Program Specialist Job Announcement

January 17, 2020
Full-time Program Specialist

Iona is pleased to announce that we are hiring a full-time Program Specialist for our new adult day health center opening in Congress Heights. We are a nonprofit organization that directly helps 3,000 older adults and families with the challenges and opportunities of aging in the greater Washington, DC area. Since 1975, we have educated, advocated, and provided community-based programs and services to help people age well and live well. Iona’s suite of services include: Consultation, Care Management, and Counseling (CCMC), our award-winning adult day health program, Active Wellness Program at St. Alban’s, support groups, home-delivered meals, and more. Iona is a warm and collegial workplace that promotes excellence in client services and is committed to the professional growth of its employees. For more information about Iona, please visit


Under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, the Program Specialist is responsible for facilitating group and individual activity programs for individuals with various physical and cognitive abilities (Alzheimer’s, Stroke, Intellectual Disabilities, etc.), assisting with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), personal care, and rehabilitative services, and assisting with dining services.


The Program Specialist is responsible for assisting participants with Activities of Daily Living (ADL), planning and implementing person-centered and life-enriching activities; promoting community awareness of Iona and other community resources.

Direct Service

  • Provide reminders, supervision, or hands on assistance with Activities of Daily Living (toileting, eating, mobility,);
  • Lead and/or assist with activities in coordination with program staff to maximize   participant involvement.
  • Serve as morning and/or afternoon bus escort for transportation and outings.
  • Assist with the operations of dining services (serving, clearing tables, washing dishes, etc.).
  • Report any changes in participants’ health status to Clinical Nurse Manager.

Collaboration with other staff

  • Develop and sustain daily programming geared towards individuals with varying physical and cognitive abilities.
  • Help with program and field trip planning using community resources to aid in program implementation.
  • Work cooperatively with staff and volunteers in providing daily programming (individual or group).
  • Complete required paperwork or documentation
  • Maintain cleanliness of program areas, program office, kitchen, and supplies.
  • Assist with the monitoring of program supplies (activity, kitchen, medical/clinical, etc.) for daily operations of center.
  • Participate in team and educational conferences, staff meetings, and organizational meetings and programs.
  • Maintains safety and minimizes potential risks for participants by following standards of practice in healthcare (i.e. food safety, safe transfers).
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Certified Nurse Aide or Home Health Aide in the District of Columbia preferred.
  • 1-2 years of experience working as a nursing assistant or activity assistant with older adults.
  • Initial and annual chest X-ray/PPD.
  • CPR and First Aid certification.
  • Ability to lead activities for varying cognitive levels.
  • Ability to communicate and establish effective relationships with W&A staff and managers, participants, caregivers, and volunteers.

Iona has a robust benefits package which includes health, dental, and life insurance, vacation and a 403(b) retirement plan. Compensation is commensurate with experience. To apply, please download and complete the application form, then email it to, or submit your letter of interest and resume to:

Iona is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Iona also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities.