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Associate Director of OMA

Apply now Job no: 497136
Department: Scripps Foundation
Location: Oxford, OH
Work type: Salary Staff
Categories: Research, Scientific
Status: Full Time
Temporary: Yes

Job Title: Associate Director of OMA
Job Summary:

The Scripps Gerontology Center is seeking an Associate Director of OMA. The Scripps Gerontology Center specializes in research, education, and service that makes a positive difference in the lives of aging individuals, their families and communities, and meets the needs of aging societies. One of the primary programs operated by Scripps Gerontology Center is the Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program. The OMA program is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. The mission of OMA is to build bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art. Additional information about the OMA program may be found at This position is funded by external grants for one year; renewable upon continued funding.

Duties/Physical Demands:
  • Ensuring continued growth, sustainability and the highest quality of the Scripps OMA program
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of the OMA programs
  • Developing partnerships between medical/allied health universities and nearby nursing homes
  • Maintaining ongoing communication with all stakeholders
  • Training new OMA facilitators in person and online
  • Securing new grants and contracts and preparing reports to funders
  • Teaching OMA-related gerontology courses at Miami University
  • Supervising and monitoring OMA programs at several sites and online
  • Supervising graduate and undergraduate students
  • Completing various other duties as assigned

The Associate Director of OMA collaborates with other Scripps OMA staff members to promote the Scripps OMA brand; replicate the program; represent OMA at local and national events; conduct research; and engage in strategic planning for program sustainability. A training period will be in place in order to develop capacity to meet all of the above responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s or Ph.D. in gerontology or related field; teaching experience; familiarity with the OMA program; knowledge of external funding and grant writing; effective team coordination abilities and the ability to manage multiple complex projects and deadlines; excellent written communication skills; experience communicating with diverse audiences; and experience with Microsoft Office, Word Press, and social media. Candidates who are finalists for the position will be required to submit a writing sample.

Position is not eligible for H-1B sponsorship.

Desired Qualifications:

Consideration may be given to candidates with project management experience; experience working in the field of aging, medicine, or health sciences; experience working in nursing homes, especially with people who live with dementia; experience in strategy development and forward thinking.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Candidates who are finalists for the position will be required to submit a writing sample. Inquiries may be directed to Elizabeth Lokon at

EO/AA Statement/Clery Act:
Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.
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Date to Begin Screening Applicants:

Screening of applications will begin November 30, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Benefits Eligible:



A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact or (513) 529-3560.

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