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Activities Coordinator
Title:Activities Coordinator
Department:Childhelp Alice C. Tyler Village
Location:Lignum, VA

About Childhelp

CEO and Co-Founder SaraO’Meara and President and Co-Founder Yvonne Fedderson started Childhelp in 1959, establishing it as a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect and at-risk children. Childhelp focuses on advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach.

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. Childhelp also created the National Day of Hope® that mobilizes people across America to join the fight against child abuse.  For more information about Childhelp, please visit the website at

About Childhelp Alice C. Tyler Village

Throughout the breadth of 260-acres of naturally lush and inviting land in Lignum, Virginia, the Childhelp Alice C. Tyler Village (the Village) has been providing a healing home environment for severely abused, neglected, and at-risk children since 1993.  Producing a true community atmosphere, the Village houses as many as 67 children ranging in age from 5 to 14 years old.  The residents live in small cottages and are grouped by age and treatment needs.  The children who make their home at the village are referred to this place of healing by various judicial authorities and child welfare offices after the Department of Social Services takes custody of them.  They arrive experiencing severe behavioral and emotional problems as a result of their previous abusive or neglectful situations.  For many of these children, the Village and its multidisciplinary team (MDT) are their last hope in avoiding placement at a juvenile correctional facility.

It takes a whole village to raise a child.  A team of mental health professionals greets each child upon their arrival, equipped to develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to each child’s specific needs.  While at the Village, children receive on-site clinical services provided by Childhelp’s MDT under the direction of a staff psychiatrist.  The children learn to love themselves and trust others through comprehensive treatment, including psychological, educational, recreational, music, art, occupational, and speech therapy.  The dedicated, highly-trained, and passionate staff of therapists, teachers, behavioral health specialists, nurses, physicians, and chaplain work to cultivate trust in children who have known only betrayal, and build self-esteem in the young souls who have rarely been given reason to like themselves.

Position Summary:

Responsible for implementing curricula and teaching methods that utilize recreation and leisure activities to enhance psychosocial functioning, enhance physical performance, and facilitate community integration.  In conjunction with the residents, plan and participates in activities, community outings, and special events on and off-site.    

Essential Responsibilities: 

  1. Provide crisis intervention techniques, and the complete required documentation.
  2. Provide support, encouragement, and role modeling for the residents within your assigned cottage.
  3. Understands the Village’s de-escalation techniques and methodologies as well as the implementation of any special treatment procedures per established policies and procedures.
  4. Communicates effectively with other staff via shift logs, team meetings and formal and informal staffings.  All written communication must be legible, with correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation used at all times.  Written communication must also be completed in a timely manner.
  5. Carries out other duties as assigned to meet the needs of the program.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Minimum of a High School Diploma or Equivalent.  A Bachelor’s Degree in the behavioral sciences with an emphasis on recreational therapy is preferred.  Qualified candidate(s) will have a minimum of one year of experience leading and participating in therapeutic recreational activities. Experience working with children/adolescents with emotional/behavioral disturbances in a residential treatment facility for children strongly preferred.
  • In addition to education requirements, employee must demonstrate, through prior work experience, competency in consistently exercising professional judgment and discretion in the execution and implementation of milieu management techniques and methodologies.
  • Minimum of 6 months experience working with children, preferably in a therapeutic residential treatment setting.
  • Must successfully complete all of the Alice C. Tyler Village new hire orientation and training requirements.
  • Must possess a current life guarding certification.
  • Must possess a valid Virginia driver's License.


Childhelp is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer



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