Job Description


Director of Recreation/Activities

Oak Hill Center is seeking an energetic and passionate Director of Recreation/Activities for our skilled nursing facility in Pawtucket, RI.

Position Summary:

The Recreation Director is responsible for the development, implementation, and supervision of the full scope of the facility’s recreation services. This includes providing an ongoing, inclusive program that uses purposeful activities in order to improve and maintain the quality of life for residents. The recreational programs are designed to meet the physical, cognitive, social, spiritual and emotional interests, and needs of every resident as per the current federal and state guidelines and regulations. The Recreation Director is responsible for hiring and supervising all Recreation staff/ volunteers and ensuring that they are trained appropriately to provide clinical, quality recreational services.


Required Skills:

  • Qualified Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), Activities Professional, Occupational Therapist (OT) or Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA), or completion of training course approved by the State
  • A minimum of two-years within the last five-years working full-time in Recreation
  • Knowledge of Recreation clinical documentation
  • Knowledge of Resident Rights
  • Knowledge of Person-Centered Care
  • Knowledge of Gerontology


General Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Ensures that recreation services are in compliance with Centers’ policies and guidelines as well as state and federal regulations
  2. Serves as a member of the interdisciplinary team and supports practices that focus on improving clinical, customer, staff and center excellence
  3. Plans a variety of engaging and meaningful recreational programs 7 days/ week (including evenings, weekend and holidays)
  4. Plans activities that are appropriate to the needs of the residents (includes but are not limited to: small and large group programs, individual
    pursuits, sensory activities, clubs, special interests, spiritual and religious activities, one to one activity, community outings)
  5. Evaluates the effectiveness of recreation services to:
  1. Enhance the resident’s quality of life
  2. Meet program goals 
  3. Illicit residents’ feedback 
  4. Identify special projects to enhance recreation services 
  1. Prepares a monthly calendar of activities that is posted in prominent areas and provided to every resident
  2. Prepares a monthly staffing schedule that includes evening and weekend and holiday coverage
  3.  Ensures that all documentation requirements are met. (MDS, assessments, care plans, discharge summary TR section)
  4.  Develops a system to record resident participation / attendance
  5.  Serves as Smoking Champion, if facility participates in smoking program. Maintains smoker list and appoints staff for supervision during smoke sessions
  6. Develops and implements a departmental Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) plan to continually monitor areas of recreation that involve health care delivery and resident quality of life
  7.  Participates in morning meetings, department head meetings, care plan
     meetings, QAPI meetings, and any other meeting as directed by the facility Administrator
  8. Orders and maintains appropriate supplies and equipment for the department
  9. Plans a monthly Resident Council meeting and serves as the staff liaison  
     for the   resident council president and other resident executive
     committee members. Takes minutes of meetings and ensures that all
     resident concerns are followed up and resolved.
  10. Uphold and safeguard residents’ rights; Advocates for and on behalf of
  11. Provides and ensures that translation services and communication tools are available in the facility for residents who speak a language other English
  12. Organizes and coordinates special community outings with resident
     interests in mind
  13. Arranges regular entertainment, parties, seasonal programs and special
  14. Plans and coordinates staff events and community events at the request
     of the Administrator
  15. Ensures that facility is appropriately decorated as per the holiday/season
  16. Supervises the volunteer program for the facility. Establishes and
     maintains an effective volunteer program through recruitment, screening,
     orienting, training, and recognition of volunteers
  17. Responsible for contributing to company-wide, bi-monthly newsletter
     and maintaining facility social media program (Facebook)
  18. Serves as the Employee Morale Champion. Welcoming new staff to the center and contributing to the employee morale and work culture. Planning and coordinating staff events. Maintain Employee-of-the-Month program
  19. Adheres to all facility and corporate policies



Pawtucket, RI


Oak Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare is a 129-bed rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility located in the heart of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, near the banks of the Seekonk River. Caring for people at Oak Hill Center is more than a job, it’s calling, as we are dedicated to providing a warm and nurturing environment. Our staff is committed to ensuring the highest quality of life for all our residents, helping each to get stronger, healthier, and happier. We want all residents to leave Oak Hill Center with dignity and independence. Oak Hill Center is a proud member of the Center’s Health Care continuum.


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