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Independent Living Advocate II

PLACER INDEPENDENT RESOURCE SERVICES

11768 Atwood Rd., #129, Auburn, CA 95603

530-885-6100; TTY 530-885-0326; FAX 530-885-3032

www.pirs.org

JOB DESCRIPTION

Independent Living Advocate II

Full time, Non-exempt

Department:  Services                               Entry Rate of Pay: $18.50/hr

Supervisor:  Director of Advocacy & Services                     Plus Benefits

PRIMARY JOB OBJECTIVES: Under the supervision of the Director of Advocacy & Services, the ILA II will carry out various duties with the primary goal of assisting persons with disabilities to live more independently.  Core services include independent living skills training, peer support, individual and systems advocacy, information and referral, personal assistant referral, transition services, and coordination of access to housing and transportation resources.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The duties of the ILA II include:

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  1. Serve as on-site manager of daily operations of our El Dorado Countybranch office including orientation, training and supervision of other staff and volunteers, assuring adherence to Independent Living philosophy.
  2. Provide core services for consumers: conduct intake, assess needs, and develop Independent Living Plans with consumers who choose to have one.  Provide or coordinate access to services needed with appropriate support that enables the consumer to learn how to access services on their own, and follow up to ensure that needs are met to extent possible.
  3. Engage in outreach to consumers, other service providers, and the community at large to promote PIRS services.
  4. Be involved in at least one major area of systems advocacy such as benefits, health care, education, etc. and keep other staff apprised of key issues related to that area.
  5. Maintain required records and submit in an accurate, legible, and timely manner.
  6. Develop community relationships and provide appropriate information and referrals to resources for consumers.  
  7. Provide self advocacy training to consumers as needed, and support their advocacy efforts to access needed resources. 
  8. Provide basic information and assistance about benefits programs, such as IHSS, Social Security, SNAP, etc., or refer to appropriate outside resources.
  9. Provide access to individual and group peer support.
  10. In collaboration with Registry Coordinator at main office, assist with personal assistant recruitment and.provide guidance to consumers on how to hire, train, and supervise their in-home assistants.
  11. Travel as assigned throughout PIRS service area, and occasionally to other areas in or out of state for training.
  12. Carry out other duties, as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

Bachelor degree and at least one year of related field experience working with people with disabilities. Two years of relevant experience may be substituted for two years of college education with demonstrated competence to perform the duties of the position.  Example: AA Degree in related field and three years of relevant field experience.

Ability to communicate effectively in English both in writing and verbally.  Bilingual skills in Spanish or Sign Language desired.

Excellent computer skills including word processing, data entry, use of internet and email.

Ability to communicate effectively with people having any type of disability.

Ability to write concisely and clearly in English.  Ability to read, analyze and interpret written matter appropriate for delivery of consumer services.

Understanding of and commitment to the Independent Living philosophy, including experience with both individual and systems change advocacy, and the values and mission of PIRS.

Ability to exercise sound judgment in providing consumer services and/or participating in community education, advocacy, and awareness projects.

Personal experience with disability preferred.  Hiring preference given to persons with disabilities (Title VIIc, Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended).

REASONING ABILITY:

The ILA II must have the abilities to define problems, present solutions, collect data and establish facts and priorities; use discretion and to maintain confidentiality; and work with minimum of supervision and maintain an atmosphere of teamwork.

MENTAL/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The ILA II is regularly required to recall details, resolve problems, deal with interpersonal conflicts, and manage people, time and materials.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that should be met to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. These include general clerical duties, use of office machines, some travel within the catchment area, and occasionally outside that area, and the ability to work in an office setting with average conversational noise levels.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a person with a disability to perform the essential functions of the position.

