The Center for People With Disabilities

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1) Director of Core Services (Independent Living Programs)

JOB TITLE: Director of Core Services (Independent Living Programs)
FLSA/JOB STATUS: Full-Time; Exempt
LOCATION(S): All CPWD Offices (Boulder, Thornton, Longmont); Adjustments made for COVID
POST DATE: 7/14/2020; Open until filled

OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE HAS:

  • Director-level demonstrated skills and experience, including strong communication and delegation skills, plus effective and inspirational leadership.
  • 3+ years of staff and program management experience.
  • An extensive background working within the disability community; possesses a comprehensive understanding of programs/services for people with disabilities, grant funding, and budgets.

SUMMARY:
As a Center for Independent Living (CIL), CPWD is mandated to provide 5 Core Services: Independent Living (IL) Skills Training, Peer Support, Individual and Systems Advocacy, Information and Referral, and Youth and Nursing Home Transitions. These Core Services are delivered through a series of programs referred to as Independent Living programs.

The Director of Core Services (DCS) is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of IL programs. The DCS works closely with the Executive Director to develop overall program vision, and ensure the development of quality programs and staff. DCS oversees day-to-day operations of grant-funded IL programs through daily interaction with staff, managing consumer concerns, and developing and executing programmatic implementation to ensure IL philosophy and services are carried out. DCS ensures IL programs meet all state, federal, and local compliance standards; all Statements of Work and program goals as outlined in grants; and captures data necessary for accurate grant reporting. DCS also ensures that the philosophy, mission, goals and core values of CPWD are maintained throughout all IL programs.

DCS serves as a role model and mentor for people with disabilities and staff; maintains positive and effective relationships with fellow members of the Executive Team, CPWD staff, and partner agencies by providing information and representation for CPWD. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies, procedures/practices, regulatory authority/certification standards and laws, including supervising assigned staff and conducting performance reviews.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Gain an understanding of IL Philosophy, CPWD’s mission/vision, and have a working knowledge of Title 7 Rules & Regulations for IL and understand the services IL provides.
  • Work with the Executive Director to develop a strategic plan that includes timelines and strategies to ensure CPWD is providing quality programming and completing the goals of the organization.
  • Oversee the daily function of the IL programs to include staff management, orientation/ training of new employees and facilitate the ongoing training to ensure IL staff have the information they need to fulfill their job duties. Complete annual performance evaluations, implement and monitor staff goals, as well as assist in the process of developing job descriptions, and provide general staff support as needed.
  • Ensure excellent customer service for the agency by assisting staff and consumers as needed with services and resources, and fielding customer and community feedback.
  • Have a strong working knowledge of the CilsFirst database; manage service documentation and quantitative reporting for grant reports, Board reports, and other reporting as necessary.
  • Interact and speak effectively with State and Community entities for networking purposes, advocacy, program quality, and general center promotion. Establish and maintain cooperative working relationship with coworkers and the public.
  • Hold regularly scheduled staff meetings to maintain communication with IL staff and build and maintain a strong IL team.Attend Executive Team meetings and All Staff meetings.
  • Travel as needed for trainings, conferences, outreach events, and meetings.
  • Ensure all assessments, billing, and reporting for all grants and contracts are completed and submitted in a timely manner. This includes the annual federal Program Performance Report (PPR).
  • Work with the Director of Development & Communications on grant proposals and reports as a source for program information, consumer information, and qualitative data from the CILsFirst database.
  • Work with Program Managers and staff to ensure all grant-funded programs are meeting the goals and objectives as outlined in the grants and contracts.
  • Assist the Director of Operations with developing a budget for the IL programs, ensure program budgets are met and staff understands their individual budgets. Utilize proper payment/request forms and ensure coding is completed accurately.
  • Provide excellent communication on IL updates (including staffing, grants, projects) and ensure information for the Executive Director and monthly reports are completed on time.
  • Ensure staff turn in accurate timesheets.
  • As requested, work in conjunction with Executive Team members to plan and organize IL and CPWD activities, to apply for and report on grant funding, and to develop and implement new projects.
  • Maintains confidentiality within the confines of HIPAA regulations and completes required HIPAA trainings.
  • Provide backup for the Executive Director, other Executive Team members, and direct reports as needed.
  • Develop and maintain a safe, non-hostile work environment that welcomes diversity and embraces cross-disabilities of staff and consumers.
  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS:
A Bachelor’s Degree in human/social services, nonprofit management, or other pertinent degree. Relevant work experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. Additional qualifications include:

