Info on Pre-ETS
Thank you for exploring the new supports and services offered by Independence Associates’ youth department online! The schools are closed, but IA is open online! We are happy to answer questions!
Jock Talk is back! Join Bryan and Adam as they discuss disability issues, the NFL & wheelchair football, and much more!
Check out the latest episode of Jock Talk as Adam and Bryan are joined by wheelchair basketball player and advocate Megan Anderson and 2 time track and field Paralympic champion Joe LeMar to discuss the current state of adaptive sports and the impact it has had on their lives.
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.
Join us on the last Friday of January as Independence Associates hosts its monthly youth event at our office in East Bridgewater. As usual, we will provide pizza, drinks, snacks, and games for us all to enjoy as we make friends with one another. All are welcome!