Careers & Employment Resources

Review our list of employment resources and jobs available at Access Living.

Access Living Internship Application

Access Living often offers internship opportunities. If you are interested in pursuing an opportunity, please submit an application. This application is not for personal assistant positions, CNA positions, or other paid positions at Access Living. Learn More

Advocacy Manager

This management position is focused on supervising and managing the projects of both policy analysts and community organizers in Access Living’s Advocacy Department. The Advocacy Manager will not only ensure alignment of Department activities with mission and strategic goals, but will also work towards ensuring that those activities are inclusive, and that staff are supported in professional development in disability policy and community organizing.Learn More

Development Associate

Reporting to the Manager of Grants and Planned Giving, the Development Associate is responsible for preparing, submitting, renewing, and reporting on all government grants and government contracts for the organization and maintaining the government grants and contracts calendar. The Associate will also work with finance staff on contract/grant budget creation, budget revisions, coordination of audits, and audit responses. Learn More

Director of Communications

Ensure strategic direction of media efforts, outreach, training and other communications projects for Access Living. The three primary goals of this position are a) to maintain an enhanced public image and gain greater visibility for Access Living in order to promote agency goals; b) to promote independent living and disability issues to the general public and c) promote and direct efforts related to Access Living's Disability Inclusion Institute (DI2). DI2 is an initiative to provide disability inclusion training and consulting to businesses. This position supervises the Disability Inclusion Training Specialist, the Social Media/Website Specialist and the Disability Resource Coordinator. Learn More

Human Resources Specialist

Assists the Director of Finance and Administration in providing for the smooth operation of the Agency. Provides administrative coordination in the area of human resources and provides administrative support for the Director of Finance and Administration. Learn More

Independent Living Skills Trainer

Access Living seeks a full-time employee to serve as an Independent Living Skills Trainer. This position will lead the Stepping Stones training groups for individuals who plan to move or have moved out of nursing facilities and want to live in their own homes in the community. The group offers practical daily living skills and empowers people to embrace disability and independence. The topics of the group include disability pride, supports & services, housing, networking, budgeting, healthcare, community participation and computer skills.Learn More

Policy Analyst for Healthcare and HCBS

This position is responsible for monitoring disability rights developments in public and private healthcare and home and community based services (HCBS) from a cross-disability perspective. The Health/HCBS Policy Analyst is responsible for facilitating Access Living’s systems advocacy efforts to make healthcare accessible, and to improve the availability/quality of home and community based services for a wide range of people with disabilities. Learn More

Request For Proposal

Project Title: Access Living - 2020-2022 Strategic Plan

Access Living is accepting proposals for consulting service directed to facilitate our strategic planning process. Access Living’s current strategic plan was initiated in fiscal year 2014 and will be complete at the end of fiscal year 2019 (June 30, 2019). It is our intent that the new strategic plan will begin in fiscal year 2020 and guide our work through fiscal year 2022.Learn More

The Chicago Lighthouse

The Chicago Lighthouse is hiring full and part-time Call Center Agents (Veterans or Persons with Disabilities) for their various Call Centers.Learn More
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Ability Links

A Job Opportunity Website for Persons with Disabilities and Leading Employers.
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Anixter Center - Professional Placement Program

The mission of Anixter Center is to enhance the ability of individuals living with or at risk of disabilities to live, learn, work, and play in the community. Having merged with three nonprofits (CALOR, Chicago Hearing Society, and the National Lekotek Center), Anixter Center is now the 13th largest nonprofit in Chicago.Learn More

City of Chicago Office of Workforce Development

The Mayor's Office of Workforce Development (MOWD) helps Chicago businesses find qualified workers and assists Chicago residents to train for, get, maintain, and advance in their jobs. MOWD works through Mayor Daley’s WorkNet Chicago, its network of over 100 community-based and citywide organizations, to: Learn More

Development Associate

Reporting to the Manager of Grants and Planned Giving, the Development Associate is responsible for preparing, submitting, renewing, and reporting on all government grants and government contracts for the organization and maintaining the government grants and contracts calendar. The Associate will also work with finance staff on contract/grant budget creation, budget revisions, coordination of audits, and audit responses. Learn More

Director of Communications

Ensure strategic direction of media efforts, outreach, training and other communications projects for Access Living. The three primary goals of this position are a) to maintain an enhanced public image and gain greater visibility for Access Living in order to promote agency goals; b) to promote independent living and disability issues to the general public and c) promote and direct efforts related to Access Living's Disability Inclusion Institute (DI2). DI2 is an initiative to provide disability inclusion training and consulting to businesses. This position supervises the Disability Inclusion Training Specialist, the Social Media/Website Specialist and the Disability Resource Coordinator. Learn More

Disabilityworks

An initiative from the Chicago Chamber of Commerce that works to increase economic opportunities for people with disabilities.Learn More

Disabled Youth Peer Development Initiative (DYPDI)

Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

DYPDI encourages independent living, nurtures leadership skills through mentoring and expands the horizons of young people with disabilities.Learn More

Get Organized Now

This website offers many tips and ideas to help you organize your home, organize your office and organize your life!Learn More

Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment

Americans with Disabilities Act

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Illinois Career Path - disabilities Services

Illinois CareerPath Institute provides supportive services to students with disabilities in order to enable them become independent and successful in their training and workplace. This is not a free service, but it can be funded by Voc Rehab.Learn More

Illinois Department of Human Services

Rehabilitation Services

The Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.Learn More

Illinois Department of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Illinois Department of Vocational Rehabilitation assists people find a job or get ready to go to work and makes sure that people have the supports they need to stay on the job.

The site says that we still need information for links to Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and to Equip for Equality on the CED Team. That can be the same link information used in the referral directory.
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Illinois Lifespan - Developmental Disabilities

Illinois Life Span is the statewide information and advocacy coordination system for people with developmental disabilities.Learn More

Jewish Vocational Services of Chicago -Disability Program

JVS provides individualized job development, resume preparation, vocational planning, application procedures, sign language interpreting, job placement and follow-up services.Learn More

Job Readiness Introduction

A site with helpful information, tips and resources on Job Readiness Learn More

Marriot Foundation - Bridges to Work job training program

Bridges develops and supports mutually beneficial job placements to meet the workforce needs of local employers and the vocational goals of young people.Learn More

Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

MOPD provides a variety of employment services for people with disabilities and employers including training resources, job search assistance and workshops on disability awareness and workplace accommodations.Learn More

Policy Analyst for Healthcare and HCBS

This position is responsible for monitoring disability rights developments in public and private healthcare and home and community based services (HCBS) from a cross-disability perspective. The Health/HCBS Policy Analyst is responsible for facilitating Access Living’s systems advocacy efforts to make healthcare accessible, and to improve the availability/quality of home and community based services for a wide range of people with disabilities. Learn More

RIC Career Opportunities

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

A listing of employment opportunities from RIC, a strong supporter of, and collaborator with Access Living.Learn More

The Job Accommodation Network

JAN's mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, people with disabilities, their family members and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, self-employment and small business opportunities.Learn More

Ticket to Work

The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program is an employment program for people with disabilities who are interested in going to work.Learn More

UMKC Institute for Human Development

Guide to real person centered planning

Person-Centered Planning empowers people with disabilities by focusing on the desires and abilities of the individual.Learn More
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