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Position: Early Childhood Specialist – Full Time

BRONX INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES (BILS) is a community based nonprofit organization that offers education, counseling and advocacy for people with all types of disabilities. BILS works to increase the opportunities for people with disabilities in mainstream society. We are currently recruiting for an individual to serve as an Early Childhood Specialist. This position will report to the Director of Early Childhood Services.

Salary: $30,000 with full benefits package available

Responsibilities:
The Specialist will be responsible for outreach to families in the Bronx as well as providing families with proper referrals to needed services for their children. S/he will assist the Director in the preparation of reports to funders. The Specialist will also assist in the preparation and delivery of formal presentations about Early Childhood Direction services and resources.

Qualifications:
The Specialist will have at least two years prior experience working in educational and/or child care settings; supervisory skills and experience; knowledge of applicable laws, legislation and regulations; knowledge of disability issues and resources; two years of experience working with families of children with disabilities is also required; strong communication skills; knowledge of outcome-based services; knowledge of the Bronx, including its culture, resources and continuing challenges; strong organizational skills; effective speaking and writing skills; effective interpersonal skills; a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, Education, Social Work, Special Education, Psychology, Counseling, Speech and Language Pathology or in a related service area for students with disabilities is required; bilingual (Spanish/English) capabilities; knowledge of ASL is a plus.

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to Maura Rosado, Director Early Childhood Direction Center

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Position: Training and Outreach Specialist

CIDNY:
The Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York (CIDNY) is the leading organization serving and representing people with disabilities in New York City. CIDNY's mission is the removal of barriers to full integration of people with disabilities. CIDNY helps people with disabilities to gain the skills and obtain the services they need to live independently in the community and advocates for fair and effective policies that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. CIDNY is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

General Description:
The Training and Outreach Specialist will work in a statewide initiative to assist individuals transitioning from institutional settings to the community. The Specialist will provide trainings and outreach to nursing home staff and community provider staff. The Specialist will provide in-depth review of CIDNY’s Transition Center Program during outreach and trainings.

Reports to: Transition Program Manager and Director of Consumer Services

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Complete training with Training and Outreach Coordinator to become well versed in trainings to be provided.
• Accept direction/feedback from Training and Outreach Coordinator on tasks to be completed and follow through with tasks.
• Outreach and coordinate visits to nursing homes to discuss the Transition Center Program, eligibility requirements, its referrals system, and transition into the community process.
• Provide trainings at nursing homes in accordance with priorities identified via information from Department of Health and the Transition Center.
• Provide and manage an evaluation system to assess effectiveness of trainings and identify additional training needs.
• Participate with the Transition Program staff in the development of trainings for on-site staff, annual trainings, NYAIL conference, regional trainings, webinars and one-on-one trainings.
• Utilize database and other CIDNY and funder documentation methods to collect information about trainings/outreach provided and their effectiveness.
• Prepare reports on trainings/outreach provided and needed.
• Work collaboratively with the on-site staff from the Transition Team, Peer Program, and Housing Subsidy program.
• Attends Agency's in-service training and unit meetings as well as any other agency-related activities.
• Perform other program-related duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications, Skills, Licenses, and/or competencies required:
• Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
• Ability to travel in the New York City boroughs;
• Experience developing and providing trainings to groups is required.
• Experience with public speaking.
• Experience working in or with nursing home staff is preferred.
• Preferred candidates should have a working knowledge of issues faced by persons of all ages who are in need of long-term care services, particularly with those related to nursing home transition.
• Experience with NHTD, TBI and/or OPWDD waivers preferred.
• Excellent interpersonal, organizational, computer, and communication skills.
• Individual must have time management skills to maintain individual/community outreaches, workshop schedule, documentation and administrative requirements;
• Ability to work well independently as well as part of a team;
• Must be computer literate on basic Microsoft Programs and Internet search use;
• Preference will be given to persons with a disability. Direct experience in working with people with disabilities, understanding of disability-related issues preferred.
• Bilingual skills a plus.

We conform to all laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, genetic information and testing, family and medical leave, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.

How to apply:
Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to Nelina Bowan, Transition Center Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Do not send by fax.

