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Program of Distinction

UJA-New York

Manager, Lasting Impressions

Job Description

Department: Onsite and Special Programs

Reports To: Director of Onsite and Special Programs Services

Status: Full-time, exempt

About Lasting Impressions: DOROT’s Legacy Project: Lasting Impressions provides opportunities for older adults to explore their important stories and meaningful memories in whatever ways are most comfortable. For some, meeting one-on-one with DOROT volunteers and staff members for an oral history-type of project provides the right setting for older adults to share their important stories. For those who prefer to work in group settings, legacy arts workshops facilitated by expert educators are offered in a range of modalities including memoir writing, storytelling, poetry, and studio arts. Staff and volunteers also support older adults with advance directives to document their end-of-life wishes. Lasting Impressions also manages The Pearls of Wisdom, a multicultural storytelling troupe of older adults who travel throughout the Five Boroughs to share their important stories.

Position Description Summary: The Lasting Impressions Manager will be responsible for the development, expansion and programmatic oversight of this vital and in-demand program. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, creative and conscientious professional to lead this evolving, multi-faceted program comprised of both legacy-based and advance directives initiatives. DOROT seeks a leader who is comfortable multi-tasking in a complex work environment, demonstrates calm under pressure and has the expertise to bring an impressive and successful portfolio to the next level of growth and efficiency. The ideal candidate exhibits both warmth and a positive attitude, possesses a passion for working with older adults and has experience around reminiscence and reflection initiatives.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Manager has primary responsibility for the individuals served and the outcomes created through Lasting Impressions programming. This person will be responsible for supervising a Program Administrator who coordinates and supports community scheduling and the execution of programs.
  • Serve as the creative and operational leader of Lasting Impressions by overseeing and/or implementing day to day programming and working with the Director Onsite and Special Programs to enrich the vision:
    • Develop vibrant plans to maintain and grow the Lasting Impressions program foundation.
    • Execute a robust year-round menu of relevant programs that meet the needs and interests of older adults.
    • Take independent actions and calculated risks; seek and take advantage of opportunities.
  • Stay abreast of current and new trends related to creative aging, legacy arts and end-of-life initiatives and hone DOROT’s best practices in these areas
  • Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues to promote creative aging, legacy and end-of-life programs to achieve projected participation goals and audience targets.
  • Engage a diverse population of new and existing clients with compelling legacy-based programs, both in group and individual settings.
  • Create written and other resource and promotional materials in collaboration with the Marketing Department.
  • Cultivate and maintain a network of community collaborators to provide quality programs, lectures and workshops fulfilling objectives of respective projects; seek and develop community partnerships to expand audiences.
  • Recruit, train, steward, and evaluate a roster of instructors with subject matter expertise.
  • Supervise and train volunteers who support Lasting Impressions initiatives and programs.
  • Represent DOROT at local, state-wide and national forums.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Program Impact and Evaluation on annual surveys and other impact measures, analyzing result and using feedback to initiate new ideas.
  • Collect, track and maintain participation data and related client interactions using DOROT’s client management database (Salesforce based); this includes routine data entry and review of monthly statistics for internal and funder reports.
  • Collaborate with the development team on grant reports and funding requests.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director.

Required Qualifications:

  • LMSW or advanced degree in gerontology or related field with 5 years of experience in program or project management with older adults
  • Experience managing others; able to balance team and individual responsibilities
  • Competency with advance directives and end-of-life issues
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Advanced group facilitation, presentation and organizational skills
  • Ability to work pro-actively, and both independently and collaboratively
  • Availability to work occasional evening and weekend hours for programs and presentations and approximately eight Sundays a year for Package Deliveries and other activities.
  • Strong proficiency with database/information management systems and Microsoft Office programs required.

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