Activity coordinators are typically responsible for planning and coordinating activities for their organization. These activities must reflect the participants' needs, abilities, and interests, which the activity coordinator must become familiar with; additionally, activities must be safe, fun, and meet the goals of the organization and the participants. At all times, the activity coordinator must have a positive attitude and be responsive to participants' needs.
An activity coordinator may work in a variety of settings, which may include work indoors or outdoors. These professionals often work in retirement homes, care communities, community centers and other organizations that offer scheduled and supervised group activities. The activity coordinator typically has to maintain a flexible schedule in relation to these planned activities; this may include working nights and weekends, and even occasional overnight stays. Activities coordinators may work with individuals with physical and/or mental disabilities; if so, they must ensure that activities meet clients' specific needs.
Previous experience in a similar role and/or a relevant postsecondary degree may be required or preferred for activity coordinator positions. CPR certification and the ability to deal effectively in an emergency situation may be needed as well. Professional and/or personal experience related to the type of activities being done (such as physical fitness, art, or music) may be beneficial.
Activity Coordinator Tasks
Plan, organize and implement multi-faceted recreation activities for patients.
Supervise and instruct patients in activities and techniques designed to meet their specific physical or psychological needs.
Prepare and submit patients' reactions and progress reports, confer with treatment team.
Assist patients to and from activities including outings.