ILS Instructor for the Blind

Job Title:                 ILS Instructor for the Blind

Status:​                     Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Reports To:            Lead OIB Advocate

Location:                 North County Office

Salary:                     $21-23 per hour

Position Overview: Assists blind and visually impaired older consumers to achieve personal adjustment and maximum self-sufficiency through independent living skills training.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts age appropriate intakes with consumers to assess their need or desire for independent living skills training;
  • Trains consumers in awareness of physical environment through sense of smell, hearing, and touch, and provides sighted guide training to consumer and/or family members/caregivers;
  • Teaches consumers personal and home management skills and communication skills, such as eating, grooming, dressing, coin and money identification, cooking, and use of telephone;
  • Provides, or arranges for the provision of, instruction to consumers regarding reading and writing Braille;
  • Demonstrates use of low vision and/or blindness related assistive technology devices;
  • Communicates with Blind Field Services Counselors for referral and coordination of services for consumers, and provides progress reports;
  • Conducts program outreach through attendance at meetings, participation in health fairs, presentations, distribution of marketing materials, etc., to increase awareness of the Aging with Vision Loss Program;
  • Enters consumer service records and corresponding data into the agency’s data collection system;
  • Other duties as assigned by the program manager.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish speaking is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and one to two years related experience and/or training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Requires valid California driver’s license and proof of insurance;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively present information and instruction to individuals, or in small group settings;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to perform job functions in a manner that demonstrates flexibility, consistency, and professionalism;
  • Demonstrated capacity to cope with mental and emotional stress relevant to the position and the work environment.

Personal Attributes:

  • Communicates in a clear, timely, and respectful manner;
  • Demonstrates professionalism during work activities;
  • Contributes to positive, supportive workplace interactions;
  • Provides consumer-driven services in alignment with Independent Living Philosophy;
  • Enters service data in a timely and accurate manner;
  • Follows through on assigned tasks and due dates;
  • Maintains a collaborative approach and works effectively as part of a team;
  • Receptive to and willing to implement constructive feedback;
  • Takes responsibility for communicating issues when they arise (and addressing them when able);
  • Proactively shares feedback, ideas, and suggestions for organizational growth;
  • Maintains attendance, punctuality, and other performance standards as outlined in DMC’s Employee Handbook.

Work Environment/Physical Demands: 

Normal office temperature-controlled conditions with quiet to moderate noise level and little to no exposure to heat, dust, or fumes.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to remain in a stationary position working at a desk; operate a computer and other office machinery including printer, copier, and telephone; move about inside the office to access office machinery; exchange information with coworkers and the public; and may need to lift or move up to 10 pounds.

Diversity / Inclusion:

The Dayle McIntosh Center is committed to maintaining a culture of diversity and inclusion and seeks to be representative of the communities we serve, including minorities and individuals with disabilities.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  DMC welcomes the unique contributions that employees bring in terms of their education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and beliefs.  DMC does not and will not discriminate on the basis of these or any protected category in any of its activities or operations.

Disclaimer:

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee.  Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

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System Change Community Organizer

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Position: Systems Change Community Organizer

Reports To: Director Public Policy & Community Engagement

Summary of Job: The Systems Change Community Organizer (SCCO) engages and supports volunteer advocates for systems policy change advocacy and education campaigns on the local and regional level. The SCCO also participates in statewide and national organizing campaigns through the California IL Network’s Systems Change Hub known as the Disability Organizing Network, (DOnetwork). The SCCO provides leadership for implementing organizing strategies, using tactical and agreed-upon methods of community organizing and public education on these campaigns. The SCCO is responsible for implementing Marin CIL’s advocacy and organizing efforts through coordinating disability community volunteers and collaborating with coalitions, allies and disability organizational partners.

Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following.

