Monday, 18 September 2017

35 Ways to Save Money at Target (Target Coupons Aren’t the Only Way!)

Who doesn’t like shopping at Target? With a great range of clothing, electronics, groceries, home furnishings, and other products, it’s one of my favorite stores. But did you know there are lots of ways you can save money. And no, you don’t always need Target coupons to take advantage of these money saving opportunities.  ... Continue... The post 35 Ways to Save Money at Target (Target Coupons Aren’t the Only Way!) appeared first on
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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Make Money Spring Cleaning: 11 Sites for Selling All Your Unwanted Stuff

Even though we call it “spring cleaning”, it’s really always a good season to clear out the unneeded stuff from your house. Sure, it might be a little harder hauling the stuff out of your house in the dead of winter, but since you’re probably going to be inside for a lot of winter, all... Continue... The post Make Money Spring Cleaning: 11 Sites for Selling All Your Unwanted Stuff appeared first on
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Friday, 15 September 2017

Systems Administrator (IT)


Date: September 15, 2017
Location: Arlington, VA

NCOA seeks a Systems Administrator to maintains its hardware, software, and related informational technology (IT) infrastructure. This position reports to the Associate Director of IT.

Position overview

The Systems Administrator (SA) is responsible for effective provisioning, installation/ configuration, operation, and maintenance of systems hardware and software and related infrastructure. This individual will participate in technical research and development to enable continuing innovation within the infrastructure. This individual ensures that system hardware, operating systems, software systems, and related procedures adhere to organizational values.

The IT Service Desk is the central point of contact for all in-house IT and server-side incidents and service requests. The role of the SA is to provide tech support and education for all staff at NCOA. He/she is responsible for resolving support requests as well as meeting customer satisfaction and continuous service delivery demands. IT Support staff work in a dynamic environment providing services over the phone, through e-mail, and in person.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Provision/de-provision of new user accounts
  • Maintain a first-class level of customer service ensuring that all staff and external teams are supported in an appropriate manner
  • Maintain excellent verbal communication skills to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical colleagues at all levels in the organization
  • Maintain corporate IDS/IDP policies and procedures, and periodically collaborate with vendors to perform compliance testing
  • Responsible for the control, monitoring, reporting, and audit of user access to all enterprise assets
  • Responsible for monitoring resource consumption and performance degradation
  • Server-side IT SA duties:
    • Manage the remotely-hosted enterprise hardware environment and preserve the segregation of duties among enterprise IT staff and the target hardware environments
    • Work well with managed hosting, co-located hosting, and Cloud environments
  • Internal service desk support duties and responsibilities:
    • Diagnose and resolve software and hardware incidents, including operating systems (Windows, OS X, and Linux) and across a range of software applications
    • Take ownership of issues by carrying out problem analysis to implement temporary or permanent fixes with the aim of resolving issues and restoring service as soon as possible
    • Install and configure new IT equipment
    • Continually upgrade different types of software and hardware, as needed
    • Install and resolve incidents with printers, copiers, and scanners
    • Work with outside vendors and assist in managing vendor contracts

Required experience/skills

  • Network fundamentals and DevOPs
  • Good analytical and troubleshooting skills
  • PC Hardware and Software Troubleshooting
  • Linux skills RedHat 6/7, Centos 7/7
  • DNS, SMTP, DHCP, SNMP, OpenSSL, Apache, Nagios, GlusterFS
  • Excellent IT skills and computer literacy
  • 5-7 years of previous experience within a customer service role
  • Experience with WordPress (and associated plugins) Administration
  • Experience with Database Administration and Database concepts including encryption (PerconaDB, MySQL, MariaDB, etc.)
  • Significant experience supporting websites that must be delivered securely (SSL)
  • Competent understanding of SSL and the various certificate options
  • Experience with high volume traffic/usage leveraging load balancing strategies
  • Expertise with automated software source control systems (e.g., SVN)
  • Expertise with automated software deployment methodologies (e.g., Jenkins)
  • Experience with Configuration Management tools (e.g., Puppet, Chef)
  • Experience with Cloud hosting (AWS and/or Other)

Preferred experience/certifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, with a technical major, such as engineering or computer science
  • SVN
  • Jenkins
  • Preferred Certifications:
    • A+
    • Network +
    • Linux Certs such as Linux +, LPIC, LFCS

NCOA offers a generous employee benefits program that includes: annual, sick, personal, and holiday leave; health insurance; contributions to a 403(b) plan; short- and long-term disability; and life insurance.

NCOA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is dedicated to these principles. We value and welcome diversity in the workplace and encourage all minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply.

