The Veteran Program Manager works on an interdisciplinary team responsible for facilitating and supporting all aspects of the Higher Ground Veteran Program serving veterans throughout the United States through therapeutic recreation.
Provide proficient & comprehensive services in all phases of the Recreational Therapy treatment process (assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, and documentation), including ongoing outreach and follow-up services
Work competently and cooperatively on an interdisciplinary team of professionals to fulfill program/client goals, objectives, and desired outcomes through the delivery of Recreational Therapy treatment services
Logistical Coordination with external entities
Perform assistance and leadership of veteran programs, program interns, job trainings, database management, budget management, research/data collection, promotional campaigns, community education, and other program/organizational initiatives as directed.
Maintain and uphold the core mission of Higher Ground: enhancing quality of life through inclusive therapeutic recreation and education.
Maintain and uphold the five core values of Higher Ground in all aspects of performing job duties: passion, innovation, service, integrity, and teamwork
Possess a 4 year degree from a recognized institution of higher learning in Recreational Therapy
Other allied health professional degrees - those in Adaptive Physical Education, Wilderness Therapy, Outdoor Education, Social Services and/or the Mental Health arena - will be considered on a case by case basis
In lieu of degree, minimum 5 years of experience in a related field considered
Significant professional experience serving veterans or active duty military personnel . Or ability to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of military culture and needs. Veterans meeting all listed criteria are encouraged to apply
Significant professional experience instructing therapeutic movement and mindfulness E.g., Yoga, Tai chi, Meditation, Z-health, Yoga Nidra, etc.
Experience leading adaptive sports and outdoor recreation activities
Disability awareness/ADA guidelines
PSIA /AASI certifications
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Public speaking and facilitation
About Higher Ground
26% of adults and 17% of children live with some type of disability.
Of the 21 million veterans who live in the US, 1 in 3 suffers from depression, anxiety, PTSD, or other invisible injuries.
Our proven approach marries recreational therapy with the powers of the great outdoors to achieve something we call whole-life healing.
We encourage. We empower. And we give people the tools they need to achieve the highest levels of independence. We make people feel like themselves again.
It's the power of human nature,
activated by the wonders of Mother Nature.