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Position: Systems Advocate, Part- time 21-28 hours/ week

WDOMI:
Westchester Disabled On the Move Inc. is an Independent Living Center that advocates for and assists people with disabilities. The Center's goal is to work with consumers to access the benefits and services necessary to live independently in the community. The staff works as a team to help the consumer achieve their goals including: discharge from institutional settings; receiving employment and training; and to learn the skills necessary to ensure independent community living. WDOMI actively engages consumers to advocate on their own behalf on issues that are important to them.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Coordinates efforts and recruits volunteers to participate in a Systems Advocacy Network through outreach presentations and consumer education.
• Responds to statewide Action Alerts and coordinates response from WDOMI’s Systems Advocacy Network
• Attends required and other training sessions and meetings.
• Participates in statewide policy committee meetings
• Educates and trains volunteer advocates
• Provides outreach to local media outlets regarding critical issues
• Writes and presents public testimony
• Promotes registration of voters with disabilities
• Documents and completes reports about activities
• Other duties as assigned

 Qualifications:

• Bachelors Degree in human services or a related field.
• Personal or professional experience providing services to or organizing people with disabilities is a plus.
• Ability to relate to and work with people with disabilities. Ability to work independently and to take initiative.
• Own transportation and/or ability to travel throughout Westchester County and to Albany is required.
• Knowledge of policy issues impacting people with disabilities is a plus

How to apply: Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No phone calls.

SYSTEMS ADVOCATE

Position: Transition Specialist

CIDNY:
The Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York (CIDNY) is the leading organization serving and representing people with disabilities in New York City. CIDNY's mission is the removal of barriers to full integration of people with disabilities. CIDNY helps people with disabilities to gain the skills and obtain the services they need to live independently in the community and advocates for fair and effective policies that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. CIDNY is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

General Description:
CIDNY is seeking a Transition Specialist for a new statewide initiative to assist individuals transitioning from institutional settings to the community. The Transition Specialist will facilitate and coordinate for individuals residing in institutions with a comprehensive plan to transition back to living in the community.

Reports to: Transition Coordinator and Director of Consumer Services

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Receive referrals from the Transition Coordinator and ensure the transition process is followed through for each consumer.
• Provide counseling and information for individuals and families who are considering, or are in the process of, transitioning.
• Coordinate visits to institutions, provide potential participants with unbiased information regarding available home and community based services, participate in discharge planning, and coordinate with other relevant social service agencies involved in the discharge and transition care of the consumer.
• Explain peer mentor program to potential participants and if appropriate provide referral to peer mentor program.
• Develop and facilitate person centered plans effective for the 90-day transition period, secure qualified housing, coordinate home and community services during the transition period, and subsequently ensure continuation of services after the 90-days is completed.
• Collaborate with the Transition Coordinator to determine barriers to transition;
• Consult with Transition Coordinator to assist in addressing transition barriers related to medical condition or counseling need;
• Ensures all significant client data and service provision details are current and accurate, and that they are documented in a timely manner into CIDNY’s and the contracted provider’s databases.
• Attends Agency's in-service training and unit meetings as well as any other agency-related activities.
• Perform other program-related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:                                                         

• Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Human Services or related field, and two years of relevant experience working in a government agency in community based long term care projects or three years of professional experience administering a relevant Medicaid program in a local department of social services, or other comparable work experience in a private setting.

• Preferred candidates should have a working knowledge of issues faced by persons of all ages who are in need of long-term care services, particularly with those related to nursing home transition, and a deep commitment to person-centered planning and consumer choice.
• Candidates should have basic knowledge of Medicaid eligibility and coverage.
• Experience with NHTD, TBI and/or OPWDD waivers preferred.

Skills, Licenses, and/or competencies required:
• Possess excellent written and oral communication and organizational skills
• Ability to actively listen and, when appropriate, counsel throughout the transition process;
• Knowledge of community, government/benefits resources that facilitate transition from institutional to community living;
• Individual must have time management skills to maintain individual/community outreaches, caseload, documentation and administrative requirements;
• Ability to travel in the New York City boroughs;
• Ability to work well independently as well as part of a team;
• Must be computer literate on basic Microsoft Programs and Internet search use;
• Experience counseling individuals with disabilities preferred.
• Preference will be given to persons with a disability. Direct experience in working with people with disabilities, understanding of disability-related issues preferred.
• Bilingual, preferred

CIDNY is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity in our workforce. We strongly encourage individuals with disabilities, women, racial/ethnic minorities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We seek all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, genetic information and testing, family and medical leave, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

How to apply:
Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to Nelina Bowan, Transition Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Do not send your letter and resume by fax. Please use the job title as email header. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Posted 3/21/2017

Position Title: No Wrong Door Independent Living Specialist, Full-Time

Organization: Southwestern Independent Living Cewnter- Jamestown, NY

Duties and Responsibilities: Connect aging or disabled consumers and families with support and linkages to community based services and assist in accessing public benefits (SSA, Medicare, Medicaid). Must become a certified benefits advisor within one year of hire. 

