Director for Older Adult Centers and Senior Services

West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing (WSFSSH)

 Director for Older Adult Centers and Senior Services (ADOAC)

Job Description

WSFSSH currently sponsors two NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA) funded Older Adult Centers-The Center at Red Oak and the Frederick Douglass Social Club.  In addition, WSFSSH works in partnership with East Side Houses to run a DFTA-funded Center at Borinquen Court/Tres Puentes, a WSFSSH senior housing development. WSFSSH is also in the process of developing an Older Adult Meal program and eventually an Older Adult Center at Mill Brook Terrace, another WSFSSH senior housing development.  Below are the specific locations:

  • Center at Red Oak: 135 W. 106 St., NY, NY  10025
  • Frederick Douglass Social Club: 868 Amsterdam Ave.,  NY, NY  10025
  • Borinquen Court/Mitchel Older Adult Center (BCM): 285 E. 138 St., Bronx, NY 10454
  • Mill Brook Terrace Meal Program (MBT): 570 E. 137 St., Bronx, NY  10454

The ADOAC will supervise the Older Adult Center Directors.  The ADOAC will oversee the quality of programs and services and contract compliance for the current DFTA funded Older Adult Centers and the development and operation of future Older Adult Centers.  The ADOAC will work closely with DFTA Program Officers, WSFSSH CFO and Director of Contract Management to develop and monitor program budgets and ensure contract compliance.  The ADOAC will report to the Managing Director of Social Services.

Additionally, WSFSSH operates a 50-unit apartment building for Grandparents raising grandchildren.  The ADOAC will also be involved in supporting the social service needs of the families, working closely with the building staff and building partner, Presbyterian Social Services (PSS)

  • Grand Families Apartments (GFA): 951 Prospect Avenue, Bronx, NY 10459



  • Involved in the hiring and training of Center Directors and other Center staff.
  • Supervise the Older Adult Center Directors.
  • Work with Center staff to monitor expenses and discuss budget modifications as needed.
  • At BC/TP, work with the Building Manager, Clinical Coordinator, East Side House staff and the staff of UHP to coordinate and maximize nutrition, education, socialization and wellness activities and resources for the residents of BC/TP and the BC/Mitchel Senior Center.
  • Work with the Director of GFA and the PSS social work staff on issues related to the social service needs of the residents of GFA. Schedule and attend periodic case reviews of GFA families.


  • Support program development and identify programmatic resources at all Centers.
  • Provide ongoing monitoring of effectiveness and suitability of senior center programming.
  • Work with Center Directors to assess and meet the mental health needs of the Center participants.
  • If funded, work to transition MBT meal program to DFTA funded Older Adult Center. Work with the Clinical Coordinator, Building Manager to coordinate services, programs and resources for the residents of MBT and the MBT Center participants. 


  • Work with WSFSSH Food Service Director, Clinical Coordinators and Building Managers and other designated staff to develop meal program and other services.
  • Work with OA Center Directors, WSFSSH Food Service Director and WSFSSH nutritionist to ensure nutritious, culturally appropriate meals are served and that all WSFSSH, DOH and DFTA food service regulations are met.
  • Identify and build relationships with other community partners as needed.
  • At GFA, attend meetings with WSFSSH and PSS staff as required.
  • Provide input to Managing Directors of Clinical and Social Services on matters related to older adults and WSFSSH policies that effect older adults.
  • In conjunction with the Building Manager and Clinical Coordinator, maintain and strengthen relationship with Tenant Associations.

Community and Government Relations

  • Responsible for overall compliance with DFTA contracts.
  • Work with Center staff to insure all DFTA program reporting is completed on time and meets contract requirements.
  • Work with Center staff to ensure each program meets the units of service required by the DFTA contract.
  • Work with Center Directors, DFTA Program Officers, WSFSSH CFO and WSFSSH Director of Contracts on DFTA budget planning and submission.
  • In conjunction with Center Directors, WSFSSH CFO and Director of Contracts, ensure compliance with the financial aspects of the DFTA contract.
  • Coordinate the submission of DFTA RFP for Older Adult Centers.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with other community-based organizations providing services in senior centers. Serves as an advocate for seniors and promotes good public relations and awareness. Sits in community meetings. Evaluates and conveys supervisor reports, decisions, and results of meeting or events.


  • Master’s in Social Work or related field preferred
  • Experience in working with older adults required.
  • Supervisory experience required.
  • Knowledge of DFTA and DFTA Senior Centers strongly preferred.
  • Experience in program budgeting, and program development required.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English helpful.

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