Lobby Day at the Oregon Capitol

We had a great turn out for the Campaign for Seniors and People with Disabilities Lobby Day on February 27.  Advocates from Hollywood Senior Center, Impact NW, Neighborhood House, ADVS Advisory Committees, AARP-Oregon, Urban League, IRCO, Elders in ActionSEIU and others packed the capital to advocate for funding for services for older adults. There will be many more opportunities to go to Salem this legislative session – watch our website for upcoming events!

Elder Abuse Program Evaluator Position

Elder Abuse Program Evaluator Position

Status: Part Time, Short Term (25 hours week)

Supervisor: Deputy Director
Elders in Action is seeking an enthusiastic self-starter to assess and make recommendations on our current and future processes for addressing issues of older adult victims of crime. This will include working with EIA staff, partner organizations and crime prevention personnel to identify strengths, weaknesses and opportunities of current and potential strategies for intake, facilitation and resolution of issues facing older adult victims of crime and abuse. This position is grant funded and will end in December 2017. Some travel to out of state trainings may be necessary.
As Elders in Action approaches its 20th 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 participate in this effort to ensure Elders in Action is inclusive and representative of the diversity of our elder community.
Scope of Position:
Program Evaluation

? Review our current procedures for intake of older adult victims of crime, including domestic abuse, fraud and scams and caretaker abuse
? Compare and contrast Elders in Action’s in-house response procedures with those used by partner organizations such as Adult Protective Services, Multnomah County District Senior Centers and non-profits organizations working victims of crime
? Develop proposed recommendations for integrating new intake and assistance procedures for victims of crime
? Develop proposed recommendations for tracking procedures and technological changes in databases that will increase data gathering and reporting
Partner Interaction
? Conduct interviews and attend workshops with partner organizations such as local domestic violence service providers and members of Inter-Agency Committee for Abuse Prevention (ICAP) to identify techniques and procedures employed by others to assist victims of crime.
? Facilitate a group discussion with professionals in the field to identify gaps in the existing elder abuse system with a view to identifying how volunteers may fill those gaps
? Solicit the participation of staff from partners agencies in presenting at trainings
Training
? Develop training protocols based largely on existing materials gathered from partner organizations
? Prepare and implement training for volunteers and staff as appropriate
? Create prevention education curriculum and train volunteers as community educators
? Recruit and train volunteers to assist with implementation of proposed procedures and activities
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
? Comfort working independently and within teams – employee should be a solution oriented self-starter
? Excellent communication and interpersonal skills – employee will be constantly interacting with staff, partners and volunteers
? Good research and program evaluation skills
? Some experience with service provision for victims of crime
? Experience recruiting and training of volunteers
? Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with people in diverse situations and of varied backgrounds
? Knowledge of the current trends, issues and challenges facing the 60 plus age group
? Experience with Microsoft Office and facility with volunteer databases
? 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 “Elder Abuse Program Evaluator.

Application Deadline: October 7, 2016.
? Resume
? Cover Letter
? Contact info for 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: $20./hr, 25 hours/wk.

Development Manager Position Opening

Status:           Part Time (24 hours week) Exempt
Supervisor: Executive Director

Elders in Action is seeking an enthusiastic self-starter to manage the Elders in Action development program. This includes developing corporate partnerships, coordinating direct mail campaigns, coordinating fundraising events and appeals, and researching potential grant and other income opportunities. This position will work closely with the Executive Director in expanding and executing the agency’s annual development plan.

As Elders in Action approaches its 20th 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 participate in this effort to ensure Elders in Action is inclusive and representative of the diversity of our elder community.

Scope of Position:

Fundraising activities:

  • Coordinate annual gala in partnership with Elders in Action staff and volunteers
  • Research and coordinate approaches to foundations, government agencies and other potential grant makers to the organization
  • Coordinate donor and prospect research; develop cultivation strategies for executive staff and Board members; develop and maintain stewardship program
  • Identify, develop and nurture relationships with major donors, identifying new potential donors

Management

  • Monitor and report on financial progress
  • Recruit and manage volunteers for fundraising projects
  • Support implementation and evaluation of annual development plan
  • Conduct database queries and prepare reports
  • Collaboratively review, refine and develop donor benefits and recognition programs
  • Collaborate with staff to develop messaging, collateral material and events that support donor relations initiatives

Marketing and PR tasks:

  • Communicating with the public: online, via the media, through direct mail etc.
  • Liaising with copywriter, printer etc to produce fundraising promotional material

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Comfort working independently and within teams –in this position employee should be a solution oriented self-starter
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills –in this position employee will be constantly interacting with people, persuading them of the value of our organization, writing proposals and inspiring people to commit to Elders in Action’s mission
  • A strong strategic thinker able to coordinate multiple projects, with attention to detail and the ability to balance competing priorities with grace and good humor
  • Research skills and attention to detail in sourcing information and statistics and researching trends
  • Creativity –idea generation
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with people in diverse situations and of varied backgrounds
  • Knowledge of the current trends, issues and challenges facing baby boomers and the 65 plus age group
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, PowerPoint and social media sites
  • 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 “Development Manager.”

