An activity coordinator plans and organizes games and other forms of recreation for organizations or groups. Activity coordinators work at places such as camps, playgrounds, recreation centers and nursing homes. The primary role of an activity coordinator is to come up with ways to keep the people involved entertained, enthusiastic, and most of all, active.
Activity coordinators set up activities ranging from softball to camping to horseback riding to other simple forms of exercise. Depending on the venue, they may also plan group sessions that include things such as craft-making, painting or card games. Many coordinators not only need to come up with ideas, but also make the ideas relevant to the age groups and genders with which they are working. Other tasks may include ordering team shirts, making schedules, showing how certain activities should be performed, and supplying trophies for the winners.
An activity coordinator needs to be motivated, energetic, innovative and highly organized. She also should possess strong written and verbal communication skills, as she make schedules and deals with people on a regular basis. In some instances, activity coordinators need to have an understanding of basic math because they may have to keep a budget.
The field of work for activity coordinators is wide-ranging, and often requires people with a varied set of skills. Most employers seek candidates who have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. Others merely prefer directors who have displayed an expertise in the activity they will be managing. Some aspiring activity coordinators obtain a bachelor’s or master’s degree, with an emphasis on courses in communications, parks and recreation, and even business.
Jobs for recreation workers are expected to increase by 15 percent from 2008 to 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is about as fast as average when compared to all other occupations. While the BLS does not have firm data specific to activity coordinators, their job outlook should grow along with the rest of the industry.
Activity coordinators earned a wage of anywhere from $9 to more than $17 per hour in February 2010, according to PayScale.com. The activity coordinator’s experience, as well as the industry in which he worked, accounted for salary differences. Meanwhile, the BLS reported that the median annual salary of recreation workers was $21,960 in May 2008.