Independent Living Specialist Posted on February 5, 2020
Resources for Independent Living (RIL)
Position Summary for Independent Living Specialist
Hours: Full Time 40hrs/week
Salary: $16.00 - $18.00 DOE. plus medical and partial 403b match.
Description: Under the general direction of the Program Manager, the Independent Living Advocate is responsible for delivery of core services: Information and Referral, Peer Support, Independent Living Skills Training, Individual and Systems Advocacy, Housing Search Assistance, Personal Attendant Search Assistance, Youth Transition Services and homeless/nursing home diversion.
This position involves a significant amount of travel within Yolo and Sacramento counties in order to meet with consumers and conduct outreach activities on behalf of the agency.
About Resources for Independent Living (RIL)
The mission of RIL is to promote the socio-economic independence of persons with disabilities by providing peer-supported, consumer-directed independent living services and advocacy. The focus of RIL is that freedom to make choices and the ability to live safely in the community are basic rights all people have, regardless of disability or age.
Provide enhanced information and assistance by working with the consumer to identify the individual's long- and short-term needs, identifying resources to meet those needs, providing referrals to identified resources, and, where appropriate, providing warm hand-offs, and following up to ensure that a consumer's needs have been met.
Provide individual advocacy, independent living skills training, and housing assistance services to consumers.
Provide benefits counseling, advocacy, and guidance to consumers in benefit areas including Social Security, MediCal and other medical benefits, IHSS, housing programs such as Section 8, employee and other benefits programs for people with disabilities.
Provide peer support services and information on various peer support groups and activities to consumers.
Provide information to consumers, community service providers, educators and interested community members about assistive technology equipment, programs and services.
Collaborate with RIL service staff in transitioning consumers to community-based living with coordination of the appropriate services and supports.
Conduct outreach and educational activities to ensure those persons with disabilities and others are informed of RIL's services and mission.
Network with local agencies and organizations to ensure comprehensive referral options.
Acts as the agency representative to the Yolo Aging and Disability Resource Connection and Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance.
Engage in systems advocacy activities on behalf of person with disabilities.
Complete all required forms, records and reports in an accurate and timely manner.
Must attend all required staff meetings and trainings.
Complete other duties as assigned.
Knowledge of and sensitivity toward persons with disabilities.
Knowledge of the values and concepts of the Independent Living Movement.
Knowledge of resources and services available to persons with disabilities.
Knowledge of word processing and data base(s).
Ability to quickly learn, understand, and explain laws and regulations affecting persons with disabilities.
Ability to communicate with angry, upset or demanding consumers.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw conclusions.
Ability to think clearly in emergencies, complete work with deadlines, and work with frequent interruptions.
Must have access to a reliable form of transportation to attend meetings, conduct outreach, and meet with clients at scattered co-locations sites throughout Sacramento and Yolo counties.
Personal experience with disability.
Experience as a disability rights advocate.
Bi-lingual in Spanish or American sign Language.
BA in human services or equivalent experience.
The emotional effort varies but can be challenging. Occasionally there are short deadlines and periods of high activity/demand. The position requires interacting with persons with a variety of disabilities, methods of communication, and behaviors.
Within the office the job is primarily sitting with some movement required to the file cabinets, copiers, fax machine, and answering of the phones. This position requires frequent travel within Yolo County.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
RIL is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available persons in every job. RIL's policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition including genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. All such discrimination is unlawful.
RIL is committed to compliance with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in RIL's operations and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of RIL, including supervisors and coworkers.
RIL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. You are encouraged to apply regardless of your race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, marital status, religious creed, medical/physical/mental circumstance, sexual orientation, Veteran status or age.
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter, resume, and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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