Program Director – Foster Grandparent Program

Location: South Bend
Department: Community Services
FLSA Status: Exempt
Job Type: Full Time


This full-time position is responsible for providing direction and oversight to the Foster Grandparent Program.  This position involves strategic planning, program development, fiscal management, and supervision of staff and volunteers.   

ESSENTIAL DUTIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Supervise daily operations of the Foster Grandparent Program in accordance with REAL Services, Inc. and the National Senior Corps policies.
  • Supervise Foster Grandparents.
  • Recruit, interview and provide pre-service orientation of new Foster Grandparents.
  • Arrange sites, transportation and meals for Foster Grandparents.
  • Maintain enough Foster Grandparents to expend stipends adequately.
  • Create innovative volunteer opportunities and programming.
  • Market innovative approaches to work sites and Foster Grandparents. 
  • Provide technology support to Foster Grandparents.
  • Plan required monthly in-service meetings.
  • Plan and coordinate annual recognition events for Foster Grandparents and provide opportunities for recognition throughout the year.
  • Negotiate, review and update Memorandum of Understanding with volunteer work sites to establish guidelines for Foster Grandparents placements.
  • Select, train, supervise and evaluate program staff to ensure effective program operations.
  • Incorporate and facilitate technology to support meetings and trainings.
  • Prepare and submit grants as required by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
  • Manage required benchmarks and reports required for the grant and other sources as needed.
  • Develop and implement program work plans both short and long term, as required by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
  • Prepare annual program budget, monitor and review revenue and expenditures.  Monitor and process budget to meet grants requirements.
  • Plan, attend and oversee Foster Grandparent Advisory Council meetings.  Assist council in completing an annual program evaluation when required by grant application. Recruit new members as necessary.
  • Develop community awareness of the Foster Grandparent Program through PSA’s, news articles and participation in public events.
  • Arrange each Foster Grandparents yearly required physical examination and TB skin test/chest x-rays.
  • Maintain quality relations with the Corporation State Office and other Foster Grandparent Programs.


The successful operation of the Foster Grandparent Program depends to a large extent upon this position and it, therefore, must be considered to convey a substantial contribution to the overall image and success of the Agency.  The Director is responsible for all phases of the program and all staff associated. 

The purpose and desired results of the Program is set forth, and unless the incumbent requests advice or counsel concerning unusual problems, the work is only reviewed for soundness of judgment or conformance with practice and policy.

This position may be funded through by the Corporation for National and Community Service, local funding and through funding provided by CSBG.


Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) or higher from an accredited four-year college or university and two years of experience.

Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations regarding senior citizens programs.


  • Ability to perform tasks independently.
  • Ability to support the objectives of the Agency.
  • Ability to orient and train others on the use of technology. 
  • Must possess good written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate with Community agencies that provide special guest and guest speakers for in-service meetings.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Basic computer skills, especially in the areas of Word Perfect, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel.
  • Some out of town travel to attend CNCS conferences.
  • Ability to follow federal, state, and local guidelines.
  • Ability to work with and communicate effectively with older adults.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.


Guidelines are well-established and overall goals and major funding source, The Corporation for National and Community Service and the local sponsor Real Services, Inc sets general instructions forth.  Work time may be variable, depending on the need to work in the community during evenings hours or weekends.


  • With Foster Grandparents
  • With community agencies that provide volunteer placements for the Foster Grandparents.
  • With other REAL Service staff
  • With local, state, and federal officials.
  • With Director of Community Services, Director of Administration and Finance and CEO


The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is usually seated, standing, or walking at will in a typical office setting.  Very limited physical effort required.   Occasional travel is required to Indianapolis and within St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties. 

  • Valid driver’s license and dependable vehicle required


  • Successful candidate must submit to a pre-employment drug screening, National Sex Offender Registry check, FBI Fingerprinting and a limited criminal history check.
  • Proof of educational credentials is required at time of employment.
  • This position has a 6 month introductory period.

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