RPG Therapeutics LLC
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CTRSGM - CERTIFIED Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Role-Playing Game Master ($25-$65/hr)


The Certified Recreational Therapist (CTRS) Game Master (GM) (CTRSGM) will run regular role-playing game sessions with clients, at various client locations, typically in educational and therapeutic settings or other settings that have populations with special needs requirements. If wished, for additional hours, the candidate may optionally select inclusion with our diversionary recreation programs as well.

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The Certified Recreational Therapist (CTRS) Game Master (GM) (CTRSGM) will run regular role-playing game sessions with clients, at various client locations, typically in educational and therapeutic settings or other settings that have populations with special needs requirements. If wished, for additional hours, the candidate may optionally select inclusion with our diversionary recreation programs as well. 

The CTRSGM may need to teach new players how to play the applicable role-playing games. Our client demand is absolutely outstripping our capacity to keep up. We need 2-3 more qualified certified therapeutic recreation specialists that are also well trained in tabletop, electronic, and/or live-action role-playing gaming as game masters.

  • We work with a wide range of special needs populations in therapeutic, recreational, and educational settings.
  • Our programs are heavily NCTRC Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) standards driven.
  • There are a lot of requirements candidates must meet for this distinctive and rewarding position, so please pay careful attention to the details.

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Spectialist Role-playing Game Master (CTRSGM)

STARTING HOURS: During probationary period 0-4 hours per week (no guaranteed hours, but generally we will only hire you if you can begin working at least 4 hours per week).

* Probationary period is 90 days, at the end of which, if your review numbers are favorable, you will gradually be provided opportunities to increase your hours up to 40 hours per week over time, depending on how well your skills and areas of focus fit various client demands.

For example different populations ranging from ages 5-17, 18-65, 65+, or special needs populations, educational settings, or therapeutic settings.

* MAXIMUM HOURS: Up to 40 hours per week maximum. Potential to be promoted to full time based on employee qualifications, performance reviews over time (typically every 6 months), client contracts, and matching client needs.

PAYMENT FREQUENCY: Initially once per month on the 5th of each month. Later twice per month.

WAGE: $25-$60+ per hour based on experience, certifications, performance evaluations, and client contract agreements.

START DATE: January, May, August, or October depending on your availability and client contract agreements.

REQUIRED (NON-NEGOTIABLE):

  • CURRENT NCTRC CERTIFIED THERAPEUTIC RECREATION SPECIALIST CERTIFICATION (CTRS)
  • MINIMUM 5 YEARS GAME MASTER EXPERIENCE WITH TABLETOP ROLE-PLAYING GAMES.
  • MUST HAVE OWN TRANSPORTATION
  • MUST PASS COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECK BEFORE WORK BEGINS

Optional but preferred:

Ability to work in the greater Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho areas. Initially greater Spokane area, later inland northwest, which may include WA, ID, OR, MT. Some remote work may be available, but must be able to work in the area at least 75% of the time.

Reports to: Program Director

DESCRIPTION: The Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Game Master (CTRSGM) will run regular role-playing game sessions with clients, at various client locations, typically in educational and therapeutic settings or other settings that have populations with special needs requirements. The CTRSGM may need to teach new players how to play the applicable role-playing games.

KEY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Prepare to run role-playing game sessions (RPG).
  • Provide prepared player character sheets for players, including pregenerated when appropriate, or else helping them create their own during "session 0".
  • Run RPG sessions for clients, including children, adults, and seniors, from a wide range of populations.
  • Facilitate anywhere from 1-6 players per TRPG session, more for other RPG formats.
  • Sessions typically last around 3 hours, with 30 minutes setup/preparation before session, and 30 minutes post-session clean up and documentation (typically 4 hours paid per session).
  • Transportation costs are not provided, though reimbursement for miles to/from client sites (only) may be reimbursed through your own tax deductions with state and IRS, based on IRS guidelines. Options to carpool with other staff may also be an option.
  • Complete time sheets in timely fashion.
  • Comply with facilities standards
  • Administrate, score, and complete reports on, assessments.
  • Optional remote sessions may be available, but TRSGM must be available locally at least 75% of the time.
  • Sessions will vary from "1-shots", to ongoing campaigns recurring weekly or every-other week.
  • Prepare adventures in accordance with our Codes of Conduct, Professional Standards, Rules and Guidelines, Documentation, Established Protocols & Methodologies.
  • Follow standard APIED/R.
  • Follow NCTRC CTRS and RPG Therapeutics LLC standards of practice.
  • Provide and gather player assessment forms and enter into journal system.
  • Complete GM assessment forms.
  • Complete/score participant assessment forms.
  • Address any group interpersonal issues, and maintain players compliance with Player Code of Conduct.

