Louisiana Guardianship Services, Inc. (LGSI), is a private, not-for-profit corporation that can act as guardian (or “curator” as it is called in Louisiana law) for adults who are incapacitated to the extent they are unable to make their own decisions. LGSI can be given the authority to make decisions for an incapacitated adult in areas outlined by the court – personal, financial, residential, medical. LGSI contracts with the state of Louisiana Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs and the Louisiana Department of Health’s Offices for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and Adult & Aging Services (OAAS) to provide curators for disabled individuals without willing, able, or appropriate family members, when they determine these individuals need someone to manage their affairs. Through these partnerships, LGSI can provide curators for disabled individuals without willing, able, or appropriate family members, when they determine these individuals need someone to manage their affairs.
What We Do
Guardianships for the Elderly (aged 60 years and over)
LGSI contracts with the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs to provide guardians (or “curators” as they are called in Louisiana law) to elderly individuals. The Executive Director or agency Staff Attorney must approve all judgments before they are submitted to ensure that they will conform to the agency’s needs and allow it to act in the best interests of the interdict and will provide the courts with specific provisions that may be needed.
Guardianships for the Intellectually Disabled (aged 18 years and over)
The agency contracts with the Louisiana Department of Health’s Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities OCDD) and its Office of Adult & Aging Services (OAAS) to provide guardians (curators) to intellectually disabled individuals who receive services from OCDD and have been approved by those specific Offices for our services. If approved by those offices, Department of Health attorneys will pursue the Interdiction.
Money Management Services
LGSI contracts with Louisiana’s Department of Health’s Office of Adult & Aging Services (Adult Protective Services) to provide money management services throughout the state to adults receiving Social Security and/or SSI benefits who have been approved by that Office for our services.
Interdiction is the legal process by which persons who are unable to make their own decisions in some life areas receive a curator (or curatrix, if female) to make these decisions for them. Because this process removes rights from the interdicted person and transfers them to the curator or curatrix, it is important that interdiction occur only when absolutely necessary.
Why Work For LGSI?
- We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
- Full health, vision, and dental benefits with no monthly contribution from the employee.
- Mileage reimbursement for work-related travel.
- Employer-paid training through the National Guardianship Association and certification through the Center for Guardianship Certification.
- After one year of employment, participation in a Simple IRA in which the employee can contribute up to a maximum of $12,500 annually, and LGSI will match up to 3% of the employee's annual salary.
The Executive Director is responsible for leading a statewide guardianship agency in Louisiana ensuring the guardianship laws are followed and the National Guardianship Association’s Standards of Practice are met.
As the agency’s leader, honesty and integrity will be maintained through all challenging circumstances, which may include the handling of an interdicted person’s financial affairs. The Executive Director, a visible and approachable leader, will also work to develop and engage stakeholders including those within Courts, government agencies, nonprofits, other institutions, and healthcare systems. The agency leader will conduct day-to-day operations of all staff and programs, and work in partnership with the Board of Directors to ensure strong execution and continued organizational growth and expansion.
Reports to:LGSI’s Board of Directors
Location: New Orleans, LA
LGSI Visibility and Advocacy
- Deliberate external focus to ensure effective relationships between LGSI and the disability and elderly community, legal community, legislative and state agency leaders, the National Guardianship Association, and other key stakeholders and programs which impact the organization’s work.
- Be visible, approachable, and accessible to community members in order to create partnerships and awareness of the LGSI mission and its key priorities.
- Stay informed on relevant issues affecting the populations served by the agency and demonstrate knowledge of issues impacting the elderly and developmentally disabled.
- Develop and direct the overall financial management of the organizational budget in concert with the Board of Directors.
- Ensure budget is implemented in compliance with relevant federal and state laws and regulations and funding source requirements governing both expenditure of grant funds as well as the fiscal operations of nonprofit corporations.
- Maintain all necessary agency insurance policies.
- Empowers internal stakeholders with actionable financial information and expertise that maximizes the organization’s impact.
- Along with staff attorney and consultant, effectively analyze and investigate complex medical, social, and legal issues and implement solutions that are in the best interest of the interdicted person.
- Maintain a keen understanding of the Louisiana legal procedures in order to support the interdiction of incapacitated adults as well as provide support around other problems that can arise.
- May appear in court to effectively represent the agency’s position regarding the interdicted person.
- Ensure staff follow the appropriate guardianship laws and the National Guardianship Association’s Standards of Practice.
- Along with staff, assess and maintain reports and other basic documents to file with the court and maintain confidentiality of protected information.
- Provide for taxes to be prepared for the agency’s interdicted persons, when necessary.
Resource Development & Board Relations
· Develop resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of LGSI. Maintain and continue to build meaningful relationships with external partners to ensure financial stability and resource management.
- Ensure that all funding requirements for each contract are met, including providing monthly reports and invoices.
- Develop and draft grant proposals and supporting documents for timely submission and follow-up with grantors and other funding sources.
- Partner with the Board to conduct strategic planning, risk assessment and continued fund development.
- Schedule and plan quarterly Board meetings and execute all preparation of Board Reports and critical updates.
Team and Culture Management
- Build a diverse and authentic culture by setting a personal example and communicate consistently and frequently with staff members.
- Ensure that the main branch in Metairie and the satellite offices are properly equipped with staff, equipment, and supplies, within approved budget.
- Hire, supervise, and replace staff as necessary.
- Ensure that all staff receive appropriate continuing guardianship education and maintain guardianship certifications.
- Provide in-service training on guardianship as requested by the agency’s funding sources.
Experience and Education:
- J.D. or advanced degree from an accredited college or university in human services such as social work, psychology, gerontology, nursing, or developmental disabilities.
- Two years of experience working in a professional capacity as a lawyer or working with the elderly or persons with disabilities, and at least two years of management experience.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in an area related to human services such as social work, psychology, gerontology, nursing, developmental disabilities, or education.
- Five years of experience working with the elderly or persons with disabilities, and at least two years of management experience.
- Become certified as either a National Certified Guardian or a National Master Guardian through the Center for Guardianship Certification (within one year).
- Demonstrated ability to delegate responsibility, supervise and evaluate professional performance.
- Promote a culture of respect, inclusiveness, and appreciation of diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and values.
- Strong ability to make emotionally and technically difficult decisions for clients that are demonstrably in the best interest of the interdicted person.
- Ability to travel a moderate amount within the state to attend court hearings, meetings at state offices, hospitals, client homes, banks, insurance companies, meet with staff, etc.
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Interested applicants may contact Kristy Lysik, Klysik@fgp.com.