The nature of this position is to deal with complex technical, administrative and personnel situations that are further complicated because project directors are geographically separated and operate independently in their assigned communities. In most cases they are a staff of one and the majority of their support comes from their Regional Manager and the National Office. Daily decisions are required in highly diverse areas including recruiting, participant screening and eligibility, enrollment, assessment, payroll, placements, separations, grant budgets, compliance with federal regulations, conflict resolutions, and interaction with host agencies and the community. Project Directors must have in-depth knowledge of federal regulations, AARP Foundation Administrative Procedures Manuals, and technical workbooks. Must effectively communicate required actions to program participants and AARP Foundation program management. Must have strong interpersonal relations skills due to various personalities and the diversity of program participants. Project Directors must maintain working relationships with between 50 to 80 executives who are in charge of the host agencies where participants are assigned for training.
Directly responsible for administering and achieving established project site payroll and disbursement budgets and in ensuring prudent expenditure of grant funds. Manages the daily operations of a local project site, provides direct leadership to staff, ensures staff are trained and cross-trained, and assigns work through development of overall plans to meet program objectives. Interacts with assigned area manager through daily emails and formally each week by phone, and submits monthly site progress reports. Interacts daily with external agencies and partners. Recruits and directs volunteers to assist with various aspects of program operations. Operates an office in the local community and therefore must promote AARP, maintain AARP’s WORLDCLASS cultural attributes, and assists AARP members on a regular basis. Recruits, monitors and establishes relationships with management at an average of 50 host agencies where participants are assigned for training and the ultimate goal of encouraging the agency to hirer the participant.
Nature of contact varies with the need and due to the diversity of the job and many contacts involved includes directive, coaching, informative, advisory, persuasive, and negotiation. Interacts daily with program applicants, participants, host agency personnel/supervisors/directors, businesses and the community at large. Interacts frequently with Area Manager and National Office program support personnel. Meets regularly with community external partners around the issues of mature workers.
Assigned work responsibilities definitely contribute directly and substantially to the achievement of department/team goals and objectives. Directly contributes to AARP Foundation’s achievement of Department of Labor performance measures. Community location and involvement directly promotes and affects the AARP image and reputation. Plans approaches to achieve results and handles routine and non-routine issues by complying with established policy. Administers project site payroll and disbursement budgets, schedules and performance requirements for team. Directly interacts with external local community agencies and partners.