||Elderwood at Amherst (near Buffalo, NY) is seeking a Director of Activities. Do you have a background in education and experience with the geriatric population? Do you have experience working with dementia care patients and also have a flare for creativity? Then this may be the unique opportunity for you!
You will be responsible for developing and directing the activity programs for the leisure time of our residents. The program that you create should be designed for entertainment, relaxation, socialization, exercise, stimulation, the opportunity to learn new skills, and for enhancement of the individual, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of residents.
Five (5) to seven (7) years’ life enrichment (activities/memory care) experience is preferred. Healthcare / senior living industry or long-term care environment preferred. Also, an understanding of Dementia & experience planning/leading/adapting programs for those with cognitive decline is strongly preferred.
As the Director of Activities you will also be responsible for the orientation, training, and supervision of Activity Leaders and volunteers. Strong leadership, organizational, and management skills are a must to succeed in this position.
This is a full time position that requires a penchant for creativity and a wealth of knowledge!
•Activity Professional certifications strongly preferred. Certified Dementia Practitioners welcome!
•Bachelor’s degree in medical, psychological, social, activities/memory care or mental health counseling with emphasis on gerontology or related field from a four-year college or university, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
•Ability to relate well, and enjoy working with the geriatric resident required.
•Ability to communicate well verbally and in writing.
•Flexibility, patience, and sensitivity to the needs of residents.
•Leadership qualities and ability to work well with others in implementing the activities program.
•Ability to develop good relationships with residents, staff, volunteers, families, and visitors required.
•Physical stamina for constant activity required.
•Ability to perform tasks to established standards of excellence required.