• Hamilton Twp (Mercer County)

Website Progressive Center for Independent Living

Progressive Center for Independent Living
Community Resource Specialist
Mercer County Full-time
Department: Independent Living/Transition
Reporting to: Program Manager
Hours of Work:
Full-time, office-based position located in the Township of Hamilton, NJ 08619
Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM; half-hour lunch break (35 hours)
Flexibility is needed for program and department needs
Full Job Description
The Community Resource Specialist will be responsible for offering light case management to
consumers under our core services which include information and referral, advocacy, peer
support, independent living skills training, and transition to those requesting to leave an
institutionalized environment or to help with transitioning youth up to age 24 who are no
longer receiving their education entitlements. The Community Resource Specialist creates
Independent Living Plans (ILPs) with their consumer and guides them toward achieving
established goals with light case management and follow-up. This position also includes various
forms of outreach and development of resources within Mercer County to share with
consumers.
The Community Resource Specialist will direct his/her work complementary to the spirit and
intent of the independent living philosophy. A bi-lingual applicant is preferred.
Resource Specialist Duties:
• Conduct independent living skill training which includes, but is not limited to the
following areas: job readiness, money management, daily living skills, household
management, mobility, peer support, self and individual advocacy, assertiveness, and
socialization.
• Assist consumers with completion of various applications such as; SSI/SSDI, and denial
process, social service applications such as SNAP, TANF, General Assistance, LIHEAP, and
Medicaid, DVRS referrals, and DDD applications.
• Assist consumers with the steps of obtaining housing which may include but are not
limited to obtaining affordable and/or accessible housing, applying for subsidies,
seeking back rent options, accessing funding to pay for accessibility modifications,
communicating with landlords and public housing agencies, and deinstitutionalization.
3635 Quakerbridge Rd STE 40 Hamilton NJ 08619 | V: 609.581.4500 | F: 609.581.4555
1220 State Highway 31 North STE 14 Lebanon NJ 08833 | V: 908-782-1055 | F: 908-782-1081
www.PCIL.org | info@pcil.org
• Provide individual advocacy to complement consumer self-advocacy, when needed and
appropriate.
• Work with consumers one-on-one and possibly in groups, primarily at our office or
community environment, as is appropriate.
• Facilitate timely completion of Independent Living Plan goals including light case
management and follow-up services according to those goals.
• Maintain appropriate interpersonal relationships with consumers, staff, and peers.
• Conduct systems advocacy as opportunities arise or are requested by the supervisor.
• Participate in general outreach offering IL support.
• Provide detailed progress notes on each individual and all activities within the agency
database.
• Assist in providing information and referral to consumers, their families, and the general
public under our core services.
• Attend webinars, conferences, and training to enhance skills.
Other duties as needed:
• Organize after-hour group meetings.
• Conduct intake interviews for Access Link.
• Participate in the development of the quarterly newsletter.
• Assist with the planning and implementation of monthly social recreational activities.
• Assist within the Campership Fund by disseminating applications, collecting eligibility
documentation, sending out follow-up forms, and gathering necessary forms for
reimbursement.
Required Education and Experience:
• Associate’s degree and/or related job experience.
• Demonstrated commitment to the philosophy of independent living.
• Familiarity with a range of independent living skills and ability to teach others such skills.
• Demonstrated ability to problem solve with creative, individualized approaches.
• Demonstrated interpersonal skills. Knowledge of and ability to work with community
resources.
• Demonstrated verbal and written skills sufficient to use IL skills training materials, and
report on individuals’ progress.
• Creative planner with good organization and documentation skills.
• Knowledge and experience using a personal computer.
• Willingness to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends for outreach
activities, peer support group, and/or recreation activities.
• Experience developing and implementing individualized goal plans and coordinating
work with others.
• Must have own transportation, a valid driver’s license, and insurance as travel is
required.
3635 Quakerbridge Rd STE 40 Hamilton NJ 08619 | V: 609.581.4500 | F: 609.581.4555
1220 State Highway 31 North STE 14 Lebanon NJ 08833 | V: 908-782-1055 | F: 908-782-1081
www.PCIL.org | info@pcil.org
• Experience using: Office 365, Outlook, Zoom, Teams, Microsoft Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, Publisher, etc.
• Candidate with fluency in reading and writing Spanish preferred.
• Qualified person with a disability, preferred.
Agency Description
Progressive Center for Independent Living (PCIL) is a human services non-profit agency
providing programs and services for people with disabilities in Mercer and Hunterdon counties.
PCIL has been empowering the lives of people living with disabilities since 1996. We offer our
four core services: information and referral, advocacy, peer support, and independent living
skills as well as pre-employment transition services for youth and adults, recreation programs, a
campership fund, case management for traumatic brain injury, support coordination case
management and Access Link eligibility determination. Programs available at PCIL encompass
our mission to advance the independent living and rights of people with disabilities. Services
are available in Mercer and Hunterdon counties, with support coordination also available in
Somerset County.
Progressive Center for Independent Living is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Compensation: $38,000 - $45,000 per year
How to apply:

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