Position Announcement Deputy Director

Supervisor: Executive Director
Directly Supervises: Program Staff
Employment Status: Regular, Full-time, and Exempt
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 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. We are working to create an organization 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.
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.
• Support program staff and facilitates goal setting and agency program development
• Supervise the implementation and evaluation of grant funded programs
• Identify best practices and improve/enhance internal systems with a focus on needs and budget realities
• Actively assist with agency volunteer management
• Develop and implement education and training opportunities with staff, partners and community groups
• Assist Executive Director with overall management of activities including assisting with agency funding raising efforts
• Develop and maintain relationships with community partners, funders, businesses and the public
• Serves as the acting director in the absence of the Executive Director.
• 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-$53,000
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, October 19th, 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.

Matricular ahora para 2015 Envejeciendo Bien Conferencia

Envejeciendo Bien Conferencia

(Aging Well Conference) 2015

Sábado 3 de octubre de 2015     8 a. m. – 12:30 p. m.

Edificio de Ciencias Colaborativas de la Vida (Collaborative Life Sciences Building) OHSU, 2730 SW Moody Avenue, al pie del cruce Tilikum

Registro gratuito: http://bit.ly/AgeWell2015

(877) 926-8300   Se ofrecerá desayuno

TEMAS A TRATAR • Trabajo voluntario para mejorar la salud del cerebro • Cómo recortar cosas y permanecer en casa • Mantenerse activo, sin importar qué • Encontrar recursos para usted o para un ser querido • Cocinar para el bienestar y dentro del presupuesto.


Spanish 2015 Aging Well Conference Poster

Matricular ahora para Envejeciendo Bien Conferencia en el 3 de octubre.


Register now for the ‘What Are Old People For’ Event on October 16

You are invited to

What Are Old People For?

    Building A Community For All Ages

Join us to learn about the progress of the Age-Friendly Portland & Multnomah County initiatives, how to become engaged in the community-based effort, and to hear Dr. Janet Taylor’s keynote presentation on the value of older adults as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Keynote presentation will be delivered by Janet Taylor, MD.
Janet is a Community Psychiatrist in New York City. She is a frequent contributor to the CBS  “The Early Show”, NBC “The Today Show”, CNN, MSNBC and ABC.com’s webcast, “Mom’s Get Real”.  She also has a  column in Family Circle magazine is titled, “Ask Dr. Jane”.
October 16th
Warner Pacific  College
2219 SE 68th Ave.
Portland, OR 97215
Main Campus
(68th & SE Division)

Sponsored by:
AARP Oregon, Portland State University Institute on Aging  & Multnomah County 

What Are Old People For? Building A Community For All Ages

You are invited to

What Are Old People For?



Building A Community For All Ages

Join us to learn about the progress of the Age Friendly Portland Initiative and how you can be part of this fantastic community engagement effort.

Keynote will be delivered by Janet Taylor, MD.
Janet is a Community Psychiatrist in New York City. She is a frequent contributor to the CBS  “The Early Show”, NBC “The Today Show”, CNN, MSNBC and ABC.com’s webcast, “Mom’s Get Real”.  She also has a  column in Family Circle magazine is titled, “Ask Dr. Janet”
Dr. Janet will be discussing a global perspective on the value of older adults as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Come and listen to local advocates, representatives and community members about our next steps in the Age Friendly Portland movement.
Registration will begin in September, 2015.


 Friday, October 16th   9:30-11:30am


Warner Pacific  College

McGuire Auditorium

2219 SE 68th Ave. Portland, OR 97215


Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program


You can help Elders in Action donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!

Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give.

Here’s how the program works:

  • You can search for Elders in Action by our name or by our non-profit number  Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Elders in Action earn a donation!
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today. If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

For more information, please visit  www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards







Summer may be ending but the Action has not

Catch the Orange Line with 
Elders in Action
Date: September  12
Time:  9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
PLACE: Lincoln Station
229 SW Lincoln St., Portland, OR
It’s a historic day with a party to match!
On September 12, 2015, we’re coming together as communities, neighbors, families and riders to celebrate the opening of the MAX Orange Line. There’ll be fun events and activities happening along the new line, and rides on MAX, TriMet buses, Portland Streetcar and the Aerial Tram will be free all day.  Come to Elders in Action’s booth at Lincoln Station where you’ll see:
9:10 a.m.   First train arrives Lincoln Station
11:00 a.m. Oregon Symphony Brass Quintet
1:30 p.m. The SlimJims: party to five decades of American Roots Music
3:30 p.m. Portland Pride Marching Band
4:00 p.m. The American Music Project Pacific Jazz Crest Orchestra: award winning 18-piece student jazz band under the direction of Thara Memory

Housing Advocacy with 

East County Action Plan
DATE:  Saturday, August 29, 2015
TIME: 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
PLACE: David Douglas High School, 1001 SE 135th Ave.
Every day we get calls from older adults who are losing their housing to rising rents, gentrification and people moving to Portland to enjoy it’s quality of life. Some of these trends are positive while others are having profound negative impacts on our local older adults and other minority communities. Join advocates this Saturday to learn about how we can work to ensure our community grows in a positive way without displacing our current residents and communities.
Free Lunch and Childcare provided
For questions, email Lore Wintergreen or call 503.823.4035 .  For a copy of the agenda click here.
Sponsored by:  East Portland Neighborhood Office

