Independent Living Specialist- Employment Emphasis

REPORTS TO:  IL Program Manager

STATUS:  Full-time; 40 hour/week; non-exempt/hourly

Position summary:

Develop rapport within the community in an effort to assess and develop opportunities and needs related to consumer vocational experiences while working to minimize obstacles related to employment for individuals with cross disabilities.  Ensure coordination of the Employment Program to ensure that program objectives are met.  Track billing/income and program expenses in accordance with the program budget.  Evaluate program results and prepare reports for program management as required.  Work with the consumer and other employment resources in the region to achieve the consumer’s employment goals while utilizing individualized, person-centered employment planning services.. Work to develop a network of employers who are interested in hiring or training people with disabilities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Baccalaureate Degree preferred or equivalent experience
  • Experience and a desire to work with people with disabilities with the goal of empowering the consumer in order to promote independence
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Must be organized and able to juggle multiple priorities as well as deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Ability to travel within Colorado Springs and surrounding counties to meet with individuals, including accessing consumer homes, attend meetings, and present information.
  • Proficient with computer, including, Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, and Outlook
  • Demonstrates The IC’s core values of Inclusiveness, Flexibility, Person First, Accountability, and Integrity and essential team virtues of Humble, Hungry and Smart.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities implementing employment-related services and supports
  • Experience performing job development, placement plans, and providing ongoing employment supports.

Essential Functions/Areas of Accountability:

  1. Ensure the philosophy, mission and goals of the independent living program are maintained.
  2. Have a proficient knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Housing Act, and Rehabilitation Act in order to educate employers, consumers and community partners to provide individual and systematic advocacy as needed.
  3. Assist consumers to identify goals and develop an Independent Living Plan (ILP).
  4. Work with Outreach in outlying areas to educate and facilitate meetings with staff and consumers for optimal goal development.
  5. Provide individual advocacy services with consumers as requested.
  6. Develop and maintain a close working relationship with Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), School District Transition, Workforce Center staff, and other agencies with related services for employment support..
  7. Meet, monthly (or as needed), with partnering agencies to address consumer needs and to coordinate services for participants
  8. Utilize The IC staff to assist with the implementation and completion of employment related fee-for-service programs.
  9. Facilitate assessments, job coaching, work adjustment training, site and job development, and workshops.
  10. Prepare billing statements and progress reporting for the above mentioned services.
  11. Develop and maintain a budget for the Employment Program.
  12. Complete all paperwork, data reporting, and documentation necessary to develop an ILP, job placement plans, and progress reports. In a timely manner, enter data into database to meet State regulatory requirements.
  13. Attend weekly staff meetings.
  14. Set clear expectations, responsibilities, and goals with consumers.
  15. Maintain confidentiality as outlined in the employee handbook and work within the confines of HIPAA regulations.
  16. Perform other related duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary for the position.
  17. Accept responsibility for personal and professional development and engage in and explore opportunities for position related training.
  18. Work with consumers and other employment resources in the region to achieve the consumer’s employment goals while utilizing individualized, person-centered employment planning services. These include: job development and placement activities; ongoing on-the-job supports; a variety of employment exploration activities; skills, interest, and career/vocational assessments.
  19. Work with participants and other staff to provide assistive technology and additional types of accommodations that may be needed for the participant to be successful in achieving employment and education goals. Develop and establish a person-centered employment plan in collaboration with the participant and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Personal experience with a disability and knowledge of the Independent Living movement is desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking
  • Ability to write routine reports, assessments and related correspondence
  • The capacity to empower individuals with disabilities to advocate for themselves in the area of employment

Physical/Environmental Requirements:

  • Office environment requiring ongoing computer use and extended amount of time sitting or standing.
  • Ability to travel within Colorado Springs and surrounding counties to meet with individuals, including accessing consumer homes, attend meetings, and present information.
  • To drive any vehicle in the course and scope of employment, an employee must maintain an acceptable Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) as determined by The IC’s liability insurance carrier.  IC employees will be subject to reasonable suspicion, post-incident, and bi-annual random MVR checks to determine driving acceptability.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to empower a qualified candidate with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.

This position may also require the performance of other duties as assigned.

If you are qualified and wish to apply, please route your resume and salary expectations along with a cover letter addressing your alignment with the minimum qualifications to hrresumes@the-ic.org.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITYThe Independence Center is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity.  We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of age 40 and over, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, military status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable state or local law. Reasonable accommodations may be made to empower a qualified candidate with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.