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Recreation Program Instructor

2643 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214, USA Req #5177
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
The Arc Erie County New York has been supporting children and adults with disabilities, and their families in achieving their desired quality of life by creating opportunities through comprehensive services for over 65 years.


Positions now at $16.00 per hour!!

Looking for enthusiastic individuals to provide hourly supervision to Individuals with developmental disabilities during an After Program Program located in Buffalo.Weekday afternoon hours from 2pm-6pm. Part time positions may be available as well.

Associates Degree plus 6 months’ experience in the human service field, with a minimum of 3 months paid experience OR Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service or related field.

  • High School diploma/GED plus one year of experience in the Human Services field.
  • Experience or training in Special Education, Physical Education or Recreation desirable.
  • Experience can be a combination of paid and volunteer experience with a minimum 6 months paid experience 

Full Job Description is listed below:

Job Title:

REACH Instructor



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Position Summary:

The REACH Instructor (recreation for every adult and child) will conduct recreation activities in the community and agency locations while working with program participants.  Complete appropriate billing documentation for each individual as required by their program enrollment.  Programs can include waiver respite, community habilitation, and community habilitation in the residence, RECC and fee for service.  Develop social skills or life skills and document progress as needed by program.

Reporting Relationship:

Receives direct supervision from the Associate Director of Individual Support Services.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the planning and implementation of recreational activities designed to meet program objectives.
  • Coordinate program activities, transportation and participant attendance.
  • Develop and distribute program schedules.
  • Assess program referrals and screen for appropriateness.
  • Make recommendations regarding program development and communicate program needs to supervisor.
  • Oversee activities in the community while providing supervision and training to program participants.
  • Organize, lead and promote interactions between program participants.
  • Ensure required documentation of program activities, attendance are completed.
  • Ensure billing documentation is completed for each individual as required.
  • Meet monthly unit goals as set by program supervisor
  • Ensure participants overall safety during program activities.
  • Interact professionally with program participants, participants’ families, other collaterals and the community-at-large.
  • Complete and maintain all required documentation on participants, including any Habilitation required documentation and other regulatory bodies, observing agency guidelines and timeframes.
  • Responsible to ensure HIPAA confidentiality of program participants at all times.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Van Responsibilities:
    • Transports program participants to and from community site, home and other scheduled activities as necessary
    • Completes daily van checklist and mileage sheet, prior to and at the end of each shift.  Reports any mechanical or structural problems to supervisor
    • Ensures participants’ safety throughout transport to doorway of home.
    • Responsible for maintaining a clean vehicle, inspect and ensure van is cleaned at the end of each shift.

Qualifications and Education Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service or a related field PLUS six months of experience in Human Services.  Experience can be a combination of paid and volunteer with a minimum of three months paid experience.


Associate’s Degree in in Human Service or a related field PLUS one year of experience in Human Services.  Experience can be a combination of paid and volunteer with a minimum of six months paid experience.


High School or equivalent diploma PLUS eighteen months of experience in Human Services.  Experience can be a combination of paid and volunteer with a minimum of one year paid experience.


Exhibit Leadership abilities and possess knowledge and/or interest in a program specialty area such as social skills, recreation, arts and crafts, music, and physical education.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Physical demands and Exposure Risk outlined on attached form (A)

The ability to bend, stoop, squat, kneel sit, reach, stand walk, push, pull, climb flights of stairs and lift/transfer a minimum of 15 lbs.  See, hear, listen, speak clear, have motor coordination; grib strength, eye-hand coordination.  Physical agility/ability to react to life-threatening emergency or to intervene in a crisis situation including using your body as an intervention (SCIP-R or other technique) as prescribed, to assure safety of program participants.

  • Mental Requirements:

The ability to read, write, analyze, be perceptive/comprehensive, show good judgment, have good decision making skills, independent action, planning & prioritizing and follow directions.  Work independently as well as cooperatively with others.  Be approachable, enthusiastic, and personable and meet job-related deadlines accordingly.

  • Human Relations Skills: 

The ability to communicate with individuals in a positive manner, demonstrate the ability to be a leader and serve as an appropriate role model to those we serve.  Receive supervision instruction in a positive manner.  Adhere to and administer Agency’s policies, procedures, rules and regulations.  Maintain a professional attitude and appearance at all times.

  • Equipment Operation:

Good knowledge and ability in the operation of motor vehicles; Ability to use office equipment, such as, computer, copier, fax machine, etc.  Ability to come in contact with normal household dust/dirt.

Agency Principles:

  • All staff members will assure and demonstrate the promotion of fundamental rights and protections for the people that we support. These include practices that treat people with dignity and respect at all times, ensure safety, best possible health/well-being and provide the person with continuity and personal security through the use of natural supports, positive relationships and opportunities for integration in the community. Staff members should also advocate and work toward assisting the people we support through person-centered planning to achieve the personal outcome goals that they have chosen by facilitating the plans and positive supports necessary to assist the person in progressing toward each outcome.
  • Demonstrates the agency values of integrity, respect, responsibility, trust, teamwork, positive attitude, learning and honesty in working with students (persons), families, colleagues and members of our community.
  • Good attendance is vital for the efficient and effective operation of quality programming and is an essential job function of this position.

This position is NON-EXEMPT from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standard Act.

The Arc Erie County New York retains the right to change this job description at any time.

The Arc Erie County New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and strong advocate of workforce diversity. Minority/Female/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Disability/Veteran.

Other details

  • Job Family Arc Erie
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Hiring Rate $16.00
  • Required Education High School
Location on Google Maps
  • 2643 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214, USA