EDUCATION, TRAINING, & EXPERIENCE

  • REQUIRED: Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
  • REQUIRED: At least 1 year experience working with at-risk populations
  • REQUIRED: At least 2 years experience with therapeutic recreation / recreational therapy.
  • REQUIRED: English language proficiency
  • REQUIRED: minimum 3 years D&D 5th Edition or BECMI DM experience
  • Preferred: At least 1 year experience working with other special needs populations
  • Preferred: At least 1 year experience working with senior adult populations
  • Prefer RPG Therapeutics LLC certified game masters, or RPG Research trained game masters.
  • Prefer at least 3 years experience with The One Ring RPG Loremaster experience
  • Prefer at least 1 year No Thank You Evil Guide experience
  • Prefer at least 1 year experience with Doctor Who RPG GM experience
  • Prefer at least 1 year experience with Adventures in Middle-earth RPG DM experience
  • Prefer at least 5 years experience with other non-D&D game systems.
  • Prefer American Sign Language (ASL) proficiency
  • Prefer Spanish language proficiency
  • Prefer Russian language proficiency
  • Prefer Japanese language proficiency
  • Preferred: Working knowledge/experience with playing 1+ music instruments, especially percussion.
  • Preferred: Working knowledge/experience with music therapy.

Optional But Worth Noting In Application

  • 10+ years overall game master experience in wide range of settings.
  • Other RPG Related certifications/training.
  • Recreation / event management training/certification.
  • Other languages proficiency
  • Knowledge and Experience
  • Music Therapist, Board Certified.

Ideal Candidate (Not required, but dream candidate for highest wages)

  • 10+ years recreation therapy / therapeutic recreation (TR/RT) experience and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) certification.
  • 20+ years experience as GM for RPG, and certified RPG Professional.
  • 10+ years experience as GM for LARP, and certified RPG Professional.
  • 5+ years music therapy experience and Board Certified Music Therapist.
  • 5+ years drum circle facilitation

CORE COMPETENCIES

  • Exceptional Therapeutic Recreation Specialist skills and professionalism
  • Exceptional GM organization skills and professionalism
  • Exceptional RPG player group dynamics conflict resolution skills
  • Exceptional storytelling skills
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional facilitation skills.
  • Strong general organization skills.
  • Strong logging skills
  • Strong documentation skills
  • Strong assessment skills

Enthusiastic communication style that excites others with your passion.

  • “Can do” attitude, and an eye for seeing where people need help before they have to ask.
  • Outgoing presence.
  • Well organized approach to preparing for game sessions and tracking participant progress
  • Passionate supportive energy
  • Empathetic, compassionate, and supportive

WORKING CONDITIONS

Game Master will frequently work at client sites or other locations including but not limited to:

  • Client sites throughout the Northwest USA
  • Company HQ in Spokane, WA
  • Community centers
  • Educational institutions
  • Care facilities
  • Mobile Facilities such as the RPG Trailer, RPG Bus, etc., at various locations
  • Some optional remote work over HIPAA compliant encrypted Internet platforms.

*** Serious applicants should also fill out this second-step application as well, that we use to weed out non-serious candidates: https://www.rpgtherapy.com/about/employment-opportunities/employment-application-form

Typical questions:

  • How many years of at risk populations experience do you have?
  • How many years of music therapy experience do you have?
  • How many years of other non Dungeons & Dragons experience do you have?
  • How many years of overall game master rpg experience do you have?
  • How many years of tabletop game master role-playing game rpg experience do you have?
  • How many years of working in long term care facilities experience do you have?
  • How many years of working with ADHD experience do you have?
  • How many years of working with adults 18-65 experience do you have?
  • How many years of working with Autism Spectrum ASD / PDD experience do you have?
  • How many years of working with children ages 5-9 experience do you have?
  • How many years of working with incarcerated populations experience do you have?
  • How many years of working with learning disabilities experience do you have?
  • How many years of working with people with physical disabilities experience do you have?
  • How many years of working with senior adults experience do you have?
  • How many years of working with special needs populations experience do you have?
  • How many years of working with youth ages 10-17+ experience do you have?
  • What is the highest level of education you have completed?
  • Do you have the following license or certification: CTRS?
  • Do you speak American Sign Language?
  • Do you speak English?
  • Do you speak Spanish?
  • Are you authorized to work in the following country: United States?
  • Are you willing to undergo a background check, in accordance with local law/regulations?
  • Which shifts are you available to work?