Independent Living Services Nursing Home Coordinator

    • Job Tracking ID: 512507-743513
    • Job Location: Milwaukee, WI
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: September 25, 2020
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: October 12, 2020
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Job Description:



I. Position: Nursing Home Coordinator


II. Status: Full Time, Hourly


III. Reports to: ILS Assistant Program Director


IV. Position Summary: Provide independent living services to individuals with disabilities residing in the agency service area. Provide nursing home and other facilities transition activities.


V. Position Expected Hours of Work: This is a Full-Time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Occasional evenings and weekends.


VI. Independent Living Essential Functions of the Position:

  1. Facilitate self-assessment and identification of independent living related services needs of the consumer.
  2. Facilitate the development of independent living goals with the consumer. Regularly revisits these goals, updating as needed and noting progress.
  3. Promote self-advocacy by teaching individuals how to access services, assert their rights, and obtain funding for the purpose of reaching their goals.
  4. Implement agencies nursing home relocation efforts.
  5. Provide information, referral and training to consumers and the community in the IndependenceFirst service area on independent living issues and services.
  6. Provide consumers, businesses, and community organizations with assistance regarding the ADA, IDEA, Fair Housing Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (501-504), etc.
  7. Develop and maintain appropriate collaborative relationships with other organizations/service providers to enhance the goals of independent living.
  8. Complete agency required documentation in agency database.

VII. Disability Policy Change Essential Functions

  1. Participate in individual and systems advocacy activities by voicing opinion at public hearings and educating public officials through letter writing or other appropriate means on issues relating to independent living.
  2. Actively participant in agency advocacy team.
  3. Present testimony on disability issues by writing, email, and fax, in person testimony to legislative bodies on the local, state and federal levels. This includes contacting congresspersons, senators and giving opinions on pending legislation.
  4. Assist consumers with their advocacy needs.
  5. Participate in Disability Policy Change Events.

I. Work Environment

  1. Work environment is generally performed in an office setting with minimal to moderate noise level.


  1. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.




The above statements reflect the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the occupation described and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the occupation.

Experience and Skills:

I. Professional Qualifications

  1. Must have a firm belief in consumer control, the independent living philosophy and our agency Vision Statement:

i. IndependenceFirst is for full inclusion of persons with disabilities in every aspect of our community and IndependenceFirst commits itself toward this end.

ii. 'Empowerment is part psychological, part social, and part political. It is the process by which individuals define their own problems, find their own voice, develop their own plans, act on their own behalf, and claim their own power.'

iii. 'Empowerment means more than having responsibility, but also having the authority and ability to make one's own choices.'

  1. Bachelor's degree in related field or life experience may be substituted in lieu of, in full or part of academic requirements.
  1. Good communications skills.
    1. Proven ability to work independently with minimal supervision required.
    2. Cheerfully and willingly accepts new assignments and projects.
  1. Good computer skills, knowledge of MS Word products, specifically, Word, EXCEL, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  2. Demonstrated positive attitude, reliability, a self-starter who assumes responsibility when warranted, is conscientious, professional in manner and hard working.
  3. Knowledge of federal, state and community services and funding resources.
  4. Knowledge of disability rights legislation including the ADA, Rehabilitation Act, IDEA, etc.
  5. Transportationally mobile or able to arrange own transportation.
  6. Must be able to work occasional weekends and evening hours.