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Date:  Mar 4, 2023


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Requisition No: 738983 

Agency: Veterans Affairs


Position Number: 50009056 

Salary:  $37,440.00 

Posting Closing Date: 03/02/2023 

Requisition # 738983




Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans’ Nursing Home
Port Charlotte, Charlotte County

Annual Starting Salary:  $37,440.00

Paid Bi-weekly

This position is overtime eligible.


The Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs is an agency dedicated to serving those who served U.S.  We are seeking a motivated, dynamic individual to administer our resident heroes' activities program.  Our skilled nursing facility boasts a loyal team of long-term employees and a fantastic work culture.

Excellent retirement package and optional deferred compensation plan.  Health, vision, dental, ‎disability, and other supplemental insurance available at reasonable premium rates.  Paid vacation and ‎sick leave. Nine (9) paid holidays and personal day.  Tuition waiver available for State Universities and ‎Community Colleges (up to 6 credits per semester).‎

Education and employment history must be verifiable.  Please attach any credentials you claim (degrees, certifications, etc.) to your application.

Successful completion of a Level 2 background screening and drug test is required.



  • Per CFR 483.24(c) (2), the activities program must be directed by a qualified professional who is a Certified Activity Director or willing and able to become a Certified Activity Director within one (1) year of date of hire.
  • Licensed or registered in Florida as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist or as an Activities Professional by a recognized accrediting body OR is eligible for licensure as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist or as an Activities Professional.
  • Possess two (2) years’ experience in a social or recreational program within the last five (5) years, one (1) of which was full-time in a therapeutic activities program; OR is a qualified Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy Assistant.
  • Successful completion of the due diligence process to include, but not limited to, a Level II background check and drug test.
  • Must be willing and able to work weekends and holidays.



  • Two (2) years of supervisory experience.
  • Five (5) years of long-term care experience.
  • AHCA, VA or JCAHO Survey experience.
  • Familiarity with volunteer programs.
  • Familiarity with resident care plans and MDS.
  • Experience working with large numbers of volunteers and volunteer groups.
  • Valid Florida driver’s license.



The Activities Director is responsible for the overall compliance of the department to include development, implementation, supervision and ongoing evaluation of the activities program. The incumbent works on an independent basis and is responsible to plan, develop, organize, implement, evaluate and direct a program of therapeutic recreation and activities. To meet individual needs of residents designed to give residents entertainment, intercommunication, exercise, and relaxation, opportunity to express creative talent and fulfill basic psychological, social, and spiritual needs of residents in the State Veterans’ Nursing Home in accordance with current federal, state and local standards. The incumbent reports directly to the Nursing Home Administrator.

Serve as representative of the Activity Department on interdisciplinary team with the responsibility of insuring the resident treatment objectives are consistent with overall treatment process, care plans, MDS assessments and progress notes. Progress notes need to be accurate and in the computer in a timely manner for each resident and evaluate recreation therapy programs and make necessary revisions.

Administer evaluation assessment, through interview, to determine individual therapeutic program needs and interests.

Use such finding to develop. Organize, plan and implement innovative therapeutic recreation programs to meet the physical, emotional and psychosocial needs of each individual resident at the State Veterans’ State Home. Lead activity programs as scheduled.

Supervises and direct assigned Senior Certified Nursing Assistants / Activities and Therapy Aides in the recreational activities at the state home. Prepare performance standards and reviews, schedules, and approve leave and attendance. Supervises and directs all volunteers. Approve monthly activity calendar of events. Serves as coordinator for all donations to the state home.  Ensure that thank you letters are sent and in a timely manner.

Maintain daily and monthly records of resident attendance and participation in recreation activities. Maintain needed information for reports.

Process purchase orders as required using required purchasing procedures. Orders equipment and entertainment.

Serve on committees at the state home.

Perform other related duties as required to include special events at the Home and outside of the Home (i.e. American Legion, VFW, etc.)

This position is in the Selected Exempt Service system.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Fort Myers