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Activity Director

Posted: 10/13/2022

Are you a fun, creative, and friendly person that wants to make a daily, positive impact on the lives of others?

Start loving your job today and join our team of innovative and compassionate caregivers.

Perry Lutheran Homes is looking for a friendly, outgoing, and motivated person like you to plan, develop, coordinate and maintain a program of activities designed to provide mental, physical and social stimulation that meets the identified individual needs, interests, and capabilities of the residents living at Perry Lutheran Homes.

This full-time, salaried position offers:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Flex Spending Account
  • 403b Investment Account (Similar to 401k, but for non-profit organizations)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid / Earned Time Off
  • StepUp Career Advancement Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Discounted employee rate at Acorns & Oaks onsite Christian daycare
  • Bid-your-raise program to empower employees
  • Investment in and development of employees through training and education opportunities
  • Development of staff through innovative projects and training
  • Discounted monthly rate at Snap Fitness in Perry

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assesses residents in relation to their interests, talents, previous lifestyles, and time use patterns. Organizes and develops this information in order to contribute to the comprehensive assessment and care planning process as a part of the facility's interdisciplinary care planning team.
  • Provides opportunities for entertainment, exercise, relaxation, and expression for all residents. Assists the physically, emotionally and cognitively impaired individual and family to explore appropriate leisure interests.
  • Develops activity care plans which assure that all residents are provided with recreational activities that are consistent with the needs and wishes of the resident groups, individual residents, bed-bound residents, self-sufficient residents, and the community as a whole. The activity director assures that this care plan is integrated into the overall plan of care for each individual resident.
  • Establishes community and facility resources that can contribute to the activity program.
  • Creates and ongoing calendar of activities, which creatively meets multiple needs and is accessible and appealing to both men and women of all ages and abilities. Provides a copy of the calendar to each resident’s room, staff offices, and at least one large calendar displayed in facility.
  • Maintains records relating to the participation of each resident in activity programs and documents resident acceptance or lack of acceptance to these activities.
  • Secures materials, equipment, transportation (as required), entertainment, refreshments, program leaders, volunteers, and anything else that might prove necessary in order to adequately provide for scheduled activities.
  • Communicates and coordinates with other department heads and staff in order to assure the success of planned activity programs.
  • Evaluates activities and programs in order to determine resident outcomes. Adjusts activities as necessary to increase the probability of successful outcomes.
  • Develops and operates within a budget for the activities program.
  • Recruits, trains, directs, utilizes, and provides periodic recognition for individuals who volunteer in the activity program.
  • Utilizes staff, family, volunteers and community resources in the completion of the job duties and responsibilities.
  • Provides at least one in-service education program per calendar year regarding the activity program, working with the cognitively impaired, and/or other related topics.
  • Other duties as directed by the Administrator


  • Applicants must be a certified Activity Director or have a Bachelor’s degree in Leisure Studies or Therapeutic Recreation
  • Practical knowledge of how an Activity Department functions in a nursing facility
  • Genuine caring for and interest in elderly and disabled people in a nursing facility
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Working knowledge of state and federal regulations relating to long-term care
  • Comply with the Resident Rights and Facility Protocols and Procedures
  • Demonstrate basic computer, organizational, communication, and problem resolution skills
  • Desire to work with and serve residents in a way that is compassionate, personalized, and respectful

Perry Lutheran Homes is your locally owned and managed, Christian Caring Community serving Perry and surrounding communities for nearly 65 years. Perry Lutheran Homes offers innovative, personalized, Christ-centered living and care at three campuses in Perry, IA – Spring Valley Campus, King’s Gardens Campus and Eden Acres Campus. Services include independent and assisted living, award-winning memory care, in-home care, respite care, skilled nursing care, rehabilitative therapy, intermediate and long-term care, end-of-life care and meals on wheels.

If this opportunity sounds like the one for you, please apply online today!

A pre-employment drug screen is required for this position. Perry Lutheran Homes is an equal opportunity employer.

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