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SPECIALIST, SERVICES FOR THE AGING
30880
(Competitive)



DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS

The work involves responsibility for assisting in the implementation and operation of programs and services, particularly those that are deemed intergenerational, of the Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth. An employee in this class operates through the auspices of the community service programming component of the department involving public information activities, research and development of intergenerational programming designed for, but not exclusive of, relatives as parents programs. The major emphasis is on research and development, which will be effective in planning, promoting, publicizing and clarifying the programs, projects and objectives of the Department as an intergenerational entity. Work is assigned and reviewed by the Commissioner of Aging and Youth and the Commissioner's designee and evaluated through conferences and oral reports. Does related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES

Assists in the operation and support of programs and services for the elderly through public relation and information activities.
Works interdepartmentally with both the Syracuse/Onondaga Youth Bureau and the Office for Aging to develop, implement and administer intergenerational programming involving, but not limited to, relatives as parents (RAP) and related mentoring programming.
Provides community education and professional in-service educating programs for the elderly and for providers of elderly services by developing program ideas, arranging for guest speakers, developing press coverage, and making community announcements of programs.
Provides community education and professional in-service education programs for caregivers of older adults by developing program ideas, arranging for guest speakers, developing related press coverage, and making community announcements that are targeted to reach caregivers on a variety of important issues and concerns.
Researches aging topics of current interest through interviewing and academic research to provide information for various committees and programs for training and education.
Make recommendations regarding programs and services for the elderly and effective means of promoting these programs and services.
Works with time-limited projects, and new initiatives to develop strategies for public utilization.
Assists with grant research and writing.
Performs other duties as assigned.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

Good knowledge of the characteristics needs and interests of the aging.
Good knowledge of community agencies, facilities and services which can be utilized to aid the elderly.
Good knowledge of public information and relations techniques.
Good knowledge of the agency's organization, functions, goals and programs.
Working knowledge of the use and limitations of various media needed to reach the audiences of importance to the agency.
Working knowledge of where to obtain and verify information, including such sources as libraries research facilities, publications and interviews.
Working knowledge of the principles and techniques of training programs.
Ability to organize and implement programs projects and public relations activities.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

A. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Baccalaureate Degree and one (1) year of professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, in adult education, human services community organization, public relations, public administration, elderly services or a closely related field; or,

B. Five (5) years of paraprofessional or professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, one (1) year of which must have been professional level work experience in adult education, human services community organization, public relations, public administration, elderly services or a closely related field; or;

C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).

NOTE: Successful completion of graduate semester hours in Adult Education, Public Administration, Public Relations, Public Communication or a closely related field from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university may be substituted for work experience as follows: Thirty (30) graduate semester hours is equivalent to one (1) year of specialized work experience; sixty (60) graduate semester hours is equivalent to two (2) years of work experience.

Revised 3/07