Personal Assistant Services Coordinator

 

Position: Personal Assistant Services Coordinator

Basic Function:

This position is responsible for the development and implementation of Access Living’s Personal Assistance program, supporting the independent living skills of people with disabilities.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Training individuals to be Personal Assistants (PA’s)
  • Providing referrals to consumers who seek to employ PA’s.
  • Assisting people with disabilities to improve their management of a PA’s.

This position is also responsible for maintaining a pool of available PA’s for the Access Living PA registry.

Specific Duties:

  • Provide PA counseling, referrals, and follow-up for consumers with disabilities who utilize PA services.
  • Provide PA management trainings when requested by consumers.
  • Recruit individuals to become PA’s.
  • Coordinate PA trainings and maintain updated PA registry.
  • Conduct consumer intake and assist consumer in formulation of Independent Living Plan.
  • Maintain records of program participants, workshop/seminar evaluations and other pertinent data needed for reporting.
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly reports when necessary.
  • Maintain confidentially through appropriate client file maintenance.
  • Attend quarterly PA Coordinator Group meetings.
  • Facilitate consumer advocacy on PA issues.
  • Be knowledgeable about and keep up to date with changes in the DRS Home Services Program
  • Act as spokesperson for AL regarding PA services.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Training:

Bachelor of Arts preferred. Excellent computer skills required.

Experience:

Working with people with disabilities as peers. Experience as a PA user, understanding of independent living philosophy and experience with DRS HSP is preferred. Knowledge of disability civil rights laws (ADA, 504, and IDEA), and familiarity with the disability rights movement and/or independent living movement is preferred but not required. Analytical, problem solving, networking, and knowledge of skill-building techniques. Strong communication skills to connect with a wide range of individuals and organizations. An understanding of equal opportunity within a social justice framework.

Physical Demands:

Ability to travel, typically around Cook County.

Equipment Operated:

Computers, fax, copier, data bases, word processing, and software experience.

Working Environment:

Access Living shared office space, open plan seating with COVID-19 prevention parameters. This is likely this position would be able to work remotely a couple of days per week.

Supervised By:

Manager of Community Supports

Salary:

$40 – $45k

How to Apply:

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to careers@accessliving.org.