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Independent Living Specialist - Denville, NJ

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Minimum Education Level :
Some College
Experience Required :
1 year
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Salary :
$37,000 - $39,000 yearly
Duration :
Full Time Regular
Shift :
First Shift (Day)
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Start Date :

Job Description


Essential Job Functions:

  1. Assists in providing information and assistance to consumers, their families and the general public.
  2. Oversee and assist persons with disabilities and families in identifying and accessing supports and services through specific programs/providers.
  3. Maintain working knowledge of benefits and services available to people with disabilities and how they are affected by earned income.
  4. Implementation of independent living plans and ongoing case management.
  5. Manage case files and documentation in accordance with program guidelines.
  6. Assist with updating and maintaining various media sites.
  7. Knowledge of developing legislative issues pertaining to the disability community. Ability to coordinate and motivate community members to present a united voice.
  8. Conduct outreach efforts to create an awareness of independent living for people with disabilities.
  9. Facilitate public forums relating to services provided.
  10. Maintain collaborative relationships with federal, state and private agencies/nonprofit organizations that serve persons with disabilities with emphasis on SSA.
  11. Attend all staff meetings and in-services as required.
  12. Preparation of reports for specific funders/programs.
  13. Various other duties as assigned.
    Non-essential Job Functions:
  14. Provide statistical data and other input for the development of annual and long-range plans.
  15. Other duties as required.
  16. Ability to successfully relate to and communicate with people with disabilities, their families, other organizations, agencies, volunteers and consumers.
  17. Ability to determine consumer needs and direct referrals to the appropriate source.
  18. Knowledge of programs and services, benefits and entitlements and supports (including operations and inter-relationships) available to persons with disabilities.
  19. Familiar with various social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
  20. Familiar with legislative process.
  21. Ability to listen, evaluate alternatives, provide advice on potential cause of action.
  22. Self-motivated with good verbal, written and organizational skills. Must be able to write clearly, edit and grammatically correct letters, reports and gather statistics.
  23. Ability to cope with moderate to high levels of stress.
  24. Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  25. Ability to effectively document case records in electronic database and maintain files in accordance with programmatic requirements.
  26. Ability to be creative, using sound judgment in workload coordination and in technical matters.
  27. Ability to drive their own vehicle or arrange their own transportation to and from outreach and other events, come of which occasionally take place outside of normal business hours.
    A qualified candidate will have:
  28. BA/BS in Social Services or related field, experience may be substituted for education on a year-to-year basis.
  29. Knowledge and support of the Independent Living Philosophy which states that people with disabilities should have the same civil rights, choices and opportunities as do people without disabilities.
  30. Basic computer skills, operation of standard office equipment and technology including Microsoft Office, internet, social media, and webmail.

Working conditions
4. Standard Work Week is Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM with a half hour lunch break (37.5 hours) however, this position requires flexibility in order to ensure compliance with program deliverables.
5. Requires attendance at community based meetings, therefore the ideal candidate must have access to transportation. Mileage reimbursement is provided for use of personal vehicle.
6. Job contingent upon proof of a valid driver license and proof of auto insurance coverage limits of at least $100,000 / $300,000.
7. This position has no required physical elements needing special designation.
8. *** This is a grant-funded position and continued employment is contingent to this funding.
Professional development and continued learning opportunities offered. Benefits employer sponsored health benefits, paid time off, sick days and paid holidays. Employee access to group rates for optional vision, dental, and life insurance benefits and 403b retirement plan.
Job Type: Full-time

DAWN Center for Independent Living is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Company Information

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DAWN Center for Independent Living, Inc. is a grassroots, consumer-driven and consumer-controlled nonprofit organization promoting self-direction in order to create, expand, and implement equal-access opportunities by and for people with disabilities. The CILs emerged as a result of the Independent Living Movement and the Civil Rights and Disability Rights Movements of the late 1960s/early 1970s under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. They were established to advance the Independent Living Philosophy by changing attitudes and beliefs which perpetuate dependence.
Type :
Direct Employer
Address :
66 Ford Road, Suite 121
Denville, NJ 07834

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