POSITION: Director; Lorain County Office on Aging


HOURS: Monday – Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Varied Hours

Job Purpose:

The Lorain County Office on Aging is seeking an experienced and qualified candidate for the position of Director. The Director is responsible for managing and supervising employees, budgets, operations, maintenance, and programs for the Lorain County Office on Aging. Duties include assessing the needs of the senior and disability community, designing and implementing programs to meet those needs, and providing emergency intervention services as appropriate.

Major Responsibilities:

· Serves as facilities manager and operations manager for the Lorain County Office on Aging.

· Oversees the operation, maintenance and intervention services;

· Oversees the design, reclamation and upkeep of the center.

· Establishes department goals and prepares the department's operating and grant budgets and seeks resources from non-profit, state, and corporate contributions in the community in support of operations and services.

· Ensures compliance with programs.

· Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with coworkers the Board of Directors, county officials and other support organizations.

· Maintains department related confidential information as well as confidential information regarding populations served.

· Provides statistical reports regarding services and operations in support of grants and investment by various organizations, federal and state agencies and the Office on Aging to all required entities.

· Oversees the recruitment for all Office on Aging Staff and the design and development of programs by appropriate supervisory staff.

· Provides or oversees staff and volunteer in-service training.

· Performs short and long-term financial and strategic planning.

· Identifies and determines the needs of a multi-cultural, adult population in Lorain County; assesses community demographics, changing and altering program policies and practices in response to changes in service needs.

· Serves as liaison to programs, organizations, and public and community agencies/individuals. Participates in program planning groups in and out of the agency, including routine staff meetings and development sessions.

· Serves as a Reporter of Elder Abuse in accordance with the Ohio Protective Service Law.

· Conducts crisis intervention training for staff as necessary and works with supervisors to enforce the rules of confidentiality with staff and volunteers.

· Serves as an advocate representing issues and concerns of older and disabled adults; acts as a strong advocate at all levels.

· Provides education and expertise to address a wide variety of the problems of senior and disabled persons in a diverse environment.

· Attends training and workshops to maintain knowledge and awareness of state and federal laws as well as practices and techniques pertaining to the provision of financial and health-related support services to the elderly and disabled population.

· Meets with the Board of Directors on a regular basis to keep members abreast of finances, grant administration, and agency related issues.

· Networks and maintains knowledge of the Western Reserve Area Agency Aging and the Ohio Department of Aging.

· Performs fundraising and develops and maintains relationships with charitable organizations.

· Maintains a sensitivity and appreciation for senior issues and concerns, both for the individual patron and the general population.

· Manages the complex issues that may arise in a culturally diverse environment; including varying interest groups and persons of diverse cultural backgrounds

· Researches available resources which have the potential to benefit the Office on Aging and the clients served.

Generates additional resources through volunteerism, networking with other public agencies, grant writing efforts, and grant writing, grant submission, grant implementation, and meets grant reporting requirements.

· Motivates others through example, dedication to the field, and professional conduct.

· Provides oversight to all financial endeavors of the Office on Aging and develops an annual financial report and other reports as requested by the Board of Directors or other oversight agencies.

· Develops, maintains and implements policies and procedures appropriate to the workings of the Office on Aging with periodic reviews and revisions as appropriate.

· Preforms staff evaluations on an annual basis, addresses employee complaints and grievances and disciplinary actions per the Policies and Procedures of the Office on Aging.

· Approves and monitors employee's overtime and all employee records of sick leave, vacation, and other leaves of absence

· Interviews new job applicants.

· Plans and develops program services and oversees disbursement of program funds.

· Conducts public speaking and attends various special events as required to promote the Office on Aging and its various programs.

· Prepares and reviews articles for publication, news releases, answers correspondences, and prepares reports for officials and the general public.

· Must be willing to preform any duty to keep the Office on Aging operating.


Recommended Minimum Qualifications:


· Bachelor's Degree in gerontology, social services, or a related field; five years of experience working with senior citizens in an administrative capacity; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


· Knowledge of the federal, state, and local services available to senior citizens and the current trends in services; knowledge of funding sources and grant-writing techniques; knowledge of related federal, state and local laws and regulations; knowledge of budgeting and capital planning.

· Ability to interact with the elderly in a compassionate and understanding manner; ability to develop effective and constructive working relationships with senior citizens, service providers, human service agencies, and the general public; ability to anticipate specific needs of clients; ability to prepare and manage budgets and finances; ability to prepare and administer grants; ability to supervise staff and volunteers; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

· Interpersonal skills; organizational and planning skills; supervisory skills; computer skills.

· A general knowledge of computer skills with word processing accuracy.

· Excellent language skills, both oral and written.

· Performs responsibilities of a professional and administrative nature requiring the exercise of judgment in solving either commonly encountered and unusual problems or issues.

· Organizational, planning, and office management skills.


· Professional and neat appearance with business casual dress required.

· Minimal physical effort is required to perform most duties; the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, speak and hear, use hands to operate equipment and lift furniture, equipment and supplies. Vision requirements include the ability to read and analyze documents and use standard office equipment including a computer.

· This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


Submit a current resume, completed application (found on the LCOOA.org website) & cover letter to:

Howard Dulmage, Search Committee Chair

c/o Lorain County Office on Aging

8219 Oberlin Rd

Elyria, OH 44035


January 26, 2015, at 12noon