Qualification: Requires Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in Human Service with similar work experience and knowledge of Federal & State laws relevant to disability issues. Must be proficient in using technology and able to travel independently throughout Chautauqua County.

 
To Apply: Submit resume to Southwestern ILC, 843 N. Main St., Jamestown, NY 14701.

 

Posted 3/21/2017

Position Title: No Wrong Door Outreach Specialist, Part-Time

Organization: Southwestern Independent Living Center- Jamestown, NY

Duties and Responsibilities: Part time position to provide education and outreach to seniors, consumers, and caregivers to access long term community based services in the NWD program.

Qualification: Position requires a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in Human Service with similar work experience and knowledge of Federal & State laws relevant to disability issues. Must be proficient in using technology and able to travel independently throughout Chautauqua County.

To Apply: Submit resume to Southwestern ILC, 843 N. Main St., Jamestown, NY 14701.

Posted 3/31/2017

Position Title: Transition Specialists- 2 Full Time Positions

Organization: Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS) is a non-profit, community based organization dedicated to empower all people with disabilities to understand and exercise their civil and human rights in order to live fully integrated lives in mainstream society. 

General Description:
BILS is seeking to hire two Transition Specialists for a statewide initiative to assist individuals transitioning from institutional settings to the community. The Transition Specialist will facilitate and coordinate for individuals residing in institutions, such as Nursing Homes, Hospitals &/or Intermediate Care Facilities, with a comprehensive plan to transition back to living in the community.

Reports to: Transition Coordinator and BILS Executive Team

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Receive referrals from the Transition Coordinator and ensure the transition process is followed through for each consumer
• Provide information, linkage & referrals for individuals and families who are considering, or are in the process of, transitioning back into their community of choice
• Coordinate visits to institutions, provide potential participants with unbiased information regarding available home and community based services, participate in discharge planning, and coordinate with other relevant social service agencies involved in the discharge and transition care of the consumer
• Explain peer mentor program to potential participants and if appropriate provide referral to peer mentor program
• Develop and facilitate person centered plans, secure qualified housing, coordinate home and community services during the transition period, and subsequently ensure continuation of services
• Collaborate with the Transition Coordinator to determine barriers to transition;
• Consult with Transition Coordinator to assist in addressing transition barriers related to medical condition or counseling need
• Ensures all significant client data and service provision details are current and accurate, and that they are documented in a timely manner into database
• Attends agency's in-service trainings, staff meetings as well as any trainings from Open Doors/MFP
• Perform other program-related duties as assigned

Education and/or experience required:

• A degree in Human Services or related field preferred;
• Relevant experience with: governmental agencies; community based long term care projects; non-for profit human service programs
• Preferred candidates should have a working knowledge of issues faced by persons of all ages who are in need of long-term care services, particularly with those related to nursing           home transition, and a deep commitment to person-centered planning and consumer choice
• Having basic knowledge of Medicaid eligibility and coverage is a plus
• Experience with NHTD, TBI and/or OPWDD waivers preferred

Skills, Licenses, and/or competencies required:
• Possess excellent written and oral communication and organizational skills
• Ability to actively listen and, when appropriate, counsel throughout the transition process
• Knowledge of community, government/benefits resources that facilitate transition from institutional to community living
• Individual must have time management skills to maintain individual/community outreaches, caseload, documentation and administrative requirements
• Ability to work well independently as well as part of a team
• Must be computer literate on basic Microsoft Office and Internet search use;
• Experience counseling individuals with disabilities preferred
• Respectful and comfortable with persons from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
• Bilingual a plus

Salary: $34,000 with full benefits package available
BILS is an equal opportunity employer with an emphasis on outreach to people with disabilities. We actively recruit and hire qualified people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state laws and practices.

How to Apply: Please submit resumes via email to Soji Adu-Deputy Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..