Activity directors are responsible for planning and developing successful activity programs. They are also in charge of creating a social environment in which participants can interact with others.
Most of the time, activity directors promote and organize activities to encourage social interaction. They also oversee and secure transportation requirements for the activities, as well as actively participate in staff meetings to monitor budget expenses and stay within company guidelines. Activity directors take a hands-on approach when providing services and make sure all activity participants are satisfied during events. They also must ensure all activities respect the diverse cultures, ability levels, and needs of participants. In addition, activity directors motivate and supervise staff so they get involved in activities in a way that respects safety, privacy, and organizational rules. They must be proficient with basic computer software to communicate with fellow staff and participants about activities and respond to email inquiries. Activity directors maintain excellent working relationships with other departments within their organization to ensure participants' satisfaction as well.
An associate's degree in health education, recreation, or a related field is required for this position. Previous experience in a similar role are preferred. Additionally, potential activity directors must possess strong interpersonal skills, pay strong attention to detail, and be highly organized and results oriented. They must display leadership skills and be able to work well in a team environment and independently.
Activity 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.