University of Massachusetts Medical School

Activity Coordinator - Part Time

US-MA-Worcester
4 weeks ago(11/22/2017 10:25 AM)
Requisition Number
2017-30051
# of Openings
1
Shift
Rotation
Exempt/Non-Exempt Status
Non Exempt
Union Code
Non Union Position-W25-Non Unit Classified

Overview

GENERAL SUMMARY OF POSITION:

Under the supervision of the Assistant Program Director, the Activity Coordinator develops, organizes and implements activity programs for the social, emotional, physical and other therapeutic needs of the residents.  In a functional leadership role the Activity Coordinator will cover the milieu and lead shift activities within a team environment.

 

 

Responsibilities

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead shift activities
  • Train and lead staff (observe and give feedback) in the running of activities.
  • Continually look for and develop new activities. Contact vendors for group rates, discounts and donations that will benefit the program residents.
  • Work collaboratively with Rehabilitation Department and other clinical partners in running groups and activities.
  • Develop new activity programs that will meet the needs of the residents as determined by the clinical staff
  • Counsel and teach students new behaviors and coping skills.
  • Ensure that all supplies and other necessities required to run activities are available when and where they are needed, ie. Transportation and art/craft supplies
  • Follows up with supervisors to make sure staff are running the activities as scheduled.
  • Monitor staff activity and keep notes for improvements.
  • Posts recreation schedule monthly
  • May assist in medical emergencies and crises, which may include restraint. 
  • Provides coverage in the milieu as needed, including back up shift supervisor.
  • Observes and records behavior and information regarding mental status of residents. Maintains resident records as assigned. 
  • Attends assistant supervisor’s meetings, staff meetings, supervisory sessions, treatment team meetings and in-service training as assigned. 
  • Carries out treatment-related duties in conjunction with the team, the resident, and/or the resident’s family, state and community agencies/programs. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

 

Qualifications

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Associate’s degree or equivalent in Psychology or related field.  Degree in Recreation Therapy preferred.
  • 3 years experience in a related field. 
  • Demonstrated ability to de-escalate residents and handle crisis situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to run groups with adolescents.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to remain calm when under stress or in emergency situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with people who are under emotional stress.
  • Ability to work with and lead others in a team setting.
  • Must be able to assist with the restraint of residents in crisis.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and dependable transportation.
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

Under the supervision of the Assistant Program Director 

 

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:

The Activity Coordinator will be functionally supervising Mental Health Counselors when training staff on how to run activities or in the role of a back-up supervisor.

ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS: The Activity Coordinator will primarily work on the Connections adolescent unit, in the courtyard or on off grounds activities (i.e. shopping, park, playground, etc.). Work is of a medium to heavy demand.  Potential exposure to blood and/or body fluids. 

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