This position is located in the Department’s Aging and Disability Services division. The Area Agency on Aging is responsible for assuring the development and implementation of a coordinated network of services designed to allow persons with disabilities and older adults to avoid nursing home placement and remain as independent and safely as possible in the community. This responsibility includes coordinating plans and programs for all County departments, offices and agencies providing services to persons with disabilities, older adults and their families. The AAA Director sets AAA goals and objectives and assigns and directs staff to assure completion of duties and tasks. Lead Task forces, groups and interagency personnel in the development of policies and programs. Represent the County in meetings before State and Federal officials and give testimony on public policy on the needs and services pertinent to persons with disabilities, older adults and their caregivers.
Administrator for the Area Agency on Aging is critical leadership position that contributes to the development of policy, programs and legislation affecting all senior residents of the County, persons with disabilities, their families and caregivers. The duties of this position entail working with and across all Departments of County government and include extensive coordination among multiple stakeholder groups, primary of which is the County Commission on Aging.
- Provides overall management and leadership to several key Federal, State and locally funded programs for older adults including all those funded by the Federal Older American Act, State of Maryland Department on Aging and State of Maryland Department of Health/ Medicaid.
- Provides leadership, management and extensive coordination of a broad human service delivery system to meet the needs of County senior citizens.
- Provides substantive and strategic analysis, advice and recommendations on major policy matters and service delivery issues affecting the over 170,000 older adults County-wide and over 60,000 caregivers for persons with disabilities and older adults to the Chief, Aging & Disability Services, and the Director, DHHS.
- Develop policy options and reform strategies to enable the County to advocate and promote transformational changes aligned to Executive priorities. The policy advice and guidance extend beyond DHHS provided services to include Housing, Transportation/Mobility, Libraries/Life-Long Learning, Employment, Volunteerism, Recreation, and Civic Engagement.
- Assist in the management of its strategic, multi-year planning effort to meet the current and emerging needs of the rapidly increasing older adult population, including those with memory loss and dementia and their caregivers.
- Collaborate closely with other County departments specifically Office of Community Partnerships, Regional Services Centers and others to provide leadership and policy guidance to the growing number of public-private community-based aging in place initiatives.
- Serve as an expert resource to department and Executive staff, Boards & Commissions, and opinion leaders and policymakers outside County government.
- Identifies emerging policy issues, designs/develops policy options, and assesses impact of policy changes on related policy goals and programs including LEP populations, financial impacts on stakeholders, coherence with other County objectives, political feasibility.
- Evaluates policy positions on matters relevant to seniors and provides technical advice on the legislative and regulatory steps required to achieve desired policy changes
- Provides administrative oversight and facilitation to staff supporting the activities of the Commission on Aging in the discharge of its duty to advise and counsel the County Executive and departments, Council, residents as well as state and federal governments on matters related to the needs of the aged.
- Outreach to the private sector (profit and nonprofit) and faith communities to both assess the needs of seniors (e.g., Villages, Caregivers, and Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities) and to identify opportunities for senior vital living.
- Assist the Chief, Aging & Disability Services, in the development and implementation of communication strategies for reaching the county's over 170,000 residents age 65 and older and our diverse senior communities.
- Organize community and professional conferences, hold public hearings and presentations on topics of importance to seniors. Establish contacts within senior ethnic/cultural/minority organizations.
- Support, contribute to and facilitate the work of senior-related initiatives such as Vision Zero, Older Drivers Safety work group, Citizens Fire Safety Task Force, Dementia Friendly Montgomery, Senior Leadership Montgomery, and Grass Roots for the Well Being of Seniors.
- Liaison with the Maryland Department on Aging to keep the Department and the County Executive abreast of issues, programs, and services vital to seniors in Montgomery County.
- Support the County Age Friendly Advisory group and its ten workgroups as part of the WHO/AARP Age Friendly Initiative. Assist in the management of its strategic, multi-year planning effort to meet the current and emerging needs of the rapidly increasing older adult population, including those with memory loss and dementia and their caregivers.
As a manager/supervisor of unionized employees, this position has a responsibility for fostering a positive labor relations environment based on mutual trust, respect, and cooperation.
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||Montgomery County Aging and Disability Services
||$92,185 to $167,345
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||Experience: Seven years of progressively responsible executive level professional experience in gerontology/aging focused on program administration, policy development, stakeholder engagement, community engagement working with diverse populations, three years of which were in a supervisory or executive capacity.
Note: The term "executive" is further defined as a high echelon or high level position in an organization that is assigned technical research, management advisory services responsibilities, or policy-making duties and responsibilities that exerts considerable influence on organizational policy, plans, and operations through technical research, management advisory services, and/or policy-making duties and responsibilities
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree.
Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.
LICENSE REQUIREMENT: Possession and maintenance of a valid Class C (or equivalent) driver’s license from the applicant’s state of residence when required for job-related duties.
||This listing expires on: 8/14/2020