Short Description: The Youth IL Specialist is responsible for working with youth with disabilities and their families in setting and maintaining goals to become independent or maintain one’s independence in the community. 

Status: Full or Part-Time (20 to 30 hours a week) or one Full time 40 hours a week. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Salary: $16 – $20 an hour with 8% Retirement Benefits, Health Insurance, Dental, Health Savings Account, and other Benefits (for those that are employed at 30 hours and above). RTI will work with qualified candidates to cover part or all moving expenses at the time of hiring where appropriate.

Reports to: Program Manager and Executive Director.

Closing Date: The position remains open until filled.

Location: Ogden, Utah

How to Apply:

Email resume and cover letter to roads@roadstoindependence.org with “Youth ILS” in the subject line, or mail/deliver resume to:


Roads to Independence
Attn: Curtis Haring, Program Manager
3355 Washington Blvd.
Ogden UT 84401

Job Description:

The Youth IL Specialist is responsible for working with youth with disabilities and their families in setting and maintaining goals to become independent or maintain one’s independence in the community. Independent Living Goals vary based on the individuals’ needs. Examples of goals are (but not limited to): Finding affordable accessible housing, acquiring and using adaptive equipment, applying for Social Security, applying for the DSPD waiver, developing IEP’s and 504s, developing life skills (such as cooking, cleaning, money management, etc.), systems advocacy, individual advocacy, transportation, employment, etc.

Principal Duties and  Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate youth with disabilities 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, Schooling, employment, etc.).
  • Develop Independence Living Plan(s) and establishing goals with youth with disabilities, providing individual and group services and maintaining consumer service records.
  • Connect youth with disabilities to community resources, social security programs, transportation, etc.
  • Collaborate with community service providers and providing follow up services needed to ensure that consumers achieve their goals.
  • 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.
  • Interact with consumers/parents/teachers in a professional manner with respect for their rights and maintains strict adherence to the independent living philosophy.
  • Advocate for youth with disabilities in IEP and 504 team meetings.
  • Keep accurate counts and records of individual goals set by consumers and goals reached, and all demographics of each consumer.
  • The ability to advocate on issues promoting the independence of people with disabilities and teach Independent Living skills to consumers by accessing community services like housing, personal attendant services, financial resources, transportation, medical care, housekeeping services, etc.
  • Collaborate 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, one on one, in classes, groups, and activities as consumer needs dictate.
  • Participate in public awareness activities including disability awareness presentations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Supervisors.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent. 
  • Working computer knowledge, writing skills, typing skills and communication skills.
  • Must have an acceptable criminal background check.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Some College a plus.
  • Have at least 2 years’ experience working with youth with disabilities.
  • Must have knowledge of community resources, especially for youth.
  • Knowledge of DSPD services.
  • Knowledge and experience working with IEP’s and 504 plans.
  • Experience with independent living skills training.
  • Experience with Pre-ETS services is a plus.
  • Organizational skills with the ability to balance multiple tasks, prioritize work effectively and use judgment and discretion in decision-making.
  • Ability to travel in a multi-county service area.
  • Bilingual a plus.
  • Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Benefits / Why Work With Us:

  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Relocation Assistance

Miscellaneous Information:

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, Roads reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary.

Agency Description:

Roads To Independence (RTI) is a non-profit, grassroots, advocacy organization by and for people with disabilities. RTI is an active agency looking to assist individuals with disabilities live as independently in the community as possible. Core services include but are not limited to Advocacy, Information and Referral, Life Skills Training, Peer Support, Recreation, Assistive Technology and Transition (Youth, Nursing Home, and Diversion from Institutions).  We primarily cover Davis, Morgan and Weber Counties.

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.