STRESS LEVEL:  Average

PIRS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

QUALIFIED MINORITIES AND PERSONS WITH SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY

Revised: 6/18; 11/22

Jason Cook-Harvey

Statewide Youth Organizer

Jason A. Cook-Harvey has over twenty-five years of youth development experience working as Educator and in Nonprofit business management. He previously worked as an Environmental Justice Community Organizer, Education Specialist, Social and Environmental Science teacher as well as an Expanded Learning Programs provider for youth. In addition, he is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, with a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Mills College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History from San Francisco State University. Jason’s commitment to youth development was heavily influenced by notable disability activist and historian, Paul K. Longmore, who Jason studied under at SF State. Jason utilizes his education and life experience to involve youth in learning engagement, collaborative work, goal development, Action-research, and event planning – skills essential to being a Community Organizer.

In his daily work, Jason seeks to model professionalism with deep listening, cultural understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern and politeness. He deeply values developing and maintaining effective relationships that nurture meaningful partnerships that advance the civil rights of underserved communities.He has spent his career facilitating meaningful interdisciplinary learning experiences for emerging community leaders, ultimately strengthening their likelihood of embracing a humanistic growth-mindset aimed at lifelong learning while simultaneously leading others toward positive systemic change.

Jason considers himself a “renaissance soul” because of his numerous interests and passions. In his downtime, he enjoys gardening (certified Master Gardener), cooking (certified Nutrition Educator), hiking, fishing, djing (collecting vinyl & podcasting), reading, catching up on tv shows, visiting farmers markets, restaurants, festivals and spending time with family, friends and his cat.  

Independent Living Specialist (Crescent City)

***Please visit Jobs – Tri-County Independent Living (TCIL) (tilinet.org) to apply for this position***


POSITION DESCRIPTION


INDEPENDENT LIVING SPECIALIST
As a federally-funded Independent Living Center, TCIL is mandated to be
comprised primarily of people with disabilities. This mandate requires that at
least 51% of the Board of Directors be people with disabilities.
TCIL Philosophy: Individuals with disabilities are best able to determine their
own needs and make their own service choices. Through role modeling and peer
counseling, they become empowered to make changes in their lives becoming
more self-sufficient and self-reliant.
Line of Authority/Supervision: Program Coordinator; Executive Director
Status: Full -Time, up to 40 hours/wk; Non-Exempt; may include occasional
evenings and weekends; may be filled as Part-Time position
Benefits: For Full-Time: Holidays, vacation, medical and dental benefits, sick leave,
AFLAC self-pay insurance option. For Part-Time: see Personnel Policies –
some benefits offered on a pro-rated basis, depending on hours.


