Job Opening: Independent Living Specialist

Empower Tennessee is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Independent Living Specialist.

For consideration, applicants should submit a cover letter, professional resume, and online application form via the button link above by August 31, 2022.

TITLE: Independent Living Specialist

POSITION: Regular, Full-Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt

SUPERVISOR: Associate Director

SUMMARY:

The Independent Living Specialist (ILS) provides direct services to individuals as well as implements and manages programs and initiatives to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to live independently through services such as information and referral, peer support, skills training, advocacy, and support for transitions to community settings. Likewise, the ILS is involved with the agency’s efforts to make Nashville and surrounding communities more accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities through outreach, education, and advocacy. The ILS incorporates the Independent Living Philosophy (i.e. client-directed goal setting, dignity of risk, peer mentorship, etc.) in all aspects of interaction with clients and the community at-large. The ILS represents and advocates for Empower Tennessee in relevant community settings and fosters meaningful partnerships with like-minded organizations and individuals in the achievement of strategic goals. The ILS exhibits the values of empowerment, partnership, fairness, accountability, sustainability, and knowledge in all areas of the position.

DUTIES:

Specific:

  • Provide Information and Referral services to clients and community members;
  • Coordinate and conduct Person-Centered Independent Living assessments and planning with people with disabilities;
  • Provide Social Support services that inform individuals about the various programs that are available to them and assist them in securing and/or maintaining benefits such as employment, housing, social services, healthcare, public and private benefits, etc.;
  • Provide Resource Navigation services in identifying and accessing supports needed to increase or maintain community independence in areas such as; housing, transportation, assistive technology, healthcare, and other supports needed by people with disabilities;
  • Coordinate and/or perform Independent Living skills training in a variety of areas;
  • Coordinate and/or facilitate Peer Support activities to empower clients with learning and social interaction opportunities;
  • Provide Transition assistance to youth with disabilities entering adulthood, as well as adults with disabilities who are moving from an institution to the community or to divert those at risk of institutionalization;
  • Advocate with and for clients regarding specific individual issues as well as systemically to bring awareness and positive change to the community at-large;  
  • Lead specific agency programs and/or initiatives, as assigned;
  • Demonstrate flexibility and initiative as agency priorities change and/or environmental circumstances warrant;
  • Coordinate with program volunteers/interns, as needed, to effectively integrate program goals with an engaged and meaningful experience; 
  • Document all program activities and client interactions per established timelines and standards.
General:

  • Adhere to agency policy and procedures; 
  • Participate in agency meetings and events;
  • Represent agency in inter-organizational or community meetings;  
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor or agency; 
  • Demonstrate professionalism and initiative in performing all duties.
QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education or experience equivalent to a four-year degree, required; 
  • Understanding and commitment to the Independent Living philosophy and disability rights movement, required;
  • Exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, required; 
  • Organized, disciplined, self-motivated, and cooperative work ethic, required; 
  • Demonstrated ability to respect and empathize with people of diverse backgrounds/experiences, required; 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and ability to link clients with, community resources, required; 
  • Flexibility regarding work schedule to accommodate program needs, required; 
  • Ability and willingness to travel to meet with clients in their homes and/or attend relevant meetings, required;
  • Regular access to reliable transportation, required; 
  • Working knowledge of, and skill with, computer systems/applications, required; 
  • Ability to obtain Level 5 Federal Suitability via an extensive background check, required;
  • Personal experience with disability, strongly preferred:
  • Experience and/or certification as a group facilitator and/or individual counselor, strongly preferred; 
  • Experience as a volunteer organizer, preferred; 
  • Fluency in language(s) beyond English (including ASL), preferred.
Posted qualifications serve as a guide for candidate review and are not fixed in stone. Empower Tennessee reserves the right to deviate from posted credentials in determining what combination of candidate education, experience and skills are best suited to a position.

 Empower Tennessee is an equal provider of services and an equal opportunity employer—Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Application for Employment

Job Opening: Information & Referral

Empower Tennessee is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Information and Referral Coordinator.

For consideration, applicants should submit a cover letter, professional resume, and online application form via the button link below by September 4, 2020.

TITLE: Information and Referral Coordinator

POSITION: Regular, Full-Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt

SUPERVISOR: Associate Director

SUMMARY:

The Information and Referral Coordinator is the initial point of contact for consumers (people with disabilities) and other interested parties, particularly those who walk-in, call-in, or e-mail the agency, who are seeking or inquiring about services from Empower Tennessee. The Coordinator provides information regarding available agency programs as well as referrals to relevant community resources. The Coordinator also organizes the supplies and materials required by the agency and staff to perform operational and program duties, as well as other administrative tasks, as assigned. The Coordinator incorporates the Independent Living Philosophy (i.e. client-directed goal setting, dignity of risk, peer mentorship, etc.) in interaction with consumers and the community at-large. In all circumstances, the Coordinator represents and advocates for Empower Tennessee and its mission and fosters meaningful collaborations with consumers and like-minded community partners to achieve strategic goals. The Coordinator exhibits the values of empowerment, partnership, fairness, accountability, sustainability, and knowledge in completing job duties.  

