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Position Summary: SCSEP Project Director
This position is located in Traverse City MI.
Directly and solely responsible for the administration and operation of the Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP) site activities at the local level. Provides leadership and supervision to project office staff in daily activities including interviewing applicants, enrollment, orientation, by-weekly payroll for an average of 120 participants, assessment, recruiting host agencies, overseeing placement of participants in appropriate jobs, training staff, and monitoring an average of 50 host agencies to ensure their adherence to program training, supervision and safety rules. Maintains compliance with federal regulations, grant requirements and program policies and procedures. Manages site operations effectively and efficiently. Coordinates with the media, host agencies and community organizers and leaders to promote the program in the local community. Executes responsibilities on an independent basis because in most cases the position is an individual of one in the local community that is geographically separated from the Area Manager and National Office.
Demonstrates WORLD CLASS cultural attributes and behaviors in all interactions.
The nature of this position is to deal with complex technical, administrative and personnel situations that are further complicated because project directors are geographically separated and operate independently in their assigned communities. In most cases they are a staff of one and the majority of their support comes from their Regional Manager and the National Office. Daily decisions are required in highly diverse areas including recruiting, participant screening and eligibility, enrollment, assessment, payroll, placements, separations, grant budgets, compliance with federal regulations, conflict resolutions, and interaction with host agencies and the community. Project Directors must have in-depth knowledge of federal regulations, AARP Foundation Administrative Procedures Manuals, and technical workbooks. Must effectively communicate required actions to program participants and AARP Foundation program management. Must have strong interpersonal relations skills due to various personalities and the diversity of program participants. Project Directors must maintain working relationships with between 50 to 80 executives who are in charge of the host agencies where participants are assigned for training.
Directly responsible for administering and achieving established project site payroll and disbursement budgets and in ensuring prudent expenditure of grant funds. Manages the daily operations of a local project site, provides direct leadership to staff, ensures staff are trained and cross-trained, and assigns work through development of overall plans to meet program objectives. Interacts with assigned area manager through daily emails and formally each week by phone, and submits monthly site progress reports. Interacts daily with external agencies and partners. Recruits and directs volunteers to assist with various aspects of program operations. Operates an office in the local community and therefore must promote AARP, maintain AARP’s WORLDCLASS cultural attributes, and assists AARP members on a regular basis. Recruits, monitors and establishes relationships with management at an average of 50 host agencies where participants are assigned for training and the ultimate goal of encouraging the agency to hirer the participant.
Nature of contact varies with the need and due to the diversity of the job and many contacts involved includes directive, coaching, informative, advisory, persuasive, and negotiation. Interacts daily with program applicants, participants, host agency personnel/supervisors/directors, businesses and the community at large. Interacts frequently with Area Manager and National Office program support personnel. Meets regularly with community external partners around the issues of mature workers.
Assigned work responsibilities definitely contribute directly and substantially to the achievement of department/team goals and objectives. Directly contributes to AARP Foundation’s achievement of Department of Labor performance measures. Community location and involvement directly promotes and affects the AARP image and reputation. Plans approaches to achieve results and handles routine and non-routine issues by complying with established policy. Administers project site payroll and disbursement budgets, schedules and performance requirements for team. Directly interacts with external local community agencies and partners.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
AARP offers competitive benefits with a 401K, 100% company funded pension plan, health, dental, vision and life insurance, STD/LTD, paid vacation and sick, and other benefits.
AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.