Recreational Specialist

Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, UES, New York City

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:  The NCS Residence, a long-term, supportive housing facility on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, houses 65 formerly homeless men and women, the majority of whom are mentally ill and have been chronically homeless.  Staff at the NCS Residence, including social workers, case managers, and a part-time psychiatrist, provide case management and mental health counseling. In addition, we provide a full range of services including money management, vocational and educational programs, meals, and recreational activities all aimed at enhancing and supporting residents’ independent living.

REPORTS TO: Program Director, NCS Residence

SHIFT: Includes some evenings and one weekend day

BASIC FUNCTION: The Recreational Specialist is responsible for creating, planning and conducting a wide variety of organized recreational and leisure activities at the Residence every week. The individual will lead structured group programs designed to improve and maintain the general health and well-being of the residents. Examples of these activities are arts and crafts, games, sports, dance and movement, exercise, drama, animals, music, community outings, and culinary projects.


  • Planning a monthly calendar of activities with weekly events designed to encourage the fullest participation possible in concert with the NCS Residence Director, Program Manager, and Case Managers

  • Shopping for, preparing and hosting meals for the residents with special planning and menus for holiday meals and events

  • Using therapeutic interventions that are consistent with the needs of the residents; utilizing the NCS Residence staff, client data, observations and interactions with the clients to determine when they are needed

  • Attending weekly NCS Residence staff meetings

  • Tracking all client and group activities, ensure that this information is documented through sign-in sheets and/or other supporting materials

  • Submitting monthly statistical information for internal and government reporting

  • Promoting all planned activities with flyers, posted schedules and calendars and conducting outreach to the residents, encouraging them to participate in the scheduled activities

  • Administering the recreational budget, while providing all receipts and materials related to expenses

  • Monitoring clients as they take their medications, when needed

  • Working with the Director of Volunteer Services to identify needs for volunteers and coordinate in-kind donations

  • Supervising volunteers at the NCS Residence

  • Working cooperatively with staff at all levels to ensure quality service provision and participating fully in an interdisciplinary team approach for resident treatment

  • Performing other duties as assigned


  • High School diploma

  • Minimum one year experience in organizing recreational or leisure activities

  • Computer proficiency

  • Experience in social services working with homeless, mentally ill, chemically addicted, and elderly populations preferred

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to