Recreation Therapy Coordinator

Colorado Springs, CO
United States

Experience Required
Employment Type
Work Schedule

Job Description
Brief Description

POSITION SUMMARY: Under the supervision of the Day Center Manager, this position is responsible for assisting with the planning and implementation of activities for participants tailored to the needs and limitations of a frail elderly population. The Recreation Therapy Coordinator will provide one-on-one activities as well as large groups. Assistance with planning social, therapeutic and leisure programs is also required. Serves as a member of the Interdisciplinary team (IDT).

MISSION:Improving lives, Optimizing wellness, Promoting independence


  • Communication
  • Consultation
  • Customer Service/Participant focus
  • Critical Evaluation
  • Ethical Practice
  • Flexibility
  • Leadership and Navigation
  • Learning Orientation
  • Relationship Management
  • Stress Management/Composure



  • Leads and/or assists in large groups, small groups one-on-ones, and individual activities (exercise, arts and crafts, games, current events, sensory, etc.).
  • Functions as a key point person for larger group programs as well as Memory Lane programs
  • Assists the Recreation Therapists as requested, in assessing and reassessing participant’s functional status in relationship to participation in recreational activities.
  • Assists with the development and implementation the recreational activities that meet the interests, needs and capabilities of participants in conjunction with the recreation therapists and under the supervision of the Day Center Manager.
  • Completes documentation as assigned by the Day Center Manager.
  • Assists in the organizing of special events as assigned.
  • Assists with preparing and cleaning up after activities.
  • Attends any meetings regarding participant care as assigned by the Day Center Manager.
  • Assists in the ordering of supplies for department as requested and maintains equipment in good condition.
  • Other duties as requested/assigned.


  • Ensure discretion with confidential information.
  • Maintains courteous, helpful and professional behavior on the job. Will support the success of the entire team by promoting a collaborative work environment.
  • Adheres to all Rocky Mountain Policies and Procedures, Rocky Mountain Safety Policies and Procedures and OSHA safety guidelines.
  • Consistently contributes to problem-solving and cooperates with identified resolutions.
  • Must demonstrate regular attendance and punctuality.
  • Must be able to lead groups with an enthusiastic and engaging approach.
  • Brings issues and process improvement ideas to the attention of the Supervisor.
  • Maintains verbal and written skills required for the position.
  • Attends meetings and participates in committees as required.
  • Completes annual trainings as required.
  • Adheres to Company Dress Code Policy.
  • Demonstrates appropriate level of time management in support of co-workers and the entire team.


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Previous experience in an Activity/Recreation Therapy program.
  • One-two years of health care experience with a geriatric population.
  • Incumbent must possess a willingness to learn the principles, practices, standards, and techniques of Recreation Therapy as well as the use of materials/equipment belonging to the department.
  • Must have solid computer skills and ability to work within an EHR.


The physical demands and working conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; lift heavy objects; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; talk, see, hear and smell. Requires full range of body motion, manual and finger dexterity, and eye-hand coordination; requires the ability to use department equipment, to communicate effectively; The employee is occasionally required to reach and stretch with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may be required to endure extremes in temperature and may work in hazardous environments where personal protective equipment is required. Requires the ability to lift/carry up to 65 pounds using appropriate body mechanics.
  • Visual, Hearing and Communication Requirements - Requires corrected vision and hearing to within normal range, with or without reasonable accommodation. Must be able to communicate effectively in verbal and written form with all levels of personnel within and outside of the organization.
  • Pressure Factor - Requires working under stressful conditions. Moderate pressure to meet scheduled and recurring deadlines.
  • Environmental Conditions – Working conditions may be noisy with fluctuating indoor temperatures. Must have the ability to work under moderate pressure in order to meet scheduled appointments or deadlines while dealing with frail, disabled and/or confused participants/clients. Subject to individuals who may have the potential for physical or verbal aggression. May be exposed to a risk of bodily injury through contact with moving instrumentation, toxic substances, medicinal preparations, bodily fluids, communicable diseases and other conditions common in a clinic environment.
  • Working in a closed office environment. Work space may be shared. Working conditions may be noisy with fluctuating indoor temperatures. May be exposed to a risk of bodily injury through contact with moving instrumentation, substances and other conditions common to an office environment.