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Independent Living Advocate - Deaf Services

Posted on April 29, 2022

General Summary

About the Organization:
The Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC) is a disability-focused non-profit providing services and advocacy to those experiencing all disabilities, of all ages, and all income levels. Our mission is to promote independent living and full access for individuals with disabilities through advocacy, education and action in our communities. The organization has been based in Santa Barbara since it opened in 1976 and serves the Central Coast Counties of; Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. Services are provided by utilizing a team approach where the consumer is an active member in their goal attainment. Services provided by the organization include; Housing, Personal Assistance, Interpreting, Peer Support, Assistive Technology, Youth Transition, Older Individuals who are Blind Program, Advocacy, and Emergency Preparedness. ILRC is actively engaged in all of our counties.

Office Location: All Locations
Hourly Rate: 1$18.00 - $19.85 per hour to start depending on experience
Reporting Supervisor: Program Director

Stress Level: Low-Moderate
Employment Status: Full-Time / 40
Filing Deadline Date: Open Until Filled

About the Organization

The Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC) is a disability focused non-profit providing services and advocacy to those experiencing all disabilities, of all ages, and all income levels. Our mission is to promote independent living and full access for individuals with disabilities through advocacy, education and action in our communities. The organization has been based in Santa Barbara since it opened in 1976 and serves the Central Coast Counties of; Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. Services are provided by utilizing a team approach where the consumer is an active member in their goal attainment. Services provided by the organization include; Housing, Personal Assistance, Interpreting, Peer Support, Assistive Technology, Youth Transition, Older Individuals who are Blind Program, Advocacy, and Emergency Preparedness. ILRC is actively engaged in all of our counties.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

About the Position:
The Independent Living Advocate - Deaf will facilitate all ILRC services with Deaf consumers to ensure the goals and objectives specified for the communication program are accomplished in accordance with established priorities, timeframes, and other specifications.

Responsibilities:
Conduct consumer intake, assessment, and follow-up procedures with Deaf Consumers.
Provide individual and systems advocacy.
Provide self-advocacy role modeling and training to consumers who are Deaf.
Provide individual and group peer support directed toward increasing self-sufficiency and self-esteem of Deaf consumers.
Provide training in independent living skills according to consumer goals using Center-approved curriculum.
Monitor and follow up on consumer's progress toward ILP goals and update consumer files and service notes on a regular basis.
Train consumers in making complete interpreter requests.
Assist Interpreters, Vendors, and consumers with Fluency (scheduling database).
Assist consumers with the creation of individual emergency plans
Work/Advocate with the Administrative Coordinator when access requests are denied.
Provide information/referral to consumers/the public regarding services and resources that would enhance consumer independence.
Conduct community outreach via in-person and online platforms. With an emphasis on schools and other organizations that work with Deaf individuals.
Build relationships and collaborate with community agencies
Represent ILRC in the community in a positive way and conduct agency business in a professional manner.
Keep informed of local, state, and federal benefits programs, providing assistance to consumers in determining eligibility and applying for them.
Conduct consumer intakes, needs assessments, and follow-up procedures.
Draft written Independent Living Plan goals with all consumers or obtain waiver and monitor consumers’ progress and outcomes of services.
Participate fully as a member of a working team and promote harmonious working relationships.
Document all services provided enter them in CIL Suite on a timely basis.
Other duties as assigned.

Interpreter Coordination Tasks:
·Recruit for, maintain and update the Interpreter Registry.
·Assist as necessary with the payment of Interpreters and collections as necessary.
·Organizes and coordinates interpretation for the office staff’s interpreting needs.
·Manage Interpreting Service Agreements and purchase orders for all ILRC vendors regarding interpretation services.
·Facilitate with Fluency to secure services of registry members for interpreting tasks in the community your unable to provide. (Process and schedule interpreter requests).
 

Required Qualifications

Essential Qualifications:
Personal experience with deafness and/or Deaf Culture.
Fluency in the use of American Sign Language (ASL) and English.
Must be willing to travel to work in various locations as needed, in San Luis Obispo, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and other locations for program and meeting related events. Mileage is reimbursed.
Familiarity with social, emotional, and economic issues facing persons w/disabilities.
Familiarity with human services programs affecting persons w/disabilities of all ages.
Motivating interest in disability/independent living field.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to meet deadlines.
Computer skills including data, social media, and research.
Reliable personal vehicle for work travel.
Must maintain a valid driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.
Ethical work practices: honest, dependable, team-oriented.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:
Personal experience with disability
Bilingual English/ASL

How to Apply

Email resume and cover letter to Alexa Martin, Program Director, amartin@ilrc-trico.org