationship with the community.
  • Collaborate with community groups and organizations to develop opportunities that will meet the recreational and other needs of Veterans.