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Fort Bend Independent Living Community Integration Specialist (IL-CIS) (Fort Bend County Location)

POSITION TITLE:  Fort Bend Independent Living Community Integration Specialist (IL-CIS)

DEPARTMENT:  Programs

EXEMPTION STATUS:  Full Time Exempt

SUPERVISOR:  FBCIL IL Program Manager

“Independent Living and Community Integration Specialists (ILCIS) enable a person with a disability to live successfully in the community and participate fully in all aspects of community life. IL-CIS is being able to choose to do anything you want without encountering barriers — which would mean living in a barrier-free society.”

POSITION SUMMARY: The IL-CIS is responsible for assisting people with disabilities (PWD) to receive appropriate services which will enable them to live more independently and integrate into the communities in which they live. Such work includes but is not limited to peer-to-peer mentorship, independent living skills training in individual and systems advocacy. Community integration advocacy work to remain in or transition to living in the community. Community integration includes but is not limited to: accessible, affordable, and integrated housing, transportation, employment, and access to wellness and healthcare. Additionally, the IL-CIS will locate and/or create community partners that provide or in the future will provide information and referral resources for PWD. The IL-CIS’ daily efforts will directly impact the Center’s consumer (participant) directed and consumer (participant) controlled independent living programs for PWD as directed the annual service delivery plan of the Coalition for Barrier Free Living.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

A. Peer to Peer Counseling for Independent Living Community Integration:

  • Determine consumer eligibility for independent living (IL) services as prescribed under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (the Act) for Centers for Independent Living (CILs).
  • Conduct application for service assessments of all consumers seeking CIL services.
  • Maintain consumer service records (CSRs) for active consumers as prescribed by the Act.
  • Create and implement programs, per advocacy teams, support groups, and other organization-wide initiatives as appropriate.
  • Work with consumers to provide CIL core services of: information and referral, peer support, independent living skills training; individual and systems advocacy; community-based transitional services for PWD in institutions and youth with disabilities into postsecondary education and employment.
  • Solicit needs information from participants for program evaluation and reporting purposes.
  • Follow-up with past consumers as needed to see if their needs have changed.
  • Promote and provide peer counseling and role modeling to PWDs as directed and determined by the consumer with assistance from the IL-CIS.
  • Conduct home visits when transportation or other barriers prevent consumers from accessing the Center, as well as utilize the telephone, email, or written correspondence to interact with consumers.
  • Assist consumers in developing and achieving their IL plan (ILP).
  • Maintain records of IL plans or consumers’ decisions to waive IL plan development.
  • Provide consumers with the opportunity to complete satisfaction surveys.

B. Independent Living Skills Training for Independent Living Community Integration:

  • Consumers will identify and be taught the skills needed to live as independently as possible and/or will be referred to appropriate agencies/community resources, as appropriate.
  • IL skills training instructions include but are not limited to:
    Disability rights individual and systems advocacy training;
  • How to identify and then utilize community resources such as accessible housing;
  • Assist consumers to identify their safety needs and assist to ensure those needs are addressed;
  • Personal assistance services (PAS) management;
  • Household management;
  • Emergency/disaster planning for PWD;
  • Resume and interview development;
  • Creative problem-solving skills that will enable the consumer to find ways to adapt to whatever restrictions they encounter as a result of their disability.

C. Individual and Systems Advocacy for Independent Living Community Integration:

  • Develop a grassroots advocacy network, which includes reaching out to members of the local disability community; disseminate information and advocacy alerts to the disability community network; provide advocacy training in one-on-one and group settings; ILCIS’ leadership and involvement in a variety of systems advocacy activities.
  • Develop and conduct one-on-one and/or group setting workshops/seminars/meetings designed to train PWD in both self/individual and systems advocacy that will meet the needs of the consumer. Goal: Consumers are taught skills that enable them to self-advocate in obtaining and maintaining community integration for themselves and others with disabilities.

D. Outreach efforts for Independent Living Community Integration:

  • Initiate CIL outreach activities and speaking engagements to diverse community organizations, businesses, agencies, and other appropriate entities to provide them with HCIL, BCCIL, or FBCIL services for CBFL recruitment purposes.
  • Disseminate fliers, posters, business cards, and/or brochures as appropriate to businesses, organizations, and current, past, and prospective consumers.
  • Develop positive relationships and/or partnerships with those entities that subscribe and adhere to the independent living philosophy of self-help, consumer-control, self-determination, and empowerment for PWD.
  • Foster community integration with housing providers, funders, service organizations, and communities to help ensure availability of resources in the community/state regarding homeownership for PWD/low-income households, home modifications and repairs, affordable/accessible rental properties, and fair housing regulations and rights.
  • Conduct community training and in-service to PWDs and the general public when appropriate on such topics as: the CIL disability rights and independent living movements; CIL services and opportunities for PWD, the Americans with Disabilities Act, etc.

E. Miscellaneous duties for IL-CIS:

  • Complete and submit necessary reports in a clear, concise, grammatically correct format on time. Report progress and/or barriers experienced by each consumer as well as demographic and statistical data for Federal and State funding source guidelines on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis as required.
  • Track and document consumer progress and success in our database system.
  • Track and document group activities and outreach outcomes in our database system.
  • Provide updated information of resources to the CIL’s I&R staff. assigned such duties.
  • IL-CIS’ team approach is needed in assisting in answering phones, filing, developing fliers, agency reporting, and compliance guidelines, representing the organization at community events, etc.
  • Protect the participant’s right to privacy and confidentiality in all forms of written (CSRs, letters, benefit statements with personal identification information, etc.), and in verbal communications in and outside of the workplace.
  • Complete tasks delegated by Executive Director.
  • Subscribe and adhere to all CIL workplace administrative, employee, and service delivery policies and procedures.

SKILLS AND MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Must have an understanding and commitment to the concepts and philosophy of independent living and self-determination of individuals with disabilities.
  2. High school Graduate, combined with a minimum of three years experience in a disability-related position. Related experience may be substituted.
  3. Personal experience with disability preferred.
  4. Organize, prioritize, and creatively problem-solve to effectively meet the needs of the organization.
  5. Display outstanding communications skills. Write clearly and informatively. Read, interpret and communicate written information accurately. Listen effectively; diffuse tense situations with consumers. Effectively communicate within CIL in person, by telephone, and in written communication. Working knowledge and experience in MS Office Suites and database software applications and data entry skills.
  6. Balance team and individual responsibilities, maintain a positive team atmosphere, and positively impact morale.
  7. Understand the need for and proactive high level of confidentiality
  8. Ability to teach to the learning style of the consumer.
  9. Ability to define problems, collect and interpret complex information.
  10. Working knowledge of disability issues, laws, policies and regulations.
  11. Ability to relate effectively with the public and consumers in a professional manner.
  12. Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  13. Ability to exercise initiative, ingenuity, and sound judgment in workload coordination and technical matters.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Regular and punctual attendance.
  • Ability to work on the telephone for extended periods of time on occasion.
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time on occasion.
  • Ability to work on a computer for extended periods of time on occasion.
  • Ability to maneuver around the community to provide services and participate in meetings, network, conduct public relations activities, and provide ADA technical assistance.
  • Ability to work, on occasion, evenings, and/or weekends in order to attend meetings, meet with PWDs, etc.
  • Ability to address both large and small groups.

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Position Open: November 14, 2022

Position Close: November 21, 2022, or until qualified applicant hired.

Applicant must be able to start work on December 1, 2022