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Director of Administration and Finance

Position Available

The North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments (NARCOG) is seeking a Director of Administration and Finance.  The position will be located at the Council’s central office in Decatur, Alabama.   

The Area

The area served by the Council covers three counties in north central Alabama.  Those counties are Cullman County, Lawrence County and Morgan County.  In addition to the three counties, there are 23 municipalities within the region.  The total population of the area is approximately 240,000 in a mix of rural and urban communities.  Situated on the southerly bank of the Tennessee River, the area has ample opportunities for outdoor recreation.  The employment base is largely industrial with the local economy having a strong agricultural component as well.

The Agency

The Department of Administration and Finance is a component of the North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments.  The Council is made up of a Board of Directors representing the local governments of the three-county region.  The Council is staffed by a Department of Administration and Finance, which includes the chief executive officer and the chief financial officer, along with the Regional Planning Agency, the Regional Transit Agency, and the Area Agency on Aging.  The functions of the Department of Administration and Finance include, but are not limited to, budget and finance, personnel management, insurance and risk management, maintenance and housekeeping, and general record keeping services for the Board of Directors.

The Position

The Director of Administration and Finance is responsible for directing the administrative services functions of NARCOG including all financial operations. The Director is responsible for a budget of approximately $7,500,000.  There are 75 regular employees, 40 senior employees, and a variety of volunteers.  The Director is expected to be creative and proactive in the expansion of services and funding.  The Director must develop positive working relationships with political, governmental and community leadership throughout the region and with state and Federal agencies.  The Director will be a member of NARCOG’s central management team.  As such, the Director is expected to be a knowledgeable advocate for all NARCOG programs and services.  The compensation package includes a starting salary of $62,513 negotiable with benefits including medical insurance and retirement.

To Apply

To apply for this position, please submit a letter of interest along with your resume to

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The minimum requirements for this position include a bachelor’s degree in a course of study related to the field and five years of experience.  Please include information regarding any licensure or certifications that may be applicable.  Experience in public sector accounting is preferred. Applicants who do not have professional level experience in accounting and/or finance will not be considered.  NARCOG is an equal opportunity employer.

November - National Family Caregivers Month

NARCOG understands the challenges associated with caregiving.  We offer a number of programs and services that support the needs of caregivers.  The agency will provide a Stress-Busting for Family Caregivers program beginning on November 21st *.  For details about this free program, click here.

*Note: New beginning date

Ten Tips for Family Caregivers 

1) Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone.

2) Take care of your own health so you can take care of your loved one.

3) Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you.

4) Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors.

5) Caregiving is hard work so take respite breaks often.

6) Watch out for signs of depression and get professional help when you need it.

7) Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one.

8) Organize medical information so it is up to date and easy to find.

9) Make sure legal documents are in order.

10) Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is!

 Caregiver Action Network

5 Forward - Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

NARCOG has finalized the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) plan for our region. 

A copy of the plan entitled 5 Forward 2018-2022 can be accessed here

Medicare Open Enrollment Ends December 7th

October 15th - December 7th

This is the one time of year when all Medicare beneficiaries can compare plans and enroll into the plan of their choice for the new year.  Are you ready?  The good news is that NARCOG offers Medicare counseling at no cost to beneficiaries.  Through the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), our trained counselors assist you in comparing plans and enrolling into the plan of your choice.  We do not recommend one company or plan over another, but provide you with the best choices based on your personal needs.  The final decision is always yours.  For a complete list of dates, times and locations of open enrollment events, click here.

Bring your insurance cards and a complete list of medications to receive a personalized Medicare plan comparison.

Let's Get Moving!

What is keeping you from moving? Exercise, even low impact exercise is proven to reduce pain and stiffness. Join one of our free classes and see how much better you can feel.  NARCOG has partnered with the City of Decatur Parks and Recreation to offer Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program classes at Turner Surles Community Center.

When:  Monday - Friday at 9:30am

Where:  Turner-Surles - 702 Sycamore Street NW, Decatur

 

NARCOG has also partnered with Right at Home and City Center Village to offer the course.

When:  Tuesdays at 10:00am

Where: City Center Village - 807 Bank Street NE, Decatur, AL

 

 

New Medicare Cards to Help Combat Fraud

CMS NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2017

New Medicare cards offer greater protection to more than 57.7 million Americans
New cards will no longer contain Social Security numbers, to combat fraud and illegal use  

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is readying a fraud prevention initiative that removes Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to help combat identity theft, and safeguard taxpayer dollars. The new cards will use a unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), to replace the Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) currently used on the Medicare card. CMS will begin mailing new cards in April 2018 and will meet the congressional deadline for replacing all Medicare cards by April 2019. Today, CMS kicks-off a multi-faceted outreach campaign to help providers get ready for the new MBI.

“We’re taking this step to protect our seniors from fraudulent use of Social Security numbers which can lead to identity theft and illegal use of Medicare benefits,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “We want to be sure that Medicare beneficiaries and healthcare providers know about these changes well in advance and have the information they need to make a seamless transition.”  

Providers and beneficiaries will both be able to use secure look up tools that will support quick access to MBIs when they need them. There will also be a 21-month transition period where providers will be able to use either the MBI or the HICN further easing the transition

CMS testified on Tuesday, May 23rd before the U.S. House Committee on Ways & Means Subcommittee on Social Security and U.S. House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Technology, addressing CMS’s comprehensive plan for the removal of Social Security numbers and transition to MBIs.

Personal identity theft affects a large and growing number of seniors. People age 65 or older are increasingly the victims of this type of crime. Incidents among seniors increased to 2.6 million from 2.1 million between 2012 and 2014, according to the most current statistics from the Department of Justice. Identity theft can take not only an emotional toll on those who experience it, but also a financial one: two-thirds of all identity theft victims reported a direct financial loss. It can also disrupt lives, damage credit ratings and result in inaccuracies in medical records and costly false claims.

Work on this important initiative began many years ago, and was accelerated following passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). CMS will assign all Medicare beneficiaries a new, unique MBI number which will contain a combination of numbers and uppercase letters. Beneficiaries will be instructed to safely and securely destroy their current Medicare cards and keep the new MBI confidential. Issuance of the new MBI will not change the benefits a Medicare beneficiary receives.  

NARCOG will continue to post updates as they become available.  Medicare beneficiaries are cautioned to protect their personal information including their Medicare number.  Medicare and Social Security will never contact you requesting this information.  

NARCOG Regional Transit Agency

Public Transportation for Morgan County can be reached at 256-580-2088.

Rides may be scheduled by calling at least 24 hours in advance. 

LAWRENCE COUNTY: 256-974-2488

Rates:

$2.00 each trip up to 5 miles

$4.00 each trip up to 10 miles

$6.00 each trip up to 15 miles

$8.00 each trip up to 20 miles

$10.00 each trip over 20 miles within the NARCOG Service Area

*Special rates apply for trips outside the NARCOG RTA Service Area

NARCOG is dedicated to providing safe and reliable transportation services to individuals in Lawrence and Morgan counties. 

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