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The Buckingham Director of Life Enrichment in Houston, Texas

The Buckingham is the premier not for profit, Life Care retirement community in the greater Houston region. Our mission is to enrich each resident’s life through exceptional experiences provided within an environment of comfort, elegance, exceptional hospitality and compassionate care. We offer a competitive salary and benefits including medical, dental and vision coverage, 401k with match, PTO, tuition reimbursement and meal programs. We are seeking an experienced professional with the skills, dedication and compassion to join our team and help achieve the mission and vision of The Buckingham.


The Director of Life Enrichment is responsible for developing and creating programs to enrich the lives of our residents. This person will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and creating exciting and fun programs that promote a level of health, well-being, engagement and growth for our residents.


The following duties are normal for this position. This list is not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Plans, schedules and conducts life enrichment programs that provide physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual opportunities for the residents.

  • Plans appropriate programs for holidays and special events.

  • Recruits and develops additional resources for services to the residents. Initiates correspondence including public relations communications with outside organizations, service groups and volunteers.

  • Advises and motivates residents regarding appropriate individual and group activities based on resident interests and opportunities for growth.

  • Prepares and organizes a calendar of events. Submits the calendar to the Executive Director for final approval. Posts and distributes the calendar.

  • Develops and prints the community newsletter.

  • Provides ongoing communication with residents and, as necessary, family members.

  • Provides leadership of wellness program.

  • Coordinates the community library.

  • Purchases and maintains equipment and supplies in accordance with budgetary guidelines.

  • Prepares preliminary draft of Lifestyles Operating Budget.

  • Organizes and supervises volunteer staff.

  • Addresses resident groups and other groups on subjects of common interest.

  • Maintains a database and prepares reports on resident assessments, participation and satisfaction.

  • Meets routinely with Executive Director, Directors of Nursing, Social Services and Lifestyle Coordinators to review operational issues, set goals and provide updates on individual resident participation.

  • Supervises lifestyles staff and coordinates with health services administrator on supervising health services lifestyles staff.

  • Participates in community in-services.

  • Participates on the Continuous Improvement Team.

  • Provides informational talks as required by the Director of Marketing.

  • Other duties as assigned by Supervisor.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Educational Requirements and Experience:

  • Experience working with seniors preferred, but not required.

  • Experience in event planning and small and large group planning.

  • Minimum Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school;

  • Five to seven years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Obtain a TFER (Texas Food Establishment Rules) food handler certification within 60 days upon hire.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Language Ability:

  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally, speaking the primary language of the residents.

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.

  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

  • Mathematical Skills:

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret graphs.

  • Cognitive Demands:

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

  • Computer Skills:

  • Ability to use Microsoft Windows, including Word and Excel. Ability to use software to design calendars and signs. Ability to use email and the Internet.

  • Competencies

  • Manages people effectively by taking responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Improves processes, products and services.

  • Provides leadership by exhibiting confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well.

  • Must demonstrate an interest in working with a senior population.

  • Interacts with guests, residents and staff in a courteous and friendly manner.

  • Responds promptly to resident needs.

  • Supports organization's goals and values.

  • Balances team and individual responsibilities.