SUMMARY OF POSITION:
Provides information and referrals regarding resources for disability
services. Performs needs assessments, supports clients to develop and
implement Independent Living Plans with a focus on serving un-served,
underserved or under-represented segments of the disability community.
Provides personal assistant referral services through TCIL PARS program.
Serves the cross-disability community in Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity
counties. Provides outreach and public education regarding independent
living services and resources.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  1. Conduct client intake and service needs assessment. Provide core
    services: information & referral, peer support, independent living skills
    training, transitions, personal assistant referral services, AT referral and
    individual and systems advocacy.
  2. Help clients develop Independent Living Plans and goals and services to
    support achieving those goals. Provide other direct client services
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    including (but not limited to) mentoring, teaching core skills and
    self-advocacy.
  3. In addition to serving all individuals with disabilities, focus on serving
    un-served, underserved or under-represented people in the disability
    community.
  4. Monitor and follow up with clients’ progress. regularly update client
    service records and case notes; maintain agency record keeping
    systems, prepare periodic statistical reports. Collect required
    demographic information from callers and clients.
  5. Maintain absolute client confidentiality absent a release or written waiver
    from the client.
  6. Provide personal assistant referral services through the TCIL Personal
    Assistant Referral Services Program and/or the ADRC (no wrong
    door) program.
  7. Participate in trainings, agency meetings, events, presentations, outreach,
    fund-raisers, etc.
  8. Develop relationships with referral agencies and educate clients about current
    support programs, services, eligibility and referrals that will enhance their
    independence.
  9. Other duties as assigned. TCIL is a very small agency and requires all staff
    to be flexible, willing and available to do all tasks requested, whether
    identified in the position description as an essential duty or responsibility or
    not. Perform all duties in accordance with agency’s policies and
    procedures.
    This job description does not list all the duties of the job. You may be asked to
    perform other duties. You will be evaluated in part based upon your performance
    of the tasks listed in this job description. TCIL has the right to revise this job
    description at any time. The job description is not a contract for employment.
    Performance Standards
  10. Effectively and timely performs functions and responsibilities with attention to
    detail, appropriateness, and accuracy.
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  11. Meets deadlines and commitments.
  12. Prioritizes and accomplishes multiple tasks within time constraints.
  13. Demonstrates initiative and creativity to anticipate and solve problems.
  14. Complies with TCIL policies and procedures.
  15. Promotes harmonious and collaborative working relationships; participate
    fully as member of working team, conduct agency business in a professional
    manner with respect for others’ rights and maintain strict adherence to the
    independent living philosophy.
    REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  16. High School Diploma or GED.
  17. Minimum two years experience in social services or closely related field,
    preferably working with people with disabilities in an advocacy setting.
  18. Degree in social work or closely related field may be substituted for
    experience.
  19. General knowledge of Independent Living philosophy.
  20. Skillful written and verbal communication, ability to respond with patience,
    respect, objectivity and nonjudgmental attitude with a broad range of
    people from diverse backgrounds.
  21. Skilled in time management; possessing good organizational and critical
    thinking skills and effective analytical, judgment and reasoning abilities.
  22. Ability to develop advocacy strategies broken into manageable steps.
  23. Ability to work under supervision, problem-solve and follow clinical protocols
    and procedures.
  24. Proficiency with computer, word processing (Word), Microsoft Office,
    MS-Outlook, spreadsheet development (Excel), internet research,
    database management, internet search, social media. Experience using
    standard office technology and electronic communications including, but
    not limited to, the Internet, e-mail and fax.
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  25. Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  26. Ability to effectively communicate and read in English.
  27. Able to make home visits and travel independently on Agency business
    within the three county service area.
  28. Exemplary interpersonal skills – possess a positive, cooperative, flexible
    attitude
    DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  29. Personal experience with a disability.
  30. Bilingual in English/ASL; English/Spanish
  31. Familiarity with Independent Living (IL) philosophy and history, IL’s core
    values of Inclusiveness, Flexibility, Person First, Accountability and Integrity;
    and resources, programs and services available for persons with
    disabilities.
  32. Experience working with people with disabilities to achieve employment,
    independent living, transitions and/or maximum self-reliance.
  33. Experience with, or knowledge of, IHHS or personal assistant services.
  34. Knowledge of financial benefits including SSI/SSDI, ADA, Rehabilitation
    Act, Fair Housing Act and other disability law issues regarding rights,
    access, employment, discrimination, etc. and local disability and community
    resources, programs and services available to persons with disabilities.
    Licensing/Certification:
    Valid California Driver’s License preferred. If driving on Agency business, must
    meet Agency Insurer’s qualifications for insurance coverage.
    A background check is required for all positions with TCIL as a condition of
    employment and may include fingerprinting.
    Essential Physical Requirements:
    To adequately perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, the duties
    and responsibilities of this job, must be able to:
  35. Sit for up to 8 hours/day with reasonable breaks
  36. Perform light filing and copying tasks
  37. Perform with manual dexterity; lift (occasionally up to 30 pounds), sit,
    stand, bend, stoop
  38. Drive a vehicle and travel independently within the 3 county service area
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  39. Maintain emotional balance in the presence of stress. The emotional effort
    varies but can be challenging. Occasionally there are short deadlines and
    periods of high activity/demands. The job entails interacting with persons
    with a variety of disabilities and a variety of communication and behavior
    styles. Some consumers are facing crisis situations.
    All positions subject to funding availability. Employment at TCIL is for no definite
    period of time and can be terminated with or without cause and with or without
    notice at any time and by either party.Tri-County Independent Living, Inc. is an
    equal opportunity employer. All persons having a disability, having personal
    experience with disability or committed to disability issues are highly encouraged
    to apply. Reasonable accommodations are provided upon request.