Please use the job title as email header. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Position: Transition Specialist

CIDNY:
The Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York (CIDNY) is the leading organization serving and representing people with disabilities in New York City. CIDNY's mission is the removal of barriers to full integration of people with disabilities. CIDNY helps people with disabilities to gain the skills and obtain the services they need to live independently in the community and advocates for fair and effective policies that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. CIDNY is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

General Description:
CIDNY is seeking a Transition Specialist for a new statewide initiative to assist individuals transitioning from institutional settings to the community. The Transition Specialist will facilitate and coordinate for individuals residing in institutions with a comprehensive plan to transition back to living in the community.

Reports to: Transition Coordinator and Director of Consumer Services

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Receive referrals from the Transition Coordinator and ensure the transition process is followed through for each consumer.
• Provide counseling and information for individuals and families who are considering, or are in the process of, transitioning.
• Coordinate visits to institutions, provide potential participants with unbiased information regarding available home and community based services, participate in discharge planning, and coordinate with other relevant social service agencies involved in the discharge and transition care of the consumer.
• Explain peer mentor program to potential participants and if appropriate provide referral to peer mentor program.
• Develop and facilitate person centered plans effective for the 90-day transition period, secure qualified housing, coordinate home and community services during the transition period, and subsequently ensure continuation of services after the 90-days is completed.
• Collaborate with the Transition Coordinator to determine barriers to transition;
• Consult with Transition Coordinator to assist in addressing transition barriers related to medical condition or counseling need;
• Ensures all significant client data and service provision details are current and accurate, and that they are documented in a timely manner into CIDNY’s and the contracted provider’s databases.
• Attends Agency's in-service training and unit meetings as well as any other agency-related activities.
• Perform other program-related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:                                                         

• Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Human Services or related field, and two years of relevant experience working in a government agency in community based long term care projects or three years of professional experience administering a relevant Medicaid program in a local department of social services, or other comparable work experience in a private setting.

• Preferred candidates should have a working knowledge of issues faced by persons of all ages who are in need of long-term care services, particularly with those related to nursing home transition, and a deep commitment to person-centered planning and consumer choice.
• Candidates should have basic knowledge of Medicaid eligibility and coverage.
• Experience with NHTD, TBI and/or OPWDD waivers preferred.

Skills, Licenses, and/or competencies required:
• Possess excellent written and oral communication and organizational skills
• Ability to actively listen and, when appropriate, counsel throughout the transition process;
• Knowledge of community, government/benefits resources that facilitate transition from institutional to community living;
• Individual must have time management skills to maintain individual/community outreaches, caseload, documentation and administrative requirements;
• Ability to travel in the New York City boroughs;
• Ability to work well independently as well as part of a team;
• Must be computer literate on basic Microsoft Programs and Internet search use;
• Experience counseling individuals with disabilities preferred.
• Preference will be given to persons with a disability. Direct experience in working with people with disabilities, understanding of disability-related issues preferred.
• Bilingual, preferred

CIDNY is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity in our workforce. We strongly encourage individuals with disabilities, women, racial/ethnic minorities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We seek all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, genetic information and testing, family and medical leave, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

How to apply:
Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to Nelina Bowan, Transition Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Do not send your letter and resume by fax. Please use the job title as email header. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Posted: 4/25/2017

Position Title: Transition Specialist Liaison- NYC focused (NYAIL)

Organization: The New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) is seeking a Transition Specialist Liaison for a statewide initiative to assist individuals transitioning from institutional settings to the community. The Open Doors Transition Center project is one of two new NYAIL programs funded by the NYS Department of Health as part of the federal Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration, which assures that residents of long-term care facilities are provided objective information and given the opportunity to live in a community based setting. NYAIL is a statewide not-for-profit membership organization that works to remove barriers to full community integration of people with disabilities. NYAIL members are Independent Living Centers (ILCs), consumer controlled, cross-disability providers of advocacy, services and supports to people with disabilities.

Responsibilities: The Transition Specialist Liaison will report to the Open Doors Project Director and work collaboratively with NYAIL Transition Center subcontractors and the Peer Outreach and Referral program staff to facilitate successful transition of individuals into community settings. The Transition Specialist Liaison will act as the primary liaison between transition specialist and Department of Health (DOH) and Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) staff. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Work collaboratively with NYAIL’s Open Doors team to manage the provision of transition services with a focus on the NYC area. This will require frequent travel to NYC.
• Participate with Open Doors team to develop and provide training for transition specialists including but not limited to annual trainings, NYAIL conference, regional trainings and one-on-one transition specialist trainings. This will involve travel.
• Utilize program database to identify individual and regional training needs.
• Provide technical assistance to NYC based transition specialists on a regular basis.
• Maintain lists of OPWDD participants who are moving, need quality of life surveys (QoL) and informed consents.
• Meet regularly with OPWDD staff to ensure accuracy of lists and follow-up on requested items.
• Contact OPWDD regarding any necessary assistance and to notify OPWDD of unusual participant circumstances.
• Track completed QoLs and provide them to DOH and OPWDD.
• Meet regularly with DOH staff to review master sheet of transitions and ensure all information is accurate and up to date.
• Work collaboratively with NYAIL’s Peer Outreach and Olmstead Housing Subsidy programs.

