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Independent Living Specialist/Assistive Technology Advocate - 2 positions (DRAIL) Posted on October 30, 2021

Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living (DRAIL)
Sonora, CA
Position Summary for Independent Living Specialist/Assistive Technology Advocate - 2 positions (DRAIL)

Salary: Full-time hourly employee, benefits include: medical, life insurance, paid holidays, sick leave and vacation after six-months.
Location: Sonora, CA

Description: Full time/permanent position under the direction of the Service Providers Manager or the Executive Director and is responsible for assisting persons with disabilities to receive appropriate services, which will enable them to live more independently. This involves the delivery of the six core services: needs assessments, information and referral to appropriate resources, outreach, developing consumer IL plans, housing assistance, peer advising, independent living skills training, case staffing, grassroots advocacy and the maintaining of required paperwork.

Full time/permanent position working for an Independent Living Center (ILC), whose mission it is to empower individuals with disabilities to have choice and control of their lives. Candidates applying for this position should expect to perform a full range of management and grant writing duties related to this mission and will be expected to demonstrate appropriate office-related computer skills.

About Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living (DRAIL)

Job Responsibilities/Duties

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES (Illustrative Only)
• Responsible for coordination and delivery of the six “core" services.
• Coordination of service staff reports.
• Provide resources and other services available to persons with disabilities in DRAIL’s catchment area.
• Work with the disability community within San Joaquin/Stanislaus/Mother Lode in developing local resources, and provide input for DRAIL’s long-range plan process.
• Coordinate, network, and maintain working relationship with various agencies, and Independent Living Centers to facilitate coordination of independent living options, programs, services, and accessibility for persons with disabilities.
• Serve on appropriate Community Advisory Boards and work with community leaders to increase awareness/opportunities for persons with disabilities.
• Coordinate and conduct extensive outreach to underserved demographic, geographic, and disability populations, conduct public education in-services in the community regarding the Center’s programs, disability issues, and independent living.
• Research for resource development and write grants that will enhance services to consumers that will increase their independence.
• Advocate with agencies, business, and government bodies to assist persons with disabilities to live as independently as they choose.
• Gather and organize information on a wide range of AT topics; maintain information in ready-reference format.
• Respond to consumer inquiries relating to AT via phone, online, and by TTY.
• Resolve inquiries of a general nature and make referrals to community resources and agencies when appropriate.
• Network with other professionals in the field of AT throughout the state.
• Refers calls requiring in-depth research or expertise to one of four I&R centers.
• Collect required demographic information from consumers.
• Maintain accurate records of services requested and provided.
• Attend trainings or certificate programs related to position.
• Travel throughout DRAIL’S service area.
• Public speaking and outreach to inform community of program.
• Educate consumer regarding AT Network.
• Develop resource base that is shared with AT Network, update regularly.
• Submit the monthly Service Providers report to the Executive Director/Center Coordinator.
• Write CDBG’s, CSBG’s and other required ATA grants and submit reports to funders.
• Advocate for and with consumers that need AT through Medi-Cal and Medicare.
• Participate in DRAIL’s Public Safety Power Shut Off (PSPS) response team, including back-up battery loan program by screening, administering distribution of batteries, tracking battery loans and maintaining devices.
• Carry out other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

• A.A. /A.S. degree in human services or equivalent experience in related employment.
• Self-motivated with good verbal, written, and organizational skills.

Qualification Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The knowledge and ability requirements are representative of essential duties. Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

Knowledge of:
• Community based nonprofits.
• Independent Living Philosophy concepts.
• Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point
• Communications skills, used in one-on-one settings and in large group meetings.
• Problem solving skills, and thinking both strategically and tactically about organization needs.

Ability to:
• Ability to establish and maintain friendly and professional working relationships with consumer and their family members, the general public and agency personnel in both group and individual settings.
• Organize and prioritize work activities.
• Read and understand rules, policies and procedures.
• Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with politeness and professionalism with staff and the community at large.
• Use good judgment, discretion, and maintain confidentiality.
• Set the tone for an organizational culture that combines respectful collaboration with disciplined productivity within a business-like and process-sensitive environment.
• Ability to take initiative and ability to work away from the office with integrity with limited supervision.
• Ability to work well under pressure.
• Aptitude for working with various mechanical devices and equipment.
• Ability to demonstrate skills and experience in:
o Promoting an understanding of disability related concerns to diverse audiences.
o Communication with persons of diverse backgrounds and professional communication styles.
o Informal instruction, coaching and tutoring skills.
o Statistical data collection and reporting.
o General office procedures and office equipment.
o Organization, time management and prioritization skills.

Physical Standards:
• Ability to work well under pressure.
• Mobility: ability to sit for long periods, move about an office, stand occasionally, and reach above and below desk level.
• Dexterity: fine manipulation sufficient to operate a computer keyboard, handle individual papers, write and take notes.
• Minimal lifting.
• Visual Requirements: close vision sufficient to read files, documents, and computer screens and do close-up work; ability to adjust focus frequently.
• Hearing/Talking: ability to communicate with people with disabilities.
• Interpersonal Skills: ability to make decisions and concentrate; frequent contact with others including public contact; frequent deadlines and time-limited assignments.

Preferred Qualifications

Additional Skills Desirable but Not Required:
• Experience working with people with disabilities.
• American Sign Language (ASL).
• Spanish Speaking.

Other Information

• Standard office environment, working with and around people with varying degrees and types of disabilities.
• Various working hours based on project of event.
• Various working locations including travel with field work during disaster events.

How to Apply

DRAIL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request an alternative format of this document, or further information concerning the position, please e-mail Heather Santos at heather@drail.org

This job posting was added on October 30, 2021