recreation director resume example with 20+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK
  • Home: (555) 432-1000
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Professional Summary

Creative Recreation Director certified through NCCAP as a Nationally Certified Activity Director with a specialization in Memory Care and NCCDP as a Nationally Certified Dementia Practitioner. Creates and maintains exciting, innovative recreational and activity programs for 181 residents. Managing department staff of 10. Expertise in planning special themed activities, conducting recreation assessments and maintaining calendars, running facility gift shop, arcade and newsletters.

  • Therapeutic activities
  • Client assessments
  • Group recreation
  • Volunteer program development
  • Exemplary communication skills
  • Progress monitoring
  • Budgetary oversight
  • Patient education and counseling
  • Multidisciplinary team collaboration
  • Profit improvements
  • Training and development
  • Occupancy strategies
  • Staff Management
  • Training and mentoring
  • Relationship building and retention
  • Hiring and recruitment
  • Therapy programs
  • Project oversight
  • Event Coordination
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Facilities management
  • Safety standards and protocols
  • Customer service
  • Operational Improvement
  • Organization
  • Budgets
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Project Organization
  • Team Building
Work History
Recreation Director, 06/2014 to Current
St Therese Home Of New HopeWoodbury, MN,
  • Prepared and submitted reports and charts to 6 -person treatment team to reflect patient's progress and regression.
  • Handled public relations by assisting residents with problems or complaints and completed administrative tasks, including reporting all concerns to appropriate disciplines. Monitoring for resolutions to their concerns.
  • Promoted interest in recreational activities such as community outings, gardening and arts and crafts, physically challenging, cognitively challenging and other leisure groups to promote self-esteem through consistent posts on bulletin boards, monthly newsletter and announcements.
  • Utilizing variety of resources to maintain annual budget such as flea markets, donations and thrift stores.
  • Used Microsoft Publisher and Microsoft Word to design and decorate monthly calendars and newsletters.
  • Obtained information from medical records and medical staff to assess patient's needs, capabilities and interests.
  • Provided emotional support to family members, ensuring safety and well-being of loved ones.
  • Used Point Click Care to document progress notes and program attendance.
  • Instructed patients in Chair Zumba and Meditation activities to meet specific physical and psychological goals.
  • Factored-in abilities, needs and interests of participants in development of events and programs.
  • Resolved conflicts that arose between Residents by speaking with the two Residents separately. If warranted, I would as Social Services to intervene.
  • Provided clear instruction to activity and program participants to deliver fun and safety.
  • Planned monthly/ weekly activities schedule for assigned group and facilitated smooth transitions for on-time arrival.
  • Kept track of allergies and dietary restrictions, verifying correct meals and snacks were given to Residents.
  • Supervised Resident activities to address behavioral issues and promote fun, safety and inclusivity.
  • Transported and escorted program participants to and from activities and on field trips.
  • Kept supply areas on (3) nursing units neat and organized and fully stocked with games, puzzles, cards, movies and art supplies to aide in their desire for independent leisure.
  • Performed clerical duties, including assisting with Voter Registration applications and absentee ballot completion and answering specific event inquiries.
  • Ordered and maintained all recreational equipment.
  • Trained all activity staff members on conducting events and following safety procedures.
  • Developed, instructed and support a successful Resident Volunteer Program.
  • Created several areas of interest within the nursing home such as a Multi-Faith Room, a Musical Memories Nook, a functioning Arcade Room, a Sensory Room within a Dementia Unit and a Convenient Store.
  • Assist Resident in the care of facility pets (rabbit, parrot and a turtle). Monitor for the safety of Residents and Pet during pet visits.
  • Supervise group of 15 Residents in smoking group to insure their safety.
  • Arrange for all maintenance on equipment in Arcade Room.
  • Arrange for Residents to keep in touch with their family members when visits are not safe through the use of facebook, skype, facetime, or window visits.
  • Schedule entertainment with input from Resident Council.
  • Work closely with Food Service Director in regards to Food Committee and Special food events such as special events, diner breakfast and picnics.
  • Recruit and monitor Volunteers from the community such as Bible Study, Pet Visits and Lafayette College Student Art for the Young at Heart program.
  • Attend and contribute to Interdisciplinary Clinical Meeting daily
  • Initiating and maintaining a facility Facebook Page.
  • Educated staff and residents on all Resident Rights.
Activity Director, 09/1998 to 06/2014
Diakonos Group, LlcOklahoma City, OK,
  • Drafted budgets for programs and ordered materials that were needed for certain activities.
  • Performed assessments on activity programs to determine what specific activities were suitable.
  • Arranged outings as part of recreational program, including shopping trips and lunch trips.
  • Planned, implemented and activities for 60 Residents.
  • Developed and lead intergenerational activities to encourage mental agility of Residents.
  • Developed monthly life enrichment calendar and published in print.
  • Created and delivered recreational programs for small and large groups of residents.
  • Designed wide variety of activities to stimulate interest, involvement and engagement of residents.
  • Networked with community organizations and leaders for volunteer opportunities and cooperative engagements.
  • Supervised Activities Assistant and conducted performance evaluations.
  • Maintained running inventory of supplies and purchases to monitor budget expenditures.
