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PROJECT DIRECTOR (COMMUNITY SERVICES)
The work involves responsibility for assisting in administering and planning the services, programs and activities of the Department of Aging and Youth. An employee in this class assists in the administration or direction of assigned service components of an Office for the Aging. An employee in this position performs specific, long range and immediate planning, assists in administration of the department's programs and coordinates a variety of tasks in an Office for the Aging. Supervision is received from the Commissioner, Department of Aging and Youth who allows leeway for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. An employee in this class exercises supervision over subordinate staff. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Prepares annual and three (3) year plan, per State mandates.
Assists in planning, developing and coordinating the various services and activities offered by the department's committees and contracted agencies such as outreach, information and referral, etc.
Provides technical assistance to various community agencies and organizations in setting up programs to serve the aging, i.e., information on funding resources, available grants, types of services need, and how to implement a successful plan.
Works directly with older persons or their organization delegates on suggesting programs and their successful implementation, coordinating their efforts in the community with those of the Department of Aging and Youth.
Develops and participates in liaison activities with private and voluntary agencies concerned with the aging.
Keeps files and records on the data received regarding the program's services and submits reports of the status of these services to the Commissioner, Department of Aging and Youth and to the State Office for the Aging.
Stimulates community awareness and comprehension of the problems of older persons by attending meetings and speaking to groups concerning the problems of older persons.
Assists with advisory board (Metropolitan Commission on Aging) meetings.
Studies and evaluates accumulated data a reports and makes recommendations as to needed services, effects of publicity, problems in the programs, suggestions for improvement, etc.
Coordinates the planning and budget preparation for sub-contracting agencies under community services.
Directs and coordinates the services of volunteers in work related activities.
Responsible for required data collection and reporting to State and federal funders
Handles professional development for staff and outreach workers.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES- SKILLS. ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of the characteristics, needs and interests of the aging, especially as they relate to income, health, housing, recreation and transportation.
Good knowledge of community agencies, facilities and services which can be utilized to aid the elderly.
Working knowledge of public information and relations techniques.
Ability to plan and oversee the work of others.
Ability to interpret statistical data.
Ability to express ideas clearly both verbally and in writing.
Ability to evaluate contractual services both programmatically and statistically.
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
A. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master's Degree in a human services related field and one (1) year of professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, in planning or researching of socioeconomic problems of the elderly-, in implementing and operating a services component for the elderly; or in teaching concepts related to the study of society, social institutions or social relationship therein; or,
B. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in a human services related field and two (2) years of professional level work experience, or its part-time equivalent, in planning or researching of socio-economic problems of the elderly-, in implementing and operating a services component for the elderly; or in teaching concepts related to the study of society, social institutions or social relationships therein; or,
C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B) above.