DUTIES:

Specific:

  • Greet all visitors to the agency and provide information and referrals to meet the visitor’s request;
  • Answer agency main telephone line and provide information and referrals to meet the caller’s request;
  • Monitor agency main fax and email addresses and provide information and referral to meet the sender’s request;
  • Update and maintain referral database of community resources and contacts;
  • Coordinate and prioritize functions of agency operations (i.e. digital calendars, supplies, equipment, program materials);
  • Support and provide, as necessary, Independent Living core services to people with disabilities, including: information and referral, peer support, advocacy, skills training, and transition activities in the achievement of consumer goals;
  • Coordinate with program volunteers/interns, as needed, to effectively integrate program goals with an engaged and meaningful experience;
  • Document all activities and interactions according to established standards.

General:

  • Adhere to agency policy and procedures;
  • Participate in agency meetings and events;
  • Represent agency in inter-organizational or community meetings; 
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor or agency.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education or experience equivalent to a four-year degree, required;
  • Understanding of and commitment to the Independent Living philosophy and disability rights movement, required;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and ability to link clients with, community resources, required;
  • Exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, as well as customer service acumen, required;
  • Organized, disciplined, self-motivated, flexible, and cooperative work ethic, required;
  • Working knowledge of, and skill with, computer systems/applications, required;
  • Demonstrated ability to respect and empathize with people of diverse backgrounds/experiences, required;
  • Ability to obtain Level 5 Federal Suitability via an extensive background check, required;
  • Regular access to reliable transportation, required;
  • Willingness to work primarily in an office setting, required;
  • System knowledge of disability-specific resources, including, but not limited to: TennCare and related waivers, DIDD, Special Education, employment, housing, strongly preferred;
  • Personal experience with disability, strongly preferred;
  • Fluency in language(s) beyond English (including ASL), strongly preferred.

Posted qualifications serve as a guide for candidate review and are not fixed in stone. Empower Tennessee reserves the right to deviate from posted credentials in determining what combination of candidate education, experience and skills are best suited to a position.

Empower Tennessee is an equal provider of services and an equal opportunity employer—

Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Application for Employment

Job Opening: Technology & Access

Empower Tennessee is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Technology and Access Coordinator. For consideration, applicants should submit a cover letter, professional resume, and application by May 8, 2020.

TITLE: Technology & Access Coordinator
POSITION: Regular, Full-Time, Salary, Non-Exempt
SUPERVISOR: Associate Director

SUMMARY:
The Technology and Access Coordinator (TAC) works collaboratively with the Independent Living Specialists to increase consumers’ access and independence through technology. The Coordinator also develops technology program standards, works with leadership to develop program funding and budgets, and organizes the supplies and materials required by the agency and staff to perform operational and program duties. The Coordinator incorporates the Independent Living Philosophy (i.e. client-directed goal setting, dignity of risk, peer mentorship, etc.) in interaction with consumers and the community at-large. In all circumstances, the Coordinator represents and advocates for Empower Tennessee and its mission and fosters meaningful collaborations with consumers and like-minded community partners to achieve strategic goals. The Coordinator exhibits the values of empowerment, partnership, fairness, accountability, sustainability, and knowledge in completing job duties.

DUTIES:
Specific:

  1. Develop and maintain a consumer goal-based technology lending program;
  2. Oversee the conversion of materials to alternative formats (i.e. Braille, Large Print, Captioning);
  3. Lead programs and/or initiatives related to consumer and/or community access and technology needs, including, but not limited to: Access Music City, Controls4Control, Empowered Home, and Empowered Business Solutions, as assigned;
  4. Develop/Maintain/Strengthen relevant relationships with community partners to advance program objectives;
  5. Provide information and assistance in identifying and accessing supports needed to increase or maintain community independence in areas such as; housing, transportation, assistive technology, durable medical equipment, and other supports needed by people with disabilities;
  6. Be an advocate with and for consumers regarding specific individual issues as well as systemically bringing awareness and positive change to the community at-large;
  7. Support, and provide as necessary, Independent Living core services to people with disabilities, including: information and referral, peer support, advocacy, skills training, and transition activities in the achievement of consumer goals;
  8. Coordinate with program volunteers/interns, as needed, to effectively integrate program goals with an engaged and meaningful experience;
  9. Demonstrate flexibility and initiative as agency priorities may change;
  10. Document all activities and interactions according to established standards.

General:

  1. Adhere to agency policy and procedures;
  2. Participate in agency meetings and events;
  3. Represent agency in inter-organizational or community meetings;
  4. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor or agency.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Education or experience equivalent to a four-year degree, required;
  2. Understanding of and commitment to the Independent Living philosophy and disability rights movement, required;
  3. Demonstrated knowledge of, and ability to link clients with, community resources, required;
  4. Exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, as well as customer service acumen, required;
  5. Organized, disciplined, self-motivated, flexible, and cooperative work ethic, required;
  6. Working knowledge of, and skill with, computer systems/applications, required;
  7. Demonstrated ability to respect and empathize with people of diverse backgrounds/experiences, required;
  8. Ability to obtain Level 5 Federal Suitability via an extensive background check, required;
  9. Regular access to reliable transportation, required;
  10. Demonstrated knowledge of assistive technologies, required;
  11. System knowledge of disability-specific resources, including, but not limited to: TennCare and related waivers, DIDD, Special Education, strongly preferred;
  12. Personal experience with disability, strongly preferred;
  13. Fluency in language(s) beyond English (including ASL), strongly preferred.

Posted qualifications serve as a guide for candidate review and are not fixed in stone. Empower Tennessee reserves the right to deviate from posted credentials in determining what combination of candidate education, experience, and skills are best suited to a position.

Empower Tennessee is an equal provider of services and an equal opportunity employer—Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

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