Life Enrichment Coordinator / Activities Director

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At Bethesda, more than 1,200 employees dedicate their careers to improving the lives of others.

As a team member at Bethesda, you'll enjoy great benefits such as: 403b, daily pay, bonuses, career advancement opportunities, and holiday pay.

Medical, dental, vision, prescription, and life insurance available for regular status full and part time employees.


Coordinates and oversees activity operations and the assigned team to ensure resident satisfaction and the proper completion of activities within a timely manner. Ensures that actives are designed to meet the needs and capabilities of all residents. Encourages resident participation in programs that meet the resident's mental and physical needs. Schedules employees in the most effective and efficient manner to meet the needs of the department, customers, and the health system. Promotes teamwork with employees and delegated responsibilities within scope of employee abilities. Participates in the interviewing and hiring of candidates for the Activities Department in coordination with Human Resources guidelines. When appropriate, assists employees in resolving unsatisfactory performance of behavior issues in a positive and constructive manner, ensuring the appropriate behaviors are explained and the expected standards of performance is communicated. Works within budgeted labor, supply allocations, and facility policies. Assists in the development of departmental budgetary need and identifies and submits for annual capital budgets. Initiates activity charting and development of a activity program to meet resident's physical and mental stimulation needs upon admission and continues to monitor residents weekly and completes charting as required. Completes weekly progress notes, activity log including participation and participates in Resident Care Plan meetings. Completes a Summary of Concern for each resident prior to the Care Plan. Addresses issues of residents' strengths and weaknesses, and the effects of activity stimulation to aid in development of a care program and progress notes for the residents. Ensures that the necessary supplies and equipment is arranged for in a proper and timely manner prior to the activity. Works with team members to set-up for programs, gather residents and guests, initiate and encourage participation in activities, and clean up after each activity is completed. Develops innovative new activities, programs and entertainment based upon the needs of all residents within the facility. Applies standards of performance improvement to exceed the needs of the residents and improve services. Demonstrates accountability for assessing, updating and maintaining resident skills through activities. Contributes to support of co-workers by attending departmental meetings, in-service programs and setting annual professional goals. Obtain photos of residents, staff, and/or family members participating in community activities, outings, special events, etc., for marketing and social media purposes and to aid in the Bethesda recruitment process. Ensure participants have a signed release form prior to submitting photos to the Corporate Marketing department in a timely matter - within 24-48 business hours of capturing photo. May be assigned other duties as appropriate.

Job Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • Bachelor's degree in Recreational Therapy preferred
  • Minimum of completion of the basic 36 hour Activity Director course or other similar training required
  • Must have knowledge of growth and development and show expertise for geriatric population
  • Chauffeur license preferred
  • CPR certified or willing to obtain within six months of employment
  • Two years experience preferred
  • Geriatric and rehabilitation experience preferred
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to perform necessary documentation
  • Ability to lift and/or move items with weights of 10-30lbs using proper lifting techniques and with assistance when necessary
  • Manual dexterity and skillful use of hands when working with residents and equipment

Category: Activities