Activities directors manage the activities within their organization on a day-to-day basis. These directors are usually hired by businesses or communities with a large population and various activities that must be managed. This work may be on a relatively small scale - as for a church activities director - or a relatively large scale - as for the activities director for a large healthcare center.
Day-to-day activities required of activities directors might include maintaining the activities schedule, making any required schedule changes, and communicating changes to customers and operations. They are also responsible for working with vendors to ensure timeliness, as well as maintaining spreadsheets and calendars for accuracy. Often, activities directors must coordinate with other departments for planning and inclusion in activities. Activities coordinators typically work in an office setting, although travel and outdoor work may occasionally be required depending on the planned activities. Additionally, the ability to work with direct reports and delegate activities is important to the success of an activities director.
Because the size of employers and scope of this position vary, the requirements for activities director jobs vary by company. Usually, the activities director is required to have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent, although often a bachelor’s degree is required along with relevant state certifications. Organizational skills are important, because activities directors must oversee a variety of activities on a regular basis. Interpersonal skills are a requirement, as the activities director works with customers, vendors, employees, and executives to schedule events and manage operations. Leadership skills are needed as well, because individuals in this position often oversee direct reports in larger businesses.
Activities Director Tasks
Oversee, plan and direct the therapeutic recreation program.
Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.
Oversee departmental staff operations including volunteers, business planning and budget development.
Ensure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.