Job Development, Program Planning/Development, Supervision/Management
4 Year Degree
Argentum is the leading national association exclusively dedicated to supporting companies operating professionally managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the older adults and families they serve. Argentum member companies operate senior living communities offering assisted living, independent living, continuing care, and memory care services to older adults and their families. Since 1990, Argentum has advocated for choice, independence, dignity, and quality of life for all older adults. Mission & Vision A Mission to Promote Senior Living Argentum’s mission is to promote choice, dignity, independence, and quality of life for seniors. To support this mission, Argentum influences public policy, promotes business excellence, and ensures an informed public. A Vision for the Future of Senior Living Americans are living longer. About 70% of Americans will need some kind of long-term care after they turn 65. When the last of the baby boomers reach age 65 in 2029, they will represent more than 20% of the total U.S. population. Senior living services and products will see unprecedented demand in the coming decades.
Key Imperatives In 2015, Argentum led a listening tour across the country with senior living stakeholders to explore national senior living goals and concerns. As part of a ten-year outlook, Senior Living 2025, Argentum has identified five critical imperatives to address these issues: Workforce Development The industry will compete with the broader service sector to find qualified employees. Senior living needs to be innovative in attracting top quality candidates in order to maintain an essential, strong workforce. Quality Improvement Marked growth in resident acuity and state regulatory measures will significantly impact the senior living industry over the next 10 years. The industry needs standards and professional certification programs to show its commitment to quality care. Operational Excellence Senior living providers must be poised to embrace new business relationships and offer their services in new ways. Senior living leaders must advocate for state regulatory models allowing innovation. Consumer Choice Senior living is a great and affordable opportunity for older adults to experience an optimal quality of life in a social setting. However, as average life expectancy increases, so does the strain on retirement savings. Americans are saving less, living longer, and unfortunately unprepared for the cost of long-term care. Memory Care Senior living communities and services are increasingly the primary caregivers for people with dementias. Senior living must advance technology, services, and research to promote a treatment, cure, and greater quality of life for those affected by dementia. Senior living providers and their partners must build environments which support compassionate, purposeful living.
The Vice President of Workforce Development is responsible for the development and oversight of all workforce development initiatives for Argentum. The position will work closely with appropriate committees, work groups, task forces of the Argentum Board of Directors, their senior management teams and the Argentum Workforce Development Committee. This person will serve on the Argentum senior management team. The Vice President of Workforce Development is a newly formed position at Argentum. The Vice President of Workforce Development will need the requisite skills and experience to develop a multi-year strategy to attain the 1.2 million workers to meet the needs of elders residing in senior living communities. The position requires leading efforts in identifying and deploying key workforce development metrics and research; recommending strategies for increasing recruitment opportunities of senior living employees; and enhancing employee professionalism. This position will work closely with members of the Argentum Workforce Development Committee’s Research and Metrics, Outreach and Awareness, and Academic Partnerships and Professional Development Subcommittees. In addition, collaboration with the Argentum Credentialing and Programs staff will be necessary for shared projects. The position will require someone eager to embrace the challenges and opportunities inherent in new initiatives and work collaboratively with members of the Argentum team. The Vice President of Workforce Development has primary responsibility for: • Assisting the industry in navigating the challenges and embracing the opportunities related to workforce development. The goal is to attract a robust workforce of over 1 million caring, committed employees who choose the senior living industry as a career. • Developing focus on job creation, investing in training and development, and tracking metrics to ensure employee engagement and opportunity. • Developing an overall, multi-year workforce development strategy in conjunction with the Workforce Development Committee and Argentum Board of Directors with a focus on research and metrics, awareness and outreach, professional development and academic partnerships.
• At least five years of experience and extensive knowledge of the development of industry workforce development programs. • Extensive experience identifying and operationalizing industry metrics and key indicators. • Experience in Identifying drivers of engagement, benchmarks and best practices. • Experience in assembling industry career and job information including job progressions. • Experience in identifying career training and professional development opportunities as well as establishing partnerships with universities, technical schools, community colleges and high schools. • Experience in working with federal and state workforce development boards. • Ability to aggregate and analyze labor and workforce statistics. • Experience as a senior staff member of a non-profit organization preferred. • Experience achieving third-party recognition for workforce and employee quality initiatives preferred. • Experience with developing career outreach and awareness campaigns for industry jobs promotion. • Five to eight years of leadership experience in a health care or related industry preferred. • Experience with working with subject matter experts applicable to workforce development and conducting subject matter expert meetings. • Ability and experience to collaborate on marketing efforts related to workforce development and career promotion. • Ability to communicate effectively • Experience in leading and developing teams