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Senior Living Community Leadership Award

The Executive Director is responsible for providing overall leadership in the day-to-day operation of a senior living community.  This person is charged with maintaining staff and resident and family engagement in addition to budget adherence and regulatory compliance.

First awarded in 2012, the ALFA Senior Living Community Leadership Award will honor one executive director of a senior living community who is an ideal representative and role model for the thousands of executives leading senior living communities. 

**Submit a Nomination for the 2015 Senior Living Community Leadership Award**

Nominations will close December 31, 2014. Read about the 2014 winner below for inspiration.

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ALFA 2014 Community Leadership Award Winner

Joseph Huskinson, executive director of Lincoln Court in Idaho Falls, Idaho was honored with the ALFA 2014 Senior Living Community Leadership Award. Huskinson was recognized at the ALFA 2014 Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Arizona.

“Leaders like Joseph exemplify the key values so important in senior living today by superbly leading community teams in a manner that raises the bar of excellence in senior living,” said Richard P. Grimes, president and CEO of ALFA. “Joseph is an ideal role model for current and future leaders seeking to cultivate their engagement in senior living.”

Huskinson serves as executive director at Lincoln Court Retirement Community, a senior living community located in Idaho Falls, Idaho and operated by Stellar Senior Living. The executive director is mission critical for operators of senior living communities. Executive directors are managers of resources and define the tone of a community and its relationships with residents, families and the surrounding neighborhood. They need to have a diverse skill set, high emotional intelligence, passion, empathy and solid business acumen.

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Community Leadership Award Background

Nomination Questions:

The following questions are used to help prepare nominations:

  1. List the top three values the nominee possess and exemplifies each day. Give examples.
  2. Give specific examples how the nominee fosters a cohesive and positive community of residents, their families and staff.
  3. Give examples how the nominee encourages employee engagement and staff satisfaction.
  4. Give examples how the nominee encourages resident and family satisfaction.
  5. Describe an idea, process or program that the nominee implemented that increased revenue.
  6. Describe an idea, process or program that the nominee implemented that improved expense management.
  7. Give an example of how the nominee is an executive role model outside the senior living community (e.g. volunteerism, state affiliate Board member etc).
  8. Any additional thoughts or testimonials about the nominee? If testimonials, please also provide contact information so we may follow-up as needed.


All nominations are due by COB December 31, 2014 through ALFA's online nominations system. All companies submitting award nominations must be ALFA members in order to move on to being assessed. Every submission will be judged and ranked against the following criteria:

  1. On a scale of 1 to 5 (five being best), rate the uniqueness of the submission.
  2. On a scale of 1 to 5 (five being the best), rate the executive qualities of the nomination.
  3. On a scale of 1 to 5 (five being the best), rate the strength of the candidates relationship with residents/families.
  4. On a scale of 1 to 5 (five being the best), rate the strength of the candidate’s leadership of staff and resources at the community.
  5. On a scale of 1 to 5 (five being the best), rate the strength of the nominee’s embrace of the ALFA core principles of choice, independence, dignity and quality of life.
  6. On a scale of 1 to 5 (five being the best), rate the candidate’s business acumen as communicated in the nomination.
  7. On a scale of 1 to 5 (five being the best), rate your overall perception of the candidate as a role model to current and future executive directors.

The winning nomination for the Senior Living Community Leadership Award will be announced at the 2015 ALFA Conference and Expo; May 4-7, 2015. More information about the conference is available at alfa.org/conference.



Selected Executive Director will travel to the ALFA Conference and Expo.  Full conference registration, air travel and one hotel night included.

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