Alzheimer's Respite Program Coordinator

Job Title: Alzheimer's Respite Program Coordinator

Salary range: $16.91 - $18.65 per hour

Location: Sandy Community Center

Department: Community Services 

Hours: Part Time (approximately 8 hours per week)

Job Description:

Using professional social work practices, the Alzheimer’s Respite Program Coordinator is responsible for planning, organizing  and delivering activities for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  This position provides a quality community-based respite & social support services for people with dementia and their family caregivers, based on person-centered practice, which supports their individual wellbeing.  Provides education and information about human services that support Alzheimer’s and related dementia information.


  • Develop, facilitate, and lead recreational and social activities for clients living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their care partners.
  • Manage intake process, evaluate, and ensure continuous quality improvement of programs.  Implement policies, procedures, and forms for the respite program.
  • Manage the Volunteer Program including recruitment, interviewing and training of volunteers.
  • Work collaboratively with the Client Services Coordinator to facilitate support for caregivers and communication of pertinent information of participants.
  • Meet regularly with Senior Services Manager to focus on best practices, development expansion, and budget for program needs.
  • Stay abreast of current information and resources for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
  • Maintain accurate records of attendance, prepare monthly statistical and summary report of programs and services.
  • Maintain electronic and manual resource files, work with volunteers and other organizations to develop and maintain system of support.
  • May assist clients with other personal needs, including mobility (walking, sitting, standing) and toileting.
  • Provide a safe, welcoming, engaging, and caring environment for program participants.
  • Perform other duties as required.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relations with coworkers, citizens, and the general public.

Associate's degree in gerontology, therapeutic recreation, sociology, psychology or three to five years of related work experience working with persons with dementia and/or geriatric care.  Knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is preferred.

Mandatory Requirements:

  • Provides superior quality customer service to ensure each customer is treated with dignity, respect, and patience.
  • Competency in basic reading, writing, and math skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with the ability to exercise good judgment, courtesy, and tact in public contact and handling problems.
  • Ability to work as a team member with a diverse group of people.
  • Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to give clear and concise directions, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently on assigned tasks and to make decisions with minimal supervision by prioritizing and organizing tasks.
  • Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment and individual customer needs.
  • Effective problem-solving skills.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Creative, enthusiastic, empathetic professional who is a positive thinker.
  • Ability to track, gather, and compile data for reports via computer; familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
  • Experience working with older adults or people with disabilities.
  • Experience and passion working for a service-oriented environment.

Special Requirements/Licenses:

  • Possession of, or required to obtain, a valid driver license within thirty (30) days of hire.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Ride Connection Driver Approval.
  • Must be able to pass the department’s security clearance standards, including Reference check, Criminal History check, and satisfactory driving record.
  • Defensive Driving class upon hire and every 3 years thereafter.
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)/AED/First Aid certification within sixty (60) days of hire.

In addition to completing the City of Sandy application, a cover letter and resume must be submitted. Please contact Human Resources at (503) 489-0940 or with any questions. This position is open until filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The City of Sandy will give consideration to all qualified applicants for appointment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, political affiliations, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor.

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