Nursing Home Transition Advocate

Website Boston Center for Independent Living

Advocacy, Service, Action!

Position Summary:  Provides outreach to staff and patients at nursing homes, rehabs and other long term settings.  Provides peer mentoring, skills training, information & referral, service coordination, advocacy and other supportive services to people with disabilities.  Helps individuals develop self-advocacy skills and works on systematic advocacy issues. Reports to the Director of Community Integration.


  • Serves as BCIL’s primary transition-coordination provider under the Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration.
  • Conducts outreach to staff and consumers at nursing homes, rehabs, and other long-term settings to increase awareness of BCIL services and the Money Follows the Person program.
  • Conducts Independent Living Assessments to identify potential barriers to independence and their solutions and quality of life assessments for MFP participants.
  • Coordinates services with many other agencies and BCIL staff members.
  • Provides skills training, peer mentoring, advocacy, and information & referral as necessary to consumers individually or in groups.
  • Documents work clearly and in a timely manner through narrative in BCIL data collection system and the EOHHS virtual gateway and other reporting forms as required.
  • Advocates for the rights and integration of individuals with disabilities. Helps individual and groups develop advocacy skills in various situations, such as health care access and housing.
  • Engages in community outreach as necessary to help promote agency goals.
  • Conducts Options Counseling as needed.
  • Other related duties as may be assigned.

 Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a human services field and/or relevant independent living experience.
  • Member of the population to be served or extensive experience working in an independent living setting.
  • Bi-lingual skills (Spanish, Haitian Creole, or other relevant languages) a strong plus.
  • Commitment to independent living philosophy essential.
  • Creativity and the ability to initiate and carry out projects.
  • Ability to model leadership, set clear, professional boundaries and work as part of a team in all settings when representing the agency.
  • Ability to work with a variety of people. Ability to assist with agency collaborations.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and excellent listening skills.
  • Excellent ability to manage time effectively.


40 Hours – Full Time


  •           2 weeks paid vacation (increases with length of service)
  •           2 personal days
  •           11 holidays
  •           12 sick days
  •           Health, dental, (75% paid by agency).  Short-term disability, long-                   term disability, group life insurance 100% company paid.

Salary:  $29,000.00 annually.

Fax or e-mail cover letter and resume to:

Director of HR

Boston Center for Independent Living, Inc.

60 Temple Place, 5th Floor

Boston, MA 02111

617 338-6661 (fax) (e-mail)


BCIL is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Reasonable accommodation is provided as needed for employees and other affiliates.  Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE) checks are part of BCIL’s standard procedure.


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