Activity Specialist - Work & Community Services

Work & Community Services-Arc South, 4395 Marketing Pl, Groveport, Ohio, United States of America Req #2148
Monday, June 7, 2021

Goodwill's Mission:  Transforming the lives of the individuals with disabilities and other barriers through pathways to independence and the power of work.


To build independence, improve quality of life and provide socialization opportunities to individuals with developmental disabilities by planning and conducting ongoing therapeutic activities in a safe environment.


Essential Job Functions

  • Provide active treatment to individuals with disabilities by coordinating and conducting a variety of interesting and therapeutic activities in different life domains, such as arts and crafts, community service, music, sports and/or recreational.
  • Develop a monthly calendar of individual and group events by meeting with individuals to discuss desired activities and by researching new and creative ideas.
  • Ensure individual needs are met by customizing activities toward their goals.
  • Document in detail each participants goal-setting, daily activities, and progress to create individual monthly progress reports.
  • Ensure the health and safety of participants in programs by monitoring each activity; participate in family style dining, and intervening in crisis situations.
  • Assist individuals with daily routines and provide general supervision of individuals as needed.
  • Liaison between Special Olympics, Art Studio and Gallery, volunteer groups, etc. and program.


Ancillary Job Functions


  • Set up adaptive equipment as necessary to ensure comfort of each participant in every activity by monitoring each individual’s progress and the group dynamics.
  • Offer physical assistance to individuals as needed.
  • Encourage individuals’ socialization with staff and peers by meeting with participants and discussing goals.
  • Attend team meetings to discuss participant behavior, health, and goals.
  • Plan yearly vacations and monthly special event outings for each individual, such as visiting a zoo or movie theater.
  • Transport participants to activity sites.
  • Facilitate healthy living programs.
  • Organize garden and subsequent education program for individuals.
  • Plan and facilitate program functions.
  • Occasionally serve as field instructor for student interns.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Education and Experience – An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.

  • Must have a high school degree or equivalent with 1 to 3 years experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Must have current, valid OH driver’s license and personal car insurance.
  • Must have First Aid, AED, CPR, Crisis Intervention and medication administration certifications
  • Must have annual Abuse/Neglect Rights, MUI training, and other mandatory trainings.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities which may be representative, but not all-inclusive of those commonly associated with this position.

  • Ability to keep a high energy level with individuals and develop creative activities.
  • Clear verbal communication skills and ability to give and follow written and oral instructions.
  •  Ability to effectively organize and prioritize work as well as concentrate on multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work in both a team environment and independently and make responsible decisions.
  • Ability to use good judgment and think quickly and rationally in difficult or stressful situations.
  • Ability to use basic computer and documentation programs.
  • Ability to provide conflict management skills and use hands-on techniques to ensure health and safety to individuals.
  • Ability to empathize with and anticipate the needs of individuals.
  • Ability to recognize stress in individuals who are non-verbal or communication deficits and respond in a timely and appropriate manner.
  •  Ability to prepare meals and use kitchen appliances and equipment. Ability to use cleaning equipment and supplies.
  • General knowledge of proper physical exercise techniques.



Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.


  • Exposed to moderate noise levels; noise occasionally reaches loud levels.
  • Subjected to varying outdoor weather conditions.
  • Must constantly talk with and listen to participants and co-workers.
  • Exposed to potentially dangerous physical situations when participants exhibit assaultive or inappropriate behaviors.
  • May be exposed to potentially hazardous bodily fluids or chemicals.
  • May be exposed to pets and tobacco smoke.

Physical Abilities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.  The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Must be able to sit, stand, walk and communicate on a daily basis.
  • Must be able to provide physical support and care to adults with feeding, walking and toileting issues. Assist with pushing wheelchairs; operate mechanical equipment related to activities and using wheelchair lifts to assist individuals. 
  • Must be able to stand, walk, reach, bend, balance, grasp, move up and down from/to sitting position on the floor and push for extended periods of time.
  • Must have finger dexterity, repetitive wrist, hand and finger movement and hand-eye coordination to work on computer, telephone, and related office equipment.
  • Must be able to occasionally lift up to 100 pounds with assistance when an individual needs personal care of must be physically restrained.
  • Regularly lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds; heavier lifting is occasionally required.
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.

At Goodwill, we'll help you reach your potential while you help others reach theirs. Want to enjoy coming to work? So do we!   
Our full-time benefits include:

  • Promotion and Growth Opportunities 
  • Company paid life and long-term disability insurance
  • Health, Dental and Vision insurance the 1st of the month after 30 days
  • Voluntary life, short-term disability, accident,  and critical illness
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Employee Discount at all Goodwill Columbus Stores

Goodwill Columbus is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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    • Pay Type Hourly
    • Work & Community Services-Arc South, 4395 Marketing Pl, Groveport, Ohio, United States of America