Professional Certification Programs
Senior Director Certified, Senior Center Program Manager & Senior Center Administrator
Across the state there is a great divergence in the experience and educational levels of senior center personnel. No one academic path exists for senior center professionals and most are trained on the job. Individuals in this field realize the complexity of their jobs and know that their skills must range from personnel and facility management to fund development and recreational programming. Many people working with older adult programs must be adept in fiscal management, program planning and implementation, as well as volunteer management. Senior center directors, administrators and program managers often work long hours – often for salaries which are not in line with the level of responsibility which the job requires.
The intent of a formal certification and recognition program is to encourage the continuing professional growth and development of individuals who work with and for older adults. It is further intended to create a statewide standard that can be used as a measure of professionalism by interested agencies and individuals. Additionally, certification could well assist agencies in the recruitment process for senior center administration and operation.
Senior Director Certified, the individual is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of a senior center. She/he handles the budget, record keeping, personnel, service coordination and management of the facility. For additional details, please refer to the brochure or application.
Senior Center Program Manager, the individual’s primary role is responsibility for planning, budgeting, implementing, managing, publicizing and evaluating specific programs within the last two years. For additional details, please refer to the brochure or application.
Senior Center Administrator, the individual is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of more than one senior center within a specific geographic area. The applicant will handle budget, record keeping, personnel, service coordination and management of all facilities. For additional details, please refer to the brochure or application.
Questions or concerns can be directed to the MASC Standards Committee
Chairperson, SaTrice Coleman Betts, St Patricks Senior Center, 313-833-7080.