Howard County, Maryland is seeking a professional, dynamic, and creative individual to lead its Department of Community Resources and Services, Office on Aging and Independence.
The administrator is an executive exempt (at-will) position that reports to the Director of the Department of Community Resources and Services.
The Department seeks a leader with strong leadership and problem-solving skills, who is an innovative and creative thinker with the ability to set and articulate a vision for the office.
The ideal candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills; knowledge of issues effecting the older adult community and an understanding of multi-generational approaches as the incumbent serves as the court-appointed guardian for a designated set of vulnerable adults in the County.
This position is part of the Department's senior leadership team and will collaborate across population areas to achieve priority outcomes in the community.
Howard County is located between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD with a residential population of approximately 310,000 citizens. The County's main population center, Columbia/Ellicott City, MD has been ranked by Money magazine among the top ten best places to live for the past decade. The County's school system is highly ranked in the state and its library system is ranked in the top one percent of the nation's libraries.
Applicants seeking to serve a county rich in diversity and quality of life are encouraged to apply.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:
- Develop, articulate, and implement a vision for older adults in Howard County
- Provides strategic direction for Office on Aging.
- Serve as member of the Departments senior leadership team, contributing to strategic direction and goal implementation.
- Serve as a member of the Departments senior leadership team in fulfilling its County Emergency Management functions.
- Evaluate community needs and demographic, social, and programmatic trends.
- Maintain an awareness and understanding of best/promising practices related to older adults at local, state, and national levels.
- Set and priorities for Office within context of Department and community.
- Foster innovation in program planning service delivery, and collaboration.
- Provide overall management of all functions of the Office including: hiring, training, evaluation and supervision.
- Oversee fiscal responsibilities of the Office including: developing annual budget with strategic priorities; monitoring spending, expenses, and revenue; ensuring compliance with requirements set by external funding sources; overseeing development of grant proposals.
- Develop and maintain external partnerships, coordinate services with other agencies and community organizations.
Bachelor's degree; minimum of five years' experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Master's degree (M.A.) or equivalent; and six years related experience in an aging related field, human services, public policy, public administration, or other related field.
Management and supervisory experience required.
Possess the ability to conduct research and analysis, and strong writing skills.
Ability to communicate effectively across broad and diverse audiences.
Ability and willingness to use a variety of technological tools and programs in completing daily responsibilities.
LANGUAGE SKILLS, MATHEMATICAL SKILLS AND REASONING ABILITY:
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate with others. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; and sit. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.