• Director, Center for Healthy Aging - National Council on Aging (NCOA)

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    Director, Center for Healthy Aging - NCOA


    As the Director, Center for Healthy Aging, you will oversee programs  with our partners across the country (public and private organizations at the national, state, and local levels) as well as play a significant part supporting NCOA’s role as the lead organization for the 100 Million Healthier Lives Aging Hub with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.


    Reporting to the center’s senior director and leading a team of five, you will oversee two established national programs – the National Chronic Disease Self-Management Resource Center and the National Falls Prevention Resource Center. With the addition of the 100 Million Healthier Lives Initiative, our program portfolio will soon include more consumer-based products, such as apps and other products and services geared directly to aging populations, to allow people to maintain and track their own healthy lives.


    Working in close coordination with NCOA’s Public Policy & Advocacy staff and the center’s senior director, you will support policy initiatives to achieve even greater social impact. Additionally, you will assist the senior director in obtaining revenue (both from existing and new funders) to support NCOA’s work, including federal and foundation grants and corporate support.


    About NCOA

    The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is the national voice for every person’s right to age well. We believe everyone deserves to age with the best possible health and economic security, regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, or background. NCOA empowers individuals with trusted, proven solutions to improve their daily lives, and we protect and strengthen federal programs that people depend on as they age.


    • Our Vision: A just and caring society in which each of us, as we age, lives with dignity, purpose, and security.
    • Our Mission: Improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling.
    • Our Social Impact Goal: Improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. 

    Responsibilities of the Director, Center for Healthy Aging

    • Manage the day-to-day work of NCOA’s two National Resource Centers funded by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) – the National Chronic Disease Self-Management Resource Center and the National Falls Prevention Resource Center.
    • Support the achievement of NCOA’s social impact goals for the Resource Centers, as approved by the NCOA Board of Directors, and support the organizational direction and strategic priorities set by the NCOA executive team and Board of Directors.
    • Perform assigned tasks related to NCOA’s role as lead organization for the 100 Million Healthier Lives Aging Hub with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
    • Develop thought leadership around specific topics/emerging areas of focus, including the social and behavioral determinants of health.
    • Support policy initiatives, in close coordination with NCOA’s Public Policy & Advocacy staff and the Center’s senior director, to achieve even greater social impact, especially in the areas of business acumen, Medicare and Medicaid funding, regulatory changes, and community integration with health care.
    • Provide oversight management for assigned responsibilities within the Center. Identify potential synergies and efficiencies within the Center’s current and new work streams, as well as with the rest of NCOA.
    • Foster collaboration with a variety of public and private, national, state, and local organizations, as well as corporations. Actively seek widespread engagement of other organizations in program strategies and activities.
    • Maintain strong relationships with funding agencies and philanthropic and corporate sponsors and ensure that NCOA meets or exceeds the expected outcomes of NCOA’s grants and cooperative agreements for these areas.
    • Provide support to program staff; mentor, coach, counsel, grow, and nurture staff members consistent with NCOA’s career path framework, which is built to support NCOA’s strategy and maximize social impact, and includes adoption of social enterprise strategies.


    What’s Attractive to the Right Director, Center for Healthy Aging Candidate?

    • This is a highly visible role and critical to promotion and growth of NCOA’s programs and resources.
    • Your work will provide a direct and immediate service to millions of older Americans and community-based organizations that strengthen programs and services that increase the quality and years of life.
    • We offer an intellectually stimulating environment in an organization that works passionately and enthusiastically to fulfill program goals and achieve our overarching mission.
    • Your experience, opinions, and expertise are valued – what you bring to the table is vital to our success.
    • We offer a competitive compensation plan including incentive and bonus programs based on achieving performance objectives; 3 weeks’ vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and holidays; flexible scheduling/telework after meeting the employment and performance requirements; health insurance, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance; contributions to a 403(b) plan.
    • NCOA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is dedicated to these principles. We value and welcome diversity in the workplace and encourage all minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply.


    Qualifications of the Director, Center for Healthy Aging

    • Master’s degree or higher.
    • Eight plus years of experience in the healthcare, gerontology, or policy sector or in a senior management position in a nonprofit organization, foundation, corporation, or government agency.
    • Outstanding oral and written communication skills; exceptional presentation, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.
    • Experience in health policy with a firm understanding of the evolving healthcare system is a plus.
    • Experience generating substantial new program ideas with funding potential. Ability to successfully solicit and obtain new sources of funding from foundations, corporations, government agencies, and other sources.
    • Experience with effective consumer marketing strategies and communication methodologies a plus.
    • Self-starter who strives for excellence in everything, maintains a culture of continuous improvement, and is welcoming of feedback and open dialogue.
    • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, the internet, and web-based software; experience with Salesforce is a plus. Capable of utilizing online communities and resources.


    Attributes of the Director, Center for Healthy Aging

    • Mission driven. You will be an effective ambassador for NCOA, able to articulate our mission, social impact goals, and major programs to outsiders and explain how they can get involved with NCOA.
    • Relationship builder. You have the ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people, including junior, senior, for-profit, nonprofit, and government professionals from diverse backgrounds. You have a history of earning respect and credibility through actions with partners.
    • Excellent project manager. You plan carefully to keep projects on schedule and on budget. Your communication is key to how a project runs. You have the ability to make quick decisions and work efficiently to keep several projects and teams running at the same time while looking ahead at future projects.
    • Firm and fair mentor/supervisor. You are an excellent mentor and are known for developing great people. You confidently engage staff at all levels to define needs and expectations. You insist on respect and accountability. People enjoy working with you.
    • Strong business acumen. You set priorities wisely and know how to make tough resource allocation decisions, always finding a way to forward strategic initiatives while enriching relationships. You know how to translate strategy into action. You have successfully structured programs to meet organizational needs.
    • Commitment to cultural competency. You have a personal approach that understands and values the individual and respects differences.
    • Organization agility. You understand how organizations work, where to build relationships, and how to get results through other people.
    • Adaptable. You are able to anticipate and respond to change in a fast-paced environment on a daily basis. You are willing to learn new ways of approaching your work to achieve better results.


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    Alternative Titles:   Program Director, Project Director, Director of Program Management, Associate Director, Associate Director of Programs, Deputy Director

    Staffing Advisors has been engaged to find the right candidate and is committed to helping create a diverse work environment for our client. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. This position may require pre-employment screening potentially including a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and/or verification of work history.






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