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Careers at SMAA

Our dedicated staff of 130 (82 full-time employees) is comprised of well-qualified individuals who are passionate about the well-being of older adults, adults with disabilities, and the people who care for them.

Chief Executive Officer

After an incredible career spanning over 40 years with the Southern Maine Agency on Aging, our CEO, Larry Gross has recently announced his retirement.  The Agency is now embarking on a search for a new Chief Executive Officer. If you or someone you know are interested in the position, please contact our search consultant, Deborah L. Gallant, Career Management Associates, 207.780.1125,, for more information.

Job Listing

The Board of Directors of the Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) is conducting a search for a seasoned leader with a proven track record of success to serve as the Agency’s next Chief Executive Officer.


The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and coordinating of all operations and activities of the Southern Area Agency on Aging:  implements policies and directives of the Board of Directors by assuming overall leadership and administration of the Agency and its programs, including the quality of service provided to consumers, long term financial integrity of the agency and compliance with all regulations.


  • Responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of an Agency strategic plan for comprehensive delivery of services to older adults.
  • Responsible for providing leadership to the Agency’s public policy and advocacy efforts.
  • Provides or assigns staff support to Area Agency Board of Directors, Advisory Council, and Board committees.
  • Leads planning, coordination, advocacy and evaluation of SMAA services for elders living within Cumberland and York Counties.
  • Directly monitors program evaluation procedures undertaken by the Agency to insure efficient and effective coordination and delivery of services to elders.
  • Leads the preparation and implementation of multi-year Area Plan for progress toward a comprehensive, coordinated service system for older persons as prescribed in the federal Older Americans Act.
  • Responsible for development and monitoring of subcontracts for provision of transportation, nutrition, legal services, and other services to the elderly. Ensures all leases are properly negotiated.
  • Supervises preparation and submission of required service and financial reports to the Maine Department of Health & Human Services, and reports to other state, federal, regional and local bodies.
  • Responsible for creation and implementation of fund development plans and strategies that sustain and expand personal, corporate and foundation source of support for SMAA programs.
  • Directly monitors the long term financial integrity of the Agency.
  • Oversees the Human Resource function and serves as Administrator of the 403(b) retirement plan


  • At least 10 years of progressively-responsible leadership experience in providing social services to meet community needs, including 3-5 years in a senior management role.
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in business, administration, public administration, health care administration, social work or a related field.
  • Knowledge, understanding, and a comfort level in working with older adults and persons with disabilities.
  • Strategic planning experience and fundraising skills.
  • Specific experience and/or training in budgeting, program monitoring, evaluation and planning, social service program and human resource management.
  • An extensive understanding of the social services environment, government funding and compliance with all applicable regulatory agencies.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all constituencies, including consumers, employees, board members, regulatory agencies, and the community at large.
  • Exceptional communication skills, including oral, in writing, and presentation skills.
  • Exceptional decision making and problem solving skills.

If you or someone you know are interested in the position, please contact our search consultant, Deborah L. Gallant, Career Management Associates, 207.780.1125,, for more information.

A Message from Larry...

Happy New Year!  It is a time of year for retrospection, resolutions and renewal!  I hope yours are all prepared! This January is especially meaningful for me as it marks the 41st anniversary of my first day working for the Cumberland-York Task Force on Aging (the original name for Southern Maine Agency on Aging).

As a fresh-out-of-graduate-school applicant, with a recently awarded Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maine, I had talked my way into an interview for a newly created “Planner” position that initially had required applicants to hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work.  (It helped that my undergraduate degree included a minor in social work!)

I recall during my interview with Don Sharland, SMAA’s first Executive Director, saying that planning and public administration were a natural fit and my skills were what the Agency really needed for the position.  It worked!  I was hired and immediately began writing and obtaining grants to grow SMAA services and, in collaboration with other agencies and public officials, to develop new services for seniors in our region.

During those early years, the Cumberland – York Task Force on Aging changed its name twice (to Southern Maine Senior Citizens, and then, Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging); moved our offices twice;  opened the first adult day center in Maine at the Kimball Health Center in Saco; started the first urban low income congregate housing project in Portland (at the renovated North School at the foot of Munjoy Hill), and was selected to lead Maine’s multi-year national demonstration project showing how “home-based care” could offer frail seniors a much preferred alternative to the only long term care option at the time:  nursing homes.

In the early 1980s, SMAA was in the vanguard of elder service advocates who pushed Maine’s legislature to create and fund the Home Based Care Act, the first state funded program to offer elders a choice over where they could receive long term care services and supports.  In those heady days, Maine was a national leader in expanding home and community based services for its frail older citizens. I hope we will be again soon.

Five years after starting at the Task Force on Aging, my mentor and boss, Don Sharland, moved to a new position leading the Wardwell Home in Saco, and the SMAA Board of Directors selected me as the Agency’s second Executive Director.  It was a major life transition into a new role with greater responsibilities and tremendous opportunities.

Now, 35 years later, I am preparing for another major life transition – retirement!  Earlier this fall, I announced my plans to retire as Chief Executive Officer of Southern Maine Agency on Aging in late summer of 2019. A search is underway for my successor.

Approaching retirement, I look back with pride at the many awards and honors presented to our Agency, its staff, and volunteers during my tenure.  I want to express my deep appreciation to everyone for the unmatched innovation and exceptionally dedicated professional contributions that brought SMAA such well-earned recognition and, most importantly, helped thousands of seniors live more independent and fulfilling lives. It has been a great privilege to share this work with so many fine people who have made improving the quality of life for seniors a personal mission. Thank you all for your confidence and support these past 40+ years.

Laurence W. Gross