Assistant Project Director

Newport News, VA
Nov 02, 2020
Nov 09, 2020
Full Time
Business Unit Description

AARP Foundation is AARP's 501 c3 charitable affiliate. We are a public charity with revenue from federal agencies, corporations, foundations and individuals. AARP Foundation's vision is a country free of poverty where no older person feels vulnerable. Staff are located in Washington DC and throughout the US.

Every year, AARP Foundation helps millions of struggling older adults 50 and over win back opportunity by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face each day. Through the Foundation's many groundbreaking and innovative programs and services, we create and advance effective solutions to meet their basic needs for nutritious food, safe and affordable housing, adequate income and much-needed personal connections.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is the nation's oldest program to help low-income, unemployed individuals aged 55+ find work. AARP Foundation first matches eligible older job seekers with local nonprofits and public agencies so they can increase skills and build self-confidence, while earning a modest income. Based on their employment interests and goals, participants may also receive supportive services and skills training through an educational institution. Their SCSEP experience most often leads to permanent employment. SCSEP is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. AARP Foundation operates in 21 states and Puerto Rico.

Assists the Project Director in large project sites in leadership and management of all Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) project site activities and in meeting all program and AARP goals. Under the direction of the Project Director, assists in the responsibility and accountability for the effective management of the local project site in accordance with the AARP Foundation SCSEP Administrative Procedures Manual, applicable Federal Regulations and other program directives. Work under the general direction of the Project Director and Area Manager.

May be assigned internally focused tasks (office management) or externally focused tasks (program/participant marketing) or a combination based on the needs of that particular project site as identified by the Project Director.
  1. Responsible for the running of the project site office through the distribution of administrative responsibilities of the site participants. Includes learning, understanding and ensuring compliance with the SCSEP Administrative Procedures Manual. Will help select, train, and supervise site participant staff.
  2. Understand and have hands-on, working knowledge of all computer applications including SPARQ, ETS, e.magination Payroll Manager, WorkSearch, and email procedures required to use the computers assigned to the project site to accomplish all aspects of the job as directed by the Project Director. Be capable of training participant staff in all aspects of the computer required to successfully manage the site.
  3. Identify and resolve appropriately non-standard situations; document work activities, prepare accurate and timely reports and any such administrative reports as may be necessary. Take independent action in solving problems while exhibiting judgment and a realistic understanding of issues.
  4. As needed, assists in the recruitment of non-profit host agencies in which to place participants and ensures that participants are given adequate orientations including safety reviews.
  5. Promote and market different aspects of the Senior Community Service Employment Program in the local community, as necessary to achieve project site goals by making presentations, using written communication material, and obtaining media coverage.
  6. Clearly present information through verbal and written communication to varied and culturally diverse audiences; promote a positive image of mature workers to all segments of the community.

Bachelor's degree preferred

3 or more years of progressively responsible management experience, including 2 years supervision of staff and 2 years of budget management; or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position.

Experience working in an environment with complex administrative or regulatory procedures, as well as proficiency in contemporary software packages required.
Benefits Offered

AARP offers competitive benefits with a 401K, 100% company funded pension plan, health, dental, vision and life insurance, STD/LTD, paid vacation and sick, and other benefits.
Equal Employment Opportunity

AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.