Transitions/Diversion Coordinator (Eureka)

TRI-COUNTY INDEPENDENT LIVING

***Please visit Jobs – Tri-County Independent Living (TCIL) (tilinet.org) to apply for this position***

POSITION DESCRIPTION

As a federally-funded Independent Living Center, TCIL is mandated to be
comprised primarily of people with disabilities. This mandate requires that at least
51% of the Board of Directors be people with disabilities.
TCIL Philosophy: Individuals with disabilities are best able to determine their own
needs and make their own service choices. Through role modeling and peer
counseling, they become empowered to make changes in their lives becoming
more self-sufficient and self-reliant.
Line of Authority/Supervision: Program Coordinator; Executive Director
Status: Full -Time, 40 hours/wk; Non-Exempt; may include occasional evenings and
weekends for special client situations and special events or travel
Benefits: Medical, dental, paid holidays, vacation, sick leave


SUMMARY OF POSITION:
Under the mentorship, direction and review of the Program Coordinator,
performs needs assessments, supports clients to develop and implement
Independent Living Plans and Transition Plans. Makes referrals as
appropriate. Serves the cross-disability community in Humboldt, Del Norte
and Trinity counties. Focuses on identifying needs of individuals who are
transitioning, or desire to transition, from institutional care to more
independent living. Assists in structuring transition plans and coordinating
services to support the plan. Provides outreach and public education
regarding independent living and SNF transition services and resources.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  1. Engage in training about Independent Living (IL) philosophy and history, IL’s
    core values of Inclusiveness, Flexibility, Person First, Accountability and
    Integrity;, transition issues and barriers, ADA, Rehabilitation Act, Fair Housing
    Act and other disability law issues regarding rights, access, employment,
    discrimination, etc.;
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  2. Engage in training about social services concepts, procedures, protocols,
    mandated reporting, confidentiality, person-centered services, data collection
    techniques and procedures, report writing and statistics.
  3. Learn about financial benefits including SSI/SSDI, resources, support programs
    and services available in the community to clients.
  4. Learn how to set up client file, maintain records, enter data into data collection
    system.
  5. Learn how to, and then, conduct client intake and service needs assessment.
    Learn how to, and then, provide five core services: information & referral, peer
    support, independent living skills training, transitions and individual and systems
    advocacy.
  6. Learn how to, and then, help clients develop Independent Living Plans, SNF
    Transitions Plans (when appropriate) and goals. Provide other direct client
    services including (but not limited to) mentoring, teaching core skills and
    self-advocacy.
  7. Assist clients seeking SNF transition in determining appropriate actions for
    achieving their goals. Educate clients about current support programs, services,
    eligibility and referrals that will enhance their independence.
  8. Help clients identify and develop all resources client is going to need to live on
    own – housing, IHSS, social supports, transportation, etc. Provide support to
    move client along the transition process. i.e help locate housing, obtain
    household goods, get IHSS prior to the actual transition. Assist client locate and
    apply for benefits programs and resources to fund transitioning.
  9. Monitor and follow up with clients’ progress. Regularly update client service
    records and case notes; maintain agency record keeping systems, prepare
    periodic statistical reports. Collect required demographic information from
    callers and clients.
  10. Create liaisons with other service providers and conduct outreach activities
    including activities to reach underserved populations in Humboldt, Del Norte
    and Trinity counties. Utilize agency website and agency Facebook page,
    media/social media, information fairs and community events for outreach
    and education.
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  11. Promote harmonious and collaborative working relationships; participate fully as
    member of working team, conduct agency business in a professional manner
    with respect for their rights and maintain strict adherence to the independent
    living philosophy.
  12. Participate in trainings, agency meetings, events, presentations, outreach,
    fund-raisers, etc.
  13. Other duties as assigned. TCIL is a very small agency and requires all staff to
    be flexible, willing and available to do all tasks requested, whether identified in
    the position description as an essential duty or responsibility or not. Perform all
    duties in accordance with agency’s policies and procedures.
    REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  14. Keen interest in serving people with disabilities, promoting independent
    living philosophy and empowering and supporting people with disabilities
    who are institutionalized to move to greater independent living.
  15. Fast learner; skilled in time management; possessing 1) outstanding
    organizational and critical thinking skills, 2) ability to be attentive to detail 3)
    strong analytical, judgment and reasoning abilities and 4) skillful in written and
    verbal communication.
  16. Responds with patience, respect, objectivity and nonjudgmental attitude with a
    broad range of people from diverse backgrounds and with all types of
    disabilities.
  17. Ability to develop advocacy strategies broken into manageable steps.
  18. High School diploma.
  19. Ability to problem-solve and follow clinical protocols and procedures.
  20. Average proficiency with computer, word processing (Word), Microsoft Office,
    MS-Outlook, internet search and social media. Experience using standard
    office technology and electronic communications including, but not limited to,
    the Internet, e-mail, texting and fax.
  21. Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
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  22. Ability to effectively communicate and read in English.
  23. Able to make home visits if necessary independently on Agency business
    within the three county service area.
  24. Must have excellent interpersonal skills, possess a positive, cooperative,
    flexible attitude, able and willing to 1) promote harmonious and collaborative
    working relationships, 2) participate fully as a member of the working team
    and 2) conduct self during agency business in a professional manner with
    respect for client rights, maintaining strict adherence to the independent living
    philosophy.
    DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  25. Personal experience with a disability.
  26. Bilingual in English Spanish or English/ASL.
    Licensing/Certification:
    Valid California Driver’s License. Must meet Agency Insurer’s qualifications for
    insurance coverage. (must maintain a valid California driver’s license
    throughout employment.)
    A background check is required for all positions with TCIL as a condition of
    employment and may include fingerprinting.
    Essential Physical Requirements:
    To adequately perform the duties and responsibilities of this job, must be able to:
  27. Sit for up to 8 hours/day with reasonable breaks
  28. Perform light filing and copying tasks
  29. Perform with manual dexterity; lift (occasionally up to 25 pounds), sit, stand,
    bend, stoop
  30. Drive a vehicle and travel independently within the 3 county service area
  31. Maintain emotional balance in the presence of stress. The emotional effort
    varies but can be challenging. Occasionally there are short deadlines and
    periods of high activity/demands. The job entails interacting with persons
    with a variety of disabilities and a variety of communication and behavior
    styles. Some consumers are facing crisis situations.
    Tri-County Independent Living, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All persons
    interested in or having personal experience with disability issues are highly
    encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodation is provided upon request.
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Melissa Yu

