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Drama Facilitator

Job ID 3837903 Date posted 01/17/2017

Matheny Medical and Educational Center 65 Highland Avenue Peapack, NJ 07977

Matheny Medical and Educational Center, a unique special hospital and school for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities, is seeking a:

Drama Facilitator

*Part Time*

Responsibilities include:

  • Adheres to the philosophies and methodologies of the Arts Access program and the protocols of the dance discipline.
  • Demonstrates expertise in facilitation communication.
  • Assists clients in technical aspects of creating work in the dramatic arts.
  • Communicates effectively and strives to develop a rapport with each participant.
  • Assists in maintaining and organizing the studio as needed. Cleans and organizes the workstation at the end of each shift.
  • Remains in current practice with own dramatic arts and professional pursuits.
  • Proactively researches current and new techniques, developments and methods specific to the dramatic arts discipline under the guidance and supervision of the Facilitation Coordinator/Director.
  • Demonstrates a high level of proficiency in necessary software to engage in the dramatic arts discipline.
  • Represents the Arts Access program and dramatic arts discipline at outside conferences and workshops.
  • Assists and/or performs on special trips, museum visits, events, shows, and other activities as assigned.
  • Assists with transportation of clients as needed.
  • Assists in other areas of the Arts Access department as assigned.
  • Contributes necessary data and information to annual reports.
  • Documents all necessary data for clients to be able to effectively complete their work.
  • Maintains all equipment i.e., Drama Manual, shadow box, computer desktop, manual files, etc.
  • Prepares all work for archival purposes.
  • Pursues proficiency in Final Draft Screenplay software and other relevant software tools.
  • Performs additional work as assigned for special events coordinated by the Arts Access Department. May be required to work additional hours for the preparation and execution of these events.

    To qualify, a High School diploma or G.E.D. preferred.

    Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred. Education may be substituted with relevant experience.

    To Apply Please Contact: Keith Garletts

    EOE M/F/D/V

  • Matheny’s Arts Access program empowers individuals with disabilities to create art without boundaries. Through the use of innovative systems and techniques, participants can take part in the visual, performing and literary arts. Regardless of their disability, clients are provided with the tools and materials needed to produce complete pieces of work. While freedom of choice is often limited in other areas of their lives, it is encouraged at Arts Access. Clients choose everything from the paint color and brush stroke to a dance or theatrical movement to the written word. The program makes this possible by bringing participants together with professional artist facilitators. The facilitators are working professionals in their area of expertise who have been trained to be the arms and legs of the disabled clients. They consciously maintain a sense of neutrality throughout the creative process. And provide a process for the client artists to create works that are purely their own. The Arts Access program is a vehicle through which disabled individuals can have their ideas, imagination and creativity come to life.

    It takes special people to care for those with special needs.

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    While the great majority of Matheny patients have cerebral palsy as their primary diagnoses, Matheny also has patients with spina bifida, Lesch-Nyhan Disease (LND) and a wide range of uncommon conditions including Rett syndrome, Angelman syndrome, Cornelia De Lange syndrome, Wolf-Hirshorn syndrome and 4Q Deletion syndrome. Lesch-Nyhan Disease is a rare x-linked recessive disorder associated with cognitive impairment, high levels of uric acid in the blood, kidney involvement and the hallmark symptom -- severe and involuntary self-injurious behaviors. Matheny is recognized as the leading source of information on care issues regarding LND.

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