Date Posted-- 10/12/2023
JOB DESCRIPTION — Employment Project Coordinator
Organization: The New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) is a state-wide, non-profit organization, working with Independent Living Centers (ILCs) across the State to eliminate physical, communications, attitudinal, and other barriers for people with disabilities. NYAIL members are ILCs, consumer controlled, cross-disability providers of advocacy, services and supports to people with disabilities.
Position: Employment Project Coordinator
Duties and Responsibilities: The Employment Project Coordinator will report to the Executive Director and be responsible for overseeing the implementation of a new Subminimum Wage to Competitive Integrated Employment (SWTCIE) Project funded by Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation Services (ACCES-VR) in collaboration with ILCs in six counties across New York State. Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, employers with 14c certificates are permitted to pay individuals with disabilities less than minimum wage at facility-based employment settings often referred to as sheltered workshops. The purpose of SWTCIE is to engage individuals with disabilities currently employed in, or contemplating, subminimum wage employment and assist them in obtaining competitive integrated employment. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Oversee and coordinate the work of Independent Living Centers in Nassau, Suffolk, Erie, Monroe, Cortland and Wayne counties to provide customized employment, pre-employment transition services, benefits planning, self-advocacy, family engagement and vocational rehabilitation services to project participants.
- Ensure that NYAIL and the ILCs participating in the SWTCIE Project meet all deadlines and goals associated with the project.
- Serve as a liaison between ACCES-VR, other project partners and the ILCs.
- Provide technical assistance to participating ILCs as needed.
- Facilitate the sharing of project information and best practices across the larger network of ILCs in NYS.
- Develop a Life Skills Toolkit to be used with individuals with disabilities who participate in the project.
- Build capacity within the larger ILC network to provide customized employment and benefits planning services to individuals with disabilities.
- Participate in project evaluation activities.
- Represent NYAIL on the project Steering Committee and other project meetings as needed.
- Ensure timely and accurate reporting and billing from NYAIL and the subcontracting ILCs.
- Work with the Executive Director to identify and seek ongoing funding sources.
- Other duties as specified by the Executive Director.
Bachelor’s degree in related field, Professional and life experience may be considered in lieu of, in full or part of academic credentials.
- Experience providing employment services, including benefits counseling and pre-employment transition services.
- Experience working with sheltered workshops and individuals working under 14c certificates, strongly preferred.
- Experience managing grant programs, tracking progress on projects, and providing leadership in emerging and new programs.
- Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and computer
- Excellent communication skills
- Comfort with public speaking to small and large groups.
- Ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of stakeholders.
- Experience with the concepts of IL, consumer control, and equal rights for persons with disabilities
- Preference will be given to individuals with personal experience with a disability
Salary and Benefits:
NYAIL offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package. The salary range for this position is $65,000-$70,000 per year. This is a grant funded position with confirmed funding through September 30, 2027.
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
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.