Recreation Coordinator – Canopy Children’s Solutions


Jackson, MS


Founded in 1912 as an adoption agency, Canopy Children’s Solutions is Mississippi’s most comprehensive nonprofit provider of children’s behavioral health, educational, and social service solutions. Canopy employs a diverse group of mission-driven individuals committed to honoring the voice of Mississippi children and families. Being an integral part of the Canopy team involves committing to the Core Values that drive our organization forward:

  • The voice of our children and families always comes first
  • Relationships matter and our differences make us stronger
  • We take great joy in service to others
  • Our families and our communities deserve our very best

In 2021, Canopy Children’s Solutions received the certification of a Great Place to Work. Canopy’s employees are charged with building a healthy work culture within their teams that focus on trust and the collective goal of helping kids thrive and families overcome extraordinary challenges.

Recreation Coordinator – Position Overview:

  • Recreation Coordinator is responsible for the ongoing development, implementation, and evaluation of all therapeutic recreation services for the CARES Center.
  • The Recreation Coordinator researches trends and assesses the interests of individuals served, skills, and leisure/recreational needs based on observation, interview, and activity tasks.
  • He/she uses professional knowledge and judgment to establish appropriate therapeutic recreation department goals.  Recreation Coordinator works with program staff to plan, organize and direct recreational activities.
  • He/she plans and manages a full summer camp program for youth.  Recreation Coordinator also responsible for developing, planning, organizing and directing volunteer program at CARES Center Jackson.
  • This includes recruitment, training, placement, and retention of volunteers. Recreation Coordinator supervises the Recreation Assistant.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Recreation / Activity Services:
    • Complete an activity assessment on each new admission within five days.
    • Provide input into treatment planning by communicating with and as needed by attending the Child and Family Team Meetings.
    • Document bi-weekly summary of each youth’s participation in therapeutic recreation activities.
    • Plan and monitor a monthly plan of Special Events for individuals in the program.
    • Collaborate with internal (especially Development department) and external partners to arrange recreation and special events.
    • Coordinate afternoon and evening activities for youth and collaborate with school staff and Lead RCS to ensure activities / events are planned for residential clients.
    • Connect each recreation activity back to AIM curriculum to reinforce objectives learned in the school and in the milieu.
    • Provide recreation groups as scheduled.
    • Oversee youth clubs.
    • Research and provide opportunities for youth to give back to the community through outreach and volunteerism.
    • Develop and Implement a summer program of activities for all youth.
    • Use a Trauma Informed Care (e.g. Risking Connection) approach and expect this from staff as well.
  • Volunteer Coordination:
    • Manage volunteer program on campus and collaborate with development department to conduct outreach initiatives to expand volunteerism.
    • Strategize with program team to develop new approaches to improve volunteer program
    • Serve as a liaison for community partnerships.
    • Provide orientation and ongoing training to volunteers.
    • Supervise volunteers, or assign supervision to recreational assistants as necessary.
    • Increase public awareness and be visible in the community as an advocate for the organization and the children and families we serve.
  • Administrative:
    • Attend weekly staff meetings (e.g., schedules meetings, program meetings, weekly planning, and clinical case reviews as needed).
    • Provide leadership and direction to Recreation Assistant and Milieu Coordinators in how to plan and facilitate therapeutic recreational activities for the youth.
    • Schedule weekly recreation planning and instructional meetings with Recreation Assistants.
    • Monitor activity implementation and evaluate activity for safety and care of youth.
  • Maintain budget, inventory and accountability for all recreational and physical education equipment for the program, replenishing as needed.
  • Supervise Recreation Assistant, student interns and volunteers in the execution of residential and recreational activities.
  • Report to the Child and Family Treatment Team the utilization of and benefit from Activity Therapy by individuals served.
  • Participate in the Center training and education programs as appropriate.
  • Present schedule of events to clinical and administrative staff during scheduled program meetings.
  • Post recreation schedule on POD for youth and staff awareness.
  • Plan off campus therapeutic outings, assuring appropriate staff to youth ratios.
  • Participate in individual supervision with Program Director at least once a month.
  • Complete other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy, Education, Adaptive Physical Education, Behavioral Health or a related field.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in residential, or similar, setting with at least some experience in recreation and some experience coordinating volunteers preferred.
  • Must be able to read, write, speak and understand English, and to communicate in a therapeutic and professional manner. Must work every other weekend. Must be able to work evening hours and additional weekends as needed.
  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) credential is preferred but not required.
  • The Recreation Coordinator must be eligible and willing to pursue certification within 12 months of hire