Date Posted- 5/19/23

The New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) is seeking a Statewide Peer/Transition Specialist Liaison to assist individuals transitioning from institutional settings to the community. The Open Doors Transition Center project is a NYAIL program funded by the NYS Department of Health’s Money Follows the Person Nursing Home Transition, Assistance, Support and Education initiative, which assures that residents of long-term care facilities are provided objective information and given the opportunity to live in a community-based setting.

NYAIL is a state-wide, non-profit organization, working with Independent Living Centers across the State to eliminate physical, communications, attitudinal, and other barriers for people with disabilities. NYAIL members are Independent Living Centers (ILCs), consumer controlled, cross-disability providers of advocacy, services and supports to people with disabilities.


The Peer/Transition Specialist Liaison will report to the Open Doors Project Director and Peer Director. They will work collaboratively with NYAIL Transition Center subcontractors to ensure the efficient operation of the program. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Work collaboratively with NYAIL’s Open Doors team to manage the provision of transition services statewide.
  • Participate with Open Doors team to develop and provide training for Transition Specialists and Peers, including but not limited to: annual trainings, NYAIL conference, annual statewide peer leadership institute, regional trainings and one-on-one transition specialist and peer trainings.
  • Provide technical assistance and support to transition specialists, peer advocates and peer supervisors throughout the state through technical assistance calls.
  • Provide technical support for the administration of satisfaction surveys.
  • Provide technical support for database issues.
  • Perform data review and cleanup in database as needed.
  • Enter referrals received via phone, email or fax into the database.
  • Answer calls to the 800 or NYAIL main number about Open Doors.
  • Identify need for and help develop trainings based on technical support provided.
  • Meet regularly with NYS Department of Health & OPWDD staff to exchange information and follow-up on requested items to ensure all participant information is accurate and up to date.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Experience with the concepts of Independent Living, consumer control, and a strong commitment to promote and advocate for the full integration of individuals with disabilities.
  • Ability to deliver information and trainings in multiple formats (power point, verbally, etc.).
  • Knowledge of the state’s Medicaid program and community resources that assist people with disabilities in living independently.
  • Experience with Nursing Home Transition and Diversion (NHTD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and OPWDD waivers and Medicaid Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) strongly preferred.
  • Experience coaching and mentoring people with disabilities preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, computer, and communication skills.
  • Personal experience with disability strongly preferred.

 Salary and Benefits:

NYAIL offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package.

Location and Travel:

This is an Albany-based position with remote work available.  Regional and statewide travel required.

How to Apply:

 Please send resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Include “Statewide Peer/Transition Specialist Liaison” and your last name in subject line.

 It is the policy of the New York Association on Independent Living to afford Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, domestic violence victim status, sexual orientation, genetic predisposition or carrier status, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established by federal and state law. NYAIL promotes a drug-free work environment and does not tolerate unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation