At NSSRA, we believe that everyone deserves the chance to play. Formed in 1970 with that goal in mind, we were the first Special Recreation Association in the country, offering programs and services for children, teens and adults with disabilities. We are similar to a park district, however we only serve residents in our partner communities with special needs.
Fifty years later, we serve approximately 1,800 individuals with disabilities throughout the year in the northern suburbs of Chicago. We’re all about creating an environment of belonging through play, and we want you to be a part of our team!
ABOUT THE JOB Some children with disabilities choose to participate in park district or recreation department summer camps alongside children without disabilities. That’s where we come in. NSSRA’s Inclusion services are available to participants of summer camps offered within NSSRA’s thirteen partner communities at no additional cost to the family.
Inclusion Companions are responsible for working with children with varying disabilities in summer camps throughout NSSRA's partner agencies. This includes everything from hands-on participant support to recognizing and implementing activity adaptations. Companions may work a 1:1, 1:2 or 1:3 ratio based on participant needs.
Becoming a Summer Inclusion Companion is a great way to contribute your talents, learn new job skills and build meaningful relationships. In this role, you are responsible for the following tasks:
• Actively engage and supervise individuals with disabilities. • Ensure the safety of participants during recreation events, transportation, transition times, etc. • Submit timely reports, evaluations and timesheets, maintaining accurate and complete records. • Communicate professionally and consistently with participants, parents, fellow staff and the general public when needed. • Fulfill other duties as assigned. Must be available summer orientation/training Tuesday, May 26, Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28 from 4:00 pm - 8:45 pm each day. Scheduling is based on your summer availability.
ABOUT YOU • To be an Inclusion Companion you must be 16 years of age or older. • No experience is necessary, but a desire to learn and grow as a professional and be a team player is required. Training is provided for all of our employees.
Additional duties will be explained during the interview process and orientation.
We work hard to provide the best possible experience for individuals participating in our programs, so we are looking for candidates who are as highly motivated, enthusiastic and professional as we are. If you’re ready to earn a competitive wage doing something meaningful, we want to hear from you!
About Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA)
Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) provides and facilitates year-round recreation programs and services for children, teens and adults with disabilities who live in its 13 northern suburban partner communities.
NSSRA has nearly 600 recreation, sport, cultural, social, and leisure offerings available throughout the year, creating new experiences, opportunities for skill development, leisure time, and perhaps most importantly, friendship. NSSRA serves over 1,800 individuals with disabilities through our traditional and cooperative programs. Participants range in age from preschoolers, youth and teens through young adults, adults and seniors. Programs are offered at park district facilities, schools and other locations throughout the northern suburbs. NSSRA’s Inclusion support option provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy full participation in partner agency programs while receiving the individualized one-on-one support they need to succeed. Through its programs and services, NSSRA removes the barriers that might prevent an individual with disabilities from full participation in the fun and richness of experience that life has to offer.