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Montana Employer Independent Living Specialist ll in BILLINGS, Montana

As a member of the LIFTT IL Program Team, the Independent Living (IL) Specialist II is responsible for advocating and delivering the five core independent living services within LIFTT's eighteen county service area. This position plays a primary role in promoting self-determination and self-direction of individuals with disabilities and shall focus his/her work complimentary to the spirit and intent of the independent living philosophy.QUALIFICATIONS:Bachelor's Degree in human services field or equivalent experience.A personal experience with a disability as recognized by the ADA; and/or experience equivalent to providing direct services to individuals with disabilities or disability related issues.Knowledge of disability rights and independent living philosophy.Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively and efficiently independently.Knowledge and understanding of case record documentation, HIPAA and ability to maintain documentation in a timely and accurate manner according to established policy and procedures.Demonstrated skills with the personal computer including typing, data entry, managing information, and the ability to use e-mail and the internet. Experience with Microsoft Word is required; Excel, CIL SUITE and Access is desired.Knowledge of community resources and ability to provide linkage to employment programs.Must possess proof of and maintain a valid Montana driver's license, vehicle insurance and ability to provide personal reliable transportation.Required to satisfactorily pass Montana Driver of Motor Vehicles verification.Required to satisfactorily pass a background check. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:Employ Professional Judgment and Continue Professional Developmenta)Participate in staff meetings, workgroups and committees.b)Identify and participate in trainings to advance knowledge and skillsc)Identify areas of interest and specialty to act as an agency resource.d) Participate in other trainings, committees or special projects as directed.Identify, Promote, Coordinate and Deliver the 5 IL Core Services which are the following:a)Individual and systems advocacyb)Information and referralc)Individual and group peer mentoringd)Independent living skills training and transition services including youth transition, ande)diversion and transition from institutionalization.Identify and coordinate existing services that will assist individuals with disabilities in enhancing their goal of independent living.Research community resources, programs and providers. Maintain up to date contact lists. Provide landR to consumers and individuals.Work with individuals seeking services from LIFTT to develop a plan to meet their needs and goals for independent living.a.Assess with the individual the need to develop an independent living (IL) plan or an IL plan waiver to meet their needs and goals.b.Meet with consumers in their own homes, at designated offices, and by phone as needed to ensure continued consumer satisfaction and progress toward independent living plan goals.c.Maintain appropriate, accurate and timely documentation in the consumer case record and LIFTT database.Assist and advocate for the development of new programs/services for persons with disabilities to enhance independent living and consumer choice.d.Seek avenues for funding sources including grants, fee for service contracts or other resources.Develop broad knowledge in areas of housing, benefits, ADA, employment, transition services, transportation, and other special areas of interest.e.Participate in statewide IL Task Forcesf.Participate in community meetings, councils, task groups, etc.Conduct outreach in LIFTT's eighteen county service areag.Provide outreach and education, to the unserved and underserved populations which include Native Americans within the organization's service delivery areas.h.Assist with outreach to identified consumers, individuals, community members, providers, etc.i.Participate