Day Break Program Leader


FVSRA is currently hiring qualified Program Leader candidates for the Day Break 2 Adult Day Program. Plan, facilitate, and evaluate a therapeutic recreation day program for individuals with a disability.


Program Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays


Leader would arrive at 8:30am and stay until 3:15pm with an additional 1 hour per week for program planning.  


Job Purpose:

To plan, implement and evaluate Day Break, the therapeutic day program for young adults with disabilities within our Member Agencies. This involves but is not limited to; assisting the individuals with social skills, personal care needs, understanding and following rules and directions and/or modifying an activity so they can participate. 


  • College student or college graduate with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Recreation, Education or a related field of study.

  • Experience planning and conducting recreation programs for people with disabilities.

  • Must demonstrate knowledge of disabilities and have proven experience in planning and delivering a wide range of recreation activities for adults with various disabilities in community recreation or related settings.

  • Must demonstrate enthusiasm, strong interpersonal skills, communication skills and ability to work effectively with people with disabilities, FVSRA staff, FVSRA member agency staff, parents/guardians, participants, community agency staff, and members of the general public.

  • Experience leading and supervising volunteers and part-time staff.

  • Must have good organizational skills and demonstrate the ability to work independently and solve simple to complex problems.

  • Must demonstrate dependability, promptness and punctuality.

  • Be a team leader, promoting group cohesiveness.

  • Practice safety procedures.

  • Good oral and written communication skills.

  • Certification or acquiring certification within six months of hire is required for, Handle with Care crisis prevention and First Aid/CPR. 

  • Ability to engage in activities requiring physical exertion. 

  • Ability to perform required duties under stressful situations without supervision.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

  • Plan, lead, and evaluate Day Break, a therapeutic recreation day program.

  • Adhere to all FVSRA safety policies and procedures

  • Review participant Annual Information Forms with all staff (disability, allergies, medications, seizures and behaviors).

  • Must maintain daily attendance records for participants.

  • Must make certain facilities and equipment are safe and free from hazards.

  • Must complete and return accident and behavior reports to the FVSRA office within 24 hours.

  • Prepare and implement behavior management strategies when necessary, to ensure safe involvement in the Day Break Program.

  • Must keep all participants’ medication in a secure place and oversee the delivery of all medication to the participants at the designated time.

  • Select, recommend, purchase, and inventory supplies and equipment, which are associated with program assignments and responsibilities.

  • Provide direct supervision for all part-time staff and volunteers assigned to the Day Break Program.

  • Must assist participants in the pool on all swim days.

  • Assist with participant daily living skills and personal care needs such as feeding, changing, toileting or participant transfers.

  • Expected to motivate staff and remain enthusiastic throughout the Day Break Program season.

  • Responsible for maintaining all money, receipts and records for Day Break funds. Expected to adhere to the FVSRA Pcard policies and procedures and turn in a monthly report to the Adult Coordinator.

  • Responsible for developing and dispersing monthly calendars to participants and families/guardians.

  • Responsible for calling participants’ home to check on absences if a call if not received in advance. Report information to the Adult Coordinator.

  • Provide timely responses to phone calls, voicemails, and written materials.

  • Responsible for leaving the Day Break facility clean and organized at the end of each day.

  • Maintain a safe and secure environment and experience for participants and staff.

  • Complete all weekly and daily paperwork and documentation as assigned including end of the season evaluations and staff evaluations.

  • Attend all assigned meetings for FVSRA as requested by supervisor.

  • Must be able to respond to the needs of individuals with disabilities.

  • Must be able to work efficiently and effectively under pressure; such as deadlines and emergencies.

  • Must demonstrate adequate leadership qualities.

  • Maintain constant communication and quality customer service with parents, staff and participants.

  • Solve moderate to complex problems regarding the program, participants or supervision of part time employees and volunteers.

  • Inspect work and program areas (use checklists) for compliance with safe work practices and rules.

  • Enforce safety rules and improve employee and public knowledge of the same by confronting and correcting unsafe behavior and conditions.

  • Immediately reports all accidents and unsafe conditions to their supervisor.

  • Cooperate and assist in the investigation of accidents.

  • Makes sure necessary safety equipment and protective devices for each job or program are available, used, and properly maintained.

  • Attend all required safety program and in-service education meetings.

  • Effective use of cell phones, computers software, and the internet for the performance of job assignments.

  • Treat public complaints and concerns with the utmost attention. Is courteous in all cases.

  • Perform other duties related to the Day Break Program Leader when necessary, or duties in the best interest of the Association when requested by the Support Staff Manager or Adult Coordinator.

  • Record and report hours worked on a bi-weekly basis.



Collaboration - Promotes and supports work teams and groups
Reliability - Performs responsibilities dependably and accurately, fulfills promised actions
Responsiveness - Focuses on the customer, willingly helps others and provides prompt service
Assurance - Conveys trusts and inspires confidence
Empathy - Deals with individuals, appreciates their differences, handles emotions and shows compassion for others
Self Confidence - Recognizes the contributions of others and is conscious of own ability
Initiative - Begins and follows through energetically with plans and tasks
Communication - Shares information, listens to what others are saying
Adaptability - Makes decisions and solves complex problems

Physical Demands:
The Program Leader must, with or without reasonable accommodations, be able to perform the following functions:

  • Gather, load, transport and set-up equipment and supplies for activities.

  • Supervise individuals, including at times the use of physical restraints.

  • Physically assist individuals in wheelchairs by pushing, pulling or providing stabilization on unknown terrain.

  • Physically transfer individuals from wheelchair to chair, into and out of vehicles, from pool deck into pool, in washroom facilities, etc.

  • Lift and carry as much as 50 pounds for as long a distance as 300 feet.

  • Active participation in programs.


Working Conditions:
This job operates both inside in classrooms, gymnasiums, multi-purpose rooms and exercise rooms as well as outside at different activity fields, parks, playgrounds, etc. The noise level can range from quiet to loud. When working inside conditions can include different types of lighting and temperatures. When working outside you may be exposed to different types of weather conditions.