Back to AK Child & Family

Start Over with Job Search

Returning Applicant?  Login Now

Recreation and Education Assistant/Residential Behavioral Health Specialist
Job Code:2022-373
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Summary of Responsibilities:

The Recreation and Education Assistant (REA) is primarily responsible for the planning, implementation, and supervision of leisure and recreational activities for children and adolescents in a residential psychiatric treatment setting. Services provided by the Recreation and Education Assistant must encourage healthier living, enrichment, personal growth, and self-awareness.  In addition, responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating with schools, parents, AK Child & Family staff, and community members to meet the educational needs of children and/or adolescents
  • Facilitating school enrollment and placement
  • Interacting with/supervision of children and/or adolescents who are placed in residential treatment units and have severe emotional and behavioral problems.
  • Adhering to standards and regulations as set forth by the Agency, OCS Licensing, The Joint Commission, and Medicaid.
  • Carrying out all duties in accordance with AK Child & Family policies, the AK Child & Family Mission, Core Values and AK Child & Family Philosophy of Care.
  • Assuming additional duties as assigned.

*All positions at AK Child & Family may have responsibilities altered during the course of employment due to agency imperatives. 

“AK Child & Family practices the Sanctuary Model which is a non-hierarchical, highly participatory, trauma-informed and evidence-supported whole culture approach, which helps the organization function in a safe, democratic and socially responsible manner and thereby provide effective treatment for clients and the community. We expect all of our employees, families and students to learn, understand and implement this model as part of their daily responsibilities and commitment to the culture of this agency.”

All employees with AK Child & Family are required to be in compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid COVID vaccine mandate.  The mandate requires that by 2/14/22, staff at all health care facilities must have received their first dose of a 2-shot series (Moderna or Pfizer, currently) or a single dose of a 1-shot vaccine (Johnson and Johnson, currently) with the exception of those that have sought and been granted an exemption to the COVID mandate. Staff must complete this step before they can provide any care, treatment or other services for the facility and/or its patients.  By 3/15/22, all staff with the exception of those that have sought and been granted an exemption to the COVID mandate, must complete the primary vaccination series.


Benefits for Full-Time employees

Health Benefits:

  • Medical, Pharmacy, Dental, & Vision – with HRA!
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Account
  • Group Life and AD&D
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program

Other Benefits:

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) - 13 hours/month in 1st year and then increases
  • 2 Floating Holidays/year
  • 6 Observed Holidays: double-time pay for working on the Holiday
  • Bonuses: Longevity & Referral
  • Educational Support Program


  • $15.00/hour+ DOE & Education
  • Variances are available based on approval.
  • 3% pay increase after successful completion of 6-month Intro Period.
  • Annual raises are based on the annual budget and not guaranteed each year.
Benefits for Part-Time and Relief positions are available!  For more information on benefits contact Recruiting at 907-348-9276.

Supervision and Coordination of Services:

The Recreation and Education Assistant:

  • Supervision is provided directly by the Recreation and Education Supervisor (RES) or Clinical Residential Supervisor (CRS)
  • Collaborates with all other residential services staff through interdisciplinary teamwork and assigned committee responsibilities.
  • Collaborates with all appropriate school staff and community members through intra-agency communication and teamwork
  • Coordinates services with all members of the treatment team and residential services and serves as a member of the Recreation and Education Department 
  • Assists in implementing appropriate treatment strategies with the students, timely documentation, cleaning duties, cooking duties, and psycho-educational groups within the residential units.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Possess the ability to work effectively with emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children/youth and their families
  • Communicates effectively in English, both orally and in writing
  • Legibly produces reports regarding students and program events
  • Possess an understanding and sensitivity to serving a culturally diverse/and or special needs population
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Office computer programs (Word, Excel, Publisher, etc) is preferred.


Education and experience:

  • Eligible applicants must meet 1 of the 3 prerequisites below:

(1) a bachelor's level degree program from an accredited college or university in a human services related field;

(2) At least six months of full-time work experience in residential treatment for children, inpatient long-term treatment for children, or other treatment of severely emotionally disturbed children and

(A) An associate level degree from an accredited college or university in a human services related field; or

(B) At least two years of college credit toward a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a human services related field;

(3) At least one year of full-time caregiver experience in residential treatment for children, inpatient long-term treatment of children, or treatment of severely emotionally disturbed children and a

(A) High school diploma; or

(B) General educational development diploma;

  • A minimum of one year experience working with children in a recreational setting is preferred.

Physical Demands:

The Recreation and Education Assistant (REA) must be able to

  • Frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • Engage in vigorous physical and recreational activities
  • Physically manage students, aged six to seventeen years, according to AK Child & Family physical management policy
  • Move quickly throughout the campus and outdoor area in order to monitor/supervise student activities, alarm systems, emergency procedures, lighting, and safety hazards. 
  • Transport self within the Anchorage Borough to meet with schools, families, and other involved parties
  • Drive and transport students in AK Child & Family vehicles
  • Efficiently access AK Child & Family and community buildings for meetings and agency activities in order to perform all job responsibilities
  • Participate in the maintenance of a clean recreational facility, residential units, and grounds (field maintenance, sweeping, mopping, and minor equipment repair.)
  • Will occasionally be required to supervise and assist students with chores and use unit washer and dryer, sort, fold and store laundry.