An assistant activities director works under an activities director and helps to organize activities for patients, students, or clients. This job is often carried out at nursing homes, schools, camps, and community centers. The assistant should work with those involved in the activities to figure out what activities should be implemented at the facility.
The assistant activities director may also be in charge of figuring out which activities are appropriate for certain individuals, especially if they have specific physical and emotional needs and abilities. This may require carrying out surveys and interviews, consulting patient records, and working with medical personnel. Past success of programs should also be measured, in order to decide if a certain program should be continued. The assistant should implement some programs that can be carried out with internal staff, and he or she should help to organize activities that involve teachers from outside organizations. Preparing comprehensive schedules is also an important part of the job. The assistant activities director may be directly involved in teaching and assisting in certain activities. Strong communication skills and a caring and patient personality is important, especially when participants have special needs. The assistant activities director may also help the director to manage a budget, and he or she may help to determine which activities are the best value for the quality received.
A valid driver’s license may be needed in order to transport participants to activities that cannot be carried out on campus. Usually, a high school diploma is a minimum requirement for this job, while some positions require an associate’s degree.
Assistant Activities Director Tasks
Monitor inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.
Monitor departmental staff operations including volunteers, business planning and budget development.
Plan, organize and implement multi-faceted recreation activities for patients.
Assist in overseeing, planning and directing the therapeutic recreation program.
Ensure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.