Position: IL Program Coordinator & Work Incentive
Status: Full Time, Hourly
Reports to: Independent Living Services Program Director
Position Summary: Provide independent living
services to individuals with disabilities, in the service area, to
enhance the quality of their lives. Responsible for all activities
related to the classes and workshops held in the service area.
Conduct outreach to establish referral relationships with community
partners and to build relationships in the
multi-cultural/underserved communities (African American,
Hispanic/Latino/Hmong) in the service area counties. Conduct
Grassroots Advocacy Groups.
Provide work incentives benefits planning and career counseling
supports to people with disabilities. Focus on assisting individuals
with disabilities to understand the effect that income will have on
their benefits and services as they prepare for employment and pursue
goals to reduce their reliance on public programs such as Social Security.
Participate in activities related to
Disability Policy Change.
Position Expected Hours of Work: This is a Full-Time
position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to
4:30 pm. Occasional evenings and weekends.
Independent Living Services Essential Functions of the
A. Facilitate self-assessment and identification of independent
living related services needs of the consumer.
B. Facilitate the development of independent living goals with the
consumer. Regularly revisits these goals, updating as needed and
C. Promote self-advocacy by teaching individuals how to access
services, assert their rights, obtain funding for the purpose of
reaching their goals.
D. Provide independent living skills instruction on an individual or
- Provide information, referral and training to consumers and the
community in the IndependenceFirst service area on
independent living issues and services.
F. Coordinate peer support efforts in the outlying county areas.
G. Provide consumers, businesses, and community organizations with
assistance regarding the ADA, IDEA, Fair Housing Act, and the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (501-504), etc.
H. Develop and maintain appropriate collaborative relationships with
other organizations/service providers to enhance the goals of
- Conduct outreach and establish relationships with community
partners for the purpose of referral to our program.
- Conduct outreach to establish collaborative relationships with
other organizations and service providers that serve individuals
with disabilities that are part of multi-cultural/underserved
populations (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Hmong) in the
- Complete agency required documentation in agency database.
Work Incentives Benefits Specialist Essential Functions:
- Analyze the benefits, entitlement, subsidies, and services of
individuals to determine the impact that work will have on
eligibility for programs and changes in payment levels.
- Provide individuals with an in-depth written assessment of their
situation and provide guidance with making informed choices about working.
- Develop a work incentives plan to assist individuals with
achieving their employment goal.
- Provide benefit related information and referral services.
- Provide individuals with support in dealing with benefits issues
as they arise.
- Advocate on behalf of individuals regarding benefit issues with
other agencies and programs.
- Develop and maintain appropriate collaborative relationships with
federal, state, and local agencies/organizations.
- Conduct presentations and trainings on the Social Security work
incentives and other return to work issues for people with disabilities.
- Complete required documentation in databases as required by
- Attend all staff meetings and trainings as required.
VII. Disability Policy Change Essential Functions of
- Participate in individual and systems advocacy activities by
voicing opinion at public hearings and educating public officials
through letter writing or other appropriate means on issues relating
to independent living.
- Actively participant in agency advocacy team.
- Present testimony on disability issues by writing, email, and fax,
in person testimony to legislative bodies on the local, state and
federal levels. This includes contacting congresspersons, senators
and giving opinions on pending legislation.
- Assist consumers with their advocacy needs.
- Participate in
Disability Policy Change Events.
- Work environment is generally performed in an office setting with
minimal to moderate noise level.
- The work environment characteristics described here are
representative of those an employee encounters while performing the
essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
The above statements reflect the general details necessary to
describe the principle functions of the occupation described and
shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work
requirements that may be inherent in the occupation.
Experience and Skills:
- Must have a firm belief in consumer control, the independent
living philosophy and our agency Vision Statement:
IndependenceFirst is for full inclusion of persons with
disabilities in every aspect of our community and IndependenceFirst
commits itself toward this end.
'Empowerment is part psychological, part social, and part
political. It is the process by which individuals define their own
problems, find their own voice, develop their own plans, act on
their own behalf, and claim their own power.'
'Empowerment means more than having responsibility, but also
having the authority and ability to make one's own choices.'
- Bachelor's degree in related field or life experience may be
substituted in lieu of, in full or part of academic requirements.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills required.
- Demonstrated positive attitude, reliability, a self-starter who
assumes responsibility when warranted, is conscientious,
professional in manner and hard working.
- Knowledge of federal, state and community services and funding resources.
- Knowledge of disability rights legislation including the ADA,
Rehabilitation Act, IDEA, etc.
- Ability to interpret laws and regulations required.
- Experience giving public speaking presentations preferred.
- Ability to translate technical information into plain language required
- Knowledge of and ability to use computer required.
- Must obtain and maintain national Work Incentives Benefits
- Transportationally mobile or able to arrange own transportation.
- Proven ability to work independently with minimal supervision required.
- Cheerfully and willingly accepts new assignments and projects.