DDAR Program Coordinator

Melissa Yu joined CFILC in January 2024 as the DDAR Program Coordinator supporting disaster preparedness and recovery efforts for individuals with disabilities throughout California, particularly those relying on electricity-dependent services. Having previously worked in academia and education, Melissa is excited to transition into the nonprofit sector to actively engage and support local communities. She recently graduate from the University of North Carolina with a Master’s in Public Health, and is eager to leverage her knowledge and experiences to expand DDAR’s outreach and services, addressing the diverse needs within the disabled community. She is passionate about supporting and empowering marginalized communities, advocating for inclusive disability work that acknowledges both visible and invisible disabilities. She actively advocates for BIPOC representation and inclusion within the disabled community, striving to create a space that recognizes and uplifts diverse disabled voices and experiences.


Melissa is new to California, and enjoys exploring the diverse community, culture, and history that Sacramento has to offer, while on the lookout for authentic hole-in-the-wall food stops for authentic ethnic foods you’d find at your immigrant auntie’s kitchen. You can find her at your local Daiso exploring cute and functional products, at a thrift store on the hunt for cheap and unique finds, or enjoying quality time with her partner and their two dogs, while watching their two cats cuddle.

Amora Stahl

Ability Tools Program Coordinator

Amora Stahl joined CFILC in December 2023 as an AT Program Coordinator. Amora has previously worked with several organizations within the Non-Profit realm throughout California and the MidWest; truly enjoying and appreciating the work that she does from the bottom of her heart. She is very excited, focused and energetic in her efforts to provide resources and support for every community that is in need by using many effective and tactical problem-solving skills that she has developed throughout her career. 

