The Del Mar Encore Fellow will work with Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission’s Institute for Livable and Equitable Communities to establish an Age Friendly Network (AFN). This project will work with stakeholders and community members to identify and target disparities within nine domains established as the framework for the Institute, which are based on the AARP 8 Domains of Livability. The Fellow will assist in recruiting communities to initiate a formal process for joining the AARP/WHO Age-Friendly Network and develop a structure for selecting and implementing Del Mar-funded demonstration projects to advance age-friendly initiatives. The Fellow will research resources, best practices and tools; provide technical assistance to communities; and establish a plan for implementing a demonstration grants program in the Miami Valley.
In addition, the Fellow will address the goals of Del Mar Encore Fellows (DMEF) Initiative by participating in presentations and events with other Del Mar Fellows aimed at changing attitudes and policies around aging, and encouraging high-impact volunteer, employment, and community engagement opportunities for older adults. The scope of work will likely include:
- Building the Age Friendly Network (AFN), a coalition of key allies and participants who will strive towards making the Miami Valley region an age-friendly region, including planning and hosting quarterly meetings
- Support the cohort of communities who are formally joining the Age-Friendly Network with AARP/WHO, solidifying the focus on livability for all ages
- Research and present relevant resources, best practices and tools to members of the AFN, Institute leadership and other partner agencies
- Providing expert knowledge and technical assistance to communities who are committed to becoming age-friendly communities
- Creating a structure for communities and organizations to implement a range of demonstration projects to advance age-friendly communities throughout the region
- Educating the community about the value and impact of promoting livable and equitable communities within the Miami Valley region
- Managing the process for awarding and managing grants from the Del Mar Healthcare Fund to implement demonstration projects which promote age-friendly communities
- Research and establish metrics for evaluating age-friendly initiatives and projects to for evaluating future grant awards and projects.
- Build a coalition of key allies and participants; and educate the community about the value and potential impact of creating a livable and equitable community.
- Supporting the engagement of older adults as expert volunteers with the host organization and in the community
- Meeting regularly with Del Mar Encore Fellows to share information and supporting the work of the DMEF initiative throughout the community
- Participating with other Del Mar Encore Fellows in public presentations focused on advancing the goals of the DMEF initiative and changing the conversation around aging in our community
- Engaging older adults as expert volunteers for the Host Organization’s initiative and participating in the recruitment/selection process, establishing objectives and priorities, and offering appropriate training or mentoring opportunities.
Four-year college degree and a minimum of five years job-related experience at the professional, management, or executive level. Demonstrated success in project management and implementation. Excellent personal and group communication skills. Comfortable working with a diverse population. Candidates may possess any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Preferred qualified candidate is a retired professional older adult with a respected career and community record. Working style must fit with that of Host Organization. This position also requires access to reliable transportation.
Skill Sets / Certifications / Degrees Required
- Ability to foster and maintain positive working relationships with TDF and Host Organization staff, Fellows, and volunteers
- Demonstrated teamwork and ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds Understanding of and/or experience in research design and implementation
- Strong analytical skills, research skills
- Previous experience in needs assessments or surveys
- Ability to think strategically and make nuanced connections
- Connections with public entities, community leaders and domain experts
- Experience with community engagement or community organizing
- Ability to lead and supervise volunteers to achieve organizational goals
- Ability to meet deadlines and prioritize work assignments to meet timelines
- Excellent attention to detail
- Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
- Strong public speaking skills
- Cultural competence and emotional intelligence
- Ability to work without close supervision; highly motivated and self-directed to complete program goals and responsibilities
- Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
- Proficiency in or knowledge of computer software applications, including Microsoft 365/Office, databases, and videoconferencing tools
- As with all nonprofit work, patience and a sense of humor are valuable assets
Send résumé and cover letter via email to Noreen Willhelm, Senior Fellow, The Dayton Foundation, email@example.com. No calls, please.