ARCIL POSITION DESCRIPTION
POSITION TITLE: Independent Living Skills Coordinator
DEPARTMENT: ARCIL Austin
SUPERVISOR: Deputy Director
WORK HOURS: 40 per week
DATE REVIEWED: 3/23/18
To provide independent living services to people with disabilities.
A valid Texas Driver license and transportation required in the performance of job duties.
Duties and Responsibilities:
A. Outreach and Development
- Coordinate Independent Living Services on individual and group basis to people with disabilities; take referrals; make home visits; set goals with participants; work with people with disabilities on completion of goals; support people with disabilities in areas requiring advocacy; make referrals to other organizations as needed; work with families of participants when appropriate.
- Coordinate and present information about ARCIL services to individuals and groups.
- Assist in Advocacy for the collective needs of people with disabilities.
- Work with advocacy groups within ARCIL service area.
- Participate with boards and committees to increase the awareness of disability issues.
- Write letters, provide testimony and educate Elected Officials concerning proposed ordinances, regulations or legislation affecting people with disabilities.
- Track and educate disability advocates, other staff, and the general public about current legislation and events.
- Assist in planning awareness events, such as Town Hall Meetings and Rallies.
- Document services provided according to policies and procedure. Maintain objective, clear and concise records of contacts in participant's file; solicit needed information from consumers for program evaluation and reporting purposes; record completed requests for information.
A. Essential job functions
- Ability to counsel with and listen to the concerns of people with disabilities.
- Ability to assist people with disabilities plan, and achieve personal goals.
- Knowledge of community‑based services available to people with disabilities.
- Knowledge of general laws and regulations providing rights and benefits to persons with disabilities.
- Knowledge and understanding of the philosophy and goals of independent living/disability rights movement.
- Ability to express ideas clearly in both written and oral communications.
- Ability to analyze proposed legislation, regulations ordinances for purposes of determining effect on the lives of persons with disabilities.
- Knowledge of specific topics concerning disability, such as architectural accessibility, housing, transportation, personal care, employment, etc.
- Presentation skills
- Ability to develop effective advocacy skills in people with disabilities.
B. Minimum Qualifications
- Degree in a field related to Social Work, Psychology or Counseling
- Prefer personal experience with a disability
- Two years experience working with people with disabilities. Will substitute for related degree.
- Ability to understand and commit to the independent living philosophy movement.
- Bilingual (English – Spanish)
- American Sign Language.