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What Is an Activities Director and How to Become One

What Is an Activities Director?

As an activities director, you plan and oversee recreational events and programs most commonly in a facility for the elderly or disabled. You create and lead activities like arts and crafts, music, dance, and sports to develop their social skills and promote active, healthy lifestyles. To work with these populations, you need patience, compassion, and excellent communication skills. Your job duties include designing activities programs, training and managing assistants and other staff, interacting with patients, and providing first aid.

How to Become an Activities Director

Many positions for activities directors require that you are a certified recreational therapist. You need a bachelor’s degree in recreational studies, occupational therapy, therapeutic recreation, or a related field. After gaining experience as an activities assistant, you can earn additional qualifications, like the Activity Director Certified (ADC) credential from the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) to make yourself a more marketable job seeker. You can find activities director jobs with nursing homes, group homes, senior centers, and day centers.

Activities Director Job Description Sample

With this Activities Director job description sample, you can get a good idea of what employers are looking for when hiring for this position. Remember, every employer is different and each will have unique qualifications when they hire for a Activities Director role.

Job Summary

Our senior living facility is looking for a creative and dedicated Activities Director to coordinate events and daily activities for our residents. You will be responsible for scheduling a variety of entertainment and programs that promote participation from our residents, creating an upbeat atmosphere and increase community bonding. These activities are an important part of our large-scale effort to keep residents active and content. Our ideal candidate has at least two years of experience coordinating social or recreational programs for the elderly.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop weekly and monthly activity schedule
  • Coordinate calendar with staff
  • Seek vendors for outside entertainment bookings
  • Schedule games and other in-house activities
  • Promote participation during each event

Requirements and Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent; bachelor's degree preferred
  • 2+ years of developing activities for the elderly
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Flexible schedule