2015 Aging Well Conference
DATE: October 3, 2015
TIME: 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
PLACE: OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building 2730 S.W. Moody
Refreshments provided

Topics include:

  • Brain Health and Volunteering
  • Housing and Aging in Place
  • Active Living and Movement
  • Finding Resources For Yourself or a Loved One
  • Nutrition and Cooking on a Budget
Registration will open in September. For questions, email oraarp@aarp.org
Sponsored by: AARP-OR, Multnomah County, Portland State, OHSU, Natonal Hardford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, and Elders in Action.

Building a community for all ages!
DATE:  October 16, 2015
TIME: 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
PLACE: Warner Pacific College
2219 SE 68th Avenue ∙ Portland
Join us to learn about the progress of the Age-Friendly Portland initiative and how you can be a part of this  community engagement effort!
The event will feature Dr. Janet Taylor. Dr. Janet is a Community Psychiatrist in New York City. She is a frequent contributor to the CBS ” The Early Show,” NBC “The Today Show”, CNN, MSNBC and ABC.com’s regular webcast’, “Mom’s Get Real”, Her column in Family Circle magazine is titled, “Ask Dr. Janet”  She will be discussing a national perspective on the value of older adults as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion. Registration will begins in September.  For questions, email info@eldersinaction.org
Sponsored by:  AARP-OR, Elders in Action, and PSU Institute on Aging.

Lois Smith – New Deputy Director at Elders in Action

Lois SLois Smith has recently joined our team as Elders in Action’s new Deputy Director. 

Lois comes to our organization with over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, with 17 years in the aging field. She has spent the majority of her career working on social impact issues, projects and campaigns with organizations dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for older adults, families and children. Lois spent several years working with the Colorado Commission on Aging, and twelve years with the AARP, managing national, regional and state efforts for the Association’s advocacy, community service and public education initiatives. During her career, Lois has held various leadership roles on national membership, health and consumer issue teams and has conducted numerous public speaking, issue and skill building workshops for organizations including: Independent Sector, NALC, NRTA and George Washington University. Lois has also served as a legislative liaison and consultant to elected and appointed officials, as well as various agencies and associations.

With her wealth of experience in nonprofit operations and management, Lois expects to fully utilize her background and skills in her new role as Deputy Director. Lois’ mantra is to listen, learn and leverage the leadership and expertise of Elders in Action’s team of staff, volunteers and community partners. Lois describes herself as a visionary with a plan.  “I have the ability to see the big picture while simultaneously working to build a dynamic, world class operation, where our team is empowered, energized and fully engaged in improving the quality of life for older adults through proactive education, advocacy, service and engagement”.



EiA Commission – How’d we do in Salem this year?


The Legislative Session ended in June and the Elders in Action Commission was pleased with the results. While not all the bills the Commission advocated for passed, many did very well:


CARE Act (HB 3378)    Proponent:   AARP

The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act will provide a patient admitted to the hospital an opportunity to name a family caregiver who is recorded in the medical record; alert the family caregiver prior to the patient being discharged; and provide the family caregivers a live demonstration on how to perform post-discharge care.

Senior Property Tax Deferral   

Proponents:  Multnomah County

Modifies the eligibility requirements to better reflect the goals of the program.

Earned Sick Leave  (HB 454)       
Proponent: Family Forward Oregon, Multnomah County

Requires employers to let employees earn sick days to recover from illness and take care of sick kids without losing critical income or their jobs.
Ban the Box  (HB 3025)  

 Proponents: Urban League of Portland, Oregon Action and AFL-CIO
Would eliminate job and housing discrimination against people with arrest and conviction histories by “banning the box”, or prohibiting the placement of box on job and housing applications that requires applicants to mark “yes” if they have ever been arrested or convicted.

 End Profiling   (HB-2002)

Proponent:  Center for Intercultural Organizing

Prohibits law enforcement agencies and officers from profiling based on specified personal characteristics or circumstances of individuals, except when tied to a specific suspect description or credible information related to criminal incidents or activity.

Inclusionary Zoning  (HB 2564)   
Proponent:  Coalition by OPAL

This bill would have repealed the existing ban on inclusionary zoning in Oregon. Inclusionary zoning or inclusionary housing, as it is also known, is a land use practice that requires affordable housing units to be built along with market rate housing, typically in new developments.

Raise Minimum Wage 
(HB 2009/SB 610) 
Proponents:   15 NOW Oregon
Would raise Oregon’s minimum wage to $15.00/hour for most workers by January 2016. Businesses with less than 10 employees would be eligible for a two year phase-in process where the minimum wage would rise to $12.50 per hour in 2016 and to $15 per hour in 2017.
Other Good News…. The Legislature approved $60 million for housing programs, $40 million; will go to support housing for low income families and $20 million will create housing for people with mental illness. Another $2.5 million in lottery backed funds was approved to preserve affordable housing.