The Director of activities position is responsible for planning, organizing, developing and directing the overall operation of the Activities Unit in accordance with policies and procedures, current federal, state and local standards, guidelines and regulations governing our facility to assure that an ongoing program of activities is designed to meet, in accordance with the comprehensive assessment, the interests and the physical, mental and psychological well-being of each resident.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily.

  • Oversees the facility’s project assignments to ensure projects are within budget, with quality and on schedule.
  • Enhances company position on EEO/ADA by making a good faith effort to recruit, select, develop and retain employees and applicants for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, while maintaining a diverse workforce.
  • Assist in the development, administering, and coordinating of department policies and procedures.
  • Keep abreast of current federal and state regulations, as well as professional standards and make recommendations on changes in policies and procedures to the Administrator.
  • Participate in community planning related to the interest of the facility and the services and needs of the resident and family.
  • Interview resident/family as necessary and in a private setting.
  • Perform administrative requirements such as completing necessary forms, reports, etc. and submitting such to the Administrator.
  • Involve the resident/family in planning activity programs when necessary.
  • Assume responsibility and accountability of directing the activity department.
  • Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language.
  •  Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
  • Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies and the general public.
  • Must have patience, tact, cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as be willing to handle residents based on whatever maturity level at which they are currently functioning.
  •  Develop preliminary and comprehensive assessments of the activity needs of each resident.
  •  Develop a written plan of care for each resident that identifies the problems/needs of the resident and the goals to be accomplished for each problem or need identified.
  • Insofar as practical, encourage the resident to participate in the development and review of his/her plan of care.
  • Review and revise care plans as necessary, but at least quarterly.
  • All other duties assigned.

Job Requirements


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Collaboration Skills.
  • Communication Proficiency.
  • Customer/Client Focus.
  • Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Organizational Skills.
  • Personal Effectiveness/Credibility.
  • Results Driven.
  • Stress Management/Composure.
  • Teamwork Orientation.
  • Technical Capacity.

Required Education and/or Experience

  • Associate’s degree in occupational therapy or therapeutic recreation strongly preferred.
  • Eligibility for state certification as an activity director or through the NCCPA.
  • Two years of experience in a social or recreation program within the last five (5) years, two (2) years of which was full time in a patient activities program in a health care setting.
  • A working knowledge of state’s health regulations and state mandates on mental retardation and residential facilities.

Physical Demands and Abilities
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be able to move intermittently throughout the work day.
  • Must be able to cope with mental and emotional stress of the position.
  • Must possess sight/hearing senses or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately so that the requirements of this position can be fully met.
  • Must function independently and have flexibility, personal integrity and ability to work effectively with resident, personnel, and support agencies.
  • Must be able to relate to and from work with ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset and at times hostile people within the facility.
  • Must be able to lift, push pull and move a minimum of fifty (50) pounds.
  • Must be able to assist in the evacuation of residents.

Other Requirements

  • Coordinate activities with other departments as necessary.
  • Review and develop a plan of correction for activity deficiencies noted during survey inspections and provide a written copy of such reports to the Administrator.
  • Develop, implement and maintain an ongoing quality assurance program for the activity department.
  • Participates in survey made by authorized government agencies.
  • Interview residents or family members to obtain activity information.
  • Involve the resident/family in planning objectives and goals for the resident.
  • Schedule movies, plan parties and provide games/activities for residents.
  • Encourage residents to participate in hobbies and crafts. Provide materials as necessary.
  • Supervise activities as necessary.
  • Develop and maintain activity schedules.
  • Provide reading materials in braille, tapes, and records as necessary.
  • Make routine visits to residents and perform assistance with crafts, projects, etc. as necessary.
  • May arrange for sale of articles made by residents i.e. bazaars, etc.
  • Assist bed residents by visiting with them, writing letters, running errands, etc. as necessary.
  • Assist in standardizing the methods in which activity programs will be performed and/or administered.
  • Maintain an excellent working relationship with other department supervisors and coordinate the activity program to assure that daily activities can be performed without interruption.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all resident care information.
  • May be required to work holidays.
  • Participate in resident council meetings as required and provide support services to such council.
  • May be required to attend activities outside the facility to stay abreast of new developments, best practices, and statutory and regulatory changes.
  • Pursuant to the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, all employees must remain drug free and alcohol free when reporting to work, while at work and while engaged in any work related activities.
EOE M/F/Vet/Disability Note: This document and the statements contained within it are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the employee.
Hillcrest Health & Rehabilitation Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer
EOE M/F/Vet/Disability