Program Specialist (full-time)

Job Announcement—March 3, 2022

Program Specialist, Iona’s Wellness & Arts adult day health center

Iona is pleased to announce that we are hiring a full-time Program Specialist for Iona’s Wellness & Arts Center in Tenleytown, DC. This best-practice adult day health center serves older adults with dementia and/or physical challenges who can benefit from being a part of a warm and welcoming community and a robust day of programming and nursing support, allowing them to continue living at home while giving family members much needed respite.

Iona is a nonprofit organization that directly helps over 3,500 older adults and families each year with the challenges and opportunities of aging in the greater Washington D.C. 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 includes Adult Day Health, Consultation, Care Management and Counseling, Support Groups, Food and Nutrition services, Information and Referral and more. For more information about Iona, please visit

Iona is a warm and collegial workplace that promotes excellence in client services and is committed to diversity, inclusion, and the professional growth of employees.


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, 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 Capital City Limousine 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 (BSPs, daily assignment sheet and breaks, daily activity sheet and white board, charting, invoices…etc) in absence of designee.
  • Maintain cleanliness of program areas, program office, kitchen, and supplies.
  • 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.
  • 0-2 years experience working as a nursing assistant or activity assistant with geriatric population.
  • 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.
  • Computer Literacy and basic knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint.

To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to

Iona Senior Services, an equal opportunity employer, is committed to diversity within its staff, and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.