Stavros Center for Independent Living, Inc. is seeking to fill a full time Advocate/ Peer Counselor position. Our mission at Stavros is to help persons with disabilities and Deaf people develop the tools and skills they need to take charge of their own lives. We accomplish this through programs and services designed to meet the needs of persons of any age or disability as they work to achieve the life goals that are important to them.
? Collaborate as needed with local agencies, housing providers, and state coalitions to support independent living and self-determination for persons with disabilities
? Assist consumers, housing providers, and agency partners in understanding various community support services that aid persons with disabilities in living independently
? Possess professionalism when speaking to consumers, legislators, families, community partners and others while upholding the upmost level of customer service
? To assist with intake/assessments and Information and Referral as directed by the Coordinator of IL Services
? Provide information regarding accessibility, the ADA, housing rights laws and local regulations such as the AAB to promote disability rights, human rights, and civil rights for all.
? To document all activities with participants and consultations according to Stavros policies and procedures and develop Independent Living Plans (ILPs) with consumers
? To assist consumers requesting housing information. Assist in tracking their progress and working to mitigate barriers as they arise
? Conduct trainings on topics for consumers. Topics can range from Stavros information sessions, peer lead groups, skills training workshops, budgeting, money management, dating, parenting, and many other topics connected to independent living
? Actively assist consumers in mitigated barriers in their lives relative to their ability to live independently
? Develop an Independent Living Plans (ILPs) with associated goals for each consumer. Frequently review goal process with consumers.
? Ensure all documentation necessary to meet contractual obligations is accurate, submitted, and complete
High School Diploma, personal experience with disability and/or knowledge of disability culture and/or etiquette. Must possess good written and verbal communication skills; easily establish rapport with other individuals both within and outside of the organization. An advocate should have or develop a knowledge of other disabling conditions, community resources, disability justice, and intersectionality. Advocate and learn to fully grasp and embody the philosophy of the Independent Living movement and promote equal rights for all people with disabilities.