Activity Aide II

  • Activity Aide II
  • What will I be doing?
  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
  • Benefits
  • How do I apply?
Class Number: 
4419
Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Annual Salary Range:
$24,552.00 – $32,796.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,023.00 – $1,366.50
Pay Grade: 
A60

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Definition

This is mid-level work providing client activity services in state facilities for persons with mental illness and/or developmental or physical disabilities.

Job Duties

Serves as a lead worker for lower-level staff assigned to activity sessions, or performs duties of comparable responsibility such as guiding activity sessions for clients with complex needs.

Conducts planned client activities in recreational, occupational, physical, music, and related therapy areas.

Assists professional staff and Activity Aides in planning and organizing assigned activities.

Secures the cooperation of clients and provides leadership and assistance in assigned activities.

Observes client behavior and prepares preliminary recommendations regarding placement of clients in activity programs.

Works with volunteers who have been assigned to assist in planned activity sessions.

Makes adequate provision for and/or participates in escorting clients to and from activity areas.

Assumes responsibility for the personal needs and safety of clients while in the activity area or during activity programs.

Oversees and participates in housekeeping duties in activity areas.

Assists nursing and other staff in accordance with general instructions.

Attends and participates in staff and program planning meetings.

Prepares and maintains progress reports and records.

Performs duties under the supervision of a higher-level Activity Aide or other staff member who reviews work through reports and direct observations.

Performs other related work as assigned.

Areas of Interest: 
Social Service, Public Welfare & Mental Health; Therapy, Rehabilitation & Related

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility.  Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted.  These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

Two or more years of experience as an Activity Aide I; Developmental Assistant I, II, or III; Psychiatric Technician I, II, or III; Security Aide I, II, or III; and/or Nursing Assistant I or II with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System; and possession of a high school diploma or proof of high school equivalency. 

OR

Two or more years of experience working with persons with mental illness, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and/or the elderly population in one or more of the following areas: recreation, physical education, arts and crafts, horticulture, health and fitness, arts/expressive arts, music, or a closely related area; and possession of a high school diploma or proof of high school equivalency.

(Earned credit hours from an accredited college or university may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required experience at a rate of 30 earned credit hours for one year.)

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Intermediate knowledge of one or more activity areas such as recreation, occupational therapy, music, or arts and crafts.

Intermediate knowledge of individual and group behavior and effective ways of working with clients.

Introductory knowledge of the general nature of mental illnesses and/or developmental or physical disabilities.

Introductory knowledge of the general methods of preparing for and conducting planned sessions of group activities.

Introductory knowledge of escort procedures, precautions, and appropriate techniques for assisting clients in emergencies.

Ability to learn the basic principles and methods of therapeutic recreational, occupational, music and related activities, and their application to the treatment of persons with mental illness and/or developmental or physical disabilities.

Ability to communicate with clients and understand the clients’ needs.

Ability to establish and maintain client interest and participation in activities.

Ability to provide guidance and instructions to clients and assigned staff.

Ability to prepare and maintain records and reports.

Ability to learn new skills related to assigned activities.

Ability to work cooperatively with others.

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