  • Assist Marin CIL in building grassroots advocacy groups through local communities.
  • Organize and facilitate local, regional and statewide disability and/or intersectional coalitions.
  • Engage community members from all backgrounds within the disability, youth, older adult, BIPOC, LGBTQ communities for consensus on issues important to the disability community.
  • Provide technical assistance in accessibility, community organizing and systems change advocacy as needed for coalition members and community partners.
  • Campaign Development: In coordination with Marin CIL’s leadership and local advocates/community organizers and allies, develop community organizing campaigns for systems change.
  • Collaborate with organizers from disability and aligned local, regional, statewide and national  networks such as the Disability Organizing Network (DOnetwork), YO! (Youth Organized) Disabled and Proud, the National Council on Independent Living, etc.
  • Provide in-person and virtual presentations and trainings on a variety of community organizing and systems change advocacy topics in coordination with Marin CIL’s leadership team.
  • Arrange inclusive and accessible opportunities for leaders, volunteers and staff to meet and further systems change campaigns and goals.
  • Build and cultivate relationships with community groups, advocacy organizations and government agencies to create broad coalition support on disability rights issues.
  • Organize and attend local and regional community organizing and outreach opportunity events.
  • Arrange accessibility logistics for systems change community organizing events.
  • Develop and maintain social media campaigns using multiple platforms.
  • Develop campaign toolkits, flyers and materials.
  • Reporting: Coordinate, develop and track monthly, quarterly and annual reports while ensuring compliance with grant requirements; Prepare reports and outcomes to funders, board committees and stakeholders on a regular basis as scheduled by leadership.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, or a combination of college education and relevant work experience.
  • 2-4 years of professional experience in a related field.
  • Experience working with people with disabilities and/or older adults, preferably in an Independent Living Center or aging and adult services organization.

Skills: 

  • Passion for our mission, awareness of disability culture and accessibility.
  • Understanding and implementation of the Independent Living (IL) philosophy.
  • Ability to advocate for people with disabilities and train others in systems change advocacy and community organizing.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and inspire a team, outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be comfortable giving presentations and public speaking.
  • Experience in working with diverse and intersectional communities.
  • Ability to effectively train people with and without disabilities on a variety of community organizing techniques.
  • Strong self-management skills, including good time management and the ability to work well with others.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Docs applications in a PC environment.
  • Ability to follow direction, exercise initiative, demonstrate ingenuity, and exercise sound judgment in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Experience in using a variety of social media platforms for community organizing purposes.
  • Maintaining confidentiality and handling confidential information appropriately.

Compensation and benefits

  • Marin CIL offers a salary range commensurate with experience. 
  • Benefits include Kaiser Health Plan, Delta Dental, VSP (Vision Service Plan, and Chiropractic/Acupuncture effective on the first of the month following 60 days of employment. Retirement Plan: After 6 months of employment the option to participate in the 403(b) plan with up to 4% of an employer match of annual salary.

Other:

  • This position offers a hybrid working schedule, based on approval, and this position must be available for in-person work needs as scheduled.
  • Depending on community organizing and engagement needs, and COVID safety protocols, travel throughout Marin County to meetings and events may be required to facilitate Systems Change community organizing and advocacy programs and services.
  • This position works a base schedule of Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. However, evening and weekend availability may be required, adjusted schedules will not exceed 35 hours full time per week. 

About Marin CIL:

Since 1979, the mission of Marin Center for Independent Living is to assist persons with all types of disabilities with achieving their maximum level of sustainable independence as contributing, responsible and equal participants in society. 

Marin CIL believes that outstanding people who are committed to, and carry out, our mission are the key to our success. Our mission includes commitment and attention to implementing the Independent Living Philosophy and enthusiasm for the vision and tasks of changing the position of people living with disabilities in Marin County (and the State and country). 

Marin CIL is also part of the One Door service delivery model which includes their partnership with the county of Marin Aging and Adult Services. 

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EEO Statement: 

Marin Center for Independent Living is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. We strictly prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

We strive to create an inclusive and diverse work environment where everyone is treated with dignity, fairness, and respect.

We are dedicated to fostering a workplace culture that celebrates individual differences and promotes equal opportunities for all. Our commitment to equal employment extends beyond compliance with legal requirements and guides our everyday practices. We value the contributions and perspectives of each team member and believe that a diverse workforce enhances our ability to achieve our mission effectively.

Marin Center for Independent Living is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. We encourage qualified individuals from all backgrounds to apply for employment with our organization and join us in our pursuit of creating a society that respects and embraces diversity.

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