CLOSED/Age Friendly Program Coordinator Opening

Job Description: Age Friendly Program Coordinator
Status: Part Time (24 hours week) Exempt
Supervisor: Deputy Director
Elders in Action is seeking an innovative and enthusiastic individual to coordinate and develop the nationally recognized Age Friendly program of the agency. The two main goals of the position are to 1) represent Elders in Action in the community and be a thought leader in the Age Friendly movement and, 2) develop and grow the Age Friendly Business program in keeping with the mission of the organization. Candidate must have extensive knowledge of the community, public speaking and training experience and embrace the mission of our agency. Person must have ability to create positive and long term relationships with the business community and agency partners.
As Elders in Action approaches its 50th Anniversary, we are embarking on an organizational review of our vision, mission and goals to ensure that Elders in Action maintains its relevance to a growing and increasingly diverse older adult population in the Portland Metro area. The ideal candidate will be interested participating in this effort to ensure Elders in Action is inclusive and representative of the diversity of our community elders.
Scope of Position:
Serves as coordinator of the Age Friendly Business program, working closely with the Executive Director and the Deputy Director in program development and improvement. Responsible for evaluating, developing and expanding the Age Friendly program.
Responsibilities:
? Working with the Executive Director and agency staff to develop a long range, comprehensive, strategic Age Friendly Business (AFB) plan for Elders in Action.
? Sets program goals, including developing educational opportunities and carrying out strategies to attract new businesses locally.
? Recruits, trains and supports Age Friendly program volunteers.
? Works closely with Elders in Action staff to identify and deliver opportunities for raising awareness of Age Friendly practices in the community.
? Works with Executive director to develop corporate sponsorships.
? Develops, organizes, and oversees Age Friendly Customer Service workshops for area businesses to help them better serve the older customer and increase their positive impact on their customer base.
? Oversees operation of internal systems to support program development and expansion.
? Participates in community-wide Age Friendly activities with partners.
? Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
? Degree in business, marketing, public relations or relevant field.
? Demonstrated success in public speaking.
? Ability to motivate others is a key for success.
? Demonstrated success in designing and implementing program curriculum and developing training workshops.
? Knowledge of the current trends, issues and challenges facing baby boomers and the 65 plus age group.
? Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with people in diverse situations and of varied backgrounds.
? Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects required.
? Experience with Microsoft Office, PowerPoint and social media sites required.
? Valid Oregon Driver’s License required for travel in the Metro area.
To Apply

Qualified and interested candidates should submit the following items listed below (PDF format preferred) to info@eldersinaction.org with the subject line “Age Friendly Program Coordinator.” Position open until filled.
? One-page cover letter which includes your interest and qualifications for this position
? Resume
? Three professional references
Elders in Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants from various ages, bilingual and bicultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
Salary starts at $40,000 (pro-rated to part-time)

Your financial support does make a difference!

Greetings from Steven R. Clark, Elders in Actions Board President:stevenclark

All of us need help in our lives at one time or another. As we age, we may lose our support structure that allows us to remain independent – family may live in another state, we may out live our friends, and we live on a fixed income. Your financial support of Elders in Action ensures there is always someone to turn to for help, as Ginny did.

Ginny, who is 81 years old, called Elders in Action recently to ask for help sorting out her medical bills. She had set up a payment plan with her provider, but was uncertain about what it was for. When Elders in Action Personal Advocate, Mary S., arrived at Ginny’s home to assist her, she discovered there were issues of more pressing concern.

Ginny’s checking account was overdrawn. She had some confusion about how her bills were paid –some were auto withdrawal from her bank, some by credit card, others by check, making it all hard to track. Ginny was chronically late paying her bills and was spending her limited income on subscriptions and donations she couldn’t afford.

With Mary’s assistance and encouragement, Ginny was able to qualify for a payment assistance program for her medical bills and resolve her late payments and overdraft fees. Together, they were able to find $2,400 in yearly savings by reviewing Ginny’s budget and cancelling unaffordable donations and subscriptions. This savings will allow Ginny to retain her independence and feel secure in her housing.

Our volunteers like to call a situation like Ginny’s “peeling the onion”. Through careful listening and attention, Personal Advocates may find and assist with a deeper problem than initially presented to help the older adult back onto the road of well-being and security.

Each of the last three years we have seen a yearly increase of 20% in requests for support from our personal advocate program –approximately 500 more seniors are calling us each year. Last year your support enabled us to add a part-time position. That was a start but we want to do more. Your support will help us to move closer to our goal of making this position full time.