Application Deadline: September 9, 2016.

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • 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: $26,732

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)

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

Elders in Action  | 1411 SW Morrison St., Suite 290 Portland, OR 97205 | 503-235-5474

Position Announcement Deputy Director

Position Announcement  Deputy Director

Supervisor: Executive Director

Directly Supervises: Program Staff

Employment Status:  Regular, Full-time, and Exempt

Organization:

Elders in Action is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit 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 seven 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.

As Elders in Action approaches its 50th Anniversary, we are embarking on an organizational review of our vision, mission and goals with the intention ensuring 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 and be a leader in this effort to ensure Elders in Action is inclusive and representative of the diversity of our community elders.

Position:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Deputy Director will have both internal and external responsibilities ranging from staff management, program development and implementation, assisting with developing agency-funding strategies, to management and administration. The Deputy Director will work with the Executive Director to facilitate the agency’s work plan development, strategic goals and grant management activities.

Responsibilities:

  • Facilitates goal setting and agency program development
  • Assists Executive Director with overall management of activities including assisting with agency funding approaches
  • Manages the agencies programs and the program staff
  • Maintains relationships with community partners, funders, businesses and the public
  • Supervises the implementation and evaluation of grant funded programs
  • Identify best practices and improve/enhance internal systems with a focus on needs and budget realities
  • Develop and implement education and training opportunities with staff, partners and community groups
  • Actively assist with agency volunteer management
  • Serves as the acting director in the absence of the Executive Director

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years experience in a leadership position preferably in a non-profit organization
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Business, Management, Human Services, related field or equivalent experience
  • Experience and skill in working with a board of directors, advisory groups and volunteers
  • Knowledge of current trends, issues and challenges facing older adults
  • Must be willing to work in a small office environment and be willing to work collaboratively with team members
  • Excellent management, supervision and leadership skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships within the Portland community
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills are essential
  • Experience with working with older adults and a commitment to Elders in Action mission
  • Ability to work with efficiency, flexibility and professionalism

Salary Range: $48,000-$52,000

To Apply:

Qualified and interested candidates should submit the following items listed below (PDF format preferred) to Barbara Bernstein, Executive Director at info@eldersinaction.org with the subject line “Deputy Director Position” by 5pm on Monday, June 8th, 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 diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Elders in Action is Seeking an Executive Director

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Executive Director:

 Founded in 1968 as the Portland Multnomah Commission on Aging and incorporated in 1997 as a private nonprofit, Elders in Action, fulfills its mission to assure a vibrant community through the active involvement of older adults through its four unique programs. 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.

We are currently seeking a visionary Executive Director to lead a well-established organization.

 Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works in conjunction with the Board of Directors to set the vision and goals of this growing organization that advocates for the rights of older adults and serves older adults and people with disabilities through a variety of programs.
  • Serves as the key development officer, including oversight of individual and major donors, as well as corporate, government and foundation support.
  • Responsible for building and maintaining effective relationships with government agencies, community and business partners, and the general public to ensure successful partnerships.
  • Provides overall agency administration including human resource management, direction for internal structures and facilities oversight.
  • Spearheads the annual and strategic planning with staff and Board of Directors.
  • Monitors revenues and expenditures, fiscal controls, financial forecasts, independent audit process of an organizational budget of $540,000.
  • Serves as Development Director to create and implement a development plan that details how the organization solicits donors and identifies funding sources such as grants, in-kind donations, charitable events and marketing opportunities.
  • Develops and articulates organizational updates, results and proposals to the Board of Directors. Assigns and tracks cases and the accompanying administrative duties.
  • Leads grant-writing and fundraising efforts from all sources including government contracts, foundations, corporate and individuals.
  • Executes, manages and monitors contracts and agreements on behalf of Elders in Action.
  • Serves as the primary spokesperson for the organization in media, press and public hearings

Qualifications:

  • 5-7 years of experience in non-profit management.
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Service field and related field that includes extensive work experience with vulnerable populations.
  • Proven track record of established non-profit fundraising experience.
  • Ability to build and maintain collaborative partnership with government officials, community and business leaders.
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in working with Board of Directors, Commissions, Advisory groups and volunteers.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication and management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve, to be proactive; and to prioritize and handle a variety of projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to inspire and support a productive, professional and collaborative staff.
  • Experience in special event planning, coordination and implementation.
  • Experience in creating and implementing strategic plans that address the agencies mission and public and private interests.
  • Effective skills using media and computer technology skills, including Microsoft Excel, Word and Webmail.

Compensation and Benefits: Elders in Action offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

Application Process:

To apply for this position, please submit to edsearch@eldersinaction.org a cover letter, resume and salary requirement and a 500 word response to one of the following questions

  1. What excites you about working on behalf of older adults?
  2. What do you think are key components of an environment attractive to highly skilled volunteers
  3. What would you wish to create to enrich the lives of older adults?