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Community Independent Living Specialist

The Community Independent Living (IL) Specialist is responsible for helping people directly and supporting them in learning how to live more independently.

Description

Who We Are: 

Founded in 1972 in Berkeley, California, the Center for Independent Living (CIL) emerged from the Independent Living movement of the 1970’s as a powerful force in helping people with disabilities achieve their independence. CIL is the model for hundreds of Independent Living Centers throughout the U.S. and the world. 

What We Do:

CIL directly serves about 1000 individuals each year. Services include peer counseling, assistive technology consultation and training, employment services, travel training, a residential access program that provides simple equipment allowing seniors and people with disabilities to stay in their homes, systems change advocacy, work and benefits counseling, and a Living Well with a Disability curriculum that helps seniors with aging-related physical and mental disabilities remain productive, healthy and engaged. CIL’s Information and Referral staff provide specialized, in-depth connections to resources to an additional 5000-6000 people a year. 

Position Summary:

The Community Independent Living (IL) Specialist is responsible for providing direct core services to consumers and supporting the development of independent living skills.  The Community IL Specialist is also responsible for building relationships with diverse communities in Alameda County to promote and expand the Center for Independent Living’s programs and services.  

Essential Duties:

  • Work with management to build and maintain relationships with organizations and individuals of diverse communities through TheCIL catchment area
  • Deliver in-person independent living core services to consumers in their setting, at the CIL office, or at community based sites, or virtually if preferred by the consumer. 
  • Travel to agencies in TheCIL catchment to outreach and deliver informational presentations about TheCIL programs to individuals and small groups
  • Provide case management support: assess client needs, develop independent living plans with them, arrange resources, and make adjustments to independent living plans as needed.
  • Provide appropriate referrals, technical assistance, and support to navigate access to Medi-Cal, Medi-Care, CalFresh, General Assistance, and Disability Insurance Forms.
  • Provide referrals to other agencies or CIL staff as appropriate and ensure smooth service delivery
  • Maintain complete, accurate, and up to date consumer records as outlined in CIL standard operating procedures
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge of Independent Living and Disability Rights and Disability Justice history and philosophy preferred but can also be learned
  • Work experience in the disability field
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Ability to work independently and in a self-directed manner
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Experience in service/advocacy organization
  • BA or equivalent work experience
  • Strong computer skills
  • Lived experience with a disability is preferred
  • Bi-lingual/bi-cultural preferred…ability to contribute to a cross-disability, multicultural work environment
  • Ability to travel to other agencies and organizations
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time.  
  • Must be able to communicate and exchange accurate information via telephone, email, video, and in person with community members that visit CIL’s offices for appointments and information and referrals. 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

A Note to Potential Candidates:

Studies have shown that BIPOC and other people from marginalized groups are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet all the qualifications described in the job description. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization, and to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse work experiences and backgrounds. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in this position, and what you hope to bring to this role.

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How to Apply:

If you are interested in joining CIL’s team, please submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in CIL and how your past experience has prepared you for this role
  • Resume

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All job offers are contingent on passing a pre-employment background check.

If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Director of Operations at hr (@) thecil.org.

CIL Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity), national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or status as a protected veteran. Persons with disabilities, veterans, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply.

CIL is an E-Verify participating employer.

Salary

$26 – $29 per hour

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