  • Worked with nursing team to identify and document changes in patient mental acuity and physical abilities.
  • Stretched minimum annual budget to cover planned activities through creative use of resources.
  • Planned resident outings and special events to mark holidays and celebrate special occasions.
  • Instructed participants on activities' goals, procedures and safety considerations to promote beneficial outcomes for all residents.
  • Ordered and maintained all recreational equipment.
  • Provided clear instruction to activity and program participants to deliver fun and safety.
  • Supervised resident activities to address behavioral issues and promote fun, safety and inclusivity.
  • Managed scheduled events to maximize activities and attendance.
  • Planned monthly/weekly activities schedule for assigned group and facilitated smooth transitions for on-time arrival.
  • Kept track of allergies and dietary restrictions, verifying correct meals and snacks were given to residents.
  • Factored-in abilities, needs and interests of residents in development of events and programs.
  • Trained staff members on conducting events and following safety procedures.
Medical Records/Central Supply Clerk, 04/2003 to 05/2009
Saint Luke's Health System Kansas CityOlathe, KS,
  • Used hand-held devices and computers to record and monitor inventory levels and completed audits to uncover and address inaccuracies.
  • Managed order availability by keeping detailed records of stock inventory in microsoft excel.
  • Managed timely and effective replacement of damaged or missing products.
  • Evaluated supplies and product inventory to check for quality and quantity issues and returned unacceptable materials to vendors to obtain replacements or refunds.
  • Completed physical inventory counts each year.
  • Kept all documentation and records accurate and up-to-date.
  • Created and enforced detailed organization processes to increase quality service standards.
  • Blocked and faced products on displays and shelves in accordance with company policy.
  • Maintained strong vendor connections at all stages, including arranging pricing and delivery structures and managing specific shipment or paperwork concerns.
  • Offered expertise in inventory management and current stock levels to internal teams and customers to facilitate accuracy and product availability.
  • Accepted delivered packages, verified products and checked delivery totals to keep system records current and accurate.
  • Checked packages and merchandise for damage and quickly notified vendors to request replacements.
  • Calculated correct order totals, updated accounts and maintained detailed records for inventory management.
  • Alternated goods in inventory by observing first-in/first-out approach to keep shelves organized and properly stocked.
  • Collaborated with sales team members to stay current on inventory levels, complete accurate orders and resolve item issues.
  • Removed all debris and packaging from boxes and separated for recycling or disposal.
  • Increased safety alarm equipment lifetime by designing schedules and updated protocols for equipment inspections and maintenance.
  • Inspected work areas for cleanliness and obstacles and removed cartons and boxes to keep work areas organized and hazard-free.
  • Obtained and maintained records for all Physicians updated credentials, licenses and Insurance for (3) facilities.
  • Actively participated in facility safety committee.
  • Input Medical diagnosis in Resident's Medical Record utilizing Point Click Care.
  • Upon Resident discharge, organize chart in closed order.
  • Thinning of open charts.
  • Frequent chart audits to ensure accuracy and reporting any concerns to Director of Nursing.
  • Ordering of all office supplies.
  • Maintain budget for both medical supplies and office supplies.
Certified Nursing Assistant, 09/1998 to 04/2003
Genesis HealthCare Phillipsburg Care CenterCity, STATE,
  • Gathered dietary information, assisted with feeding and monitored intake to help patients achieve nutritional objectives and support wellness goals.
  • Assisted patients with mobility needs, including moving to and from beds, organizing wheelchairs and preparing assistive devices.
  • Delivered individualized patient care by recording vital signs, documenting observations, and evaluating patient needs.
  • Checked patient vitals such as temperature,pulse and respirations to keep charge nurse informed of changes.
  • Oversaw and maintained patients' rooms.
  • Answered call lights and supported patient comfort and safety by adjusting bed rails and equipment.
  • Transported patients between rooms and appointments for therapy.
  • Helped patients effectively manage routine bathing, grooming and other hygiene needs.
  • Supported ambulation and physical therapy needs by conducting planned exercise routines.
  • Cared for Residents with diagnoses such as respiratory failure, diabetes, Parkinson's disease and muscular dystrophy.
  • Facilitated activities of daily living, including personal hygiene management, feeding and ambulation.
  • Cleaned and prepared rooms between patients, using aseptic technique to prevent infections and cross-contamination.
  • Promoted good oral and personal hygiene by aiding patients with shaving, bathing and teeth brushing.
High School Diploma: , Expected in 06/1983
Wilson Area High School - Easton, PA
: MEPAP 1 Course, Expected in 08/2004
Warren County Community College - Washington, NJ

MEPAP 1 Course if one requirement for certification for activity director

: MEPAP 2nd Edition, Expected in 09/2011
Activity Directors Network, LLC - Online,

MEPAP 2nd Edition course is requirement to obtain certification for activity director

: English Effective Academic Writing, Expected in
University of Phoenix - Tempe, AZ

12 credits earned

: Alzheimer's And Dementia Care, Expected in 01/2017
Dorson Vocational Training Institute - East Orange, NJ,

Course work requirement for National Certification/Dementia Practitioner

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School Attended

  • Wilson Area High School
  • Warren County Community College
  • Activity Directors Network, LLC
  • University of Phoenix
  • Dorson Vocational Training Institute

Job Titles Held:

  • Recreation Director
  • Activity Director
  • Medical Records/Central Supply Clerk
  • Certified Nursing Assistant


  • High School Diploma
  • Some College (No Degree)

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