Position Summary: This position is responsible for providing peer mentoring, information and referral, advocacy, skills training and other supportive services to young adults with disabilities through our Transition to Adulthood Program (TAP) and Adult Direct Services. The Youth Transition Advocate participates in transition planning to help young adults with disabilities plan for life after high school, enter the adult human services system, and live independently. Developing peer relationships with young adults with disabilities involved in BCIL’s programs is essential. The Youth Transition Advocate will be responsible for working with consumers individually as well as facilitating groups. This position reports to the Director of Services and will be assigned to work with older or younger consumers as appropriate.
Essential Job Functions:
- Provides peer mentoring, skills training, and advocacy to young adults with disabilities individually or in groups.
- Facilitates support and education groups for students with disabilities and families to help reach goals.
- Advocates for the rights and integration of individuals with disabilities at schools and other settings.
- Provides outreach and education about BCIL programs to youth, families, educators, community groups and service providers.
- Makes arrangements to meet with and travel to educational sites, consumers’ homes, and other providers; may include occasional evening or weekend hours.
- Assists individual consumers and, if necessary, family members, through the BCIL intake process.
- Conducts Independent Living Needs Assessments, develops and implements Independent Living Service Plans (ILSP’s) and assists with developing Individual Transitional Plans (ITP’s) with TAP youth.
- Participates and acts as a support and/or advocate in Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Individual Transitional Plan (ITP) meetings.
- Coordinates services with other agencies and BCIL staff members.
- Documents all activities according to accepted BCIL procedures.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Member of the population to be served or extensive experience in an independent living setting.
- Experience and/or willingness to work with and learn from youth with a wide range of disabilities.
- Bachelor’s degree in a human services field or relevant independent living experience preferred.
- Willingness to further knowledge through training and workshops throughout employment.
- Strong oral, written, listening, and time-management skills.
- Ability to manage time efficiently, organize job responsibilities, and set priorities.
- Ability to take direction and follow through on assigned tasks with minimal supervision.
- Creativity and ability to work as a member of a team.
- Ability to model clear professional boundaries, time management, and social skills.
- Bi-lingual skills in languages used by consumers a plus.
- Ability to travel throughout BCIL service area.
40 Hours (includes paid breaks) – 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: $27, 000
Fill out the form below OR email, fax or mail cover letter and resume to:
Boston Center for Independent Living
60 Temple Place, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02111-1324
617 338-6661 (fax)
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 procedures.