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National Managing Coordinator, Diverse Elders Coalition

The Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) is an advocacy and education coalition made up of five national organizations representing millions of elders of color and LGBT elders around the country. The DEC focuses on strengthening policies and programs to enhance the health and well-being of diverse elders, educating and connecting our older people and their loved ones to key policy debates on aging, and increasing public support for issues that affect our communities. The DEC includes: the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, the National Hispanic Council on Aging, the National Indian Council on Aging, Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders, and Southeast Asia Resource Action Center.

Since its founding in 2010, the DEC has garnered considerable attention nationwide and moved key policy wins at the federal level. In its first years, the DEC focused on  key areas of shared interest, including strengthening Social Security; increasing funding for programs aimed at more marginalized elders (largely through health care reform implementation); and ensuring that the Older Americans Act (OAA), through reauthorization, directs more of its sizable resources to marginalized older adults around the country.  In the summer of 2012, the DEC released a landmark report on the economic security issues facing our communities, as well as a news blog that features regular commentaries on diverse elder issues. The DEC continues to make the voices of its communities heard and push for policy changes through efforts such as its recently released HIV & Aging Issue Brief and accompanying national teleconference. The DEC is poised to substantially increase its visibility and reach, and to achieve key policy improvements.

The DEC is searching for a full-time National Managing Coordinator to develop (in consultation with coalition members) and implement the advocacy and education strategies of the DEC, as well as to build online awareness of the many issues facing elders of color and LGBT elders. The National Managing Coordinator will largely focus on two areas: advancing joint policy advocacy (at the federal and state levels) and overseeing strategic communications, primarily through online and social media. The National Managing Coordinator will work very closely with coalition members, including the Core Working Group, and facilitate regular communications among members to arrive at decisions and concrete results. This position will focus exclusively on the work of the DEC; it will be supervised by one member of the Coalition.


  • In partnership with members of the DEC, develop and lead implementation of national strategies related to key policy priorities, including, but not limited to, reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, health reform advocacy at the federal and state level, strengthening Social Security, and increasing federal support for programs that reach elders of color and LGBT elders;
  • Develop DEC’s annual work plans and operating budget for approval by members; monitor and ensure a balanced budget, proposing adjustments as necessary to off-set unexpected increases/decreases in revenue and/or expenses;
  • Monitor activities of the Executive Branch and Congress that could impact elders of color and LGBT older people, to ensure an appropriate and timely response from the DEC on opportunities and/or threats;
  • Represent and promote the DEC’s priorities through participation in conferences and development of webinars and teleconferences;
  • Prepare news releases, fact sheets, talking points and media bulletins to promote DEC activities and programs;
  • Write original articles, blog postings and multimedia resources for select ethnic media, LGBT media, alternative/independent media and original media outlets;
  • Manage online media, which includes authoring and coordinating content for its main website, Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as developing social media strategies to drive traffic to these sites. Other primary activities include scheduling blog postings from regular and guest authors, writing blog posts, and updating the blog through a customized content management system;
  • Monitor coverage of diverse elder communities—including LGBT elders and elders of color—in mainstream media and pitch media stories about LGBT elders/elders of color relevant to key policy discussions;
  • Work closely with members to facilitate effective communications about the DEC’s priorities with their chapters, affiliates and constituents around the country, helping them learn more about the policy concerns of elders of color and LGBT elders;
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with potential and current funders, which includes proposal writing, budget development, grant reporting and identifying other potential funders for this work;
  • Prepare written and oral reports on DEC activities and outcomes for members, funders and other key stakeholders, as needed;
  • Supervise the DEC’s part-time staff; and
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Required Skills/Qualifications

  • Master of Public Administration, or Masters in communications, journalism or equivalent degree, plus a minimum of 3 years of experience in a nonprofit setting.  Substantial work experience (5-7+) in nonprofit  communications and/or public policy arenas may be substituted for Masters degree;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills (including public speaking, PR & media stories, and writing for different audiences in a various formats);
  • Minimum of 2-4 years of experience in media relations and communications, especially online and social media strategies, in the nonprofit field;
  • Experience with public policy analysis and advocacy, and/or government affairs;
  • Proven project management skills (ideally with policy, communications and/or coalition building initiatives);
  • Entrepreneurial thinker, who is self-directed, creative and able to exercise independent judgment;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, an ability to identify and integrate the perspectives and needs of diverse communities, and an ability to work in coalition with various types and sizes of organizations a must; and
  • A commitment to the issues, constituencies and values of the DEC.

Strongly Desired Qualifications

  • Substantive knowledge of and/or prior work experience in the aging field, including working knowledge of history and issues facing more marginalized older adults;
  • Fluency (verbal and written) in one or more languages in addition to English;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize activities and meet deliverables under deadlines;
  • Capacity and a desire to gain new skills and knowledge to further the priorities of the DEC;
  • Cultural and linguistic competency in regards to age, ability, sexuality, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, class and other characteristics that affect the lives of diverse older adults and shape the nature of the DEC’s endeavors; and
  • Understanding of performance measurement and management, and a strong desire to implement metrics to evaluate the impact and the effectiveness of the DEC.


Job Location:  Flexible; some travel required.

Compensation:  Salary commensurate with experience; competitive benefits package. 



Please send a cover letter, resume and 2-3 writing samples by email to:

Patrick Aitcheson, Interim National Coordinator

Diverse Elders Coalition



Application Deadline:   Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by August 29, 2014. Applications received after that date may or may not be considered, depending on the original pool of applicants.


EOE Employer:

The Diverse Elders Coalition believes in equal opportunity in employment. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, HIV serostatus, sexual orientation, veteran status, height, weight or disability.

Women, older adults, people of color, transgender and gender non-conforming people, poor and low-income people, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information about the Diverse Elders Coalition, including its advocacy successes over the last few years, please visit


Application Deadline: September 30, 2014

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