Qualifications:
• Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
• Experience with the concepts of IL, consumer control, and a strong commitment to promote and advocate for the full integration of individuals with disabilities.
• Experience transitioning individuals out of institutions, including familiarity with the development of individualized service plans.
• Knowledge of the state’s Medicaid program and community resources that assist people with disabilities in living independently.
• Experience with Nursing Home Transition and Diversion (NHTD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and OPWDD waivers as well as Medicaid Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) strongly preferred.
• Experience with NYC social service agencies (e.g., HRA) is strongly preferred.
• Excellent interpersonal, organizational, computer, and communication skills.
• Personal experience with disability a plus.

The NYAIL office is based in Albany. The office location for this position can be negotiable, as it will require significant time in Albany and NYC. This is a grant funded position with an existing contract through 9/30/19.

To Apply: Please submit resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Posted: 4/25/2017

Position Title: Training and Outreach Coordinator

Organization: The New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) is seeking a Training and Outreach Coordinator for a statewide initiative to assist individuals transitioning from institutional settings to the community. The Open Doors Transition Center project is one of two new NYAIL programs funded by the NYS Department of Health as part of the federal Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration, which assures that residents of long-term care facilities are provided objective information and given the opportunity to live in a community based setting. NYAIL is a statewide not-for-profit membership organization that works to remove barriers to full community integration of people with disabilities. NYAIL members are Independent Living Centers (ILCs), consumer controlled, cross-disability providers of advocacy, services and supports to people with disabilities.

Responsibilities:
The Training and Outreach Coordinator will report to the Open Doors Transition Center Project Director and Peer Program Project Director. The Training and Outreach Coordinator will work collaboratively with NYAIL Open Doors subcontracted ILCs. The Training and Outreach Coordinator will develop and provide trainings and outreach for nursing home, ILC and community provider staff. The Training and Outreach Coordinator will also develop and provide trainings for Peers and Transition Specialists. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Work with Open Doors team and consultants to develop training for nursing home staff including but not limited to training on administration of Section Q of the                             Minimum Data Set (MDS) questionnaire.
• Train and manage Regional Training and Outreach Specialists (4) at ILCs to provide trainings across the state.
• Coordinate activities of and provide technical assistance to Training and Outreach Specialists.
• Develop and provide training for transition specialists and peers including but not limited to annual trainings, NYAIL conference, regional trainings, webinars and one-on-one transition specialist/peer trainings.
• Develop evaluation system to assess effectiveness of trainings and identify additional training needs.
• Utilize program database and data provided by the Department of Health to identify and prioritize nursing home training and outreach needs.
• Identify training needs of Training and Outreach Specialists, Transition Specialists and Peers and develop trainings to address these needs.
• Attend and participate in regular meetings with Department of Health and Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).
• Utilize database and other methods to collect information about trainings/outreach provided and their effectiveness.
• Prepare reports on trainings/outreach provided and needed.
• Work collaboratively with NYAIL’s Olmstead Housing Subsidy program.
• Perform other duties as required or assigned.

Qualifications:
• Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
• Experience with the concepts of IL, consumer control, and a strong commitment to promote and advocate for the full integration of individuals with disabilities.
• Experience developing and providing trainings to groups is required.
• Experience with public speaking.
• Experience working in or with nursing home staff is preferred.
• Experience transitioning individuals out of institutions, including familiarity with the development of individualized service plans is preferred.
• Experience with Nursing Home Transition and Diversion (NHTD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and OPWDD waivers as well as Medicaid Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) is preferred.
• Experience with peer-run programs within one or more service systems preferred.
• Excellent interpersonal, organizational, computer, and communication skills.
• Personal experience with disability a plus.

Position: This position is located in Albany; however statewide travel is required. This is a grant funded position with an existing contract through 9/30/19.

To Apply: Please submit resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..