New director sought for E'town Social Center

ELIZABETHTOWN An Elizabethtown landmark is seeking new leadership. The Elizabethtown Social Center board of directors is seeking a new director. The position will likely be filled in April. The Elizabethtown Social Center Inc. was established in 1939 by Cora Putnam Hale to provide the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Currently the private 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization serves as a teen center for Elizabethtown, Lewis and New Russia, while offering activities for community members. Center board member Jane Hooper said the job required a versatile self-starter. The job includes program development, management, fiscal, marketing and overseeing the property. It's a very diverse job for somebody who doesn't want to be sitting at the desk, said Hooper. Its certainly someone who likes a challenge, and creative enough to put their mark on (the center). Interim Social Center director Ken Fenimore said he was eager to return to being a happily retired person once again. Fenimore took over Oct. 2 after previous director Alicia Sirk left. Fenimore said the person for the position needed to be comfortable working with all age groups. One of the centers primary missions is hosting a teen center. Working with teens and adults requires a certain level of patience and understanding. The teens can be quite demanding, and come here to have a place to relax, said Fenimore. Along with working with people, the center director develops programming, works with the board of directors on budgeting, and oversees the centers properties, Fenimore added. There are five buildings on 18 acres, which includes four tennis courts, a basketball court and a paddle tennis court. The board has re-written the job description, hiring a bookkeeper to take over some of the fiscal responsibilities traditionally associated with the position. Fenimore said he hoped the new job description would expand the pool of applicants for the job. The person hired would be required to live in Elizabethtown or Lewis, the centers service area. We want them to be connected with the community, to actually be a presence in the community, said Hooper. The salary for the full-time job ranges from $35,000-37,000, depending on experience and qualifications, Hooper said. Benefits are also included. Applications for the position are being accepted through March 15. For more information, go on-line to www.elizabethtownsocialcenter.org.

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