This role is responsible for supervising recreation aides, recruiting and training volunteers, overseeing the development and implementation of therapeutic recreation programs that meet the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and cultural needs/interests for the residents.
- Plans, develops, implements and carries out a recreation program involving activities such as arts and crafts, exercise, music, woodworking, gardening and outings.
- Consults with Family / Resident Council(s) and the Multidisciplinary team in order to determine activities which the residents’ needs.
- Sets up a calendar of events and teaches the techniques of related activities/ programs.
- Promotes and publicizes upcoming events by performing such activities as publishing a monthly newsletter, putting ads in local papers, posters and talking with residents, families and volunteers.
- Ensures Recreation assessment, inclusive of a social history of the resident is completed within 30 days of admission.
- Monitors and evaluates resident’s progress during activity programs and reports observations such as emotional well-being and social behaviour to the multidisciplinary team.
- Transfers, porters and ambulates residents.
- Oversees inventory of equipment, tool and materials and purchases same.
- Assists the Care Manager with interviewing and provides input into the selection of Recreation Aides.
- Supervises Recreation Aides by performing such duties such as coordinating work assignments, evaluating employee performance and determining related training and orientation requirements.
- Where applicable, recruits, orientates trains, schedules participation of and provide direction to volunteers. Evaluates their involvement and terminates their services as necessary.
- Maintains contact with community groups regarding activities that can be held jointly or that the residents can attend in the community.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience Requirements:
- Graduation from a recognized recreation coordinator program plus three years’ recent related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
- Maintains Valid First Aid and CPR “A” Certificate
- Valid Class 4 Driver’s License.
- Food Safe Level 1
- Action Oriented: Enjoys working hard; is action oriented and full of energy for the things he/she sees as challenging; not fearful of acting with a minimum of planning; seizes more opportunities than others.
- Boss Relationships: Responds and relates well to bosses; would work harder for a good boss; is open to learning from bosses who are good coaches and who provide latitude; likes to learn from those who have been there before; easy to challenge and develop; is comfortably coachable.
- Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
- Decision Quality: Makes good decisions (without considering how much time it takes) based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; most of his/her solutions and suggestions turn out to be correct and accurate when judged over time; sought out by others for advice and solutions.
- Informing: Provides the information people need to know to do their jobs and to feel good about being a member of the team, unit, and/or the organization; provides individuals information so that they can make accurate decisions; is timely with information.
- Intellectual Horsepower: Is bright and intelligent; deals with concepts and complexity comfortably; described as intellectually sharp, capable, and agile.
- Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.
- Peer Relationships: Can quickly find common ground and solve problems for the good of all; can represent his/her own interests and yet be fair to other groups; can solve problems with peers with a minimum of noise; is seen as a team player and is cooperative; easily gains trust and support of peers; encourages collaboration; can be candid with peers.
- Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
- Time Management: Uses his/her time effectively and efficiently; values time; concentrates his/her efforts on the more important priorities; gets more done in less time than others; can attend to a broader range of activities.