CARIE is currently seeking to add three new advocates to its team!
The Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) is a private non-profit organization based in Philadelphia. Since its inception in 1977, CARIE has been providing outreach, consultation, and advocacy for older adults, their caregivers, and service providers. What began as a telephone hotline for the frail elderly has emerged as one of the region’s leading resources on elder care issues such as access to health care and long term care services and supports, navigation of agencies such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security Administration, health care fraud education and prevention, victim advocacy, elder abuse and financial exploitation prevention, advanced care planning and guardianship issues to name a few.
CARIE has had an impact on the development of state and national policy on issues impacting older adults through its participation in state and local government advisory groups, testimony before legislative and regulatory bodies and White Papers on targeted issues. CARIE seeks to effect change to improve the lives of older adults through individual advocacy as well as through policy initiatives and education programs.
CARIE’s mission to improve the well-being, rights, and autonomy of older persons through advocacy, education, and action. We currently has 3 advocacy positions available and we are looking to add dynamic individuals to our team.
Position #1: Advocacy in Medicare fraud prevention in Pennsylvania: Requires travel across the state of PA, and attendance at conferences that are held out of state. Volunteer coordination experience preferred.
Position #2: Advocacy in reducing homelessness in elders in Philadelphia: Requires travel in Philadelphia and experience in convening diverse stakeholders in focus groups. Experience in managing online discussion forums a plus.
Position #3: Advocacy in long term care settings in Philadelphia: Requires travel on public transportation in Philadelphia to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, personal care homes, domiciliary care homes and older adult day programs. Must be free of conflict of interest from any long term care facility. Must be able to walk up stairs.
Staff Duties and Responsibilities
- Respond to calls providing information about elder care issues and assist consumers in resolving complex complaints
- Provide advocacy as necessary on behalf of elders to various stakeholders and make referrals to appropriate agencies
- Provide information about elder services and issues in the community through speaking engagements, on-going involvement with other organizations, hearings, etc
- Represent CARIE on committees and workgroups, attend meetings, as well as required trainings
- Review literature (reports, articles, studies, etc.) on a regular basis to stay current on long term care issues
- Maintain documentation in database, maintain and update internal tracking documents and adhere to documentation guidelines
- Improve the exchange of information and coordination among providers of aging and other agencies outside the aging network such as the shelter system or law enforcement
- Initiate and maintain partnerships with aging services organizations, law enforcement, and other community groups
- Analyze public policy affecting elders and assist in developing comments, writing occasional reports, articles, or other materials
- Other related duties as assigned
- Sensitive and ongoing outreach to various vulnerable populations such as LGBT populations, limited English proficiency and others
- Bachelor degree in Social Work or related field such as a social justice background
Motivation to advocate on behalf of elders and a willingness to learn
- Experience in and/or knowledge of aging policy, Medicare/Medicaid, resources for older persons and their caregivers, and navigating the aging system
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office
Flexibility to work occasional evening and weekend hours
- Ability to remain objective and impartial while providing education and investigating complaints
- Public speaking/training expertise
- Strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize and accomplish a range of tasks
An interest in working as part of a team
- Criminal Background Check
- Professional References
Physical and Mental Demands:
- Must work well under pressure and have the ability to be creative and analytical
- Must be able to operate office equipment including but not limited to computer, telephone, fax, copier; move freely around the office; sit or stand at a desk and telephone for long periods of time; communicate in person, and over the telephone, with individuals and groups
- Some lifting of 10-20 pounds may be necessary
Competitive salary/excellent benefits/travel reimbursement.
Send Resumes to:
Attn: Lori Walsh, Program Manager
2 Penn Center, 1500 JFK Blvd., Suite 1500
Philadelphia, PA 19102
No calls please.
Equal Opportunity Employer