Short Description:As an ILS at RTI, you’ll be at the forefront of empowering individuals with disabilities to set and achieve goals for independent living. The diversity of our positions reflects the varied needs of our community.
Status: Full-time. Travel required, mainly through Davis, Morgan, and Weber Counties. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Salary: Based on experience and licensing (Range $17 to 28 an hour) with Retirement Benefits, Health Insurance, Dental, Health Savings Account, and other Benefits (for those that are employed at 30 hours and above). People with disabilities encouraged to apply.
Reports to: Program Manager and Executive Director.
Closing Date: Position remains open until filled by qualified applicant.
How to Apply: Email resume and cover letter, in your cover letter please what interests you in the position, which of the 4 positions your interested in, and share with us your experience and expertise. Please send cover letter to Employment@roadstoind.org (Please reference “ILS position” in the subject line of your email or resume) or mail/deliver resume to:
Roads To Independence
Attn: Andy Curry, Executive Director
3355 Washington Blvd. Ogden, UT 84401
Job Description: An IL Specialist is responsible for working with people with disabilities in setting and maintaining goals to become independent or maintain one’s independence in the community. Independent Living Goals vary based on the individual’s needs. Examples of goals are (but not limited to): Finding affordable accessible housing, acquiring and using adaptive equipment, transitioning people out of nursing homes, transitions youth to adult hood, developing life skills (such as cooking, cleaning, money management, etc.), applying for various social service programs like social security, food stamps, Medicaid, employment programs, systems advocacy, individual advocacy, transportation, employment, etc.
- Knowledge of community resources, food stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, social security programs, Employment services, housing programs, transportation, etc.
- Experience with setting independent living goals with people with disabilities, providing individual and group services and maintaining consumer service records.
- The ability to advocate on issues promoting the independence of people with disabilities.
- Ability to build alliances with disability advocates and covered entities.
- Knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other disability related laws (helpful but not required.
- Ability to verbalize and express ideas clearly in written, oral, and computer communications.
- Bilingual abilities strongly recommended.
- Interact with consumers in a professional manner with respect for their rights and maintain strict adherence to the independent living philosophy.
- Keep accurate counts and records of individual goals set by consumers and goals reached, and all demographics of each consumer.
- Personal experience with a disability is preferred.
- Evaluate consumer’s needs (including independent living skill development and community supports needed for increased independence) and make eligibility recommendations (re: Medicaid, subsidized housing, Medicaid waivers, food stamps, Area Agency on Aging services, etc).
- Advocate for consumers and teach Independent Living skills to consumers accessing community services like housing, personal attendant services, financial resources, transportation, medical care, housekeeping services, etc., by working with discharge planners, collaborating with community service providers, and providing follow up services needed to ensure that consumers achieve their goals.
- Provide individual services, peer support and conduct independent living skill classes, groups, and activities as consumer needs dictate.
- Participate in public awareness activities including disability awareness presentations.
- For positions working with youth with disabilities: knowledge of IEP’s, 504, lesson plans, etc.
- For position working with adults in transitioning out of nursing homes or other institutions: knowledge of nursing home eligibility, Medicaid, ADL’s, IADLS,
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
4 unique positions for Independent Living Specialist (ILS)
Join RTI as we open doors to empowerment! We’re excited to announce four rewarding opportunities for ILS within our dynamic organization. Each position is uniquely crafted to make a significant impact:
- Youth Specialist (24 and under):
- Tailored for individuals passionate about guiding youth toward independence and adulthood.
- Adult Specialists (25 and older):
- Ideal for those dedicated to supporting adults in their journey toward self-sufficiency and independence.
- Brain Injury Specialist (all ages):
- A specialized role focused on empowering individuals with brain injuries to live independently.
- Transitions Specialist (transitioning from nursing homes or other institutions back into the community):
- Geared towards professionals committed to assisting adults in transitioning out of nursing homes or institutions.
An exemplary Independent Living Specialist (ILS) seamlessly blends the roles of a compassionate case manager, a dedicated life skills instructor, and, unquestionably, a relentless advocate. Together, these facets form the foundation of our commitment to empowering individuals with disabilities towards a path of independence. If you’re ready to be an integral part of a mission-driven organization, fostering independence in diverse communities, we encourage you to apply. Be a catalyst for positive change as an Independent Living Specialist at RTI!
- At minimum GED or High School Diploma required.
- College in related field – a licensed SSW (or higher) and/or certified case manager preferred.
- Computer literate.
- Willingness to advocate, coordinate, and educate.
- Experience working with people with disabilities or other minority groups, personal experience with a disability is preferred.
- Reliable means of transportation to travel throughout a multi-county service area.
- Must have an acceptable Criminal Background Check.
- Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the position. While it is intended to be an accurate reflection of the job requirements, RTI reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary.
The work schedule requires flexibility and is dependent upon program needs. Work is typically performed in an office environmentally controlled setting. The position requires traveling in the service area and working flexible hours and occasionally working weekends and evenings.
RTI is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce and sustaining a work environment that is inclusive. Women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be made for employees with disabilities.
Agency Description: RTI is a nonprofit grassroots advocacy organization by and for people with disabilities, covering Davis, Morgan, and Weber Counties.