A class incumbent is responsible for directing the planning and implementation of recreational and leisure time activity programs at a State institution.
Supervises 2-4 professional and 10-15 para-professional staff.
Nature and Scope
An incumbent in this class is responsible for directing all activity therapy programs at a State institution. A class incumbent reports to an administrative superior and is responsible for coordinating the provision of therapeutic and leisure time activities to meet the needs of patients during day time hours, evenings and weekends. A class incumbent manages the work of staff responsible for the conduct of recreational therapy activities. An incumbent in this class develops program goals and objectives, develops in-service training programs, maintains contact with community resources and participates with other disciplines on planning and review committees.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Plans and directs activity and occupational therapy programs in a State institution; Coordinates activities department efforts with other department.
Recruits, hires, trains, assigns, reviews and evaluates the work of activities staff engaged in planning and implementing the activities in the institution; Plans, develops and schedules an on-going program of staff development for activities personnel.
Assures the provision of appropriate activities and assures adherence to established policies and standards to in the provision of activity therapies.
Maintains liaison with community groups and resources to encourage their participation in special events and the integration of department activities with community resources.
Maintains statistical and other records on the utilization of activity services and prepares reports on programs and operations.
Develops a budget of anticipated program expenditures for staff, supplies, materials and equipment; Monitors expenditures and use of supplies and equipment.
Evaluates effectiveness of programs and oversees the implementation of new or revised programs.
May be responsible for reality and remotivation sessions for patients.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
Knowledge of program management principles and practices.
Knowledge of the principles, techniques, materials and equipment used in activity therapy programs.
Knowledge of administrative procedures and records systems used to evaluate programs.
Knowledge of community resources.
Skill in supervising the work of activities staff engaged in planning and implementing such programs as recreation activities.
Skill in program design and evaluation.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the general public.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Activity Therapy Program Coordinator
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
Possession of one of the following certifications/registrations: Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Certified Music Therapist, Certified Art Therapist, Certified Drama Therapist, Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, Certified Activities Director, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, or Registered Occupational Therapist.
Three years experience in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating a therapeutic activity program.
Six months experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
Six months experience in narrative report writing.
Six months experience in staff supervision which includes planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of others.