Director/Golden Diners



To support the full mission of The Salvation Army by providing compassionate, professional service to senior and disabled clients in the Golden Diners Nutrition Program and in the community in a team-focused manner with the entire Golden Diners staff.


Is responsible for the administration, formulation implementation, operation and review of the Golden Diners Program, Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging grant and all other grants received by the Golden Diners Nutrition Program. Directs all services and activities within the delegate agency level and sets program policy.


Assures implementation of all Golden Diners grant Performance Standards and guidance:

  • Represents The Salvation Army to all Golden Diner Program grant funding sources.
  • Establishes or supports establishment of grant implementation plans and policies.
  • Assures development of program management, supervision and communication systems to assure high quality programming and support staff development.
  • Supervises directly or indirectly all Golden Diners Program staff.
  • Informs the Social Services Secretary of any issues or concerns which arise related to meeting contract commitments or reimbursements for contract commitments.
  • Ensures the rights and responsibilities of clients according to the Senior Nutrition Title IIIC Federal and State regulations.

Responsible for all contract and budget application operations:

  • Recommends fiscal policy, maintains fiscal control and negotiates contracts for purchase of service ensuring compliance with Salvation Army, grantee, local, state, and federal requirements.
  • Obtains Divisional approval of all proposals, budgets and requisitions.
  • Works in collaboration with Administrative Team to create all budget applications, contracts, budget revisions, and budget amendments.
  • Develops the Golden Diners Program budget submission to the Divisional Finance Board.

Assures continued development of the Golden Diners Program:

  • Creates and provides staff support to Golden Diners Program.
  • Provide an efficient utilization of staff and resources that assures long-term financial stability.
  • Increases funding to implement goals of advisory board.
  • Attend department, delegate agency, and other meetings related to social service administration and Senior Nutrition issues as assigned.

Maintains accountability for all program evaluations and resulting program improvement:

  • The Salvation Army Annual Program Review.
  • The United Way Report and periodic reviews.
  • Annual audits.
  • The Area Agency on Aging Monitoring for Senior Nutrition programs,
  • Local Health Department Inspections.

Maintains and addresses senior nutrition services for at risk seniors in Kane and McHenry counties:

  • Advocates in the community for services.
  • Applies for funding for services when needed services are not available in the community.
  • Maintains linkage with community agencies and government funding sources.
  • Serves as a resource person to the Social Services Secretary, providing factual information and expert opinion as required for effective deliberation and decision making related to the operation of Senior Nutrition programs.

Implements Personnel Policies:

  • Develops and periodically reviews personnel policies and practices, in accordance with agency and grantee regulations, ensuring compliance with federal, state and local laws governing equal opportunity employment, minimum wages, etc.
  • Interprets Salvation Army policies to employees.
  • Establishes personnel policies as required by specific funding sources.
  • Advocates for employee within the Salvation Army system.

Sets a vision that considers the full mission of The Salvation Army:

  •  The Director is responsible to ensure that the full mission of The Salvation Army is fully integrated into all program elements and that all staff, volunteers and participants connected to this program are recipients of intentional, appropriate and relevant Salvation Army ministry.

Other Duties:

  • All other duties as assigned.


Under general supervision of the Divisional Social Services Director with freedom to plan, schedule and carry out responsibilities within established policies and guidelines.

This position supervises directly or indirectly all Golden Diners Program staff.

This individual relates to, and interacts with, a wide range of contacts both within and outside the Salvation Army including, but not limited to, staff, department heads, and institutions and corps personnel. In these contacts, they act as a representative of the Army and its mission.


This individual will be evaluated on how effectively the outcomes of this position are achieved as well as the timeliness, accuracy and completeness of accomplishing assigned goals.


Graduation from an accredited University or college with a Bachelors’ Degree in Social Services or related field.

Minimum of five years’ experience in administration and supervision.



A commitment to uphold and promote the mission of The Salvation Army and an appreciation of faith-based service organizations.


An interpersonal style that is service oriented and supportive of the other departments.

Ability to maintain ongoing communication with program participants by demonstrating excellent verbal and written communication skills and follow-up.

An excellent attention to detail, procedures, processes and policies.

Ability to manage projects to completion, prioritize work flow to include maintaining documentation standards, provide quality service delivery.

Good organizational and communication skills and the ability to work independently as well as with a team of people.

Ability to demonstrate negotiation and problem solving to effectively deal with complex problems and achieve effective solutions.

Ability to interpret and follow procedures/guidelines and meet performance targets to comply with senior nutrition standards.

Ability to work on own initiative, as part of a team, and participate in agency/local-sponsored events with participants and professional staff.

Ability to be self-motivated in a challenging work environment and to work with sensitive and confidential information.


Knowledge of social service and senior nutrition programs.

Good judgment in making decisions, recognizing established precedents, and demonstration of resourcefulness in meeting problems.


This individual will only commit Army resources that have been allocated or approved.

This individual will keep the Divisional Social Service Director informed on all critical issues relating to his/her area of responsibility.

This individual will adhere to all Army policies and procedures in carrying out the responsibilities of this position.


This position is required to do light physical work.

In order to successfully perform the essential functions of this position, the employee is regularly required to use standard office equipment and a PC.

The work environment for this position includes an office, senior nutrition sites and central kitchen environment with a low to moderate noise level.




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