Pioneer Medical Center

Activities Manager

Pioneer Medical Center is a 25-bed critical access hospital, essentially the county hospital for Sweet Grass County, Montana: Population 3700. We are in a beautiful valley along the Yellowstone River, between three mountain ranges, just north of Yellowstone National Park. We serve our neighbors (ranchers, skilled trades people and active retirees) and the many tourists who come here on their way to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, or to fish the Yellowstone, hike, bike, hunt or just get away from overcrowded places. Big Timber is a vibrant and welcoming small town, an hour from Bozeman and Billings. Our schools are highly rated, with high community support.

Pioneer Medical Center has an immediate opening for a full-time Activity Manager to join our hospital patient care team.

Under general supervision of the Director of Nursing, the Activities Manager plans, organizes, develops, and directs the overall operation of the activity functions in accordance with current, federal, state and local regulations and Pioneer Medical Center policies and procedures, or as may be directed by the Director of Nursing. Maintains an on-going program of activities designed to meet the physical, mental, and psychosocial needs and recreational interests of each resident.





1. Supports and models behaviors consistent with Pioneer Medical Center’s mission, vision, values, code of business conduct and service expectations. Meets all mandatory organizational and departmental requirements. Maintains competency in all organizational, departmental, and outside agency standards as it relates to the environment, employee, patient safety or job performance.

2. Provide the overall direction, implementation, supervision, and maintenance of the activity program. Adheres to all regulatory requirements and guidelines and recommends changes in policies and procedures to the administrator.

3. Oversees a monthly calendar of events with activities which meet the residents' overall needs.

4. Assesses the changing needs of the residents and ensures that programs are created and modified as needed to meet their physical, mental, and psychosocial needs and recreational interests.

5. Interview’s residents and families to determine activity needs and participates as part of the interdisciplinary team, performing assessments, developing care plans, and encouraging participation from residents and their family members in care plan development. Assesses the changing needs of the residents and revises programs to meet those needs. Reports all changes in residents’ condition to appropriate staff for follow-up. Participates in care plan conferences.

6. Completes all necessary charting and documentation promptly to ensure continuity and quality of resident care.

7. Assists in the development, administering, and coordinating of department policies and procedures.

8. Complete all record keeping functions in a timely manner. Ensure documentation is informative and descriptive for the services provided and of the resident’s response.

9. Make written and oral reports/recommendations to the Director of Nursing about the Activities department's operation.

10. Assist in standardizing the methods in which work will be accomplished.

11. Prepare for activities promptly to ensure necessary supplies and equipment are available.

12. Provide reading materials in braille, tapes, and records, as necessary. Assist in providing library service for residents through cooperation with local library.

13. Works collaboratively with contract staff to ensure that the personal care center needs are met. Perform personal care center duties when needed.

14. Make periodic rounds to check equipment and supplies to ensure they are working properly and are available to conduct scheduled activities.

15. Assist in preparing and planning the activity department’s budget for food, equipment, supplies and labor.

16. Assesses the needs of residents for snacks and drinks. Passes snacks daily in the afternoon to appropriate residents.

17. Perform all Activities Aide duties.

18. Participate and attend various committee meetings within the facility.

19. Maintains competency in all organizational, departmental, and outside agency safety standards as it relates to the environment, employee, and patient/resident safety.

20. Identifies needs and sets goals for own growth and development.

21. Assists with other duties as needed to maintain patient care levels within the facility.

22. Maintains open communication with other departments, communicating needs in a professional and timely manner to facilitate resident participation in activities.

_____________________________________________________________________________________KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES


• Common policies and procedures, both organizational and departmental

• Compliance Program

• Code of Conduct

• Regulatory standards (i.e., State Survey, OSHA)

• HIPAA and confidentiality requirements

• Patient’s/resident’s rights

• Patient safety standards

• Working with the geriatric population.

• Age-appropriate activities

• Individualized and group activities

• Care plans


• Professional communication skills, verbal, non-verbal and written

• Effective time management.

• Anticipating resident needs


• Incorporate population specific needs into all aspects of communication and patient care; scope of services provided will encompass age groups from infant through geriatric

• Communicate clearly and effectively, both verbal and written

• Establish and maintain collaborative relationships

• Communicate effectively and professionally within a multi-functional team.

• Assist in developing, planning, and implementing activity programs for the residents.

• Effectively provide instructions to staff and residents clearly.

• Work independently.

• Successfully function in a fast-paced working environment with frequent interruptions.

• Plan activities to coincide with resident cares and schedules.



• High school graduate or an equivalent combination of education and experience relating to the above tasks, knowledge, skills, and abilities will be considered.

• Current Montana Driver’s License and the ability to be insured to operate company vehicles

• Preferred six months of working experience in a recreational activities program in a long-term care/hospital setting.

• Basic Activity Director Certification or the ability to obtain certification within a year of hire.

• Knowledge and ability to work with different computer programs efficiently.



• Normal office and patient care environment. May be required to work varying shifts, weekends, or holidays.


Blood Borne Pathogen Category: Category I: Tasks that involve exposure to blood, body fluids or tissues.

Blood Borne Pathogen Category: Category II: Tasks that may involve occasional exposure to blood, body fluids or tissues, but are not a part of the routine job description. Appropriate protective measures are readily available to every employee engaged in Category II tasks.


Look through our website,, the Facebook groups "Big Timber Community" and "Big Timber Buzz” or call our HR Manager at 406.932.4603 for more information about the area and this role.

Pioneer Medical Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.'

Job Type: Full-time

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