Activity Director

Location Address

6501 S Cass Ave
Westmont, IL 60559
United States

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Basic Function

To manage, communicate, supervise, plan and carry out activities which meet the needs of all residents.

Essential Duties

  • Planning and implementation of individual and group activities.
  • Schedules events that promote physical, cognitive, social, and emotional health.
  • Activities provided during days, evenings, and weekends.
  • Utilizes community resources within and outside of the community.
  • Carries out activities part of care plan.
  • Incorporates residents' interests into activities and discussion.
  • Gives residents opportunities for choices and self-expression.
  • Identifies and provides adaptive devices for those with sensory deficits (i.e., large-print books, tape recorders).
  • Promotes self-esteem and social interaction with residents.
  • 1a. Identifies and provides activities for those with special needs (i.e., depressed
  • terminally ill, bedridden).
  • Encourages participation and involvement of all residents.
  • Posts monthly and weekly schedules through out the facility.
  • Directs updates to the schedule and R. 0. boards.
  • Prepares for and participates in resident care conference.
  • Completes and updates resident assessments in a timely manner.
  • Provides activities that relate to residents' interests before they came to this facility.
  • Provides opportunity for residents to learn new skills and develop new interests.
  • Maintains a clean work and storage area.
  • Uses proper body mechanics
  • Follows proper infection control practices.
  • Observes for resident safety when in resident care areas.
  • Charts legibly, with standard grammar and spelling.
  • Adheres to legal requirements and proper policies and procedures in documentation.
  • Coordinates religious services relevant to needs and varied faiths of residents.
  • Accompanies and assists clergy as needed.
  • Prepares sites and materials for activities.
  • Maintains equipment in safe and functional condition.
  • Treats residents and staff with respect and dignity.
  • Adheres to all facility and department safety policies and procedures.
  • Provides consistent supervision of activity aides re: duties, documentation and work habits.
  • Gives clear and specific instructions to activity aides.
  • Provides timely evaluations and appropriate disciplinary action.
  • Adjusts and schedules activity staff to accommodate resident needs and code requirements.
  • Possesses and applies knowledge of state/federal guidelines to Activity Dept.
  • Informs appropriate personnel of identified needs, changes and concerns.
  • Stays within established budget guidelines.
  • Participates in Q.A.A. as directed by Administrator.
  • Identifies needed areas of staff development within dept., communicates with lnservice Director.
  • Responds appropriately and in a timely manner to questions/concerns regarding Activity Dept.
  • Meets with dept. monthly and as needed to discuss changes and concerns.
  • Contacts local newspaper regarding press releases.
  • Directs the writing of facility newsletter.
  • Recruits, orients, and supervises volunteers.
  • Assesses needs regarding retention and recruitment of staff; makes recommendations to Administrator.
  • Recruits, interviews, and hires needed activity staff.
  • Orients and instructs staff in policies and procedures of facility and the Activity department.

Supervision Received

Receives supervision from Administrator.

Supervision Provided

Provides supervision to staff and volunteers of the activity department.


  • No records for abuse, neglect or mistreatment or for misappropriation of property.
  • Prompt and regular attendance.
  • Has a bachelor's degree in recreation therapy and is eligible for registration as a therapeutic recreation specialist with the national therapeutic recreation society.
  • Has 2 years experience in a social or recreational program within the past 5 years, one year of which was full-time in a patient activities program in a health care setting: or
  • Is an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant who meets the requirements for certification by the American occupational therapy association.
  • If not a qualified activity coordinator, must receive at least a monthly consultation from a qualified activity coordinator.

Knowledge, Skills. and Abilities

  • Ability to read, write and make simple calculations and follow oral and written directions.

Working Conditions

  • Works in well-lighted and noisy area.
  • Subject to interruptions.
  • Subject to involvement with personnel, visitors, state and federal agency personnel and residents.
  • Provided with necessary protective equipment and devices.
  • Frequent change between hot and cold work areas.