Temporary Positions in Gerontology and Related Disciplines Available Immediately

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Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2008

Dr. Barbara Hirshorn, Technical Assistance Coordinator
Tony Sarmiento, Executive Director
Senior Service America Inc.

Senior Service America Inc. is looking for 20-30 individuals with expertise in gerontology or related disciplines to provide onsite technical assistance and advice to selected local subgrantee agencies operating the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Authorized by Title V of the Older Americans Act, SCSEP is the largest federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor providing employment, training, and civic engagement opportunities to low-income (family income: less than 125 percent federal poverty level) adults 55 years of age and older. For more information about SCSEP, see the following section, “What Is SCSEP?”

Job Type/Duration: Temporary, full or part-time; May through August 2008.

Prospective Locations: Various, in 16 states (see attached list).

Salary: $25 to $35/hr., depending upon qualifications/experience; 40 hrs./wk. max.

Minimum Education Required: Must be actively pursuing or have completed at least a Master’s degree in gerontology or related discipline. Emerging scholars and professionals as well as minority and older candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Senior Service America is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Required Travel: None.

To Apply: Interested applicants should email the following to [email protected]:
1. Resume or CV, including any proficiency in languages other than English.
2. A statement (no more than two pages) describing your knowledge/experience (e.g., employment, internships, course-work, or work product) related to: (a) gerontology or related disciplines and, (b) community-based services to low income or vulnerable populations.
3. A list of up to three locations indicating, in order of preference, where you wish to be considered for placement and your reasons for each preferred location. (See attached list of program locations.)
4. When you are available for employment (starting and ending dates).

Senior Service America will evaluate and select applicants for immediate hire and placement, as applications are received.

Specific Responsibilities:

1. Provide onsite technical assistance and advice to local SCSEP program staff on how to assist “long-term” SCSEP participants””those who have been enrolled in a local program for two or more years. For the first time in SCSEP’s history, some SCSEP participants will be required to exit the program due to new time limits on program participation specified in the 2006 reauthorization of the Older Americans Act.
2. Work under the day-to-day guidance of local SCSEP program staff.
3. Submit written report of major activities to national SSAI office every two weeks.
4. Prepare and submit a final report (approx. 30 pgs.) to the national SSAI office. The report will include:
– Summary of assistance provided to local SCSEP program;
– Recommended strategies regarding long-term SCSEP participants who have been enrolled for two or more years;
– Recommended strategies regarding other potential SCSEP program enhancements. Examples: serving specific groups of older adults ( baby boomers, veterans, older immigrants with limited English proficiency, etc.); addressing the growing demand within communities for care-giving services; and strengthening partnerships with local one-stop career centers, area agencies on aging, etc.
– Suggestions for future research or investigation related to SCSEP or SCSEP-eligible populations.

At start of employment, SSAI will provide an orientation to the SCSEP program (including its history, regulatory and policy framework) and existing research about the program and its participants.

For more information, see: www.seniorserviceamerica.org
What Is SCSEP?

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) began as part of the War on Poverty 40 years ago and was so successful that it became a national program under the Older Americans Act in 1973. It is referred to by its acronym—SCSEP (pronounced SEE-sep)—and operates in nearly every county in the nation. To participate in SCSEP, a person must be:
– Age 55 or older
– Legally eligible to work in the United States
– Unemployed
– Living in a household with income no more than 125 percent of the federal poverty level

By law, SCSEP gives special attention to those who are any of the following:
– Age 65 years or older
– Have a disability
– Have limited English proficiency or low literacy skills
– Residing in a rural area
– A veteran
– Have low employment prospects
– Homeless or at risk of homelessness

SCSEP participants are paid minimum wage while they gain marketable job skills working 20 hours per week throughout the year in a wide range of non-profit and public organizations, including senior centers, schools and libraries. The program provides a win-win for participants and their communities. Participants help community organizations extend their reach and capabilities, while developing their own job skills, self-confidence, and a restored sense of self-worth. In 2006, SCSEP participants across the nation contributed 41 million hours of service to their communities, and about 15,000 participants gained regular employment outside the program.

The SCSEP program is an equal opportunity program operated under a grant from the U. S. Department of Labor.

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