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Aging & Long Term: Dementia Resource Catalyst (Social Services)

Aging & Long Term

This is a Full-time position in Spokane, WA posted August 31, 2021.

This position supports the “Building Dementia Capable Communities” pilot in Washington State, the intent of which is to help people with possible or diagnosed dementia to live their best lives and stay at home as long as possible.

To help achieve this goal:This position supports training for ALTCEW staff and network partners to be better prepared to support individuals with dementia and their family care partners/caregivers.Acts as a catalyst to develop community partnerships and resources to create and sustain dementia friendly communities.Assists people living with dementia to be active and remain at home for as long as they are able.This position reports to the Planning and Resource Director.

This position is a two-year grant-funded position.Remote work: This position works a hybrid work schedule between office and home.Benefits and Well-Being: This position is full time at 37.5 hours per week.

We offer a wide variety of benefits including medical, dental, vision, long-term disability and life insurance.

Generous paid vacation and sick leave, 11 paid holidays, Washington Department of Retirement Systems pension/retirement plan and FSA accounts.

We pay 100% premiums for Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave and WA long term care benefits.Our teams: Our casement teams are empowered to work together to solve problems, in serving those in the community who need our assistance.Our Mission: As an Area Agency on Aging we promote well-being, independence, dignity, and choice for older persons and all individuals needing long-term care in our five-county area.Our Culture: Our agency possesses a positive, welcoming environment.

We offer flexible work schedules.

We offer a wide variety of training opportunities in program development and personal growth.

We provide an array of wellness services, foster employee engagement through peer recognition, and pursue diversity initiatives.

Our free and confidential employee assistance programs foster health and well-being.

We host frequent social activities within the agency, and opportunities to volunteer in the community.Essential Functions and ResponsibilitiesTrain ALTCEW Staff and aging network partners to be better prepared to support individuals with dementia and their family care partners/caregiversCoordinate with ALTCEW leadership to create a training plan for ALTCEW staff and contractors to include understanding of memory loss, concerns for the overall wellbeing of people living with dementia and their care partners, and knowledge of existing and emerging resources.Coordinate trainings in consultation with Alzheimer’s Association staff.Participate in the activities of the Spokane Dementia Friendly initiative, connecting aging network partners with available community resources such as the Alzheimer’s Association.Seek additional training resources as needed when gaps exist between training needs and available training resources.

Act as a catalyst to develop community partnerships and resources to create and sustain dementia friendly communitiesCoordinate with a variety of social and health providers, first responders, faith-based organizations and other gatekeepers to provide information on dementia, the social services network, and resources designed to help people living with dementia and their families, and initiate referrals to those resources.Outreach to the medical provider community to encourage early screenings for memory issues and increase awareness of available resources.Foster partnerships and awareness with diverse communities to promote culturally appropriate and accessible services.Enhance relationships with the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center/Project ECHO, the Alzheimer’s Association, Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, and Dementia Action Collaborative to optimize effectiveness and ongoing program improvement.Participate in project data collection and activity reporting as required for evaluative purposes.

Assist people living with dementia to be active and remain at homePromote education for groups and individuals about dementia care and services to support people living with dementia and their care partners.Promote early diagnosis and early legal and advance care planning.In coordination with program leaders, assist in building a trainer pool and group of trained leaders to assist with support groups, Dementia Friends, Memory Cafes, and other dementia-specific programs.Consult with families, Community Living Connections staff, and long term services and supports care teams working with individuals with complex issues created by dementia.Assist in development of evidence based/informed practices and programs.Develop community services and resources to meet the specialized needs of people living with dementia and their families.

Other dutiesOther duties may be assigned.

Physical DemandsDriving demands average 10 to 50 miles per month depending on program needs.

Frequent, intermittent keyboarding, throughout the day.

Speech, visual, and hearing skills sufficient to interact with staff and the public, in person and via phone.

Occasional periods of writing.

Infrequent bending, stretching and lifting.Skills, Knowledge and AbilitiesKnowledge of the aging service delivery and dementia service delivery systems in Washington State.Critical thinking, problem solving, organization, attention to detail, leadership, clear spoken and written communication, active listening.Must have strong and polished interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.Creative, strategic and analytical thinker with the ability to manage multiple projects.Must be highly organized and able to work well with others.Flexible; possessing the ability to wear different “hats” on short notice.

Minimum QualificationsBachelor’s degree in social work, public administration, social services or related field and two years of experience in aging services.

Previous experience in planning and research processes, data analysis, knowledge and abilities previously listed.

Must have dependable transportation, a valid driver’s license.

Must pass a criminal background check.Starting salary: 50,493 Deadline to apply: Sept 3rdDiverse candidates encouraged to apply.

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