DEPARTMENT:  Independent Living

REPORTS TO:  IL Program Manager

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

Position summary:

The Independent Living Community Transition Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the Community Transition/Colorado Choice program efficiently and effectively within the guidelines set forth by the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing to include successfully transitioning consumers from nursing home environments to independent living.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Knowledge and experience working with persons on a cross disability basis.
  • Client interviewing and assessment skills
  • Intervention and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Experience with facilitating meetings.
  • Knowledge of available community resources and public assistance programs.
  • Transition Plan Development.
  • Ability to travel within Colorado Springs and surrounding counties to meet with individuals, including accessing consumer homes, attend meetings, and present information.
  • Demonstrates The IC’s core values of Inclusiveness, Flexibility, Person First, Accountability, and Integrity and essential team virtues of Humble, Hungry and Smart.

Essential Functions/Areas of Accountability:

  1. Ensure the philosophy, mission and goals of the independent living program are maintained.
  2. Have a working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and Fair Housing
  3. Receive referrals from facility resident, family, friends, case managers, LTC facility staff
  4. Provide Options Counseling to referred facility residents.
  5. Act as advocate for Medicaid LTC facility resident
  6. Obtain informed consent to participate in the CCT/CTS Program from the client or guardian
  7. Convene transition team.
  8. Complete the Transition Assessment/Plan in collaboration with the transition team.
  9. Review the Self-Assessment Transition Tool with the client and assist the client with completing questions.
  10. Assist the resident with finding qualified housing prior to discharge.
  11. Purchase household goods and assistive devices with relocation funds available through CTS benefit.
  12. Complete other activities necessary to establishing a community residence.
  13. Coordinate the facility discharge with the transition team.
  14. Monitor the client for the first 30 days following the transition with the case manager (CCT or CTS)
  15. Conduct at a minimum of three on-site visits of the residence to ensure all essential furnishing, utilities, community resources and services are in place.
  16. Complete all required document, reporting and monitoring responsibilities for both HCPF and The Independence Center.
  17. Conduct educational trainings to the general public/nursing facilities concerning CTS/CCT program.
  18. Attend and engage in weekly staff meetings.
  19. The Transisiton Coordinator shall conduct a minimum of three on-site visits of the residence to ensure all essential furnishings, utilities, community resources and services are in place. If the Transition Coordinator finds any of the supports to be insufficient for the client to successfully live in the community, the Transition Coordinator shall correct the deficiencies. The on-site visits shall occur the day of the discharge from the facility, one week and one month after transition.
  20. Accept responsibility for personal and professional development and engage in and explore opportunities for position related training.

 Skills and Abilities:

  • Comfortable working around Nursing Facility settings and residents.
  • Compassion for people wanting to get out of nursing facilities.
  • Personal experience with a disability and knowledge of the Independent living movement is desirable
  • The capacity to empower individuals with disabilities to advocate for themselves

Physical/Environmental Requirements:

  • Ability to lift, push, pull, drag, guide up to 35 lbs.
  • Ability to lift, carry, bend, stretch, climb, crawl, twist and maneuver without any restrictions.
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to travel within Colorado Springs and surrounding counties to meet with individuals, including accessing consumer homes, attend meetings, and present information.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to empower a qualified candidate with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.

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.  Responses must be received by Monday, August 20, 2018.

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.