Services for the Underserved

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Activities Coordinator

Activities Coordinator

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Behavioral Health
Regular Full-Time

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Position Overview

Services for the UnderServed (SUS) is a New York-based nonprofit organization that provides housing and support services to 25,000 individuals and their families living in New York City and Long Island.  SUS believes every New Yorker has the right to lead a life of purpose.

For more than 35 years, SUS has been transforming this belief into reality by working as an advocate for people with life circumstances marked by intellectual/developmental disability, behavioral health challenges, poverty, & histories of incarceration and/or trauma.

We drive scalable solutions to transform the lives of people with disabilities, people in poverty and people facing homelessness: solutions that contribute to righting societal imbalances. Our commitment to continuous quality improvement impacts the lives of our clients and communities while contributing to the development of our employees.


  • Provide programs and events that encourage engagement and socialization to help support high quality of life for our residents
  • Arrange meetings with interested individual resident and/or groups, to identify their recreational interest and needs, to plan and implement recreational programs that meet the residents' present level of functioning
  • Motivate individuals and groups to become involved in the recreation program by participating in and leading specific activities and events
  • Plan, organize, promote, implement, and supervise monthly life enrichment activities calendar for community
  • Ensure a variety of recreational, social, cultural, educational and entertainment programs are planned and implemented, applicable to all ages, mainly for the elders
  • Prepare and post promotional and advertising materials for monthly program activities including calendars and/or bulletins
  • Daily and quarterly documentation of residents' participation in programs and progress notes according to monthly calendar schedule, to assure resident’s progress
  • Planned activities must be able to contribute to the documentation process including, but not limited to: assessments, progress notes, and care plan, in addition to, participate in monthly care conferences
  • Provide monthly and yearly reports around recreation program goals, opportunities and/or improvements
  • Research recreation programs funding sources and project requirements
  • Coordinate transportation of residents to and from events outside of the community, which may include driving an agency motor vehicle.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Program Director, Designee or as required.


  • Ability to plan, organize, motivate, lead, and promote a variety of recreational activities year round, indoors and outdoors, for different age groups with diverse interests
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and rapport with employees, supervisors and the general public of all ages
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; answering questions and keeping individuals motivated
  • Ability to group problem-solving and able to fix situations quickly, and/or adjust activities for all involved
  • Ability to frequently walk and sit when leading various recreational activities
  • Ability to perform other related duties as required
  • Ability to work flexible shift including weekends as assigned



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Health Education, Creative Arts, or a related field
  • A minimum of two years experience working with the elderly population and individuals who are mentally challenge
  • Must have experience in planning, organizing and implementing activity groups as well as individual programming for resident of all functioning levels.
  • Must be positive, organized, energetic, motivated and creative
  • Must possess strong written and verbal skills, computer and Internet skills, communication and interpersonal skills, time management, creative writing skills
  • Compassion and desire to work with the senior population
  • Driver’s License in good standing and experience working with elders preferred