Full Job Description
Thank you for your interested in this position. Below we have included a comprehensive overview of the role, responsibilities, requirements, and more. We look forward to reviewing your application! Please note, this position works in Contra Costa County.
OMBUDSMAN SUPPORT SPECIALIST
Empowered Aging is a regional non-profit organization serving seniors and their families in Contra Costa, Alameda and Solano Counties through advocacy, education and related programs. Empowered Aging is dedicated to ensuring dignity and quality of life for older adults through a variety of community based and congregate living programs. Current programs include Long Term Ombudsman, Friendly Visiting/Telephone Reassurance , Elder Abuse, Health Career Pathway, and Elder Justice Lunch and Learn. Empowered Aging is seeking an experienced and organized leader to oversee office operations for its three sites, leadership, and advancement of its vision. Empowered Aging is responsible for protecting the rights of and improving quality of life for 29,000 residents of long-term care and more than 500,000 seniors throughout the region.
aging is a natural phase of life, deserving of respect and dignity. Every day we empower, educate, and partner with older and dependent adults to best meet their unique needs – from providing opportunities to join activities they love to ensuring they are free from neglect and abuse.
When our elders thrive, we all benefit from their unique contributions and collective wisdom.
Creating communities where all can age with dignity, justice and respect
Empowered Aging empowers individuals and their families as they navigate the aging continuum, through person centered advocacy, education and collaborative leadership.
The Ombudsman Support Specialist, working in Contra Costa Coutny, is a critical and nimble team member within the Empowered Aging team charged with addressing issues negatively impacting the lives of long-term care residents through facility coverage and complaint investigation seeking to resolve issues that negatively impact the quality of life and quality of care of older and dependent adults. The Ombudsman Support Specialist, like all Empowered Aging team members, is charged with providing operational support to the Empowered Aging team on an as needed basis which may include complaint intake, volunteer training and other tasks as assigned. This position is nimble and designed to move with the needs of the organization and the residents/families we serve.
Complies with all federal and state requirements and local program procedures.
Responsible for coverage and complaint investigation at assigned facilities.
Ensures that all complaints received are investigated appropriately and closed in a timely manner; including appropriate documentation and data entry in ODIN(database)
Provides back-up and support to other program staff members as needed.
Witness the execution of advance health care directives as in skilled nursing facilities
Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Demonstrates a thorough understanding of the long-term care system and the rights and concerns of those who live within it.
Preference for those who have worked in long-term support and services
Working knowledge of dementia and its effects.
Excellent communication skills
Ability and talent for problem resolution
Eagerness to use and leverage technology to streamline processes
AA/AS or commensurate experience
Reliable transportation/ability to spend significant time driving to facilities
Ability to lift 50 LBS
$25 - $27 per hour
LTC Program Manager
Our office hours are M-F 8am-5pm. Following the completion of a 90 day review period some flexibility is available.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT STATEMENT
Empowered Aging is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law. Each person is evaluated on the basis of personal skill and merit. Empowered Aging’s policy regarding equal employment opportunity applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, job assignments, promotions, working conditions, scheduling, benefits, wage and salary administration, disciplinary action, termination, and social, educational and recreational programs. The Executive Director shall act as the responsible agent in the full implementation of the Equal Employment Opportunity policy.