Employment Opportunity


We are seeking a Full Time Independent Living Advocate/Fast Track Coordinator to join our team! You will provide support to consumers with disabilities in both individual and group settings.

The general scope of duties is to provide information and referral to consumers and the community at large including assistance on rights/laws pertaining to persons with disabilities, while maintaining accurate, up-to-date consumer files, and completing all necessary forms/reports on time and as assigned. The position requires that the employee must believe in and act in accordance with the Independent Living Philosophy. Must maintain complete confidentiality of any and all information that concerns consumers, potential consumers, and staff.

Work Responsibilities: Advocacy. Peer Counseling. Information & Referral. Independent Living Skills. Transition Services. Provide assistance in the development of programs and implement such programs including public policy advocacy; independent living skills training; peer counseling/support groups; information and referral; transition services for high school students; others as assigned. Act as a liaison and advocate for and with consumers with agencies to facilitate receipt of benefits or services. Provide outreach to students in the local coverage area. Implement job exploration support for transitioning high school students through our "Fast Track" program. Teach the Fast Track curriculum to transitioning high school students in area high schools. Maintain a working relationship with other community organizations by serving on committees, boards, etc., as assigned to insure the independent living philosophy is represented. Participate in public policy advocacy. Maintain required job skills and core professional competencies. Attend and actively participate in required educational programs and staff meetings. Perform other duties as assigned.

Education/Experience Required: Understanding of the independent living/disability rights movement. Associate's degree or equivalent life/work experience.

Knowledge of current teaching techniques for students with disabilities. Knowledge of IEPs. Excellent communication skills. Excellent organizational skills. Spanish speaking and writing skills American Sign Language skills

Unique Job Functions: Ability to travel within the Will and Grundy county areas and beyond as assigned/required. Ability to work weekends/evenings as required. Direct experience working with persons with disabilities or personal experience with a disability. Acceptance of the independent living movement/philosophy is required.

Work Remotely: No

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $17.00 - $19.00 per hour



Dental Insurance

Health Insurance

Life Insurance

Paid time off

Vision Insurance

Schedule: Monday to Friday Hours: Vary

Education: Associate (Preferred)

Language: Spanish (Preferred), ASL (Preferred)

License/Certification: Driver's License (Required)

Work Location: In person

If you are interested in applying for this full-time position, please email Missy Martin at: missy@drcjoliet.org.