REPORTS TO:  IL Program Manager/Outreach

STATUS:  Full-time; 30-40 hour/week; non-exempt/hourly

Position summary:

Responsible for providing THE IC’s Independent Living services in outlying counties to reach the unserved and underserved consumers in these areas.  Services include Information and Referral, Peer Support, Advocacy, and Independent Living Skills Training.  The IL Specialist will work closely with the other members of their team to develop peer support groups and resources to ensure that services can be provided in outlying areas.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Baccalaureate Degree or equivalent experience
  • Experience and a desire to work with people with disabilities
  • Bilingual Spanish/English preferred
  • 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.

Essential Functions/Areas of Accountability:

  1. Be a self-starter who is productive and proactive as well as work in conjunction with current staff and community patrons in an effort to accomplish job duties.
  2. Be a person who is self-initiating, creative and able to work alone with limited supervision.
  3. Able to develop a strategic plan for the counties you serve that focuses on strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and implement this plan.
  4. Able to develop and cultivate positive community relationships and positively represent the IC as an agency at all times.
  5. Understand, model and implement The Independence Center philosophy, vision and mission. Ensure the philosophy, mission and goals of the Independent living program are maintained Have a working knowledge of the Americans with disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and Fair Housing.
  6. Assist consumers in learning and exercising self-reliance and self-advocacy skills. Set clear expectations, responsibilities and goals with consumers.
  7. Build peer support groups that encourage consumers to come together to address challenges and overcome obstacles that face people with disabilities. Work with the Peer Mentor/Volunteer Coordinator to develop Opportunities for consumer leadership in peer mentor roles.
  8. Determine the needs of consumers and the community throughout catchment area. Conduct outreach to identify un-served and underserved consumers and collaborate with other organizations providing services to people with disabilities.
  9. Develop an up to date information and referral database for the Fountain/Security Widefield and surrounding areas around Colorado Springs.
  10. Work with specialists at the main office to provide services in the rural communities we serve.
  11. Responsible for completing all paperwork and documentation such as Consumer Intake packet, Individual Living Plan and entering services into Cil Suite in a timely manner to meet regulatory requirements.. Maintain confidentiality as outlined in the employee handbook and work within the confines of HIPPA regulations.
  12. Accept responsibility for personal and professional development and engage in and explore opportunities for position related training.
  13. Performs other related duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of area resources.
  • 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

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.
  • 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.

This position is approved for the Full IC-approved milage reimbursement rate.

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  Responses must be received by Friday, September 28, 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