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Recreation Therapy Manager - Behavioral Health

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Institute of Living


Hartford, CT

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Job Schedule: Full Time
Standard Hours: 40
Job Shift: Shift 1
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Job Summary

Manages the Recreational Therapists within the Donnelly In-patient setting to ensure a high quality, cost-effective service is delivered by the department in support of the hospital's strategic plan, and the function's goals and objectives. Reports to Director, Inpatient Services.

Job Responsibilities

  1. By analyzing needs, establishes goals and objectives for the department that align with the strategic direction of the organization. Communicates goals and objectives to the staff, supports continuous improvement, and monitors progress throughout the year.
  2. Establishes performance expectations. Coaches and promotes the professional development of staff. Evaluates performance that enables employees to be successful in contributing to the achievement of departmental and individual objectives. Informs and advises superior on hiring and disciplinary actions.
  3. Identifies customers and their needs in order to develop and maintain effective, positive customer relationships, ensuring that needs are met, responding appropriately to difficult interactions, and educating the staff on the importance of quality customer service. Continually and effectively communicates with staff, management, and customers to facilitate the flow of information necessary for the success of the employees, department, function, and the organization.
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  5. Perform other related duties as required.


  • Bachelor's degree or higher with a concentration in Recreational Therapy
  • Master's degree is preferred
  • Five years' experience in behavioral health as a a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
  • One year as a clinical supervisor for CTRS
  • National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) required: CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) credential
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

We take great care of careers.

As a Hartford Healthcare entity, The Hartford Hospital Institute of Living provides eligible employees with an extensive benefits package and all the benefits of working in a thriving centrally located urban community:

  • Medical and dental benefits
  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • Generous paid time off with accrual starting on the date of hire
  • Additional voluntary benefits as well as employee discount programs
  • Located on the Institute of Living’s historic park-like grounds designed by Frederick Law Ohlmsted

With locations around the state, Hartford HealthCare offers exciting opportunities for career development and growth.  Here, you are part of an organization on the cutting edge – helping to bring new technologies, breakthrough treatments and community education to countless men, women and children.  We know that a thriving organization starts with thriving employees-- we provide a competitive benefits program designed to ensure work/life balance.  Every moment matters.  And this is your moment.

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