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Working As An Activity Specialist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $45,890

    Average Salary

What Does An Activity Specialist Do At Jewish Community Center

* Accelerate toward your career goal: Work at the Y! There are so many benefits to working at the Y, including:
* Be a Role Model! Interacting with youth means becoming the coolest person in their lives.
* Boost your Resume! Our positions foster strong communication skills, teamwork, leadership, and creative thinking.
* Make a Difference! Support young people's ability to negotiate challenges, and learn to thrive.
* Life-long friendships! Your co-workers are passionate (just like you), dedicated to learning, growing and impacting others' lives as well.
* Interview material! After working with youth, you will surely find out some strengths and weaknesses for you to talk about in an interview.
* Leadership skills! Whether you are leading other staff members or a handful of youth, you will be looked up to for direction and wisdom.
* Ready to work hard, make a difference, build your resume, get paid, and have the best experience of your life? Join our team as a Gymnastics Specialist! A Gymnastics Specialist develops and implements educationally-rich after school programming in our gymnasium with young people between PK
* th grade

What Does An Activity Specialist Do At ICL

* Organizes and conducts social/recreational/cultural activities.
* Develops a comprehensive activity/recreation plan for all residents
* Develops community contacts and resources to support social/recreational/cultural activities.
* Provides individualized skill assessment, instruction, and supervision.
* Accompanies, supervises, and provides transportation for activities.
* Assists staff in planning activities for clients and in engaging client in activities.
* Helps clients locate resources in the community to support social skill development and social/recreational/cultural needs.
* Co-lead activity, skill development, and support groups, as appropriate.
* Facilitate a variety of in-residence activities, such as wellness activities (KEY) tutoring, movie night, games, etc.
* Assist with facilitation of cognitive remediation activities as needed.
* Promote client self-advocacy and empowerment.
* Encourage community integration by assisting clients in finding opportunities of interest to them.
* Encourage community integration by supporting clients’ interaction with the non-mental health world.
* Promote cultural sensitivity among staff and clients.
* Participates in Team Meetings and interfaces with staff.
* Provide crisis management and problem-solving assistance to clients and staff
* Ensures the maintenance and submission of timely and accurate clinical and administrative records, including statistical reports required by regulatory agencies.
* Assists in the development and support of client-led activities
* Assists in the development of schedules.
* Arranges community exploration activities and presentations by role models.
* Perform other job related duties as assigned.
* Qualifications
* Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning and a minimum of 2 years’ experience providing direct services to individuals with mental health and/or substance use disorder

What Does An Activity Specialist Do At Children's Village

* Ensure the safety of all program participants.
* Accurately document attendance of program participants.
* Support the design, implementation, and oversight of program evaluation strategies.
* Design marketing strategies and materials that support program goals.
* Identify and build relationships with potential sources of material support for the program.
* Maintenance of all relevant filing systems.
* Identify community social service providers to deliver presentations to the school.
* Timely preparation and submission of reports related to objective of position.
* Cooperation/collaboration with parents, Department of Education teachers and community entities.
* Attend various meetings and trainings.
* May be assigned other tasks and duties reasonably related to the objective of the positio

What Does An Activity Specialist Do At Educational Alliance, Inc.

* Activity Specialities
* If you have
* experience in any of the following or any other speciality please apply to our
* Activity Leader Specialists job opportunities.
* Gymnastics
* Martial Arts
* Zumba
* Theatre Arts
* Salsa
* Culinary Arts
* Hip Hop Dance
* Coaching
* Yoga
* Music (Instruments, Singing)
* Planning and Organization
* Plan and submit lesson plans on a regular basis
* as required by site supervisor.
* Demonstrate age appropriate crafts and
* activities which will promote growth and development among participants.
* Effectively develop a rapport with participants,
* maintaining safety and confidentiality.
* Engage and monitor participants during program
* hours.
* Create a fun and engaging environment for all
* participants, maintaining safety and confidentiality.
* Must be available during program hours as per
* site requirements.
* Flexible team player, with the ability, and
* willingness to work with adolescents, staff, and families.
* Agency Safety
* Must adhere to agency, and site specific safety
* standards.
* Comply with city and departmental rules, regulations,
* policies and procedures.
* Maintain clean and safe work environment and
* notify supervisor of any hazardous issues.
* Other
* Contribute in the planning and facilitation of
* special events and psycho-educational, youth development and academic workshops.
* Participate in professional development,
* including a pre-program training the last week of August, in addition to
* various unity meetings and trainings throughout the year.
* Perform special projects and other related duties as
* assigned by supervisors .
* Attend regular staff meetings, supervision and
* participate in evaluation processes

What Does An Activity Specialist Do At Family Services Inc.

