Catholic Charities West Michigan

Programs Specialist, One Township at a Time

Job Locations US-MI-White Cloud | US-MI-White Cloud
Community Outreach
Position Type
Regular Full-Time

Position Summary

This position is responsible for coordinating the One Township at a Time project. Position responsibilities include: township recruitment, new township onboarding, township communication, recognition and special events and maintain documentation compliance with program requirements.


The One Township at a Time (OTaaT) Program Specialist (PS) works with age 55 and better township residents in Newaygo County building relationships between neighbors. Initially, the PS meets with the Township Board securing use of the Township Hall for age 55+ listening sessions and activities. Then the PS leads the residents through a creative process identifying activities that township residents would be willing to engage in with other township residents. The activities and events are then scheduled and publicized. 10 out of 24 Newaygo County Townships are actively engaged in the Project currently. 4 additional townships are at various stages in the project onboarding process. If you are passionate about socially engaging age 55 and better people, within the communities in which they live, in order to reduce social isolation and loneliness and positively impact the community's health and well-being, then this is the position for you!


Wage Range Starting at $17.00 Hourly with experience. 


Are you passionate about discovering new ways to help empower people and make a difference in their lives?

If you’ve got what it takes to support us in our mission to provide help and create hope through innovative, collaborative, and diverse programs within the community, then we’ve got the right opportunity for you.


About Catholic Charities West Michigan

Catholic Charities West Michigan (CCWM) is a community-based agency providing programs in Western Michigan and offering a variety of services in family preservation, behavioral health, child welfare, and community outreach.

  • CCWM is committed to ensuring a diverse workforce and a work environment whereby all staff are treated with dignity, respect, and fairness.
  • CCWM encourages persons of diverse backgrounds and faiths to apply for employment.

Essentials Duties and Responsibilities

  • Builds awareness of One Township at a Time project benefits to recruit new townships.
  • Monitors township program activities to promote their program effectiveness and provide townships with support for effective older adult program management.
  • Collects and provides to the Seniors Director, township program outcomes, township resident evaluations, program feedback and all other required data from township leadership, residents and program collaborators according to program guidelines.
  • Orients townships and their residents to policies and procedures as they relate to the project, townships, residents and project collaborators; establishing clear expectations.
  • Coordinates with Seniors Director to plan and implement quality program micro-grant funding and program implementation within the individual townships.
  • Maintains up to date and complete township and program records in accordance with best practices.
  • Supports residents with program development to include learning technology thereby improving their ability to communicate and stay connected.
  • Collects and submits program metrics monthly.
  • Maintains effective communication across all township efforts.
  • Plans and implements township collaboration, recognition and special events.
  • Drives for Agency business.
  • Performs other special project assignments at supervisor’s request.

Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to streamline processes using technology to accomplish goals efficiently and effectively.
  • Proficiency with digital communication to include all online communications.
  • Ability to be clear and concise in all written communications.
  • Above average ability to relate well to older adults, collaborators, leadership and residents within the townships.
  • Above average verbal communication skills promoting project awareness one-on-one with individuals as well as in public settings.
  • Maintain organized, complete and accurate documentation in accordance with program best practices.
  • Ability to travel throughout Newaygo County.
  • Above average ability to develop promotional project materials that engage older adults inspiring them to take action.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and related programs.

Recommended Employment Qualifications


  • A Bachelor's Degree in Human Services or a business related field is required.



  • One-year experience working with older adults is required.
  • One-year experience working with technology and maintaining accurate documentation is required.
  • One-year experience planning and executing events is preferred.
  • One-year experience with digital communication is required.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

None required.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.


Our Mission

In the spirit of our Catholic tradition, we lead our diverse communities with hope and compassion by offering innovative, collaborative programs. Through our team of highly trained employees, dedicated volunteers and generous community, we deliver the highest quality social services.


Our Vision

Following in the footsteps of Christ, we are the leaders in empowering people to achieve their God given potential by providing help and creating hope.


Our Values

  • Compassion
  • Collaboration
  • Compliance
  • Service to All People
  • Sanctity of All Life


CCWM is an equal opportunity employer, subject to all federal and state laws as applicable to a religious Agency.


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