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Independent Living Skills Coordinator – I&R
at Independence First
- Job Tracking ID: 512507-591563
- Job Location: Milwaukee, WI
- Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
- Level of Education: BA/BS
- Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
- Date Updated: September 18, 2017
- Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
- Starting Date: September 25, 2017
I. Position Summary: Provides Information and Referral Services and independent living services to individuals with disabilities residing in the agency service area with a focus on housing. Participates in agency Information and Referral Team. Responsible for activities related to the Independent Living Skills Classes and Community Workshops. Will assist with the AT loans and demos housed in the Resource Center.
Assists in developing, implementing and maintaining all activities related to the Resource Center. Assist in the development of internal resources to serve targeted groups, including rural populations, minorities and cross disability groups.
In coordination with the Resource Center Coordinator, provides services to and walk-ins and greets visitors to the Resource Center.
II. Position Expected Hours of Work: Position is 40 hours per week, 8 to 4:30, Monday through Friday (hours of operation). Interacts and meets with consumers in the Resource Center and/or in the office in the Resource Center.
III. Essential Functions of the Position: I&R Essential Functions:
A. Will greet and assist individuals with disabilities, staff, and members of the community, entering the Resource Center, in finding needed resource materials.
B. Provide appropriate and timely information and referral services to individuals with disabilities, staff, and members of the community on disability related topics.
C. Conduct tours of the Resource Center and provide as needed for AT demos.
D. Complete agency required documentation in agency database.
Independent Living Services Essential Functions:
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 noting progress.
C. Promote self-advocacy by teaching individuals how to access services, assert their rights, and obtain funding for the purpose of reaching their goals.
D. Provide independent living skills instruction on an individual or group basis.
E. Provide consumers, businesses, and community organizations with assistance regarding the ADA, IDEA, Fair Housing Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (501- 504), etc.
F. Develop and maintain appropriate collaborative relationships with other organizations/service providers to enhance the goals of independent living.
G. Participate is fee-for-service or grant opportunities as assigned.
H. Complete agency required documentation in agency database.
Disability Policy Change Essential Functions
A. Participate in individual and systems advocacy activities by voicing opinion at public hearings and educating public officials through letter writing of other appropriate means on issues relating to independent living.
B. Actively participate in agency advocacy team.
C. 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.
D. Assist consumers with their advocacy needs.
E. Participate in Disability Policy Change Events.
Experience and Skills:
IV. Professional Qualifications
A. 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."
B. Bachelor's degree in related field or life experience may be substituted in lieu of, in full or part of academic requirements.
C. Must have excellent communications skills.
D. Demonstrated positive attitude, reliability, a self-starter who assumes responsibility when warranted, is conscientious, professional in manner and hard working.
E. Knowledge of federal, state and community services and funding resources.
F. Knowledge of disability rights legislation including the ADA, Rehabilitation Act, IDEA, etc.
G. Transportationally mobile or able to arrange own transportation.
H. Must be able to work occasional weekends and evening hours.
I. Proven ability to work independently with minimal supervision required.
J. Due to scheduling difficulties, whenever possible, vacation time will be taken in weekly increments.
K. Cheerfully and willingly accepts new assignments and projects.
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.