Amora recently graduated from Cosumnes River College in August of 2023 with
her AA in Liberal Arts, with an emphasis in Behavioral and Social Sciences. As a part-time artist and creative mind, Amora brings a fresh and unique outlook on the way that we can approach Non-Profit ideas, collaboration efforts and
obstacles to continue to push forward the capabilities and breadth of these organizations in an inclusive and genuine way. On her free time, Amora enjoys spending time cultivating community within her family/friends and enjoying the
intentionality of learning to notice the little moments that create big memories. She is newly married and is spending most of her time with her new husband while watching as her Tom and Jerry-like Cat and Dog constantly create comical mayhem. You can usually find her painting, drawing digitally, at a thrift store or trying out a new cooking/baking recipe.

Executive Director

Communities Actively Living Independent and Free (CALIF)

Position Description

Job Title: Executive Director
(Exempt Employee)

Location: 634 S. Spring Street, 2ⁿᵈ Floor Los Angeles, CA 90014

Reports to: Board of Directors

Supervision Given: Senior Management, Fiscal Agent and
Consultants

Salary Including Benefits: $95,000 TO $120,000

Position Summary

Under the guidelines set by the governing Board, the Executive Director oversees the operation of
Communities Actively Living Independent & Free (CALIF), an independent living center serving
Greater Los Angeles. The Executive Director is responsible for developing and administering the
finances, programs, and services of the agency, and for advancing the philosophy and principles of
the Independent Living Movement.

Duties

Board of Directors

  • Prepares and submits timely reports, recommendations and updates;
  • Identifies and recruits candidates for potential membership on the governing board;
  • Assists with the pursuit of operational revenues for the agency;
  • Implements and administers board approved policies and budget;
  • Coordinates board training and strategic planning sessions;
  • Assists in the annual agency review process, including the analysis of input from staff,
    consumers, community organizations and contractors.

Program Administration

  • Assures that the mission of the agency is reflected in all program planning, implementation and
    evaluation;
  • Monitors compliance with grants, contracts, and regulations, including the preparation of
    performance reports and the maintenance of appropriate records;
  • Oversees the completion of periodic needs assessments within the agency’s constituency;
  • Promotes program expansion into unserved and underserved population/areas.

Personnel

  • In accordance with current employment laws, oversees the implementation of personnel policies
    and procedures, including and not limited to: recruitment, hiring, promotion, evaluation, training
    and dismissal;
  • Supervises middle management, the Program Director, Accountant, Volunteer Coordinator and
    consultants.

Finance

  • Oversees all elements of the organization’s financial system;
  • Prepares and administers the annual budget;
  • Monitors compliance with established financial controls;
  • Reviews monthly statements and reports prior to submittal to the Board of Directors;
  • Arranges for independent annual audits;
  • Develops and implements correction plans.

Resource Development

  • Oversees the development, implementation, modification, and evaluation of an annual resource
    development plan;
  • Initiates contact with, and represents the center to potential supporters and donors;

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  • Assists with efforts to obtain income through grants, contracts, fees, foundations, corporation,
    resource development activities and individual donors.

Public Relations and Systems Change

  • Works with local, state and national boards and organizations; including travel to further the
    Independent Living Movement and the rights of persons with disabilities;
  • Participate in community awareness, education and advocacy efforts;
  • Represents the center in the media and at public events;
  • Acknowledges contributions to the agency and to the independent living movement;
  • Reviews promotional materials prior to publication and dissemination

Qualifications:

Essential:

  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in nonprofit management or a related field; or other practical
    relevant experience such as graduate education.
  • Exhibit the ability to formulate and implement procedures, interpret and apply policy, interact
    with a wide variety of people, and oversee a complex organization and office environment;
  • With or without a reasonable accommodation must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

o Develop and maintain community support systems of, by and for people with disabilities;
o Negotiate grants and contracts;
o Communicate effectively both in writing and orally;
o Compose and present proposals and reports;
o Read, understand and communicate financial information;
o Work effectively with culturally diverse communities and cross-disability groups;
o Provide evidence of sound judgment, analytical ability, resourcefulness and interpersonal skills.