How to apply

Applications, including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume, and where you learned of the position, should be mailed to:

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30 High Paying Jobs That Don’t Require a College Degree

If you think landing a career with an above-average salary requires four or more years of college, you are in for a treat. There are a lot of high-paying jobs that don’t require a college degree. With the soaring college tuition rates, high paying jobs with no degree requirement are becoming even more popular. Many... Continue... The post 30 High Paying Jobs That Don’t Require a College Degree appeared first on
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Save Money (on Everything!) When Shopping Online with These 5 Free Tools

More and more people are shopping online, and for good reasons… It’s fast and convenient, and it saves you trudging around different stores trying to find the goods you want. But if you’re like me, you want to know you’re getting the best deal. Fortunately there are some tools and websites that help you to... Continue... The post Save Money (on Everything!) When Shopping Online with These 5 Free Tools appeared first on
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Thursday, 14 September 2017

NEW for NISC Members ONLY: Marketing Tools for Any Senior Center


Have you struggled to find new and interesting ways to promote your senior center? You’re not alone!

But now you have a fantastic new resource at your fingertips—thanks to your NISC membership.

In partnership with the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging (MCOA), NISC is releasing Marketing Tools for Any Senior Center, authored by Barrie Atkin of Atkin Associates LLC.

Inside this comprehensive handbook, you’ll find:

  • Tips on how to write a marketing plan
  • Sample ads, press releases, logos, and flyers that you can adapt for your center
  • Advice on how to name your center, plan an event, build partnerships, use social media, and leverage volunteers
  • And much, much more!

The handbook is members-only benefit for NISC or MCOA members. Other Senior Center State Associations can use it if they are involved with the NISC State Association Team and with permission from MCOA.

Download your copy of Marketing Tools for Any Senior Center on NISC Crossroads today!

To download your copy:

  1. Go to NISC Crossroads.
  2. Click on the “Members Library” tab near the top of the page.
  3. Open the “NISC Members Only Documents” folder on the left side of the window below.
  4. Open the folder labeled “1 – Member Benefit Documents”.
  5. Check the box to the left of the document you wish to download, and then click “Download” in the toolbar above the files.

Not a NISC member? Join now to get access to this valuable resource, plus many more member benefits:

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Congratulations to the West Ouachita Senior Center on achieving National Accreditation


Congratulations to the West Ouachita Senior Center, Inc. West Monroe, LA for achieving National Senior Center Accreditation on August 31, 2017.

The West Ouachita Senior Center, Inc. (WOSC), is a 501 © 3 non-profit United Way Agency which was established in 1979.  The Senior Center began as a cooperative endeavor between the Ouachita Parish School System and the City of West Monroe to serve as a cooperative focal point where older adults can come together for services and activates which enhance their dignity, support their independence and encourage involvement in and with their community.  The WOSC is one of the oldest and most successful Senior Centers in the State of Louisiana.

West Ouachita has a population of almost 13,000.  The Ouachita Parish has an estimated 28,000 seniors age 65+.  The Center serves 5,644 annually with an average daily attendance of approximately 200.

The Senior Center building is a beautiful 33,000 sq. ft. facility.  It is located in a busy part of town, next door to a school, farmers market, recreation center and a gazebo for community activities and concerts.

The Peer Reviewer observed many strengths of West Ouachita Senior Center these included:

  • The longevity of the Executive Director is admirable and the reason the Center is so successful. She’s been a true visionary.
  • The Accreditation Team was very involved. They developed a beautiful, professionally produced notebook.
  • The Center has comprehensive planning and strategic planning documents.  Review of strategic planning is regular through an active and engaged Board of Directors and Advisory Committee.
  • The Center has a complete and professionally produced Annual Report.
  • Each year staff develops an individual Action Plan and reviews their detailed job description to outline goals and objectives. This is a best practice that should be replicated by other Senior Centers.
  • The Senior Center staff does a superb job in accessing grants and funding from multiple sources to support, not only the transportation system, but also infrastructure at the senior center and to support programming needed for low income older adults that use the center.
  • The superior transportation system provided to older adults is a strong Senior Center asset.  Rides are coordinated, especially for those coming a distance, to allow the rider to access multiple needs. For example, during one trip an older adult might attend a doctor’s appointment, go grocery shopping and attend a senior center activity.
  • Admirable use of the Older Worker Program to supplement the Senior Centers staffing needs, and to also provide outstanding job training for many older adults who are enrolled in the program.
  • The partnership with the University of Louisiana at Monroe is to be commended. Not only do the two organizations support each other, they support older workers, students, research and administrative development of Senior Center policies.
  • The role of “External Evaluator” is a vital linkage between the University and the Senior Center and works very well.
  • Policies and procedures, along with other Senior Center administrative are comprehensive and encompassing. The Center is extremely well prepared to operate in every circumstance.

City staff people involved in the process learned about the center and got to understand the impact the senior center has on individuals in the community. Educate your City on the value of your Senior Center through the NISC National Senior Center Accreditation process.    Visit to learn more.

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