Job Detail

Aging Specialist II - Nutrition

Date Posted: 9/15/2022

Position Summary:

The Aging Specialist II position, in many cases, the first impression of NEI3A and its services. Primary responsibilities will be to interact positively and professionally with consumers and their families and other stakeholders and engage with partners in our service provisions to meet the needs of older persons to age with independence, dignity, and wellness. In addition, this position is responsible for the delivery of NEI3A nutrition service, and as part of a team, the aging specialist will provide activities for older adults, instruct evidence-based health promotion classes, and other lifelong learning opportunities. Programming may take place at NEI3A locations or other community locations (such as community centers, libraries, churches, etc.)

The following responsibilities are representative of recurring tasks. These are not to be construed as exclusive or inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned. These responsibilities must be performed satisfactorily with or without accommodation.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Invite and encourage new participants and, welcome to service locations, refer to appropriate staff for other services
  • Ensure accurate records and complete data entry as defined by Nutrition Director or designee
  • Assist Nutrition and Regional Directors in recruiting, training, scheduling, and recognizing volunteers.
  • Administer the Nutrition Meal Program requirements as directed by Nutrition Director or designee
  • Participate and collaborate with regional staff to promote NEI3A.
  • Coordinate and promote activities and events that meet the interest and needs of older persons and community members.
  • Instruct wellness, nutrition, and other health promotion classes.
  • Assist with and provide activities and programs to help maintain independence for older persons.
  • May occasionally be required to make home-delivered meal deliveries.

Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Compassion for older persons, ability to interact with them and assess additional needs
  • Ability to self-motivate to provide great customer service.
  • Knowledgeable of community services and resources available for older persons in the area served.
  • Ability to communicate well with diverse populations.
  • Ability to present prepared information to small to medium-sized groups.
  • Ability to organize volunteers and other priorities with attention to detail.
  • Good time management skills
  • Ability to think creatively to meet the programming needs of consumers.
  • Ability to work with guidance and recognizes personal limitations
  • Knowledge of personal computers, ability to manage emails, and complete, accurate data entry with appropriate guidance.

Required Qualifications:

  • Associate's degree in human services or related field and two years of experience working directly with consumers or the public.

Or

  • High school diploma or GED and 4 years of full-time work experience with individuals overcoming health, psychological, or economic problems.

Required Travel

  • Travel out of the assigned area to required meetings or to assist other nutrition staff in different locations as requested.
  • Occasionally may be required to drive own vehicle or agency-owned vehicle to transport meals.
  • Employees in this position must hold a valid driver's license and proof of insurance.

Physical Demands:

  • Essential functions of this position include: working with and around other staff and guests; vision acuity (near) for reading computer work; hearing and speech for ordinary conversation and for communicating with staff and guests in person and over the phone; finger dexterity/touch for typing, writing, filing, etc.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to use computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to enter data or process information for extended periods of time.
  • Employee in this position will be required to travel distances and ascend/descend stairs, standing, bending, and stooping, including but not limited to accessing consumer homes as required
  • Should be able to perform light work, occasionally exerting up to 20 pounds of force and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently.
  • Employee in this position must hold a valid driver's license and proof of insurance.
  • Ability to travel throughout Iowa to and attend out-of-state meetings and conferences as necessary.

Work Environment:

  • Will travel frequently to meal/activity sites within the designated region and outside of the region as necessary
  • May work in a variety of work environments, including office, centers, meal sites, or community settings
  • May access to consumer's private homes that will have a variety of environments

NEI3A is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The deadline to apply is September 30.  If you have questions, please contact Bob Schaffer, Director of Employee Services, at 319-874-6846 or email bschaffer@nei3a.org

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