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Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrate computer literacy and knowledge of Assistive Technology;
  • Exhibit the ability to oversee the design and use of a computer network and management
    information system;
  • Possess personal life experience with a disability;
  • Communicate in more than one language, including sign language.
  • Experience working in an Independent Living Center (ILC)

*Part or all of this position is grant funded and may be limited by the term or length of the grant.

Because of the purpose of CALIF, it is essential that the individual understand, believe and
practice the Independent Living Philosophy.

CALIF is an equal opportunity employer
Email applications to [email protected]

Maria Ramirez

Accounting Clerk

Headshot of Maria Ramirez smiling.

Born and raised in Sacramento, CA, Maria is a proud Latina professional with over a decade of experience in Administration Management, Bookkeeping, and Accounting. She brings her expertise in handling accounts payable and accounts receivable with precision and dedication. Beyond her organizational skills, Maria’s commitment to excellence is underscored by her genuine care for others, rooted in family-oriented values and is a proud mom of a United States Marine and deeply values the significance of dedication, discipline, and support.

Currently she is pursuing a degree in accounting and is passionate about further enhancing her expertise. Maria thrives in fostering a collaborative and supportive work environment while utilizing her diverse skills to ensure streamlined operations and financial accuracy, while also prioritizing the well-being and growth of those around her. She is dedicated to positively impacting any team or organization through both her expertise and compassion.

Serra Rea

DDAR Program Manager

Serra Rea smiles while standing outside an apartment building.

While working with the County of San Bernardino in the Public Works department, she learned a lot about wildland fires, flooding, and earthquakes. Preparing for the next emergency and working as a Emergency Communications Specialist in the FireCorps, Serra attended American Military Academy and obtained a bachelor degree in Disaster and Emergency Management with a focus on Terrorism and Geological Disasters. Later becoming certified as an Emergency Management Specialist with California Specialized Training Institute. She was introduced to the DDAR program while working at Rolling Start, an Independent Living Center member with CFILC. Working with the program at the center level gave her a good foundation to help the community open up the discussion of resources available to the community before, during and after an emergency or disaster event.

Serra enjoys traveling with a goal to visit all 50 states, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and exploring historic towns. Family exploration trips often involve visiting earthquake faults and volcanoes in California, Nevada and Arizona.

Russell Rawlings

Community Organizing Manager

Headshot of Russell Rawlings smiling with a brick wall in the background.

Russell first developed a passion for disability rights advocacy after serving for seven years as President of DOGFITE (Disability Organizing Group For Initiating Total Equality), a Sacramento-area disability advocacy group established in the early 2000’s at Resources for Independent Living (RIL). While educated in the Independent Living Movement through his nearly 20-year experience as both a leader and facilitator with DOGFITE advocates, Russell was introduced to the transformational power of community organizing as an early participant in Occupy Sacramento and developed a deep commitment to accessible, affordable housing advocacy and intersectional anti-poverty community organizing. 

Russell has previously served as Chair of the Sacramento City Disabilities Advisory Commission, Vice-Chair of the Disability Action Coalition (DAC), and board member of Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness. He is also a graduate of Sierra Health Foundation’s Health Leadership Program (Class XV) and Sacramento’s Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI).  

Russell is honored to serve as CFILC’s Statewide Community Manager, overseeing the Disability Organizing Network (DOnetwork) and providing direction for CFILC’s community organizing strategies across programs. His personal organizing philosophy centers around the promotion and development of Disabled leaders willing to influence power to achieve an equitable, accessible transformational justice for all people. In short, Russell believes Disability community leaders must be at the forefront of a progressive society, because barriers to access are also barriers to progress. 

Russell lives with his fiancée and their ever-present canine companion, Sammie. When not working, he can be found catching a local Sacramento music or comedy show, and occasionally performing improv or karaoke.