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Independent Living Skills Coordinator Job Description Austin



POSITION TITLE:     Independent Living Skills Coordinator


DEPARTMENT:         ARCIL Austin

SUPERVISOR:           Deputy Director

WORK HOURS:         40 per week

STATUS:                    Hourly

DATE REVIEWED:    3/23/18


Position Description:   

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.

B.     Education

  • 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.

C.     Other

  • 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.


Position Requirements:

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.



  1. Bilingual (English – Spanish)
  2. American Sign Language.