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Director - Council on Aging job in Pittsfield

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Massachusetts (MA), Pittsfield
Employer:  City of Pittsfield
City:  Pittsfield
State:  Massachusetts (MA)
Zip Code:  01201

The City of Pittsfield has an excellent opportunity for a dynamic, outgoing, and compassionate individual to join its dedicated team as the Director of the Pittsfield Council on Aging, who shall be committed to nourishing community relationships, implementing change responsive to evolving patron and employee needs, and leading staff with a compassionate can-do attitude.


The Director is responsible for the management of the Senior Center/Council on Aging operations, which includes but is not limited to the development and implementation of programs and services for the City’s senior citizens as well as advocating on behalf of seniors with other agencies, health care providers, and citizen groups.

RESPONSIBILITIES
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1. Administer, direct and coordinate activities of the Council on Aging and Senior Center. Develop plans, policies, and procedures for the establishment and maintenance of senior services.
2. Develop, manage, and monitor annual operating budget and capital improvement plan.
3. Prepare agenda for Council on Aging meetings; staff meetings; provide reports; monitor performance of services/programs; make recommendations for new or modified services/programs; advise Council on Aging regarding legislative and government issues, as well as new findings and trends in gerontology and program/service needs.
4. Develop and build relationships with state and local officials, community leaders, and citizens groups serving senior citizens, health care providers, and senior citizens; Facilitate response to the needs of senior citizens.
5. Coordinate the purchase of materials required to operate the Senior Center and the Council on Aging.
6. Research grant opportunities; prepare grant applications; administer grant funding received.
7. Supervise the operation of the transportation system for seniors and other various programs.
8. Explore additional sources of funding, as well as assistance from health and human service agencies in sponsoring programs and events for seniors.
9. Act as a representative and liaison of the City and Council on Aging.
10. In collaboration with the Building Maintenance Department, oversees and requests the maintenance of the Senior Center facility and equipment; ensures compliance with building and fire codes.
11. Interpret anticipated demographic changes as they relate to future senior service needs (based upon data), develop strategic plans in order to prepare for these needs.
12. Supervisory activities which may include but is not limited to: responsibility for performance management, hiring, conducting employee orientation, scheduling work hours/granting time off, providing training and development, assigning/reviewing work, rewarding/disciplining employees, and managing employee compensation.
13. Performs other duties as assigned or required.

QUALIFICATIONS
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1. Requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in social services, human services, gerontology, or related field, and 5 years of related experience, 2 of which have been in a supervisory capacity. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Experience in a municipal environment is preferred.
2. Requires broad knowledge of federal, state, and local services available to the elderly. Requires the ability to use initiative, persuasion, tact and judgment in advocating for the City’s seniors with local, state and federal officials, and other agencies.
3. Effective customer service and interpersonal skills.
4. Requires the ability to build a positive team environment, manage and motivate staff; Familiarity with personnel/HR practices.
5. Requires knowledge of municipal finances, overall sound skills in budget management.
6. Requires excellent planning, time management and organizational skills.
7. Requires strong computer skills including familiarity with Microsoft office, ability to learn relevant software related to position and City employment.
8. Solid understanding of local laws and ordinances, and Massachusetts General Laws as they pertain to human services and elderly welfare.

Position type:  Full-Time
04/04/18
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