This is a professional position coordinating consumer services, providing independent living skills training, advocacy, information and referral, education, and group facilitation for people with disabilities. Evaluation and assessment of the need and implementation for assistive technology for people with disabilities and seniors. Leading the implementation of grant funding as it relates to assistive technology projects.

Access North is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Type: Part-time

Independent Living Skills Specialist
This is a professional position coordinating consumer services, providing independent living skills training, providing advocacy services, and providing information and referral. Positions in this job classification exercise considerable independence and report to and receive direction from the Consumer Services Director. (If the ILS is housed in a branch office, the primary supervisor is the branch office director who will work in cooperation with the Consumer Services Director.  If there is no Branch Office Director, the Consumer Services Director is the primary supervisor)
Essential Job Functions
Provides direct duties including but not limited to:

  • Provide Independent Living Skills Training to adults and youth with disabilities within their home and community.
  • Facilitate educational and support groups for consumers and community members.
  • Supervise, plan, train, teach and assist each consumer in learning activities associated with their personal goals. Writing and implementing the consumer's Independent Living Plan focusing on individual choice in the following areas:
      • Meal planning, meal preparation, and shopping;
      • First aid skills, responding to emergencies, and symptoms of illness;
      • Money management;
      • Self-administration of prescription and nonprescription medication;
      • Use of telephone and other public utilities;
      • Development of social, recreational and transportation abilities;
      • Specific training plan concerning the development of more    appropriate behaviors for consumers displaying inappropriate behaviors;
      • Personal appearance and hygiene;
      • Apartment or living environment maintenance;
      • Community resource identification and utilization;
      • Rights and responsibilities of community living;
      • Socialization skills i.e. self-esteem, communication, goal setting,  problem solving etc.
      • Sexuality;
      • Educational and employment options;
      • Self-advocacy;
      • Disability awareness; and
      • Other identified needs as determined by the consumer and/or  responsible party.
  • Maintain consumer records
      • Case/progress notes.
      • Documentation of consumer performance/progress
      • Disposition of incident reports.
      • Enter consumer data into Management Information System.
  • Other
      • Work independently.
      • Work flexible hours
      • Access to reliable transportation.
      • Other duties as assigned.
        Desirable Qualifications
  • Education and Experience
    Minimum qualifications having a bachelor's degree in a human service field, and some experience working with disability issues, or: without a bachelor's degree and a minimum of three years experience working with disability issues and the disabled population.

  • Knowledge, Abilities and Skills
      • Knowledge of human disabilities and their characteristics
      • Knowledge of independent living skills training and its facilitation.
      • Knowledge of computer applications and computer software programs.
      • Knowledge of human services programs, practices and procedures.
      • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
      • Demonstrated ability to use sound judgment in carrying out oral and written instructions.
      • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with consumers, other service providers and co-workers.
      • Ability to monitor own schedule and workload, reliably working all paid hours, regularly communicating these to supervisor and completing corresponding timecard and Management Information System Data Entry.
      • Ability to facilitate groups and provide educational classes.
        In compliance with the Americans with Disability Act the following represents the Physical/Environmental demands. 
        (In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be considered.)
      • This position requires the majority of the work day spent sitting, standing and walking.
      • Weights of objects to be lifted, carried, pushed, or pulled rarely exceed 24 Ibs. Simultaneous use of the hands, wrists, and fingers is sometimes required.
      • Movements such as climbing, stooping, crouching, twisting, bending, reaching, handling, fingering and feeling are sometimes required.
      • Audio, visual, and verbal functions are vital aspects to performing this position.
      • Much of the work day is spent in the community and may require exposure to outdoor elements including dust, fumes, noise, and glare.
        This position requires that the IL Specialist transport themselves to the consumer’s home and/or community locations. Independent Living Specialists must have access to reliable transportation and be able to transport themselves to areas not accessed by public transportation. Occasionally an independent living specialist may be requested to also transport a consumer of CILNM services.  The IL Specialist must have a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance.  The IL Specialist’s automobile insurance is primary; however CILNM does carry additional insurance.

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