LifeStories Director

Hunter's Woods at Trails Edge

(Reston, VA)

Currently Hiring:

  • Full Time

FT = Full Time | PT = Part Time | OPT = Occasional Part Time

Departmental Accountabilities: LifeStories Memory Care
Reports To: Executive Operations Officer
Desired Education Level: A bachelor's degree in Recreational Therapy, Occupational Therapy Assistant, or LPN is preferred. High school diploma or GED is required.
Travel Required: No
Position Summary:

The focus of this position is working with and through others, building and maintaining relationships, and working closely and accurately within established guidelines. There is a need for an effective communicator, someone who is able to stimulate and motivate others while being aware of and responsive to their needs and concerns. There will be many different people to meet and work with. The person in this position must be friendly and genuinely interested in the business, agenda, and needs of others, including the company, its management, the team, the company's customers, or all of the above. A persuasive, teaching style of communication is required to communicate the company's policies, programs, and systems. A faster-than-average pace will be the norm for this position. Detail work is a major focus of the job, and those details need to be handled quickly, correctly, and efficiently. This portion of the work will often focus on relationships with others; correct handling of details dealing with others is necessary to maintain and grow relationships. If the job involves managing others, following up carefully, closely, and cheerfully is required to ensure both correct work and maintenance of the relationships. Necessary corrections must be made in a constructive, supportive manner. As time is usually a factor, the work must be done on time, as well as correctly. In general, this is a position where guidelines, structure, and established policies must be followed fairly closely, while working with and for others.

Required Job Functions:

The employee must be able to perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation by IntegraCare Corporation, without posing a direct threat to self or others.

  1. Perform all duties and responsibilities with a positive attitude, demonstrates impeccable ethics and integrity.
  2. Plans, develops, organizes, implements and directs group and individual activities (including preparation and clean up) inside and outside the residence ensuring the programming meets the mental, physical, spiritual and social needs of the Residents in the Life Stories Neighborhood.
  3. Establishes open lines of communication with the Residents’ families in order to gain a better understanding of the resident’s emotional, spiritual and social needs which lead to the developments and implementation of appropriate 1-1 programming.
  4. Assures activities are offered or available to be offered 24/hours per day and geared for the cognitively impaired residents whose attention span may be less than 20 minutes.
  5. Designs and posts a monthly activity calendar and dailies on the ICC server by the 28th of each month.
  6. Records and maintains activity progress notes as well as a record of Resident activities and attendance.
  7. Arranges transportation and escorts for access to the community and outside activities.
  8. Ensures Life Stories Neighborhood and team members operate in accordance with all ICC policies and procedures.
  9. Ensures that Resident Life Story is completed and utilized according to ICC standards, as well as realizing its value as an essential tool or the development of the Life Stories monthly calendar and daily programming.
  10. Assess and evaluates and make recommendations concerning placement in or out of Life Stories.
  11. Participates with team in the completion of the resident initial assessment and then quarterly reviews thereafter.
  12. Participates with team in the development of the Resident Initial Support plan and then review on an annual basis, or when a significant change occurs.
  13. Reviews complaints and grievances in a timely manner and completed an investigation along with the Resident Wellness Director and Executive Operations Officer in order to develop a plan of action or resolution.
  14. Orients team members to activities offered in the Life Stories Program.
  15. Manages and evaluates team members, providing performance counseling and additional training as needed.
  16. Determines adequate staffing needs and develops a work schedule in conjunction with the Resident Wellness Director.
  17. Interviews, selects and evaluates team members.
  18. Willing and able to become credentialed to be an Alzheimer’s Association Support Group Facilitator
  19. Organizes and maintains a volunteer program.
  20. Contributes to the monthly residence newsletter.
  21. Maintains departmental budgets.
  22. Develops and maintains good community relations.
  23. Must be adaptable, teachable and flexible in tasks and have exceptional time management and organizational skills.
  24. Must be a team player and have the ability to mentor and coach other residence team members.
  25. Self-motivated, proactive and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
  26. Participates in the manager-on-duty program, to encompass working as a direct care worker when the needs of the community require such.
  27. Responds to Residents' and family requests.

Respects Residents’ rights, privacy and dignity.

Equipment Required to Operate:
  1. Telephone
  2. CPR mask or ambu bag
  3. Emergency oxygen equipment
  4. Medication equipment (i.e., syringes, vials, etc.)
  5. Thermometer
  6. Sphygmomanometer
  7. Computer and MOVE N software
  8. Nurse Call System
  9. Wander Management System
  10. Various Lifting and Transfer Equipment

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The ability to develop, organize and implement an activities program that enhances the lives of residents in the Life Stories Program is required. The ability to direct program team members is required. Should have knowledge of therapeutic recreational techniques. Must be able to interact positively with outside organizations and develop good community relations.  Creativity and motivational skills are essential. The ability to communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing is necessary. The ability to exercise good judgment and make confident ethical decisions is essential. Must be able to effectively manage time in order to complete multiple projects/tasks. Must possess computer skills. May require frequent lifting, bending, stretching, and standing for long periods of time.


A bachelor's degree in Recreational Therapy, Occupational Therapy Assistant, or LPN is preferred. High school diploma or GED is required.


A minimum of one year of experience in the recreational or occupational therapy assistant field or a minimum of three years experience providing direct care required.  Consideration will be given to candidates with experience with direct care responsibilities in special needs population, developmental or educational field.


CTRS / COTA / LPN preferred. A valid driver's license is required with no more than two moving violations in a three-year period as determined by insurance industry standards.

Additional Information:

Serves as the Community’s key resource on cognitive impairment and strategies for meeting the needs of Residents with cognitive impairment. Is essential in the development and implementation of strategies that will meet the needs of the residents residing in the community who have been diagnosed with dementia. Demonstrates the ability and commitment to maximize Resident’s remaining functions and leads others to do the same through the formal support plan process and informally by directing the interface between Residents and team members daily.  Plans, develops, organizes, implements and directs group and individual activities to meet the mental, physical, spiritual and social needs of the Residents in the Life Stories Neighborhood.  Identifies and meets needs of Residents at various stages of memory impairment and contributes to the assessment and support plan of Residents in the Life Stories Neighborhood.  Obtains needed supplies for activities.  Orients team regarding the program offered in the Life Stories Neighborhood.  Participates in the interviewing and selection of residents for admission, and team members.