Supportive Housing Recreation Coordinator (Full Time) – San Diego

St. Paul's Senior Services - Careers

Location: San Diego

St. Paul’s is the leading provider of caring senior services since 1960.  St. Paul’s strives to be the most outstanding and innovative senior home and service provider in California. We are dedicated to serving the physical, spiritual and social needs of the elderly and community, fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion within the highest quality facilities, health care and programs consistent with affordable costs.

JOB SUMMARY: Under the supervision of the Day Center Supervisor, and as a member of the St. Paul’s PACE (SPP) Program evaluates the needs, interests and capabilities of participants and develops individualized therapeutic recreation plans. In addition, plans, organizes, directs and participates in a comprehensive therapeutic recreation program tailored to the general and individualized needs and limitations of frail elderly program participants. Provides direction and support to Recreation Coordinator II.


Education: Must have completed and acquired certification on Activity Director’s Class, or be an occupational therapy assistant, art therapist, music therapist, dance therapist, or qualified social worker. Education or training in geriatrics, including dementia, preferred. Shall be at least 18 years of age.

Experience: Must have 2 years experience working in social or recreational program for the frail or elderly population in a healthcare setting. Shall have either training or related experience in the job assigned.

Skills and Knowledge:

Working knowledge of recreational therapy techniques and practices of the elderly including assessment, care plan development, monitoring and evaluation needs.
Working knowledge of physical, psychosocial and behavioral needs of the elderly population.
Demonstrate creative abilities to plan, develop and implement varied activities to meet diversified needs.
Ability and experience working with volunteers, direct staff, and community groups.
Good working knowledge of dementia disease process.
Familiarity with illnesses common to frail older adult population.
Knowledge of common safety hazards and precautions to establish a safe work environment.
Skilled in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with participants, co-workers, medical staff, and the public.
Skilled in identifying and recommending problem resolution.
Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
Ability to organize and promote activities and events.
Knowledge of inventory of recreation supplies and accurately demonstrates proper use and maintenance of equipments.
Basic computer skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Possession of a valid California Driver’s License and must have and maintain a satisfactory driving record and be insurable to operate PACE vehicles for community based programs.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions

Physical Requirements: Shall be in good mental and physical health, and capable of performing assigned tasks. Requires frequent standing, walking, pulling, and lifting. Requires the ability to lift up to 150 pounds. Requires manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination; requires kneeling and reaching at arm’s length and overhead. Must be able to transfer participants needing total assist. Requires the ability to lift/carry up to 50 pounds and push or pull objects exceeding 150 pounds, using appropriate body mechanics.
Visual, Hearing and Communication Requirements – Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range, with or without reasonable accommodation. Must be able to communicate verbally with all staff, caregivers, participants, and community at large.
Pressure Factor – Requires working under stressful conditions. Working conditions may be noisy and crowded and fluctuating indoor temperatures. Moderate pressure to meet scheduled appointments. Subject to people that may have the potential for verbal or physical aggression.
Environmental Conditions – May be exposed to a risk of toxic substances, medicinal preparations, bodily fluids, communicable diseases and any other conditions common in a healthcare environment. Subject to unpleasant odors and possibility of exposure to areas of infestation.
Duties and Responsibilities:

Shall receive in-service training in first aid and in cardiopulmonary resuscitation within the first six months of employment.
Shall attend in-service education program, including orientation, skill training and continuing education.
Conducts an in person recreational assessment for initial, semi-annual, annual and as needed. Oversee quality and content of assessments assigned to Recreation Coordinator II. Coordinates with the interdisciplinary team to develop a comprehensive care plan for each participant.
Functions as a member of the interdisciplinary team. Maintains regular attendance at and participates in interdisciplinary team meetings; communicates participant changes, collaborates on care planning decisions and coordination for 24 hour care delivery
Plans and implements group and individual activities to improve or maintain the participants’ cognitive, physical, social, psychosocial, and artistic needs.
Plans and implements activities for dementia-specific population. Oversees daily flow of dementia activities area. Activities may focus on small groups, one-on-one programming and sensory stimulation.
Organizes community outings and special events at PACE Day Center as indicated by participant’s needs and Interests. Duties include: arranging for participant transportation, entertainment, catering and involving other Day Center staff.
Develops a monthly calendar of activities with participant involvement, posts schedule of planned activities in a central location readily accessible to participant, family, guardian, or authorized representative.
Implements and manages Community networking utilizing other St. Paul’s activity programs and other community resources to enhance the PACE Recreation program.
Organize and facilitates monthly Participant Council meetings to get feedback from participants on all PACE services and follow up on area of improvement.
Provides recreational educational and training to support Activity Assistants, and other Center staff members as appropriate.
Provides on-going support and training to all staff involved in dementia- specific programming related to the dementia disease process.
Maintains participants’ medical record and fulfills St. Paul’s PACE charting and reporting requirements.
Provides leisure education to participants and caregivers for activity modification, use of adaptive equipment, activity skill development, and recommended supplies for in-home use.
Evaluates program plans to promote effective programs according to client abilities and preferences within the Day Center daily flow of events.
Ensures recreation staff maintains general order in the activities area including daily clean-up. Maintains regular supply inventory ordering and overall general budgeting. Prepares the yearly budget for the recreation department
Works cooperatively with other staff and departments to meet St. Paul’s PACE participants’ needs.
Assists participants with non-skilled Activities of Daily Living (ADL) as needed.
Protects privacy and maintains confidentiality of all company procedures, results and information about employees, participants and families.
Practices Universal Precautions and follows all appropriate Infection Control procedures
Participates in and supports Quality Improvement initiatives
Performs related duties as required.
Reports to: Day Center Supervisor


If you prefer to fax your application and resume you may fax it to 619.239.1256. We also accept applications in person at 328 Maple Street, San Diego, CA 92103. Come to the 2nd floor and let the receptionist know you would like to complete an application.

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St. Paul’s Senior Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer