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Date:  Sep 16, 2023
Req ID:  31515

Benton, AR, US, 72015

Anticipated Starting Salary:  $22,880.00

Position Number: 22111449 
County: Saline 
Posting End Date: 12/31/2023 

Anticipated Starting Salary: $22,880.00 


The Department of Human Services is a place for people passionate about serving others and changing lives for the better. We care for Arkansans of all ages and ensure places like child care centers and nursing homes are safe. We are the safety net for the most vulnerable Arkansans. Whether you answer the phones, take applications, protect children, or help care for residents or patients at one of our facilities, you make a difference by working at DHS. Plus, working for the State has great perks, including a pension, maternity leave, paid state holidays, and much more. At DHS, we take care of our employees so you can help care for others.


Hiring Manager – Teresa Cohen


Special Working Conditions/Preferences: Position is located at the Arkansas Health Center in Benton, AR. This position starts at a Special Entry Rate of $26,950.00/Annually. Frequent driving buses or vans is required. Occasional exposure to violent and physically aggressive residents may be required. Flexible hours (evening and weekend work is required) Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time. May require lifting up to 50 pounds and perform repetitive manual work.


Position Information

Class Code: M082C

Grade: GS01


Salary Range: $22,000.00 - $31,900.00


The Recreational Activity Leader I is responsible for providing recreational activities for residents of a state-operated facility. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.


Plans and schedules recreational activities, determines staff, vehicles, facilities, and equipment needs, and prepares and posts schedule of events. Leads recreational activities, checks out equipment, teaches and coaches participants, monitors student behavior, and resolves disputes. Develops and/or modifies programs or games, as necessary, to permit participation by disabled or restricted residents. Contacts various resource groups for information concerning events and ticket costs and drives vehicle to transport residents to events, restaurants, or other outings. Monitors, documents, and implements appropriate behavior programs. Attends workshops, in-service, staff, and other student related meetings, as needed. Performs other duties as assigned.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of the principles and practices of recreational activity programs. Knowledge of activity therapy and behavior modification. Ability to instruct, direct, and participate in recreational activities. Ability to evaluate, modify, and recommend activities to meet clients treatment objectives. Ability to prepare, set-up, and maintain equipment used in recreational activities. Ability to observe and record client behavior and participation during activities. Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus one year of experience in a patient activities program in a health care setting, social, or recreational program. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.



The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

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