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Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracue Inc Now Hiring: Activities Coordinator (Temporary) in Auburn, New York

The Auburn Rescue Mission is seeking a temporary Activities Coordinator to work with residents in the Auburn program. This position is part-time working 20 hours per week (Monday through Friday 10am - 3pm). The Activities Coordinator develops and coordinates activities and encourages resident stimulation, independence while promoting individual potential through individual and group activities. This position helps establish a sense of community among the residents while engaging them in physical, intellectual, social, and recreational activities. The Activities Coordinator maintains a safe and supportive environment for clients, utilizing the resources of the Rescue Mission to ensure a healthy and pleasant stay and provide an environment of positive change for clients served.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Creates and implements a monthly activities calendar that includes physical, intellectual, and social activities, as well as individual, small group, and large group activities, and community-based activities.

  • Develops rapport with clients and provides support, encouragement, and motivation towards building and/or maintaining independence while maintaining appropriate professional employee-client boundaries at all times.

  • Provides resident recognition by coordinating birthday cards for staff to send, wish list gifts, visit men when hospitalized, and including former residents in nursing homes

  • Meets client’s needs by assisting with personal care as needed: laundry, personal hygiene, ensuring clean safe living quarters, assist with meals including serving, monitoring and cleaning up after mealtime

  • Shares pertinent client information via documentation, participation in meetings, and on an individual basis as needed, maintaining confidentiality as appropriate.

  • Encourage social interaction and healthy relationships, physical well-being, and community involvement from all residents, including active or passive participation.

  • Coordination with community partners including the Cayuga County DSS and Auburn Housing Authority in compliance tracking and paperwork. Assist Program Manager with administrative responsibilities.

  • Supports and complies with all organizational and Program Services policies and procedures. Attends staff meetings and trainings as required.

  • Supports and complies with the Rescue Mission’s vision, mission and core values.

  • Alters monthly activities based upon residents needs and interests, seasonal activities, and special occasions (such as birthdays, holidays, etc.)

  • Prevent escalation to avoid crisis situations or to neutralize crises in progress.

  • Regular and predictable attendance is an essential requirement of the job

  • Promotes a safety-first attitude by setting a positive example and ensuring all employees are following safety policies and procedures

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required

  • Experience working with the homeless, addicted and/or mentally ill populations preferred.

  • Prior experience coordinating recreational activities preferred

  • Associate Degree in Recreation preferred

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Needed to Perform Effectively in this Position

  • Sensitivity and compassion for the homeless population

  • Professional verbal and written communication skills

  • The ability to manage more than one person’s needs at the same time

  • Interviewing/assessment skills with at risk populations

  • Proficient Computer Skills using Microsoft Office

  • Flexibility to change

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Time management

  • Crisis management skills

  • Ability to maintain a calm professional presence in times of crisis

  • Skill in maintaining a client-focused and service-oriented perspective.

  • Able to manager personal stress while being exposed to complex personalities, problems and needs

  • Ability to communicate and function in a Microsoft Office environment

  • Must follow CDC guidelines regarding Covid-19, including but not limited to, wearing a mask when working.

  • Full vaccination and Booster (when eligible)

Additional Requirements

  • Valid NYS Driver License in compliance with company driving criteria preferred

  • Must meet Department of Health Background criteria including finger prints

Working at the Rescue Mission is a chance to have more than just a career. It is a chance to be part of a team that makes a difference every day. Our Mission and Values are practiced in our day-to-day actions throughout the organization. The Rescue Mission has been changing lives for more than 130 years with around the clock services providing help for today and hope for tomorrow.

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