Certified activities directors are tasked with planning physical and entertainment activities for those who may be unable to care for themselves, from senior citizens to kids at summer camp.
Activity directors work in a variety of settings, from nursing homes and residential facilities to recreation/fitness centers, and this position requires physical strength and endurance as well as creativity and the ability to think on your feet. Activity directors work both indoors and outdoors to both plan and engage in activities for others, and they typically work with large groups of people, be they young children or senior citizens. They may also work in teams, though many choose to work independently, and the activities they plan may range from arts and crafts to hiking and listening to music. Their goal is to find fun activities to engage both the minds and bodies of clients.
Educational requirements can vary greatly by location and employer, though most employers prefer a minimum of an associate's degree. The position of a certified activities director also requires certification from the ADC, which can be obtained either via the National Counsel for Therapeutic Recreation Certification or the National Certification Counsel for Activity Professionals.
Certified Activities Director Tasks
Oversee departmental staff operations including volunteers, business planning and budget development.
Ensure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
Oversee, plan and direct the therapeutic recreation program.
Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.