The Lodge at Truitt Homestead is currently seeking an energetic, creative, and organized person for a Director of Recreation and Events.
This role is essential to the health and well-being of all residents at The Lodge.
As Director of Recreation and Events, your primary role is to promote health, wellbeing, engagement, and growth among residents. You will also directly supervise employees in the Recreation and Events Department, which includes hiring, training, assigning and directing work of employees and volunteers.
The Lodge team is dedicated to helping residents live their lives to the fullest. This means you will:
- Plan, schedule, and conduct lifestyle programs that provide physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual opportunities for residents. Provide leadership of wellness program.
- Plan appropriate programs for holidays and special events.
- Prepare and organize a calendar of events. Submit the calendar to the AL Administrator for final approval. Post and distribute the calendar.
- Develop and print the community newsletter.
- Advise and motivate residents regarding appropriate individual and group activities based on resident interests and opportunities for growth.
- Address resident groups and other groups on subjects of common interest.
- Prepare preliminary draft of Recreation and Event Operating Budget.
- Recruit and develop additional resources for services to the residents. Initiate correspondence including public relations communications with outside organizations, service groups and volunteers.
- Maintain a robust public relations program in support of the activities programming and community relations.
- Supervise staff of Recreation and Event Coordinators across the multiple levels of service in a retirement community.
- Organize and supervise a volunteer staff.
- Implement and facilitate a volunteer recognition program.
- Coordinate the community library.
- Purchase and maintain equipment and supplies in accordance with budgetary guidelines.
- Maintain a database and prepare reports on resident assessments, participation and satisfaction.
- Participate in community in-services.
- Demonstrate competence in Federal, State and Local regulations, requirements for skilled nursing, assisted living and/or independent living as applicable; ensure compliance.
- Develop, facilitate and analyze resident surveys to determine ongoing activities are in place that meet the resident interests.
- Plan, coordinate and facilitate appropriate mixed group activities..
- Develop and facilitate daily displays of activities on bulletin boards and/or kiosks in lobbies, elevators, dining rooms and other resident and team member communication centers.
- Other duties as assigned.
In addition, the Director of Recreation and Events will be responsible for overseeing transportation activities. You will:
- Communicate throughout the day with all drivers giving direction to each regarding the day’s schedules.
- Ensure transportation vehicles are maintained in good working condition. Have vehicles regularly inspected to ensure safety and cleanliness. Assist with vehicle registration and license plate renewal process. Manage the purchase of gasoline, supplies and vehicle maintenance for transportation.
- Review documentation from all drivers regarding daily vehicle inspections from their walk around, which are performed before all trips.
- Oversee that all passengers are safely driven from community area to destination according to schedule.
- Safely operate radio, cell phone or other device to communicate with drivers or other vehicles to report disruption of service.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Educational Requirements and Experience:
- Associate degree in Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, Education, Gerontology, Social Work, Adult Education preferred or Activity Director Certificate from a state approved course.
- Three to five years related experience.
- Two years supervisory/management experience.
Additional skills required for this role include:
- Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally, speaking the primary language of the residents.
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
- Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
- Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret graphs.
- Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
- Ability to use Microsoft Windows, including Word and Excel. Ability to use software to design calendars and signs. Ability to use email and the Internet.
- Works primarily indoors in a climate controlled setting
- Possible exposure to chemicals as identified in the SDS Manual
The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the Team Member is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The Team Member is frequently required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The Team Member is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance. The Team Member must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 60-70 pounds. Must be able to conduct full exercise program that consists of low impact aerobics in and outside the water. These exercises include bending, twisting, repetitive movement of arms, legs and torso, which significantly increase heart rate and test endurance. Must be able to be on his/her feet 2-6 hours a day. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.
Along with being an equal opportunity employer that thrives on diversity and inclusivity, we also offer competitive starting wages and a comprehensive employee benefits package that includes, but is not limited to:
- Paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave
- Health, dental, vision, 401K, short-term disability & life insurances
- Opportunity for continuing education
- Opportunity for career advancement
- The best working environment you will ever experience