Bria Communities

Recreation Manager (Full-time) - Magnolia Gardens

05 May 2022

Langley, BC

Magnolia Gardens, in Langley, is part of the Bria Communities family, a private, locally-owned group of retirement living residences in Langley and Tsawwassen. We offer two supportive options where seniors enjoy lives enriched with purpose, friendship and happiness—independent living and long-term BriaCare™ Centres. Our mission is to work together to create safe and vibrant communities where choices are valued and seniors live active and purposeful lives.


Reporting to the General Manager, this position is responsible for the development, planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of activity programs, for both the independent living and in collaboration with the Recreation Coordinator for care areas. Must meet the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and cultural needs, as well as the personal interests of residents of Bria Communities. This role is also responsible for establishing policies, goals and priorities within the recreation department in alignment with the organization's strategic objectives, mission and values.
Anticipated start date is 27 June 2022 

Key Accountabilities

  1. Adheres to and conveys a philosophy that supports the dignity, privacy, independence, choice and individuality of residents

  2. Conducts themselves in accordance with, and promotes a shared understanding of, the organization's vision, missions and values

  3. Develops, implements, manages and evaluates departmental and organizational wide goals. Establishes objectives, policies and procedures, ensuring that the required standards are met

  4. Maintains a current knowledge of health and safety standards and ensures departmental compliance

  5. Hires, schedules, supervises, performance manages and evaluates all recreation staff and in collaboration with Care Centre Recreation Coordinators (if applicable)

  6. Provides ongoing direction, coaching, feedback and evaluation to recreation staff, including the Recreation Coordinator(s) and Recreation Assistant(s)

  7. For communities with Care Centres, working in collaboration with the Recreation Coordinator ensures compliance with the Assisted Living Act and Community Care Licensing Regulations and ensures that the required standards are met by evaluating monthly records

  8. Develops the necessary documentation and reporting system(s) for maintaining accurate records and effective communication systems for the department. This includes resident attendance records, promotional materials, calendars etc.

  9. Manages the bus and van inspections and records and schedules and arranges for regular maintenance. Ensures recreation teams have annual bus safety evaluations and maintains safety records

  10. Responsible for the fiscal management of the department, including bar money, and transaction record keeping. Oversees the department budget(s) to ensure that costs are maintained within budgetary guidelines

  11. Develops relationships with external stakeholders, including community agencies and entertainers

  12. Ensures that Residents' rights of privacy and confidentiality are maintained

  13. Attends approved conferences and seminars to promote continual learning and maintain professional development skills and knowledge. Attends in-house leadership meetings as required

  14. Incorporates learning into site practice, including sharing knowledge and educating other staff members as necessary

  15. Interviews potential volunteers, performs reference checks and provides orientation for the independent programs and in collaboration with the Recreation Coordinator for care programs

  16. Relieves recreation staff for programs in care or independent activities when required

  17. Other duties as assigned

Education & Experience

  • Degree or diploma from a recognized therapeutic recreation and leisure program, 5 years' recent related experience in a senior living community, including physical activity (exercise) for seniors, and 3 years' supervisory experience; or, an equivalent combination of education, training and experience

  • Current, valid class 4 and class 5 driver's license

  • Current First Aid, CPR and Serving it Right

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Demonstrated leadership and organizational skills, creativity and highly motivated

  • Ability to communicate effectively with all departments

  • Ability to effectively and efficiently execute responsibilities in a caring and supportive manner

  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize the recreation department operations, supervise and evaluate the effectiveness of the department

  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain good interpersonal relations by displaying tact, courtesy and patience with others

  • Ability to communicate in English, both spoken and written

  • Computer literate, with a working knowledge of Welbi, G Suite (g/sheets, g/docs etc)

  • Ability to maintain financial records and demonstrated basic accounting skills

  • Physically and mentally able to carry out the assigned duties in the working environment, and free from communicable diseases


  • Competitive Extended Medical & Dental Benefits
  • Flex Days
  • Volunteer Days
  • Team Building Events throughout the year
  • Bria Summer Family BBQ & Bria Holiday Party
  • Club 16 / She’s Fit Gym Corporate Discount Rate
  • PNE / Playland Company Discount Code
  • Sun Run & BMO Marathon Company sponsored
  • Perkopolis
  • Free Onsite annual Flu-Shot

Bria Communities Gives Back!
Our mission is to work together to create safe and vibrant communities where choices are valued, and seniors live active and purposeful lives. This mission also applies to our work in the larger community, where we seek to encourage, educate and enhance the lives of seniors who call Metro Vancouver home.

If you love interacting with and getting to know seniors, have exemplary customer service skills and really want to make a difference in the lives of our residents, we want to hear from you.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter outlining how your education and experience has prepared you for this position.



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