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Senior Center Director Sought

by Kevin Robert Malone

The Town of Holliston is seeking a full time Director for its well established twenty-five year-old Senior Center.  The town is located midway between Boston and Worcester.  The Director works with the Council on Aging to identify and provide for needs of citizens age 55 or older; helps recruit, train, supervise and encourage paid and volunteer staff; responsible for daily operation and function of the senior center; prepares and submits required paperwork including grant requests; functions as liaison to the community and state and federal agencies.  Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field; ability to foster warm, friendly, flexible atmosphere.  Information available at   Compensation range is $53,000 to $70,000 at Grade M-4, depending upon experience and qualifications; competitive benefits package.  Resumes and inquiries to Town Administrator, Town Hall, 703 Washington Street, Holliston, MA 01746 on or before September 15, 2014.  EO/AA employer.



Job Title:                    Senior Center Director                        Department:   Selectmen


FLSA Category:         Exempt/Mgt./Appointed                     Date:               July 10, 2014


Basic Function

The Senior Center Director is responsible for the development, implementation, direction and evaluation of policies, programs, and services designed to meet the current and emerging needs of Holliston’s senior population (over 55), and the safe, smooth and consistent daily functioning of the Holliston Senior Center, with the approval of the Council On Aging and under the general direction of the Board of Selectmen.

The Director is appointed by the Town Administrator, and is subject to the development of goals and performance measures and annual review of performance with the Town Administrator.

Primary Responsibilities

(1)        Conduct ongoing assessment of the needs of the senior community and implement plans and programs to meet those needs.

(2)        Recommend, train, supervise, lead, evaluate and assist all paid staff.  Participate in the development, training, overseeing, and evaluating of volunteer staff.

(3)        Oversee the safe, smooth and consistent daily functioning of the Holliston Senior Center, including building maintenance and operation and all programs.

(4)        Prepare and administer the Senior Center/Council on Aging town-appropriated budget, and other funds under the control of the Council for the benefit of seniors.

(5)        Prepare, submit, and administer appropriate grants and contracts.  Seek alternative funding (monetary and in-kind) for support of programs.  Maintain relationships with community and corporate supporters.

(6)        Prepare and submit required reports to local, regional, and state agencies.  Act as liaison to community, regional, state and federal organizations for senior issues.

(7)        Oversee the provision of direct services, including information and referrals, to seniors and their families.  Serve as advocate and spokesperson for senior citizens and senior issues.  Publicize activities, services, and needs of the Senior Center.

(8)        Prepare monthly reports for and attend Council on Aging meetings.  Prepare appropriate reports for, and attend as necessary, meetings of the Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee.

 (9)       Perform such other duties as may be reasonably required in support of these responsibilities.

Basic Knowledge and Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field.  Ability to foster warm, friendly, flexible atmosphere.


Minimum of three years of supervisory or managerial experience.  Experience working with senior groups.  Grant writing experience preferred.

Independent Action

Responsible for the safe, smooth, and consistent daily operation of the Senior Center, including building maintenance and operation, with the approval of the Council On Aging.   

The Director will be expected to be able to travel locally for meeting with town officials and others, including potential program participants or donors.

Supervisory Responsibility

The Director supervises one full time and two part time staff, and has responsibility for 18 program instructors, three part time van drivers, and over 100 volunteers staffing the reception function, the weekly lunch/nutrition programs, and many other functions.  The atmosphere is one of collegiality and friendliness.