Position: Community Supports Coordinator


Jobs at Access Living

Position: Community Supports Coordinator

December, 2021

Basic Function:

The primary function of the Community Supports Coordinator is to increase the independence and self-determination of Chicagoans with disabilities annually. All consumers enter Access Living’s Community Supports programs as a referral by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. The employee works one-to-one with identified people with disabilities on issues they face in their journey to independence and self-determination.   

Specific Duties:

  • Support the consumer in conducting her/his own life as independently as possible.
  • Assess (via telephone while social distancing measures are in place and then afterwards in-person) consumers for any needs that allow them to direct their life in the own home. Staff must consider the supports and services already in place when making the assessments.
  • Identify and recommend methods to increase independence of consumers, specifically review the consumers’ needs for assistive technology, homemaker services, home delivered meals to be provided by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, and/or ongoing case management if the consumer is eligible.
  • With the consumer, create goals to increase their ability to self-direct his/her life.
  • Model self-advocacy skills to the consumer and empower consumers by encouraging them to complete this work as independently as possible, and provide supports as needed.
  • Provide Activities of Daily Living trainings when requested by consumers.
  • Refer consumers to outside programs and/or other Access Living programs that will assist the consumer to achieve her/his goals.
  • Accurately reflect work in applicable databases in a timely way
  • Maintain consumer and organizational confidentiality
  • Ensure all deadlines and outcomes are met.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Training:

Preference will be given to candidates with a social work degree (MSW/BSW). Bachelor of Arts or Science is required and/or Orientation and Mobility Specialist and/or Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and one year of experience in service of people with disabilities is preferable. Experience in evaluating individuals with disabilities for assistive devices and independent living skills training is a plus.


Access Living permits six months of skill development to attain acceptable performance in the position.  Employee must have basic knowledge of disability rights laws and experience in the field of independent living, disability rights and self-determination movements. Understanding of issues that people with disabilities is essential. Good communication skills needed. 

Travel Demands:

Traveling within the City of Chicago to conduct home visits.

Equipment Operated:

Computer, phone, fax, copier, printer

Working Environment:

When in the field, the working environment is within the homes of consumers. In the office, the environment is a shared work space in the Access Living headquarters. During the interview process, candidates will learn more about our hybrid work model.


$40,000 – $45,000

Other Information:

  • Offer of the position will be contingent on clearance of state criminal background check.
  • Number of Employees Directly Supervised: None
  • Supervised by: Manager of Community Supports

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, send your resume and cover letter to careers@accessliving.org.