Therapeutic Activities Specialist - Culinary/Nutrition - Camden County

Job Locations US-NJ-Cherry Hill
Requisition ID
Rehabilitation Therapy
Full Time


Bancroft is a leading service-provider for children and adults with autism, other intellectual or developmental disabilities or those in need of neurological rehabilitation.


We provide a full continuum of highly effective services — for people of all ages and every level of abilities — based on best practices and scientifically proven techniques. Our services include special education, vocational training, supported employment, structured day programs, group home and apartment programs both on-campus and in the community, short-term behavioral stabilization services for children, and in-home and outpatient rehabilitation services.


The Therapeutic Activities Specialist provides supportive and structured day services that develop life skills and personal enrichment through meaningful and productive activities. Develops active treatment programs designed to further enhance the skills of each person by using, but not limited to, music, art, horticulture, health and wellness, and/or multi-sensory experiences. For this position we are looking for an Therapeutic Activity Specialist for Culinary Activities and Nutrition for our Day Program in Camden County.

Candidates applying for this position should offer practical, everyday, natural cooking skills as well as a deeper exploration into the therapeutic properties of the foods we eat and how we prepare them.

The Therpeutic Activity Specialist will offer practical, everyday, natural cooking skills as well as a deeper exploration into the therapeutic properties of the foods we eat and how we prepare them.


Designs and provides direct and consultative day services to persons served:

Contributes in facilitating a team approach to program development, implementation, and monitoring by effectively collaborating with all specialty/clinical disciplines, parents/guardians, residential and day program staff, etc., to identify and best meet the individual needs of each person we support. 


Develops and implements structured day services in collaboration with the Trans-disciplinary team (IDT), and in accordance with the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Individual Program Plan (IPP), Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA), and established Bancroft policies and procedures. 


Provides ongoing support, guidance and mentoring for staff in implementing treatment plans, general interactions, engagement, daily care, goal implementation, level of support and safety for assigned individuals. 


Actively participates in team/departmental meetings, admission assessments, team conferences, family meetings, etc., and, as requested, serves as a member of the Trans-Disciplinary Team (TDT) process in conjunction with the Individual Program Plan (IPP). DD Day Services Therapeutic Activities Specialist (1) (1).doc Page 2 of 4 Effective: May 2015 6. Provides crisis intervention, as needed, through de-escalation techniques, staff support, and assistance. Follows state-approved emergency procedures and utilizes Bancroft-approved crisis intervention techniques at all times.


Ensures the site operates in accordance with the organization’s quality standards for safety, security, and cleanliness, as well as applicable state licensing and accreditation standards. 


May perform job responsibilities of Program Associate, as needed and in conjunction with the delivery of cognitive remediation.


High School Diploma and 6 months related experience required. Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Education, or a related field preferred. Prior experience working individuals who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability/autism preferred.



Effective communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills required with a strong desire to work with individuals with developmental disabilities and autism. Ability to work independently and as an integral part of a team required. Ability to implement crisis intervention techniques required. Attainment of CPR, First Aid, and Crisis Prevention and Intervention certification within first 90 days of employment required. Valid driver’s license required in incumbent’s legal name and current address with no provisional restrictions. Minimum 18 years of age required.

EEO Statement

Bancroft is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and supports diversity, equity and inclusion in its hiring and employment practices, so that every team member can feel a true sense of belonging, and maximize their unique potential.  To this end, all applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  


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