Director of Recreation & Events

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  • Merit Resources, Inc

    Director of Recreation & Events

    Merit Resources, Inc

    Fort Myers

    Health Care, Hospitality - Hotel

    Degrees Required:
    Not Specified

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    Discovery Senior Living, a national award-winning developer, owner, and operator of senior living communities is currently searching for an exceptional team member to join our team at our community called Discovery Village at the Forum. Ranked as one of the top 20 largest senior living providers in the United States and the top 5 for growth in the world, Discovery is redefining senior living through innovation, leadership, and design. As a result the company currently has a flourishing portfolio of more than 6,500 homes with plans for continued growth.


    Develops and oversees resident services, including planning and coordinating opportunities for residents that promote a level of health, well being, engagement and growth.


    The following duties are normal for this position. This list is not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

    • Plans, schedules and conducts lifestyle programs that provide physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual opportunities for the residents.
    • Plans appropriate programs for holidays and special events.
    • Recruits and develops additional resources for services to the residents. Initiates correspondence including public relations communications with outside organizations, service groups and volunteers.
    • Advises and motivates residents regarding appropriate individual and group activities based on resident interests and opportunities for growth.
    • Prepares and organizes a calendar of events. Submits the calendar to the Executive Director for final approval. Posts and distributes the calendar.
    • Develops and prints the community newsletter.
    • Supports the Sales Team in planning and hosting sales events and parties.
    • Provides leadership of community wellness program.
    • Coordinates the community library.
    • Purchases and maintains equipment and supplies in accordance with budgetary guidelines.
    • Prepares preliminary draft of Recreation and Event Operating Budget.
    • Organizes and supervises a volunteer staff.
    • Addresses resident groups and other groups on subjects of common interest.
    • Maintains a database and prepares reports on resident assessments, participation and satisfaction.
    • Meets routinely with Executive Director to review operational issues, set goals and provide updates on individual resident participation.
    • Participates in community in-services.
    • Develops, facilitates and analyzes resident surveys to determine ongoing activities are in place that meet the resident interests.
    • Develops and facilitates daily displays of activities on bulletin boards and/or kiosks in lobbies, elevators, dining rooms and other resident and team member communication centers.
    • Maintains a robust public relations program in support of the activities programming and community relations.
    • Implements and facilitates a volunteer recognition program.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    Directly supervises employees in the Recreation and Events Department. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Educational Requirements and Experience:

    • Associate degree in Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, Education, Gerontology, Social Work, Adult Education.
    • Three to five years related experience.
    • Experience working in a senior retirement community.
    • Three years supervisory/management experience.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    • Language Ability:
      • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally, speaking the primary language of the residents.
      • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
      • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
    • Mathematical Skills:
      • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret graphs.
    • Cognitive Demands:
      • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
    • Computer Skills:
      • Ability to use Microsoft Windows, including Word and Excel. Ability to use software to design calendars and signs. Ability to use email and the Internet.
    • Competencies
      • Manages people effectively by taking responsibility for subordinates' activities; makes self available to staff; provides regular performance feedback; develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; improves processes, products and services.
      • Provides leadership by exhibiting confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well.
      • Must demonstrate an interest in working with a senior population.
      • Competent in organizational, time management skills, and the ability to coordinate and plan for event planning.
      • Interacts with guests, residents and staff in a courteous and friendly manner.
      • Responds promptly to resident needs.
      • Supports organization's goals and values.
      • Balances team and individual responsibilities.
      • Ability to delegate assignments.
      • Ability to lead, motivate team members and volunteers.
      • Ability to work flexible schedule.


    • Works primarily indoors in a climate controlled setting
    • Possible exposure to chemicals as identified in the MSDS Manual


    The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this Job, the Team Member is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The Team Member is frequently required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The Team Member is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance. The Team Member must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 60-70 pounds. Must be able to conduct full exercise program that consists of low impact aerobics in and outside the water. These exercises include bending, twisting, repetitive movement of arms, legs and torso, which significantly increase heart rate and test endurance. Must be able to be on his/her feet 2-6 hours a day. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.

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