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Activity Aide III

  • Activity Aide III
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  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
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Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$26,316.00 – $41,736.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,096.50 – $1,739.00
Pay Grade: 

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

Job Duties

Organizes and directs client activities in recreational, occupational, physical, music, and related therapy areas.

Assists professional staff responsible for the preparation of planned activities.

Supervises lower-level Activity Aides, or performs duties of comparable responsibility in planning a limited number of intensive therapeutic activities for groups or individuals.

Secures the cooperation of clients by encouraging their interest and participation in activity sessions; varies and adapts procedures used to attain desired objectives.

Observes and reports on client behavior.

Participates in evaluating client progress and prepares 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 the escorting and safety of clients going to and from activity areas.

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

Supervises housekeeping duties in activity areas.

Assists nursing and other staff in accordance with general instructions.

Prepares and maintains progress reports and required administrative and clinical records.

Attends and participates in staff and program planning meetings.

Exercises independent judgment and initiative within the limit of established policies and procedures; receives general administrative direction.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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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.)

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


Three 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?

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

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

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

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

Intermediate 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 supervise and instruct clients and lower-level activity aides.

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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