Activity Director
Southbridge Care Homes
Alexandria, ON, Canada
13h ago

TITLE : Director of Programs

REPORTS TO : Administrator


The Activity Director directs and manages the Activation, Recreation and Restorative programs, reports directly to the Administrator and participates as a member of the Management Team.

The Activity Director is accountable for the Programs Team’s equitable delivery of a range of high quality, efficient recreation and leisure programs for all residents that are appropriately designed to provide residents

with maximum choices, freedoms, participation and enjoyment. Resident programs are to reflect the Programs Department resident-centred philosophy, resident rights and needs, and compliance with enabling legislation, standards and reporting requirements.


  • Being receptive and responsive to the Residents’ Council’s communicated preferences, program content / schedules to increase program quality, program evaluation and strategies for planning / implementing new program initiatives.
  • Development of Programs Department mission statement, goals, objective standards, policies and procedures, position descriptions.
  • Staff recruitment, in conjunction with the Administrator, in accordance with residents’ needs and preferences, and the qualifications / responsibilities of each position.
  • Continuing Program Staff competence and comfort in :
  • Completing timely and individualized resident assessment and resident profile at admission, and updating them when resident’s condition changes or goals are met.
  • Demonstrating cultural sensitivity.
  • Developing no-fail short-term goals and revising them as / when needed.
  • Communicating and managing resident undesired behaviours effectively.
  • Leading activation, recreation and restorative groups effectively, and adapting approaches as indicated to meet resident needs / preferences and enhance their participation / enjoyment.
  • Encouraging and monitoring residents’ attendance and participation in programs.
  • Designing individualized program content and schedule with each resident / family.
  • Participating in resident care conferences.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of recreation and leisure programs.
  • Staff orientation, supervision, annual (plus as indicated) performance reviews and disciplinary action as indicated.
  • Program Department staff training, according to their learning needs and expanded program opportunities.
  • Efficient development, coordination and scheduling of available weekend and week-day programs during resident’s day and evening wake hours, according to legislation and standards.
  • Monitoring Program staff members’ ongoing collaboration within and between Resident Home Areas (RHAs) / Programs / Service Teams.
  • Chair regular Programs Team meetings to facilitate planning of decentralized Unit Programs, and development of monthly schedules of recreation and leisure programs.
  • Interdepartmental program planning and assistance, as required, to each Program leader in resolving day-to-day issues with the Resident Care / Program Team associated with concurrent resident care needs or use / readiness of Program space.
  • Supervision of and resource to the Volunteer Program in terms of adequate volunteer numbers, skills to effectively and safely meet established resident needs, volunteer roles that are compatible with / compliment staff roles and appreciation / recognition of volunteers.
  • Chair Pastoral Care Committee, network with local churches and organize services to meet resident needs.
  • Development / maintenance of a directory of effective community resource persons, equipment / supply suppliers and accessible locations for resident outings and for community group involvement, appropriate for all residents and specific resident groups.
  • Selection of appropriate alternate therapies and providers to enhance recreation and leisure services.
  • Plan Special Events and resident outings in collaboration with Program staff.
  • Operate within the approved budget, and order supplies and purchase equipment that is needed by Program Leaders to run the Programs.
  • Assist residents and families, at their request or at least annually, in Residents’ Council meetings and provide / arrange educational resources and information.
  • Participate on facility standing and ad hoc committees as required.
  • Supervise students involved in Community College contracted field placements.
  • Continuing quality improvement of Program Department Activation, Recreation and Restorative services by monitoring resident attendance and participation, resident’s restored function, effectiveness of Program strategies in reducing resident undesired behaviours, resident / family satisfaction and issues raised by the Residents’ Council.
  • Monitor resident recreation and leisure programs to ensure they continue to reflect the Programs Department resident-centred philosophy, residents’ rights and needs, and to be in compliance with enabling legislation, standards and reporting requirement.
  • Adhere to established policies and procedures regarding infection control.
  • Promote safe work practices within the facility and ensure all legislative requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act are complied with.
  • Function in the role of a competent supervisor as defined under the act.

  • Complete annual mandatory training including but limited to electronic and live events

    Exposed to all resident care elements through regular resident contact. Stress from the constant need to handle interruptions during the workday.

    Stress from constant need to manage with legislative, budgetary and time constraints. Regular stress from dealing with people in emotional distress.

    Strain of lifting and stacking chairs and lifting equipment.


  • University degree in physical education, kinesiology, recreation or social work.
  • Post graduate education in gerontology.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and excellent communication skills.
  • Experience in programming for residents with varied physical and cognitive ability, preferably in a long term care facility.
  • Knowledge of community resources and programs, and developing partnerships. Computer skills.
  • Commitment to resident-centred programs and a genuine interest in working with seniors and their families.
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