Company: Metropolitan Ministries Inc
Posted on: January 14, 2023
- If you're looking for an opportunity to transform the lives of
poor and homeless men, women, and children in your community, we
may have a job for you.
- Since 1972, Metropolitan Ministries has been providing
life-changing solutions for those who are homeless and at risk of
becoming homeless in Tampa Bay.
- We are a grassroots, donor- and volunteer-fueled community
nonprofit. At Metropolitan Ministries, we serve families in
Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Manatee, and Hernando counties
with compassion, practical help, and a willingness to make a huge
What we offer:
--- Salary: $42,000-45,000
--- 11 days of PTO and 10 paid holidays annually.
--- Group health, vision, and dental coverage at affordable rates,
along with family coverage if you choose to purchase it.
--- Preventative care is 100% covered (free) on all plans.
--- PTO for full-time and part-time employees.
--- Optional 401K plan with employer match after 12 months.
--- $15,000 in employee Life Insurance paid for by Metropolitan
--- Employee Assistance Program
--- Optional supplemental group insurance plans at affordable
--- Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance,
--- Tuition reimbursement program
--- Training and career development
--- YMCA membership discount
--- One FREE meal a day.
Participates in CREATE therapeutic programming within the
therapeutic afterschool environment serving homeless children and
families in our onsite housing programs. Therapeutic Specialists
may come from a variety of disciplines, including mental health,
recreational therapy, and child life. The Therapeutic Specialist
will work as part of a team to design and facilitate group
activities as therapeutic interventions, which impact
socioemotional growth and development for children participating in
the CREATE program. This position is intended to focus on the
therapeutic needs of students in the school age programs using all
forms of therapeutic recreation. Tasks includes assessment,
intervention planning, intervention implementation, and follow-up
as well as promoting parent-child/family engagement and
multidisciplinary collaboration. General schedule is from 9:30
am-6:00 pm Monday through Friday, with occasional evening
flexibility 11:30 am-8:00 pm to meet program and family needs.
Collect ongoing data and track program outcomes and success.
- Assess students' needs through observations, school and medical
records, tests, and consulting with other professionals, teachers,
families, and students
- Create treatment plans and programs that meet students' needs
and interests using a Trauma-Informed Care approach
- Plan and implement interventions to mitigate the effects of
- Engage students in therapeutic activities using a variety of
modalities, including arts and crafts, drama, music, dance, sports,
games, and field trips
- Facilitate opportunities for students to learn healthy ways
express and manage emotions
- Facilitate opportunities for students to learn about healthy
ways to cope with anxiety, stressors, and depression
- Facilitate opportunities for students learn social skills and
interpersonal skills to increase communication skills and build
- Record and analyze a student's progress
- Evaluate interventions for effectiveness
- Provide training and support to staff teams and to parents to
increase effectiveness of interventions
- Collect and report ongoing data
- Collaborate with community partners and other disciplines to
provide intervention programs
- Work collaboratively with staff to implement social emotional
(PATHS and Second Steps) curriculums within peer groups
- Design, plan, and facilitate opportunities to increase parent
involvement for families
- Participate in regular team meetings to develop plans for
students and monitor progress
- Complete training / in-service requirements for Childcare
- Keep confidential records according to the Ethical Boundaries
for Those That Serve. Maintain professional boundaries
- Demonstrate flexibility in work schedule to ensure that
client/program needs are being met
- Participate in Metropolitan Ministries' holiday efforts, Bridge
Builders and other fund-raising events when needed. Provide tours
of the facilities and speak on behalf of Metropolitan Ministries as
- Support the team and supervisor in other tasks as assigned
- Meet personal goals and actively contribute to the achievement
of the team and organizational targets/goals as stated in the
Education and Experience:
A minimum of a B.S. degree in therapeutic recreation,
child/human/family development (with child life concentration or
minor), or mental health field. Master's degree in related field is
desirable. Minimum of three years of experience in the fields of
recreation therapy or related field for bachelor's level
candidates. Direct experience working with children and parents
required. Bi-lingual preferred. National Council for Therapeutic
Recreation Certification (NCTRC) or Child Life Certification
Must be able to work effectively with children and parents,
representing, and communicating their status and progress to small
groups and professionals within a network comprised of the
Hillsborough County School District, Metropolitan Ministries'
service providers, and applicable and related medical social
service providers in the surrounding community. Must be able to
work within a multi-disciplinary team framework; strong
interpersonal and supervisory skills of children; strong oral and
written communications skills; strong group leadership and
facilitation skills; dependability; demonstrates maturity and
sensitivity to cultural and individual differences in clients
served; ability to handle job related matters in a professional,
diplomatic, and confidential manner; willing to work with minimal
supervision, yet be able to accept direction; well organized and
detail oriented. Computer literate with knowledge of Microsoft
Access, Word and Excel required.
Requires heart for ministry and comfort working with poor and
homeless families and individuals. Requires understanding of
poverty, a high degree of maturity, strong interpersonal skills and
the ability to work with low socio-economic and diverse populations
facing crisis situations in a professional and diplomatic manner.
Requires understanding of Social Determinants of Health, ACES, and
Trauma-Informed Care approach. Knowledge of community resources
available to homeless population. Must demonstrate maturity and
sensitivity to issues of faith, culture, and other sources of
diversity. Ability to work as part of a team within a
Hearing and speaking ability, which allows for effective oral
communication; physical and emotional stamina to effectively handle
job related issues and stress.
Must pass applicable pre-employment screening and demonstrate legal
authorization to work in the United States. Must be available to
work during normal school hours and for evening meetings as
required. Must pass required background pre-employment screening.
Must have a valid driver's license and be able to transport self
and clients when necessary.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a
We are committed to creating a diverse and welcoming workplace that
includes partners with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We
believe that enables us to better meet our mission and values while
serving customers throughout our local communities. People of
color, women, LGBTQIA+, Veterans and persons with disabilities are
encouraged to apply.
Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for
employment in a manner consistent with all federal state and local
Metropolitan Ministries is committed to offering reasonable
accommodations to job applicants with disabilities. If you need
assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact
us at 813-209-1083 or via email at Daryl.Belluccia@Metromin.org
$42,000 - $45,000
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