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Activities Director Job Description

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Activities Director Job Description

Activities Directors plan events that take place during leisure time. Though Activities Directors may conduct their duties across a multitude of environments, most work in facilities that house and/or care for elderly individuals.

We are searching for an engaging Activities Director to create and oversee the rollout of our activities programme. Working as our Activities Director you will be expected to gauge individual interests, conceptualise appropriate activities and ensure the availability of all necessary resources. We also require you to analyse uptake to ensure that the programme remains stimulating.

To deliver success in this role you should devise programmes that are sensitive to differences in physical and cognitive abilities. Credible Activities Director will use their work as a vessel to promote the enjoyment and tranquillity that our space affords its occupants.

Activities Director Duties and Responsibilities

  • Demonstrable experience as an Activities Director for a similar group.
  • Computer literate, with sound knowledge of budgeting tools.
  • Excellent programme, event planning, and supervision skills.
  • Upbeat, communicative, and empathic disposition.
  • Committed to fostering well-being and fun.
  • Willingness to avail yourself for occasional weekend work.
  • Appropriate training and/or certification is highly advantageous.

Activities Director Skills and Requirements

  • Collaborate with staff and clinicians to understand the ways in which activities can promote healing and belonging.
  • Conduct needs assessments to ascertain physical, cognitive, and emotional abilities.
  • Determine individual interests and expectations regarding leisure time.
  • Determine and overseeing the use of available finances.
  • Develop an activities programme that is both sufficiently diverse and sensitive to our occupants’ requirements.
  • Purchase or leasing supplies for all activities.
  • Source, training, and monitoring the work of Activities Assistants.
  • Advertize events well in advance of their scheduled times.
  • Supervise and participate in events alongside staff and occupants.
  • Compile reports that outline successes, constraints, and the way forward.
  • Demonstrable experience as an Activities Director for a similar group.
  • Computer literate, with sound knowledge of budgeting tools.
  • Excellent programme, event planning, and supervision skills.
  • Upbeat, communicative, and empathic disposition.
  • Committed to fostering well-being and fun.
  • Willingness to avail yourself for occasional weekend work.
  • Appropriate training and/or certification is highly advantageous.

Personalising Your Activities Director Job Description Advise

The hiring process and recruiting new employees to fill your key roles requires a degree of personalisation if you are to attract the best employees in a competitive employment market. The right person for a crucial role or more senior roles will likely have other employers targeting them. As your job description will be the first point of contact, you need to nail your pitch and provide the best possible service.

When creating your bespoke description and advert, you should cover and promote these points:

Job title: This should accurately reflect the role and include keywords that top talent might be using to search for jobs.

Job duties: The day to day duties, such as administrative tasks, which vary depending on the company and inform the candidate if they can complete the role.

Technical skills: These are the hard skills required through training, such as proficiency with Microsoft Office.

Soft skills: These include the interpersonal skills and general abilities the right candidates will possess. For example, the competency to prioritise multiple tasks, handle customer queries and customer complaints, work alone, or build a good relationship with coworkers.

The company’s culture: Highlighting your company culture and values ensures employees thrive and find outstanding job satisfaction. Candidates that are not the right fit won’t waste their time completing the application process, meaning you can focus on qualified individuals and hire in a more timely manner.

Career progression: Including the career path will entice candidates looking for career growth. 

Training and development programs: Smaller companies may need employees with previous experience or provide educational assistance over internal training offered by larger organisations with more significant resources. 

Employee benefits: Compensation and benefits often fail to appear in job ads and while you may want to hold your cards close to your chest, failing to include them is a mistake. Consider answering common questions, such as working hours and paid leave. Researching the average salary for the role in these early stages will ensure you don’t waste your interviewer’s and the candidate’s time.

Skill gaps: Your company may need to bring in new skills beyond those required to complete the key role and duties. Thinking on an organisational level can be beneficial when contemplating skills diversity.

Legal requirements: Ensure your job advert and description does not ask for inappropriate or discriminatory personal details, such as age, marital status, or religion.


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