POSITION: Youth Resource Coordinator
STATUS: Full Time 37.5 hours/week (typically normal business hours but there will be required nights and weekends; reasonable notice will be provided for any mandatory nights or weekends)
REPORTS TO: Youth Programs Coordinator
JOB SUMMARY: Youth Resource Coordinators serve many functions for the organization primarily in terms of supporting a caseload of consumers and providing peer counseling, skills training, advocacy, and service coordination to consumers (typically 14-22 years old) with a disability. Typically work days are spent meeting one-on-one with consumers, leading skills training sessions (for example, leading a driving permit study group, cooking and food preparation group and other activities related to independent living), contributing to group and departmental projects (such as spending time working on projects at a television station, planning/attending events, etc.), entering notes and units into an online system, and performing other duties as assigned.
ABOUT INDEPENDENCE ASSOCIATES
- One of ten Independent Living Centers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that covers a 31 cities and towns service area.
- A grassroots civil rights organization that believes in and advocates the rights of persons with disabilities.
- Values the work-life balance of employees; workers are not on call outside of business hours
- IA supports persons with disabilities to exercise self-determination and live successfully in the community as they choose with appropriate supports and services.
- Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a cover letter or quick note explaining why you believe you are right for this position as I decide who to interview.
- Must have a passion to make a positive difference in the lives of young persons with disabilities in line with the independent living philosophy.
IDEAL CANDIDATE: An ideal candidate for this position exhibits many of the following characteristics:
- Teaching/public speaking/tutoring/coaching/skills training experience working with. Relating to, and holding the attention of 14-22 year olds.
- Work/Lived experiences as or living/working with persons with disabilities.
- Self-starter who is responsible for meeting broad departmental objectives.
- College graduate and/or experience and passion
- Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills; second language proficiency preferred.
- Able to think outside of the box and be a creative problems solver.
- Strong technology skills (Office, Internet, Email, Scheduling, Web based notes system, etc.)
- Hard working passionate person who wants to work hard and make a positive difference.
- Maintain an active caseload and provide appropriate supports and services to consumers.
- Identify community partnership opportunities to provide consumers with community based vocational experiences.
- Perform outreach that leads to the formation of groups and lead them in schools, our office, and in the community.
- Maintain positive relationships and strong communication with Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Counselors and other funders.
- Maintain excellent communication with Youth Programs Coordinator and appropriate staff.
- Meetings, supervisions, agency and departmental requirements as appropriate.
- Must be an appropriate and responsible role model for youths with disabilities.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Independence Associates offers generous paid time off and benefits that will be discussed at the initial interview.
- A driver’s license, insurance, and a reliable automobile are required; IA reimburses at $0.50/mile.
- Must pass CORI, SORI prior to onboarding. May require fingerprinting background check to enter schools.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER, MINORITIES AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS PROVIDED.