* Facilitate and assist with a variety of whole group andsmall group educational, enrichment and recreational programs and activitiesfor youth
* Assist with program administrative duties such asattendance, snack distribution, and dismissal
* Act as a role model and mentor to children
* Supervise children in groups and individually
* Assist with special events like field trips and communityservice projects
* Represent Family Services and the program as needed inthe community and at events
* Participate in team meetings and staff meetings, aswell as in-service trainings where appropriate
* Assist the Senior Activity Specialist with lesson planningfor the designated group.
* Maintain agency documentation as required
* Otherrelated duties as assigned
* EOE Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans

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How To Become An Activity Specialist

Recreational therapists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Many employers require therapists to be certified by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).


Recreational therapists typically need a bachelor’s degree, usually in recreational therapy or a related field such as recreation and leisure studies.

Recreational therapy programs include courses in assessment, human anatomy, medical and psychiatric terminology, characteristics of illnesses and disabilities, and the use of assistive devices and technology. Bachelor’s degree programs usually include an internship.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most employers, particularly those in hospitals and other clinical settings, prefer to hire certified recreational therapists. The NCTRC offers the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) credential. Candidates may qualify for certification through one of two pathways. The first option requires a bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy, which includes the completion of a supervised internship of at least 560 hours, and passing an exam. The second option also requires passing an exam, but allows candidates with a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated subject to qualify with a combination of education and work experience. Therapists must take continuing education classes to maintain certification.

NCTRC also offers specialty certification in five areas of practice: behavioral health, community inclusion services, developmental disabilities, geriatrics, and physical medicine/rehabilitation. Therapists also may earn certificates from other organizations to show proficiency in specific therapy techniques, such as aquatic therapy or aromatherapy.

As of 2014, only New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Utah required recreational therapists to obtain a license. Requirements vary by state. For specific requirements, contact the state’s medical board.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Recreational therapists should be kind and empathetic when providing support to patients and their families. They may deal with patients who are in pain or under emotional stress.

Leadership skills. Recreational therapists must be able to plan, develop, and implement intervention programs in an effective manner. They must be engaging and able to motivate patients to participate in a variety of therapeutic activities.

Listening skills. Recreational therapists must listen carefully to a patient’s problems and concerns. They can then determine an appropriate course of treatment for that patient.

Patience. Recreational therapists may work with some patients who require more time and special attention than others.

Resourcefulness. Recreational therapists customize treatment plans for patients. They must be both creative and flexible when adapting activities or programs to each patient’s needs.

Speaking skills. Recreational therapists need to communicate well with their patients. They must give clear directions during activities or instructions on healthy coping techniques.

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Activity Specialist Career Paths

Activity Specialist
Case Manager Program Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Assistant Director Director Of Food And Beverage
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Program Director Coach
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Technician Technician Service Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Activities Director Program Director
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Youth Counselor Assistant Director Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager Sales Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Activities Director Service Director Marketing Director
Director Of Sales And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Office Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager Account Executive
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Program Director General Manager Account Executive
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Director Service Director
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Program Coordinator Project Coordinator
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Technician Systems Administrator Operations Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Youth Counselor Sales Consultant Leasing Consultant
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Account Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Instructor Education Director
School Director
7 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Support Specialist Support Manager
Supported The Director
8 Yearsyrs
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Activity Specialist Demographics


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  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Italian

  • Mandarin

  • Hindi

  • Vietnamese

  • Cantonese

  • Japanese

  • Urdu

  • Bengali

  • Polish

  • Arabic

  • Lingala

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Real Activity Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Activity Specialist Nysarc; Inc., NYC Chapter New York, NY Sep 04, 2015 $56,680
Assistant Activity Specialist Nysarc; Inc., NYC Chapter New York, NY Nov 29, 2016 $53,872
Activities Specialist North Shore-LIJ Health System Glen, NY Jul 21, 2010 $41,582
Membership Activities Specialist Neighborhood Centers, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 31, 2011 $35,350
Social & Community Activity Specialist Better Home Living, LLC Bentonville, AR Oct 01, 2009 $33,738
Social & Community Activity Specialist Better Home Living LLC Bentonville, AR Oct 01, 2009 $33,738
Tennis Activities Specialist Ulian Krinsky School of Tennis King of Prussia, PA Oct 01, 2010 $31,873
Tennis Activities Specialist Julian Krinsky School of Tennis King of Prussia, PA Aug 30, 2010 $31,873

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Top Skills for An Activity Specialist


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Top Activity Specialist Skills

  1. Homework
  2. Customer Service
  3. Weekly Lesson Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Facilitated group sessions on areas such as homework help, recreation activities and arts and crafts.
  • Greeted new arrivals and provided customer service to explain facility rules and encourage participation.
  • Submit weekly lesson plans leading up to various performances, both in and outside of the school throughout year.
  • Explain principles, techniques, and safety procedures to participants in recreational activities, and demonstrate use of materials and equipment.
  • Supervised volunteers during group activities and on facility outings.

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