Mount Sinai Careers


New York, New York
Professional / Managerial / Administrative

Job Description

Strength Through Diversity

Ground breaking science. Advancing medicine. Healing made personal.


Roles & Responsibilities:


The Recreational Therapist is responsible for evaluating and treating patients, as well as, providing a wide variety of recreation programs and activities for patients; to facilitate functional progress, emotional progress and community reintegration. The Recreational Therapist develops individualized treatment plans for each patient assigned to meet their medical and psychological needs, interests and capabilities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Evaluates assigned patients to assess and document the need for therapeutic recreational interventions in order to attain rehabilitation goals and a plan of care
  • Treatment interventions and recreational activities for individuals are provided based on findings of the evaluation and plan of care
  • Uses a variety of techniques including arts and crafts, pet therapy, sports, games, dance and movement, drama, music and community outings to improve and maintain the physical, mental and emotional well-being of patients
  • Documents therapeutic interventions and maintains necessary records in patient’s files
  • Assists patients to integrate into the community by teaching them how to access community resources and recreational services through community outings to parks, restaurants, museums, and shopping venues
  • For patients under the age of 18, initiate tutoring services and maintain communication between the tutoring program and the patients school, as well as, post discharge services and use of the Zone
  • Monitors department equipment and supplies. Orders and maintains inventory levels of program materials appropriate to the patient population and department’s budget
  • Assists with training and supervision of therapeutic recreation students and volunteers
  • Attends 1-2 continuing education courses per year
  • Performs other related duties

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation; Master’s Degree preferred. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) preferred – National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC)
  • Graduate from Accredited Therapeutic Recreation Program
  • Knowledge of recreational therapy practices, methods and techniques
  • Ability to interpret assessment results and to write functional outcome goals
  • Knowledge of human behavior and performance, patience and strong interpersonal skills to inspire trust and respect in their patients

Strength Through Diversity


The Mount Sinai Health System believes that diversity and inclusion is a driver for excellence. We share a common devotion to delivering exceptional patient care. Yet we’re as diverse as the city we call home- culturally, ethically, in outlook and lifestyle. When you join us, you become a part of Mount Sinai’s unrivaled record of achievement, education and advancement as we revolutionize healthcare delivery together.


We work hard to recruit and retain the best people, and to create a welcoming, nurturing work environment where you have the opportunity and support to develop professionally. We share the belief that all employees, regardless of job title or expertise, have an impact on quality patient care. 


Explore more about this opportunity and how you can help us write a new chapter in our story! 

Who We Are

Over 38,000 employees strong, the mission of the Mount Sinai Health System is to provide compassionate patient care with seamless coordination and to advance medicine through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve.


Formed in September 2013, The Mount Sinai Health System combines the excellence of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with seven premier hospitals, including Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Brooklyn, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt), Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.


The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We promote recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background, or sexual orientation. 


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