Therapeutic recreation directors are responsible for overseeing recreational activities based on the individualized care plans of a facility's residents. These directors generally design appropriate activities for residents and provide daily, weekly, or monthly activities to keep them engaged.
Based on an individual’s care plan, a therapeutic recreation director will design programs for groups of residents based on similar needs. They may work with both individuals and groups on a daily basis, and they are also tasked with developing workshops for employees to teach them how to better serve the residents. They should also have time-management skills to create calendars of activities and always remain in compliance with current medical policies and HIPPA laws.
Certification as a therapeutic recreation specialist and five or more years of experience in the field are recommended for this position, and some geographic locations require these directors to be licensed. Interpersonal skills are also important in this position, as these directors are in constant contact with other employees and patients. Organizational skills are also helpful.
Therapeutic Recreation 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.