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Therapeutic Recreational/Life Enrichment Director

at Volunteers of America

Posted: 2/12/2019
Job Reference #: 1743/2658

Job Description


Residents, peers, supervisors and families.


Coordinate social, recreational, purposeful and spiritual activities to residents, whose needs include psychological, physical and cognitive challenges.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor's Degree in therapeutic recreation; or bachelor's degree with major concentration in a human service area; or completion of a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant program.
  • Minimum two (2) years experience in a management position in a health care setting.
  • If operating company vehicle you must be 21 years of age and meet the MVR organization standards.
  • Able to understand and follow procedures, work assignments, instructions and prepare reports and documentation.
  • Ability to work with varying levels of responsiveness.
  • Must possess a high level of flexibility and tolerance to adjust to changes in workloads, assignments, hours and days (i.e., weekends, evenings, holidays, etc.).
  • Ability to teach and train on the use of the internet and have a knowledge base of computer programs such as internet explorer and e-mail systems.
  • Previous activities/programming experience of one (1) year. Knowledge base of Alzheimer's dementia and related memory loss.
  • Ability to utilize computers and other electronic devices for tasks such as timekeeping, in-servicing and documentation.
  • Able to meet the requirements identified in Essential Functions.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Designs and implements a lifestyle plan for the entire building, including monthly scheduling of activities for entire building and maintaining a supply of inventory of necessary materials. Programs should include the following:
    • Physical activities (e.g., exercise, walks, group exercise with objects such as ball, parachute, etc.);
    • Arts and crafts;
    • Educational (e.g., news and current events);
    • Spiritual;
    • Special events (e.g., holiday parties, etc.);
    • Outings and trips;
    • Life skills (e.g., meal set up, dusting, folding/sorting clothing, sewing on buttons, etc.).
  • Responsible for the direction and training of Home Health Aides in implementing programs as designed for the special program areas. This will be in coordination with administrative staff.
  • Manages monthly and yearly budgets for departments.
  • Attends training offered by the National Services office or other organizations (e.g., Alzheimer's Association) in programming and creative ideas for an activity-focused philosophy.
  • Responsible for the IN2L (It's Never 2 Late) system and training the Residents on the program incorporating the use of the internet and e-mail systems.
  • Coordinate all activities surrounding recruitment and planning for volunteer participation, including volunteer recruitment, training, job assignment and recognition.
  • Responsible for the creation of the monthly resident newsletter and ensuring distribution to all in the building as well as resident family members.
  • Other projects as assigned by the Residence Director.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

  • The noise level in the environment may be demanding at times.
  • Work area may be stressful; the employee is often on the move continuously, performing several job functions at once.
  • Exposure to blood, body tissue of fluids.
  • Exposure to hazardous waste materials, dust and loud or unpleasant noises.

Safe Work Performance Expectations

The safety of employees, residents and visitors is of paramount importance to Volunteers of America. Our work place safety program will be incorporated as the standard of practice for this organization. Compliance with these safe work expectations will be required of all employees as a condition of employment. Our organization focus will hold all employees accountable for safety performance equal with quality and production expectations.

Employees will be expected to:

  • Follow correct policy and procedures for department and facility Fire/Disaster/Missing Person Plan. Know the location of fire alarms and extinguishers.
  • Follow correct policy and procedure for hand washing.
  • Follow guidelines for proper method of lifting.
  • All doorways, hallways and areas are to be kept clear.
  • Know the location and purpose of Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
  • Follow guidelines for department environment and safety measures.
  • Follow guidelines for safe handling, inspection, maintenance and storage of equipment. Report any malfunction of equipment.
  • Follow guidelines for safe handling and storage of chemicals and supplies.
  • Follow correct policy and procedure for reporting of incidents: staff, residents, etc.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to meet these demands:

  • Employee needs ability to move continuously; may cover large distances walking through facility and is on feet consistently.
  • Employee needs to be able to use hands to write.
  • Vision requirements include both near and far vision.
  • Employee is required to occasionally lift up to thirty-five (35) pounds and to assist in moving residents' articles throughout the facility.
  • Is assigned to drive automotive equipment.
  • Works inside except for occasional out of doors planned activity events.
  • Frequently required bend, squat, stoop, twist, reach, crouch, knell, push and pull; occasionally required to climb, crawl, and balance.
  • Frequent resident handling.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in daily work hours and schedule.
  • Ability to keep attention on task if routinely interrupted.
  • Ability to understand a variety of concepts/approaches.
  • Ability to remember tasks/assignments for a full shift.

EOE M/F/Vets/Disabled

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