Program Coordinator – RILS

Residences for Independent Living Society (RILS) is a Vancouver based charity with two Long-Term Care homes based in Vancouver (24-beds) and Steveston (10-beds) in Richmond, BC. We are looking for a Program Coordinator to supervise Recreation Workers and program for the two sites. If you have a passion for working with adults and seniors with disabilities, you may be a match for us! We are looking for a passionate individual with a recreation therapy background who will bring fun, joy, compassion and excitement as part of a caring team of healthcare professionals focused on quality of life and promoting independence.
If promoting meaningful and purposeful engagement in recreation and life in general, independence and quality of life are your ‘thing’, then we have the position for you. If you bring creativity, motivation, and passion to your work, this is a great opportunity for professional development and growth.
Job Title: Program Coordinator- Recreation and Volunteers
Job Posting: PC PFT #21-06 (RILS)
Wage: As per FBA Collective Agreement, Grid 27. This position is non-exempt and the successful incumbent would be a member of the Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU)
Job Summary: Works within the Recreation team to ensure that the physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs of the residents are met. Responsibilities include the assessment of residents, plan and coordination of programs, booking and cancellation of Handy Dart, booking entertainment, production of monthly calendars, coordination of all volunteers. Liaises with and provides support, as appropriate, to spiritual programs provided by Chaplain.
Reporting: Reports to the Director of Lifestyles & Therapeutic Services and the Site Manager.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Liaises and plans volunteer schedule with Recreation Workers to ensure that there is adequate support of programs/events.
2. Updates calendar programs as required to ensure team is able to document participation in a timely manner.
3. Communicates with team to determine suitable entertainment for programs; books, confirms and arranges payment for entertainers within budget.
4. Complies with operational protocols maintaining an open dialogue to ensure updates are made as resident population changes.
5. Conducts assessments and identifies needs of individual residents to determine strengths, limitations and needs as they relate to recreation and leisure.
6. Prepares assessment updates and attends monthly care conferences and bi-weekly rounds with interdisciplinary team.
7. Develops physical, social, intellectual, and emotional programs for both small and large groups, commensurate with the assessed abilities of the residents.
8. Plans and implements programs suitable to the current resident population(s).
9. Accurately records pertinent information regarding progress of the residents in Progress Notes in resident chart.
10. Interviews, screens, checks references, and tours all prospective volunteers.
11. Coordinates the scheduling and placement of all volunteers.
12. Promotes and publicizes upcoming events by making posters relevant to calendar content to keep residents, families, staff, and volunteers informed of upcoming events.
13. Maintains recreation equipment in functional condition; submits requisitions for repair / replacement as appropriate.
14. Maintains recreation spaces ensuring they are clean, safe and organized according to protocols.
15. Monitors recreation supplies and submits requisitions for restocking or shops as required.
16. Monitors the function and maintenance of the organization’s two vans.
17. Participates in education and in-services (attending or presenting) as appropriate.
18. Promotes and maintains cooperation with other related disciplines and organizations coordinating with services when possible/necessary.
19. Follows Residences for Independent Living Society’s risk management policies and communicates any risk management and safety concerns in a timely manner.
20. Adheres to Residences for Independent Living Society’s administrative policies and procedures.
21. Performs other duties as assigned.
Education & Experience
• A diploma or degree in recreation therapy with a minimum of two years’ experience within a complex care setting is necessary.
Must be in good health, well-groomed and have the physical capabilities which are compatible with walking, bending, lifting of heavy residents and equipment, moving furniture, leading exercise classes and helping residents to transfer, sit, stand or walk.
Skills & Abilities
• Must support and facilitate the mission, vision, and values at Residences for Independent Living Society.
• Must demonstrate concern and interest in providing quality care to adults with physical disabilities and be able to stimulate/support residents’ interest in relevant programs.
• Must work respectfully, creatively and in a cooperative manner with Recreation Workers, volunteers, and other employees.
• Must have basic computer skills (MS Office).
• Must have effective communication skills both written and verbal.
• Must have or be able to obtain Class 4, unrestricted license within 3 months of commencement of position
• Food Safe Level 1
• Current First Aide/CPR.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of duties being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills.


  • Name: Rosemary Dunne
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  • Expiry: 30/09/2021