DEPARTMENT:   Independent Living

REPORTS TO:  IL Program Manager

STATUS:  Part-time; 15 hour/week; non-exempt/hourly

Position summary: To provide services, advocacy and support for and with consumers who have low vision and blindness within Teller and El Paso counties. To facilitate and promote OIB program and related assistive technological equipment available to persons with low vision and blindness and to develop and facilitate support groups pertaining to such within the community. Work within Teller and El Paso counties to plan, organize and execute at least one community event annually focused on consumers that are low vision and blind, partnering with other organizations as applicable.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent. Baccalaureate or graduate degree preferred.
  • Experience and a desire to work with people with disabilities
  • Proficient with computer, including, Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Ability to be a team player
  • 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.

Essential Functions/Areas of Accountability:

  1. 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 with which to educate employers, consumers and community partners–Providing ADA advocacy for consumers when necessary.
  2. Work with consumers in support groups, classes, and one to one mentoring sessions. This entails setting clear expectations with consumers. Promote and/or facilitate classes, workshops and assistive technology to consumers in an effort to encourage an active and independent lifestyle within the home and community. Assist consumers in their self-advocacy efforts, including upholding their legal rights and assisting them in accessing resources they are eligible for. Maintain confidentiality as outlined in the employee handbook and work within the confines of HIPPA regulations and the State of Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Release of Information form.
  3. Perform systemic advocacy in the area of low vision and blindness to include increasing community and staff awareness of available resources, proper disability etiquette and the needs present within the low vision and blindness community. Develop knowledge of and contacts within local and state agencies for the purpose of understanding how state benefits work in conjunction with OIB needs including assistive technology. Collaborate with other agencies in an effort to identify and develop supports within the community, including underserved areas which require OIB type services and supports.
  4. Responsible for completing all paperwork and documentation as directed by the IL Program Manager. Documentation may include sign in sheets, intake packets, and other forms as needed. Responsible for entering services into the database to meet State regulatory requirements in a timely manner as needed or requested.
  5. 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. Understand, model and implement The Independence Center philosophy, vision and mission. Accepts responsibility for personal and professional development.
  6. Performs other related duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary.
  7. Accept responsibility for personal and professional development and engage in and explore opportunities for position related training.

  Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent Interpersonal Skills
  • Excellent Communication Skills, Including Public Speaking
  • Ability to write routine progress notes, 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 enable 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.  Responses must be received by February 15, 2018.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITYThe Independence Center adheres to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, as explained in its employee handbook, to all eligible participants regardless of age, sex, color, ethnic origin, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, or disability.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to empower the most qualified candidate with a disability to perform the essential functions of this position.