In addition, your support will allow us to develop strategies to serve older adults from diverse communities more effectively and will ensure we can continue our advocacy for an age friendly community. It is my privilege to lead an organization that exists to advocate for and help older adults. We all need help at various points in our lives and because of you; older adults like Ginny, will always have Elders in Action to reach out to.

Today I ask that you please give generously. Please join me and the Board members of Elders in Action, with a donation to help us meet our goal of raising $15,000 during our year-end campaign.  Your financial support does make a difference!

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P.S. I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to Save the Date! The date of our Annual Gala is April 22, 2016. Join us to hear in person about the impact your donation makes in the lives of older adults. I hope to see you there!

Closed/ Civic Involvement Coordinator Opening

Position: Civic Involvement Coordinator

Supervisor: Deputy Director

Employment Status: Regular, Full-time and Exempt

Organization

Elders in Action is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit dedicated to ensuring the quality of life for older adults never depends on their age. Founded in 1968 as the Portland Multnomah Commission on Aging and incorporated in 1997 as a private nonprofit, our mission is to ensure a vibrant community through the active involvement of older adults. We are a small staff of eight and are powered by the experience and talent of over 150 volunteers.

Located in Portland, OR, we serve the aging population 60+ throughout the tri-county area by offering personal support, educational programs, advocacy and volunteer engagement. Our vision is to create a community that promotes opportunities for all older adults to be active and engaged and to contribute in meaningful ways to the health and vitality of our community.

Elders in Action is embarking on an organizational review of our vision, mission and goals to ensure that Elders in Action maintains its relevance to a growing and increasingly diverse older adult population in the Portland Metro area. The ideal candidate will be actively engaged in this effort to ensure Elders in Action is inclusive and representative of the diversity of our community elders.

Position

Reporting to the Deputy Director, the Civic Involvement Coordinator will have responsibilities ranging from advocacy effort leadership to creating and sustaining robust relationships with public officials, coalition partners, advocates, community organizations and the public. The Civic Involvement Coordinator is the main conduit for the agency’s advocacy efforts in partnership with city, county and nonprofit partners.  This position also facilitates the work and engagement of the Advisory Council, federally mandated under the Older Americans Act, in its advisory role with the Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services and the City of Portland.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinates recruitment, screening and mentoring of Council volunteers.
  • Facilitates work plan development, advocacy coordination and project activities for the 31-member volunteer Council.
  • Assists with prioritization of the Agency’s advisory and advocacy efforts.
  • Coordinates advocacy initiatives and activities with government partners and other community partner advisory groups.
  • Develops materials, reports and statistical information as needed to support the work of the Agency’s programs.
  • Coordinates advocacy efforts such as testimony at public hearings, meetings with elected officials and participation in partner organization advisory groups.
  • Supports and integrates issues and trends from the organization’s Personal Advocate program into the Agency and Council’s advocacy efforts.
  • Train, develop and engage volunteer advocates. 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Human Services or related field OR a minimum of 5 years relevant work experience.
  • Experience coordinating and managing volunteer advisory groups and coordinating culturally appropriate meetings.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and respond to issues in a time sensitive manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly collect, analyze and convey information about complex regulations, policy and proposals to a variety of audiences.
  • Experience working with volunteers and a commitment to Elders in Action mission.
  • Ability to work with efficiency, flexibility and professionalism.
  • Must be willing to work in a small office environment and work collaboratively with staff and volunteers.
  • Commitment to building a diverse group of volunteers.
  • Positive, proactive, solution oriented.
  • Valid driver’s license required and access to reliable motorized vehicle to travel locally.

To Apply

Qualified and interested candidates should submit the following items listed below (PDF format preferred) to JoAnn Herrigel, Deputy Director, at info@eldersinaction.org  with the subject line “Civic Involvement Coordinator Position” by 5pm on Tuesday, December 29, 2015.

  • One-page cover letter which includes your interest and qualifications for this position
  • Resume
  • Three professional references

Elders in Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants from various ages, bilingual and bicultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary starts at $36,000

On #GivingTuesday we want to say Thank You!

On #GivingTuesday we want

to say Thank You!

Did you know one of the secrets to aging well is
volunteerism and connecting with others?
 Your support enables us to provide older adults opportunities to
 be involved and make a difference. 
 
We hope you will enjoy the photo essay 
below of Elders in Action – in action.  
We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.   Winston Churchill

December 1, 2015

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