  • Three years’ leadership/managerial experience to include experience managing multiple programs and supervision of staff.
  • Strong program planning skills.
  • Experience with monitoring program budgets.
  • Experience with overseeing grant-funded programs, including federally-funded.
  • Experience working with people with disabilities.
  • The capacity to work independently.
  • Self-motivated and flexible.
  • Strong decision-making and problem solving skills.
  • Able to complete tasks in an organized and punctual manner.
  • Set clear expectations, responsibilities, and goals with staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal, active listening, and communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Ability to work as a collaborative team member.
  • Proficiency with MS Windows & Office, Google Suite, and other common computer programs.
  • Knowledge of CILsFirst database or other comparable database experience.
  • Demonstration of CPWD’s core values of inclusiveness, flexibility, person-first, accountability, and Integrity.
  • Current driver’s license, insurance, clean driving record, (if applicable) and reliable transportation.
  • Must successfully pass background check(s).

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Personal experience with a disability is a huge advantage!
  • Exposure to Independent Living Philosophies and best practices in the IL community.

PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Office environment requiring an extended amount of time sitting or standing, and computer use.
  • Must work out of all CPWD office locations.
  • Some regional and national travel may be required.

CPWD is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Reasonable accommodations may be made to empower a qualified candidate with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.

HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit a résumé and cover letter to [email protected] explaining why you are a strong candidate for this position.  We look forward to hearing from you!

2) Veterans Independence Program (VIP) Advisor

JOB TITLE:  Veterans Independence Program (VIP) Advisor
FSLA/EMPLOYEE STATUS:  Full-Time (37.5 hours/week); Non-exempt

Here are some details about our ideal candidate. Does this describe you?
● It’s important for you to do work that you find meaningful, and you have a passion for working with Veterans and people with disabilities.
● You’d enjoy having a mix of interacting with people, driving a bunch around the region, and having desk/paperwork time (there’s considerable paperwork/forms).
● You’re extremely detail-oriented, organized, and good at catching errors/inconsistencies.
● You’d be comfortable going into the homes of our Veterans and at ease with asking personal health-related questions (to complete an assessment).
● You’re very pleasant, empathetic, and able to carry out sensitive conversations with different types of people from various socioeconomic groups.
● You’d love to make a difference in the lives of Veterans and their families!

Summary:
Supports the activities of the Veterans’ Independence Program (VIP).  Assists Veterans with: managing a budget, deciding what services best meet their needs, hiring personal care workers, and purchasing items or services in order to live independently in the community.  Ensures coordination, integration, and effective delivery of these supports and services to Veterans.  Creates support plans and spending plans, monitoring services and problem solving for Veterans at the direction of the Veteran or Representative.  Ensures that the Veteran and/or the Representative are the ones directing the services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide support services to an average of 30 Veterans ensure they obtain access to services and supports in order to live independently in the community, increase self-advocacy skills, and improve quality of life.
  • Use the Activities of Daily Living Assessment to determine Veterans’ functional needs.
  • Facilitate the development, implementation, and documentation of a consumer directed support plan and spending plan.
  • Provide information and referrals to help Veterans find needed services and supports.
  • Assist Veterans with hiring/training/supervising/terminating employees and completing employer/employee paperwork.
  • Work with the Fiscal Management Service, helping the Veteran review, approve, and submit timesheets.
  • Work in conjunction with Program Manager to monitor billing to ensure expenditures are within budget and that employees are receiving their pay and benefits.
  • Work in conjunction with Program Manager and CPWD’s Accounting Department to ensure all assessment fees and monthly admin fees are collected.
  • Help the Veteran evaluate how VIP is working.
  • Keep the local VA Medical Center informed about the Veteran’s status, in conjunction with Program Manager.
  • Collaborate with military and civilian community resources.
  • Maintain timely, complete, and accurate database documentation.
  • Understand, model and implement the Independent Living Philosophy, and CPWD’s vision and mission.
  • Demonstrate a high level of ethics, integrity, and professionalism.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Fair Housing Act.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality and follow HIPAA guidelines.
  • Accept responsibility for personal and professional development and explore opportunities for position-related training.
  • Attend and participate in CPWD staff meetings, program meetings, and staff trainings.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

    QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Two years of experience working with people with disabilities, preferably in an Independent Living Center setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to be an effective communicator orally and in writing.
  • Must be very organized and able to juggle multiple priorities and deadlines.
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge of Google Suite and Microsoft Office programs including Word and Excel.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize e-mail and the internet.
  • Valid driver’s license, insurance, and clean driving record.
  • Successfully pass required background check(s).

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field and/or two years of experience working with individuals with disabilities.

  • Knowledge of Independent Living Philosophy.
  • Knowledge of Person Centered Planning principles.
  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish or English/ASL.
  • Personal experience with a disability.

PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS:
Office environment requiring an extended amount of time sitting or standing, and computer use.

  • Time spent conducting home visits.
  • Local/regional travel in various weather conditions an average of at least 50% of the time; must have reliable transportation.

CPWD is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Reasonable accommodations may be made to empower a qualified candidate with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.

HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit a résumé and cover letter to [email protected] explaining why you are a strong candidate for this position.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteer

1) Volunteer / Front Desk Support - Longmont Office

CPWD is currently seeking a volunteer to provide support to the Center for People with Disabilities staff and consumers in our Longmont Office at 615 N. Main Street.

Position Summary: Maintains a positive and friendly organization image by acting as the first line of contact to visitors, consumers, and vendors.  Also, provide administrative functions and support to Longmont staff.

Tasks this volunteer may be asked to assist with include:

  • Answering the phones and connecting callers to CPWD Staff
  • Maintaining a regular yet flexible schedule to help ensure two individuals are in the office at all times
  • Effectively communicating verbally and in writing with all our consumers (bilingual English/Spanish strongly preferred)
  • Welcoming and greeting consumers and community members who visit our office
  • Sorting mail and providing reminder calls to consumers about upcoming meetings or events
  • Working closely with our CPWD staff

The ideal volunteer would have: strong interpersonal skills; communication skills; technology skills that include: basic computer skills, phone skills and familiarity with a multifunction copier; strong customer service skills; ability to stay calm under pressure; ability to honor our confidentiality policy and would be highly responsible.

If interested in learning more about this volunteer position, please contact:

Diane Groff, Longmont Office Manager
303-772-3250 Ext. 252
[email protected]

2) Volunteer Coordinator

Unpaid Volunteer Coordinator Needed!

About You:

You’re someone who cares about making a difference. You’re patient, kind, and self-motivated. You communicate well, with both sensitivity and respect.

Position summary:

This is a volunteer-based position that will create and maintain the volunteer program for CPWD. The Volunteer Coordinator will recruit, orient, train, and oversee volunteers to meet the needs of the organization. Responsible for organizing and scheduling orientations for new volunteers, and assisting with development of personnel policies and procedures.  Oversee special projects and perform other tasks, as assigned.

Schedule:

This position can have a flexible schedule. You could work either part- or full-time, eight or more hours a week.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assess volunteer needs at CPWD and develop partnership with volunteer programs at Foothills United Way (Volunteer Connection) and Mile High United Way
  • Generate appropriate volunteer opportunities and role descriptions, based on the needs at CPWD
  • Raise staff awareness of the role and the function of volunteers
  • Conduct and/or arrange volunteer orientation and training
  • Monitor, support, motivate and accredit volunteers, and their work
  • Organize and participate in volunteer recognition programs and special events

Required skills and capabilities

  • Relevant volunteer coordination position
  • Knowledge of volunteer program processes and best practices
  • Strong ability in using MS Office (MS Word, MS Excel and MS Powerpoint) and Google applications
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to handle data with confidentiality
  • Excellent organizational, time management and planning skills
  • Proven project management skills
  • Demonstrated capability to conduct one’s self in a calm and professional demeanor when dealing with difficult situations
  • Demonstrated capability to effectively communicate orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated capability of problem solving
  • Ability to work well with a diverse group of staff and volunteers
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and with frequent interruptions
  • Ability to travel between CPWD offices, as needed

Preferred education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or related field and/or equivalent experience
  • Experience in volunteer coordinating and project management
  • Personal experience with disability is strongly preferred; people with disabilities are encouraged to apply

How to apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] explaining why you are a good fit for this position. We look forward to hearing from you!

CPWD is an Equal Opportunity Employer

ABOUT CPWD

The Mission of the Center for People with Disabilities is to provide resources, information and advocacy to assist people with disabilities in overcoming barriers to independent living. CPWD’s goal is an integrated community that equally welcomes all members. The Center for People with Disabilities works so that people with disabilities may live independently. We believe that there is nothing more disabling than pity. The CPWD team is a group of down-to-earth people who are passionate about what they do.

Definition of a Center for Independent Living

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential, private, nonprofit agencies; designed and operated within local communities by individuals with disabilities.  Centers require 51% of staff be persons with disabilities as well as 51% of Board of Directors be persons with disabilities.  CILs provide an array of independent living services, including the core services of information and referral, independent living skills training, peer counseling, and individual and systems advocacy. (http://www.ed.gov/programs/cil/index.html).

Thank you to our approximately 30 Home Health Staff: CNAs, RNs, Skilled Staff, Homemakers and PCPs

In an independent living environment, people with disabilities have more control and choice over their lives, more freedom to reach for their full potential, and more opportunity to integrate with community.

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