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Activities Director- Assisted Living Community in Cherry Hill, NJ at Spring Hills Senior Communities

Date Posted: 4/19/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Position Summary: Responsible for planning and implementing life enriching programs and events which provide socialization opportunities, fitness and wellness activities, educational and recreational programs, as well as spiritual life support based on the needs and preferences of the residents in the community.  Responsible to oversee the implementation and success of the Spring Cottage Recreation Program.  This position reports to the Executive Director and is supervises the recreational services departmental staff.

Essential Functions

  • Attends work as scheduled and follows community’s call-off procedures.
  • Plans, develops, and implements resident lifestyle programming within the community as well as through outside trips and events.
  • Works to encourage residents who have no or low participation.
  • Interviews residents to determine their past and present interests and talents, as well as their satisfaction with the community’s programs and activities.
  • Observes residents’ functions and behaviors and reports significant changes or concerns to appropriate staff.
  • Performs work tasks in a manner that preserves each resident’s dignity, privacy and confidentiality.
  • Utilizes outside community resources and independent contractors to enrich the variety of programs made available to residents.
  • Develops and manages the annual department budget.
  • Documents and maintains all records as required to effectively manage the department.
  • Secures and maintains all department supplies and equipment.
  • Develops and distributes the resident newsletter/calendar and other lifestyle programming communications on a regular and monthly basis conforming to Spring Hills, LLC standards.
  • Coordinates outings and weekly transportation schedule.
  • Hires, trains, evaluates, disciplines and terminates departmental associates in accordance with Spring Hills, LLC Human Resources Policies.
  • Maintains appropriate staff schedules to ensure proper coverage
  • Works cooperatively with all other departments in planning shared events.
  • Builds a robust volunteer database to ensure a variety of monthly programming.
  • Maintains an inviting, functional and organized program area, including appropriate and seasonal decoration of display areas.
  • Manages Spring Cottage recreation program effectively.
  • Works with Executive Director to educate the community, professionals, and resident inquiries on the Spring Cottage program.
  • Efficiently manages time on a daily basis so that Recreational Department staff, including self, is spending equal amounts of time in Spring Cottage carrying out programming as in Assisted Living.
  • Organizes and carries out or delegates Spring Cottage staff trainings, Dementia Educations Seminars (to families and public), Quarterly Family Fellowship Time, and Monthly Support Group.

Our benefits program includes :

- Medical

- Dental

- Life

- 401k

- Flexible Spending Accounts

- Bonuses

- Flexible Schedules

- Vacation and Sick/Personal Time

- Associate Appreciation Program

Job Requirements

Director of Recreational Services

Qualifications/Skills/Educational Requirements::

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience and training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Supervisory Experience.
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of dementia.
  • Exhibits effective approach and communication techniques when interacting with and providing activity programming to people with dementia.
  • Exhibits a willingness to learn and to make/accept change as needed or required, and exhibits positive attitude.
  • Strong public speaking, planning and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated psycho-social support skills for residents and their families.
  • Basic understanding and competence of computer skills, including Microsoft Excel & Word.
  • Flexibility to work days, evenings & weekends as required.


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