DATE POSTED: October 21, 2021

JOB STATUS:  Permanent / Full-time (1.0 FTE)

SALARY: $5,178/month (SR24 ; BU13)

JOB LOCATION: HHSC Kaua’i Region – Kaua’i, HI

FUNCTION: This position is a regional position and is located in the Recreational Therapy department of Kaua’i Veterans Memorial Hospital (KVMH) and Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital (SMMH). KVMH, SMMH, and The Kaua’i Region Clinics, which consist of The Clinic at Waimea, The Clinic at Port Allen, The Clinic at Kalaheo, The Clinic/Urgent Care at Po’ipu, and the Clinic at Kapa’a are all part of the Kaua’i Region, Hawai’i Health Systems Corporation, a public benefit corporation of the State of Hawai’i.

The Recreational Therapy department is a multi-disciplinary team and provides an appropriate therapeutic recreation program to maintain the physical and mental health of patients and to assist patients with achieving their physical and mental rehabilitation goals.

The Recreational Therapist V technically and administratively plans, organizes, develops, implements, and administers Kaua’i Region’s Recreational Therapy program by identifying resident’s/patient’s needs and providing for the delivery of supportive, therapeutic, and quality recreational activities. This position provides input to strategic decisions that affect the functional area of responsibility. The Recreational Therapist V is subject to travel on a regular basis to and from facilities within the region as assigned. This position may require work on nights and weekends as needed. This position reports to the Regional Chief Nurse Executive, or its designee.


To qualify, you must meet all of the following requirements.  Please note that unless specifically indicated, the required education and experience are credited based on a 40-hour workweek.

Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in recreation, physical education, special education, psychology or sociology which included a minimum of twelve semester credit hours in recreation or therapy oriented areas of study such as community recreation, physical fitness, personality and behavior, and/or abnormal psychology.


  • Current, valid State of Hawai’i driver’s license is required.
  • P.U.C license is desirable. Otherwise, must be eligible and willing to apply.

Certification: Basic Life Support (BLS) from the American Heart Association.

Experience: Four (4) years of progressively responsible professional work experience in a recreational therapy program which along with other therapy programs, provided comprehensive treatment and rehabilitative services to the physically and mentally ill and handicapped, emotionally disturbed, developmentally disabled, substance abused, psychosocially delinquent and the aging.

Supervisory Experience: Supervisory aptitude is the demonstration of aptitude or potential for the performance of supervisory duties through successful completion of regular or special assignments which involve some supervisory responsibilities or aspects; by serving as a group or team leader, previous work experience in a position that demonstrates or performs supervisory functions or in similar work in which opportunities for demonstrating supervisory capabilities exist; by completion of training courses in supervision accompanied by application of supervisory skills in work assignments; or by favorable appraisals by a supervisor indicating the possession of supervisory potential.


Knowledge of: trends and developments in recreational therapy, administrative practices and procedures and budget preparation requirements.

Ability to: supervise and direct the work of subordinates and plan and conduct training programs.


Applicants must be physically able to perform, efficiently and effectively, the essential duties of the position which typically require the ability to read without strain printed material the size of typewritten characters, glasses permitted, and the ability to hear the conversational voice, with or without a hearing aid, or the ability to compensate satisfactorily.

Working Conditions

  • Contact with patients under a wide variety of circumstances

Physical Demands

  • Moderate physical effort (lift/carry up to 25 lbs.)
  • Occasional prolonged standing/walking
  • Occasionally lifts supplies/equipment
  • Occasional reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching

Vision Requirements

  • Accommodation: ability to adjust vision to bring objects into focus.

Tools, Equipment & Machines

  • Personal computers & associated software
  • Common office equipment (typewriter, photocopier, facsimile machines)

Mental/Emotional Requirements: All applicants must possess emotional and mental stability appropriate to the job duties and responsibilities and working conditions.


COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment for Hawaii Health Systems Corporation.  After receiving a conditional offer of employment, all prospective new HHSC employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  New employees are required to provide confirmation of their full vaccination status by presenting their CDC vaccination card or VAMS Certificate prior to their start date.

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