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Recreation Director Behavioral Health Unit at Alaris Health at Cedar Grove

Recreation Director Behavioral Health Unit

Alaris Health at Cedar Grove Cedar Grove, NJ (On Site) Full-Time
Alaris Health at Cedar Grove -

POSITION TITLE:  Recreation Director- Behavioral Health Unit

DEPARTMENT:  Recreation

REPORTS TO:  Administrator


The Recreation Director is responsible for planning, implementation, scope, and emphasis of nursing facility activity programs to encourage and stimulate residents to have fuller and richer lives. He/she plans and assists in research projects, as well as supervises the facility’s Recreation Assistants.


1            Plans the recreation program by developing philosophies and policies of the program, writing procedures, goals and objectives for the program, and by establishing an individualized recreation plan based upon each resident’s needs, interests and abilities;

2            Plans programs based on the residents’ needs, interests and abilities, encourages resident involvement in recreation program planning, and posts the monthly schedule of activities;

3            Documents the recreation program and resident’s progress within activities. Maintains records that improve future planning, individualized approach and continual evaluation and revision;

4            Contributes to the development of the resident care plan, maintains adequate records on volunteers, and complies with government standards for documentation;

5            Implements a meaningful recreation program for all residents, (including the room-bound) that includes implementation of creative, intellectual, physical, service, social and spiritual programs each week that provide opportunities for participation in community activities and opportunities for residents to be of service for others;

6            Provides resources for the special interests of residents, whenever possible, as well as, materials for independent activity and residents. While a schedule of a variety of group activities is important, flexibility in the program for spontaneous activities is also necessary;

7            Evaluates the effectiveness of the recreation program in terms of enhancing the quality of the resident’s life, based on goals and performance objectives of the program, and evaluations from residents, families, staff, volunteers, resource people, administration and consultants. Evaluations should be done quantitatively and qualitatively because the activity program is revised based on the results of the evaluations;

8            Works efficiently and cooperatively with the administration and staff by contributing to the orientation of new staff, by participating as a team member, by interpreting goals and methods of the recreation program to all staff, and by communicating information regarding the health and welfare of residents to staff;

9            Participates in various facility committees, plans activities to avoid conflict with treatment plans, and accepts and delegates responsibility;

10         Maintains cooperative relationships with members of the residents’ families by orienting family members to recreation programs, by encouraging families to participate in the volunteer and activity program, and by encouraging families to evaluate and make suggestions for the recreation program;

11         Remains actively involved with the community, and endeavors to educate community members to the worth of the individuals who reside in the facility, the worth of those who work there, and the value of the facility and its role as a part of the total community. Also utilizes community resources in the programs and encourages community organizations to include residents in their events;

12         Concerns his/herself with the safety of all facility residents in order to minimize the potential for fire and accidents. Also, ensures that the facility adheres to the legal, safety, health, fire and sanitation codes by being familiar with his/her role in carrying out the facility’s fire, safety and disaster plans and by being familiar with current SDS;

13         Prepares and maintains the yearly budget for the recreation department;

14         Establishes and maintains an effective volunteer program through recruiting, screening, orienting, training, supervising and evaluating volunteers. The Recreation Director must then match the skills and interests of volunteers with the skills and interests of the residents. Incentives and recognition are to be established for volunteers by the Director;

15         Accepts professional obligations and commitments to professional development, by actively supporting local, state and national organizations for the Recreation/Activity Coordinator, participating in basic and continuing education through professional organizations and educational institutions, keeping abreast of Federal, State and local requirements regarding activity programming, as well as current developments in long term health care, and by identifying and correcting deficiencies in knowledge and skills;

16         Acts as a resource person to staff, other Recreation/Activity Coordinators and community organizations while demonstrating a positive and objective approach to observations and action;

17         Maintains confidentiality when dealing with residents, their families and records, demonstrate a knowledge of rights and concerns for the welfare of all residents in the facility, and effectively communicates with individuals and groups by establishing regular written communication through the use of a newsletter format to the community;

18         Ensures that residents and families receive the highest quality of service in a caring and compassionate atmosphere which recognizes the individuals’ needs and rights;

19         Performs other duties as requested.


20         Education, training and orientation in working with residents with behavioral issues will be provided upon hire and annually with competency evaluation.

21         Training and certification in Crisis Prevention Intervention, or equivalent, and has an understanding of advanced behavioral techniques by the end of their probationary period.

22         Experience in working with complex and/or severe behavioral residents and applying therapeutic techniques to deescalate the resident (Preferred).

23         Experience in leading various educational and therapeutic program topics related to, but not limited to ADL care, hygiene, social skills, coping skills, anger management (Preferred).

24         Ability to recognize escalating aggressive behaviors and providing calm redirection to a controlled, safe environment.

25         Ability to work with mentally ill residents having special needs and/or aggressive behaviors.

26         Knowledge of behavioral interventions and applied behavioral analysis.

27         Knowledge of behavior management strategies and techniques related to residents experiencing behavioral difficulties.

28         Knowledge of aggressive behavior characteristics pertaining to mentally ill residents.

29         Experience of working with behavioral residents preferred.


1            BA/BS or higher in Healthcare Field with a major area of concentration in recreation, creative arts therapy, occupational therapy, or therapeutic recreation OR

2            Certification as CTRS or ADC and

3            Certification in accordance with New Jersey regulations.

Essential Job Functions:

1            Physical Demands: (Answer yes or no)

                Reaching (overhead)                                                                                          yes

                Handling                                                                                                                yes

                Fingering                                                                                                              yes

                Feeling                                                                                                                  yes

                Talking or hearing                                                                                               yes

                Seeing                                                                                                                   yes

                (Answer: 0-33% - Rarely/ 34-66% - Occasionally/ 67-100% - Frequently)

                Standing                                                                                                                67-100%

                Walking                                                                                                                 67-100%

                Sitting                                                                                                                     67-100%

                (Specify amount of weight in pounds)

                Pulling                                                                                                                   75

                Lifting                                                                                                                     40

                Carrying                                                                                                                 40

                Pushing                                                                                                                 75

                (Answer yes or no)

                Climbing (stairs)                                                                                                   yes

                Balancing                                                                                                              yes

                Stooping                                                                                                                yes

                Kneeling                                                                                                                yes

                Crouching                                                                                                             yes

                Crawling                                                                                                                yes

                Twisting                                                                                                                 yes

2            Location of Job Activities: (Answer in %)                          Outside                  50%

                                                                                                                Inside                     100%

3            Environmental Conditions: (Answer yes or no)

                Extreme heat with or without temperature changes                                      yes

                Extreme cold with or without temperature changes                                       yes

                Wet or humid                                                                                                        yes

                Noise and/or vibrations                                                                                       no

                Hazards (chemical, mechanical, radiant energy)                                           yes

                Explosives, burns, electrical, other                                                                   yes

                Atmospheric conditions -

                               Fumes, poor ventilation, mists, dust, odors, gas                             no

                               Unprotected heights                                                                            no

                                Moving machinery                                                                               yes

                                Operating automotive equipment                                                     yes

                                Operating foot controls                                                                       yes

                                Uneven ground                                                                                    yes

                                Protective clothing (list)                                                                      yes

                                (gowns, masks, gloves in accordance with policy)

4            Work Situations: (Answer yes or no)

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