The primary goals of the Care Navigator are to educate the community about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and about the programs and services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association and the SE WA Aging and Long Term Care office; to connect local residents to community and to Chapter resources; to coordinate and support service delivery in the assigned community; and to cultivate and sustain strategic partnerships and alliances with community-based businesses and nonprofits. Ideally the Care Navigator will be a resident of one of the eight identified counties and will have strong community connections in this geographic area. Counties include Kittitas, Yakima, Benton, Franklin, Walla Wall, Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin.
This is a full-time position, with the home office in Richland, Washington, may work remotely requiring travel, and reports to the Director of Programs and Services.
This position has 3 general categories of responsibilities:
1.Directly provides and/or assists in the delivery of and volunteer recruitment and training for outreach efforts, educational presentations, early stage programming, support groups, support for families and those diagnosed with dementia, and events in the 8 identified counties, in conjunction with SE WA ALTC and other Alzheimer’s Association staff.
2.Serves as lead in grant-related activities agreed upon by SE WA ALTC and the Alzheimer’s Association for the purpose of building local awareness of Alzheimer’s and related dementias, programs and services, and to create interest by community leaders to design dementia capable communities at the grass roots level, resulting in a call to action.
3.Represents the Association in a variety of professional, business, and public settings, including providing trainings and presentations to community and professional groups, as well as at community events such as health fairs and Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
* Conduct community outreach efforts, which includes providing presentations about Chapter and local programs and services to interested groups; establishing and maintaining connections with community health organizations, businesses, government agencies, and other strategic partners. Represent the Association to a variety of community meetings and events for outreach, engagement, collaboration, fundraising, and referral purposes.
* Per the contract with SE WA ALTC:
* Take the lead on the organization and delivery of grant-related activities
* Provide a designated number of the 6-week program "Powerful Tools for Caregivers"
* Provide a designated number of the (4) weeks series "Early Stage Memory Loss: Staying Connected"
* Interact and coordinate service delivery with other health and human services providers
* Assist individuals, family members, and caregivers through assessment, care coordination, problem-solving, education, planning, referral and follow-up
* Assist the Community Support Manager in coordinating and facilitating support group activities.
* In collaboration with the Early Stage Memory Loss Manager, implement and coordinate early stage activities
* Maintain a broad base of knowledge on Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, health/mental health care, and geriatrics
* Provide active support for the achievement of Strategic & Common Program Plan implementation.
* Provide support to the chapter in promoting and recruitment for the fundraising and conference events in the community
* Additional responsibilities:
* Staff is required to comply with all Association policies, procedures, standards, and applicable regulatory requirements
* Staff is required to support and participate in Association events, including fundraising events, chapter conferences and in formal advocacy and public policy activities
* Other duties as assigned
* Master’s degree in social work, counseling, or related field preferred, with experience in field of aging or dementia, or an undergraduate degree in related field with at least 2 years of direct aging and/or dementia experience
* Ability to oversee and direct the work of volunteers and students.
* Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills
* Strong organizational skills and proficiency in maintaining systems and procedures
* Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Apps
* Ability to analyze information and make timely, appropriate decisions.
* Ability to collaborate and work well as part of a team
* Flexible and adaptable
* Ability to work effectively with diverse populations
* Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
* Current driver’s license and proof of insurance, and access to dependable vehicle
* Ability to travel locally and regionally as needed to perform job duties