Community Work Incentives Coordinator
One position open, Full time.
Interested qualified individuals may submit a Resume or CV to:
Center for Accessible Living.
501 S 2nd Street, Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40202
Please, no phone calls.
Applications Accepted through COB, May 19, 2017.
Job Title: Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC)
Department: SSA – WIPA
Position Reports to: Reports directly to Associate Director. Under general supervision by CAL Management Team.
The CWIC will provide work incentives planning and assistance directly to beneficiaries with disabilities. The CWIC will emphasize employment through the use of work incentives, leading to greater self-sufficiency. The CWIC will refer to VR and Employment Networks. The CWIC will conduct outreach efforts to beneficiaries with disabilities (and their families), who are potentially eligible to participate in Federal or State work incentives programs designed to assist disabled beneficiaries to work; and work in cooperation with Federal, State and private agencies and nonprofit organizations that serve beneficiaries with disabilities. CWIC will also provide information on the adequacy of health benefits coverage that may be offered by an employer of a beneficiary with a disability; the extent to which other health benefits coverage may be available to that beneficiary; and the availability of protection and advocacy services for beneficiaries with disabilities; and how to access such services. Must be able to present complex information effectively in person, on the telephone, and via e-mail to consumers, family members, and professionals. Works to enhance the quality of the lives of individuals with disabilities. This is a Full Time job. Full benefits available after 90 day probation period. Staff can work in a Center for Accessible Living Inc. Office or remotely from anywhere in the U.S.
- Responsible for overall direction, implementation, and day-to-day activities of the program.
- Follow up with consumers to assure that the requested services are maintained.
- Obtain and evaluate comprehensive information about a beneficiary with a disability, including background information, disability, educational and vocational background, employment and earnings, resources, federal state and local benefits, health insurance, work expenses, work incentives and services and supports.
- Assesses the potential impact of employment and other changes on a beneficiary’s eligibility and overall financial well being.
- Provide detailed information and assist the beneficiary to understand and assess the potential impact of employment and/or other actions or changes in life situation.
- Develop a comprehensive framework of possible options available to the beneficiary and projected results for each as part of the career development and employment process.
- Emphasize employment through the use of work incentives planning, leading to greater self-sufficiency and employment.
- Refer beneficiaries to the Help Line, VR, Employment Networks, One-Stop Career Centers and other organizations that emphasize/provide employment and ticket assignments.
- Assist beneficiaries to resolve problems related to work efforts, higher education, and work attainment or continuation of work.
- Provide ongoing, comprehensive monitoring and management assistance to beneficiaries who are employed or seeking work.
- Provide long-term work incentives management on a scheduled, long-term basis.
- Meet all Benchmark and other grant requirements.
- Provide ongoing direct assistance in the development of a comprehensive, long-term work plan to guide the effective use of work incentives.
- Provide intensive assistance to beneficiaries, their key stakeholders, and their support teams in making informed choices and establishing employment related goals.
- Provide follow-up assistance to beneficiaries who have previously received work incentives planning and other types of work incentives assistance.
- Assist beneficiaries to update work incentives management plans throughout their employment plans.
- Refer consumers who need other IL or supportive services internally or externally to the appropriate entity, assist consumers to increase their awareness of community resources.
- Collaborate jointly with resources and community programs such as rehabilitation services, mental health facilities, transportation, government offices, etc, to achieve consumer goals.
- Teach self-advocacy skills to consumers to assist in developing problem solving skills.
- Participate in the Center’s systems advocacy activities.
- Provide information and referral services.
- Attend required trainings and other community meetings as necessary.
- Complete necessary and required paperwork and case notes, maintain electronic and paper files and documentation according to Center and SSA procedures.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities:
- Report progress and problems to the Associate Director.
- Adhere to Center for Accessible Living, Inc. philosophy, mission statement and policies.
- Maintain consumer confidentiality.
- Respect the rights, values and beliefs of consumers.
- Maintain scheduled appointments.
- Participate in the outreach activities in accordance with the Center’s outreach plan.
- Serve as Center liaison to community groups as assigned by Center Management Team.
- Participate in resource development activities of the Center.
- All other duties as assigned by Center management team.
- Must be Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC) Certified or able to become certified.
- Must pass Federal security suitability clearance.
- Bachelor’s degree, and/or minimum of three years life experience with a disability preferred.
- Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and multi-tasking abilities.
- Excellent personal, written, and verbal skills are required.
- Strong computer skills, including experience and familiarity with MS Office, specifically in Word, Excel, and Outlook.
- Ability to work with diverse populations, including people with disabilities, in a professional manner.
- Ability to maintain effective relationships with consumers and co-workers and the community.
- Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply principles of logical thinking to a wide range of practical problems. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.
- Basic math skills with an emphasis on problem solving, deductive ability with analytical thinking and creative problem solving skills;
- Ability to interpret federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and administrative code about public benefits;
- Ability to link consumers with employment opportunities
- Able to arrange dependable transportation in the area.
- Good problem solving skills, especially in a fast paced environment.
- Ability to demonstrate a positive attitude and genuine concern for others.
- Translating technical information to lay people;
- Knowledge of or ability to learn SSA and other work incentives; SSDI, SSI, and federal work incentives, counseling and evaluation skills; public benefit programs, basic operations and inter-relationships among programs; how to access employment networks; terminology used to describe certain disabilities and awareness of cultural and political issues pertaining to various populations.
- Knowledge of the Independent Living Philosophy.
- Bilingual/bicultural helpful.
- Individuals who have experience as consumers of disability-related services encouraged to apply.
This position is Grant funded, renewable on an annual basis.
The Center for Accessible Living, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation. People with disabilities, veterans, minorities encouraged to apply.