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Activity Therapist (Upward Mobility)

Activity Therapist (Upward Mobility) - # 38304

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Agency: Department of Human Services

Location: Park Forest, IL, US, 60466-1200

Job Requisition ID: 38304

Opening Date: 06/06/2024

Closing Date: 06/20/2024

Salary:  Anticipated Salary (Eff 7/1/24) $4,952-$6,952/month ($59,424-$83,424/year) 

Job Type: Salaried Full Time  

County: Cook 

Number of Vacancies: 2

Plan/BU: RC062  




This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position. While not required, a Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) is recommended. When applicable, titles that require specific coursework, professional license or certification will include a notation requesting the appropriate document(s) be uploaded in the Additional Documents section of your application. Failure to upload requested transcripts, license and/or proof of certification when specified may result in ineligibility. Please note that the Department of Human Services must verify proof of higher education for any degree earned (if applicable) regardless of vacancy title before any offer can be extended. Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.


Posting Identification Number 38304

Position Overview

The Division of Developmental Disabilities is seeking to hire an Activity Therapist for the Ludeman Developmental Center located in Park Forest, Illinois to provide therapeutic activity programs for and conducts direct therapy for assigned individuals. Completes activity therapy assessments and evaluative data for the development of habilitation plans. Evaluates the individual’s complex behaviors and reactions of during activities and leisure time. Establishes and coordinates types and schedules of activity programs. Travels in performance of job duties.


Job Responsibilities 

  1. Provides therapeutic activity programs for and conduct direct therapy for assigned individuals served at Ludeman Developmental Center.
  2. As a member of the treatment team, formulates treatment plans, writes program notes, makes detailed analysis and evaluation of the individuals needs and their responses to treatment and formulates realistic discharge plans.
  3. Completes activity therapy assessments and evaluative data for the development of habilitation plans, implementing therapeutic modalities and documenting such as determined by hospital and departmental policy and procedures.
  4. Orders and stocks supplies and equipment for activities.
  5. Monitors and maintains adequate resources and verifies a safe environment for individuals served and staff.
  6. Assists in providing in-service training for both activity and non-activity staff.
  7. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.


Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires a bachelor’s degree with a major in therapeutic recreation, music therapy, art therapy, dance therapy, drama therapy, leisure studies or recreation with a specialization in recreational therapy, including successful completion of an approved internship, fieldwork or practicum. 
  • This class is included as an Upward Mobility Program credential title. 


Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires a valid driver’s license. 
  2. Requires ability to travel in the performance of duties.    
  3. Requires the ability to utilize office equipment, including personal computers.
  4. Requires the ability to work after business hours, weekends, and holidays.
  5. Requires the ability to physically restrain individuals as necessary to prevent injury to individual or others.
  6. Requires ability to pass the IDHS background check.
  7. Requires ability to pass a drug screen for drugs prohibited from recreational use under Illinois Law.
  • The conditions of employment listed here are incorporated and related to any of the job duties as listed in the job description.


Work Hours:  Various shifts, see below 

(1 vacancy) 8:30 am - 5:00pm (Mon, Thurs, and Fri) AND 11:30 am - 8:00pm (Tues and Weds), Works Monday - Friday. Also works the first weekend of each month (off Friday and Monday before and after the working weekend), LEVRAS/Unit 1

(1 vacancy) 8:30 am - 5:00pm ( (Mon, Weds, and Fri) AND 11:30 am - 8:00pm (Tues and Thurs), Works Monday - Friday. Also works the second weekend of each month (off Friday and Monday before and after the working weekend), LEVRAS/Unit 2
Work Location: 114 N Orchard Dr Park Forest, IL 60466-1200 

Division of Developmental Disabilities

Ludeman Developmental Center

Activity Therapy
Agency Contact:

Job Family: Social Services 


About the Agency:

The Illinois Department of Human Services serves families in need all across Illinois. Our mission is providing equitable access to social services, supports, programs and resources to enhance the lives of all who we serve. We are committed to the core values of Human Dignity, Equity, Community, Urgency, Transparency and Kindness.


As a State of Illinois Employee, you will receive a robust benefit package that includes the following:

A Pension Program

Competitive Group Insurance Benefits including Health, Life, Dental and Vision Insurance

3 Paid Personal Business Days annually

12 Paid Sick Days annually (Sick days carry over from year to year)

10-25 Days of Paid Vacation time annually - (10 days in year one of employment)

*Personal, Sick, & Vacation rates modified for 12-hour Work Schedules (as applicable)

13 Paid Holidays annually, 14 on even numbered years

Flexible Work Schedules (when available dependent upon position)

10 Weeks Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave

Deferred Compensation Program - A supplemental retirement plan

Optional Pre-Tax Programs such as Medical Care Assistance Plan (MCAP), Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP)

Tuition Reimbursement Program and Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program eligibility

5% Salary Differential for Bilingual Positions

Commuter Savings Program (Chicago only)


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