Activities Director

The Citadel of Wilmette
Wilmette, IL
United States

Citadel Care Center - Wilmette is seeking Full-Time Activities Director to join our team! This position will plan, organize, supervise and direct all administrative and operational activities of the Activities Department.

Administrative Functions: • Develop and implement an activities program designed to meet the social, psychosocial and therapeutic needs of the residents. • Prepare a monthly calendar of activities to be posted in a prominent location visible to resident and visitors. • Plan, assign and direct the development of recreational, educational, cultural and arts and crafts programs geared to the multi-faceted health problems of the elderly. • Coordinate the activities program with other services of the facility. • Oversee the transportation of residents to social activities programs inside and outside facility. • Continuously evaluate the effectiveness of departmental operating procedures and recommend changes as required. • Oversee the preventive maintenance of departmental equipment, authorize repairs and maintain inventory of supplies. Provide for their accessibility through organized storage. • Evaluate the effectiveness of the departments operating procedures and modify procedures accordingly. • Complete all MDSs • Attend care plan meetings and prepare activity care plans. • Asses new residents. Chart quarterly progress notes and review goals. • Participate with the Administrator in developing a budget. • Foster family and community support of the activities program (newsletters, networking, events, etc.) • Help maintain a cheerful nursing home environment. Direct the installing, removal and storing seasonal decorations; caring for plants; assisting residents with displaying calendars, pictures or other mementos their rooms. • Maintain protected health information as confidential

Personnel Functions • Supervise and direct the activities department employees. • Discipline department employees as necessary or recommend discipline to the Administrator. • Hire and train new activities employees. • Develop departmental policies and procedures. • Delegate and assign work assignments to activities staff. • Assists in the completion of employee performance evaluations. • Develop formal and informal staff educational in-service programs to provide the highest level of quality care possible to residents. • Participate in the preparation of the departmental budget and ensure compliance. • Recruit, train and supervise volunteers as needed.

Working Conditions • Works throughout the facility. • Moves intermittently during working hours. • Is involved with residents, personnel, visitors, government agencies/personnel, etc. Under all conditions and circumstances. • Communicates with nursing personnel and other department personnel. • Works beyond normal working hours, on weekends and holidays, and in other positions temporarily, as necessary within your scope of practice. • Attends and participates in continuing educational programs.

Requirements/Experience • Minimum-High school Diploma or its equivalent • Satisfactory Completion of a training course for activities directors approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (DPH). • 2 years of experience in a social or recreational program approved by DPH within the last 4 years, one of which was full-time in a resident activities program in health care setting.

Specific Requirements • Must Complete 10 hours of continuing education annually. • Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand English language. • Must have a basic computer skills. • Must have the ability to train and motivate others. • Must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide attention and to the age-related needs of the residents served. • Must be a supportive team member, contribute to and be an example pf team work and team concept. • Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such actions. • Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public. • Must Possess the ability and willingness to work harmoniously with other personnel. • Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult residents. • Must not pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other individuals in the work place. • Must be able to move intermittently throughout a workday. • Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position. • Must meet the general health requirements set forth by the policies of the facility, which may include a medical and physical examination. • May be necessary to assist in the evacuation of residents during emergency situation.


• Competitive compensation

• Paid Time Off

• Health, dental, vision, and life insurance

•Voluntary benefit policies offered 401(k)

At Citadel Healthcare, we are committed to personalized, integrated care that factors in the total well-being of every guest and their family members, and that does not just meet, but exceeds, their expectations. As part of this empathetic, respectful culture of care, we are dedicated to meeting individual preferences and needs in order to help each guest feel at home and achieve an optimal health outcome our number one goal. We dont just offer care for you we care about you.