Respite Care Manager Council on Aging

The Town of Bourne Council on Aging seeks a qualified candidate for a part-time Respite Care Manager. The Respite Care Manager is responsible for supervising the program for older adults who are frail and/or have cognitive impairment. Work includes developing, implementing and promoting the program, activities, assessing clients, supervising staff and volunteers, and performing administrative duties.

Qualifications and Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Gerontology, Human Services/Social Services and 3 years of experience in planning and supervision of daily activity of large and small groups of older adults with special needs; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

CPR/AED Certification; MEPAP, Dementia Care, ServSafe, Gerontology, and/or Social Work Certification.

Full/Part Time & Hours & Salary

The position is a LIUNA Unit A – Grade 6, 18 hours/week, non-benefited position with a starting salary of $27.10 an hour.

Closing Date

Initial Deadline: December 15, 2023; Open until filled.

Department: COA Reports To: COA Director

Statement of Duties

Classification: 6 FLSA Status: Exempt


Job Description

Title: Respite Care Manager

Union: LIUNA A

The Respite Care Manager is responsible for supervising the program for older adults who are frail and/or have cognitive impairment. Work includes developing, implementing and promoting the program, activities, assessing clients, supervising staff and volunteers, and performing administrative duties.


Work is performed under the general direction of the Council on Aging Director. The employee plans and carries out the regular work in accordance with standard practices and previous training, with substantial responsibility for determining the sequence and timing of action and substantial independence in planning and organizing the work activities, including determining the work methods. The employee is expected to solve most problems of detail or unusual situations by adapting methods or interpreting instructions to resolve the particular problem. Instructions for new assignments or special projects usually consist of statement of desired objectives, deadlines and priorities. Technical and policy problems or changes in procedures are discussed with supervisor, but the employee plans the work, lays it out and carries it through to completion independently. Work is generally reviewed for technical adequacy, appropriateness of actions or decisions, and conformance with policy or other requirements.

Employee has access to confidential information of the department, including medical information of clients.

Position is responsible for the direct supervision of employees, volunteers and or seasonal employees, and is responsible for assigning and evaluating the work of employees.

Job Environment

The work requires examining, analyzing and evaluating facts and circumstances surrounding individual problems, situations or transactions, and determining actions to be taken within the limits of standard or accepted practices. Guidelines include a large body of policies, practices and precedents which may be complex or conflicting at times. Employee is expected to weigh efficiency and relative priorities in conjunction with procedural concerns in decision making. Errors could result in delay or loss of service, adverse public relations, and injury to self or others. The employee has constant contact with the public in person, on the phone, and via

RESPITE CARE MANAGER | Council on Aging – 2023

computer. The purpose for contact is to provide information and assistance regarding the respite care program, to plan and implement activities, and explain policies and procedures. Employee has frequent contact with other town departments, groups and organizations, and vendors to coordinate and perform work.

Essential Duties

The statement contained in this job description reflect general details, as necessary, to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility. Coverage for absences or to provide relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.

  1. Oversees the daily operation of the Respite Care Program, including the provision of hands-on interaction with program activities; Works collaboratively with staff, program participants, their families/caregivers, volunteers, visitors, COA Staff, and all regulatory agencies.
  2. Develops plans, organizes implements, evaluates and directs the Respite Care program and assists in the monthly Connection Café.
  3. Supervises and schedules staff and volunteers, provides orientation and ongoing education information to all staff and volunteers.
  4. Reviews the participant care plans and writes assessments, monitor expenses and prepares client billing, orders all supplies for food and office.
  5. Oversees $100,000 revolving account, which involves expenses, salaries, and the client billing.
  6. Prepares monthly report for Board of Directors regarding Respite Program.
  7. Develops, monitor and implements program policies and procedures.
  8. Interviews and assesses potential clients with their care partners to ensure clienteligibility for the program.
  9. Schedules all weekly transportation with CCRTA.
  10. Serves as role model and provides hands on assistance to the staff and volunteers tomaximize the functioning of the program.
  11. Promotes the program through networking, social media, advertising and attendance atvarious community functions.
  12. Works with Activity Leader to review care plan and program activities makingevaluations of the group to make sure that appropriate activities are being provided that are designed to promote personal growth and/or improve or maintain the functioning level of participants.

How to Apply

The job description and Town of Bourne job application are available on the Town of Bourne website. For initial consideration, cover letter, resume and job application should be submitted to the Bourne Human Resources Department, 24 Perry Avenue – Room 107, Buzzards Bay, MA, 02532 or electronically at by Friday December 15, 2023. Applicants are encouraged to go to and click on “Employment Opportunities.” Bourne is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.