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Transition Coordinator

Posted: 3/21/24; Open Until Filled

JOB TITLE:  Transition Coordinator
PRIMARY OFFICE:  Boulder
FLSA/EMPLOYEE STATUS:  Full-Time (32 hrs./wk.); Non-exempt
PAY & BENEFITS:  $24-$30/hr.  Benefits include: medical, dental, vision, life and accident insurance; Employee Assistance Programs (EAP); 401(k); paid holidays, vacation time, and sick time.

People with disabilities of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply!

WHY WORK WITH US?  We’re extremely caring, supportive, down-to-earth, and passionate about what we do.  We are continually improving the employee experience, including offering a 4-day workweek for true work/life balance.  Also, we’re very flexible and accommodating, and we provide generous time off.  Be a part of our meaningful mission and make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities!

We are looking for that special person who both loves to talk to people and can track details. As a Transitions Coordinator, you will help people with disabilities in nursing care fulfill their dream of moving into their own home. This process can take many months to complete, and require good communication and relationship building not only with the consumer, but with medical staff, caretakers and other stakeholders. You would be the consumer advocate, and the bridge builder between various people and agencies who play a role in transitions. You would also be looking for creative solutions to obstacles and barriers that arise, with support of the Transitions Manager. Both independence and cooperation are essential. A friendly, positive, and good communication and attitude is important. At the same time, the job requires attention to detail – tracking activities and outcomes on a regular basis and staying on top of the little things – scheduling appointments, updating the database and the like. Ideally, you would love to be out and about, meeting with people and finding creative solutions to completing transitions, and able to comfortably track details back at the office. If this sounds like something you are excited about, please apply.

SUMMARY:   The Transition Coordinator is responsible for assisting individuals with disabilities to transition out of long-term care facilities into living in the community with supports and services. The Transition Coordinator will be responsible for guiding consumers seamlessly through the transition process, providing support throughout and conducting follow-ups afterward to ensure optimal access to services.  The scope of transition services includes assessing not only medical/health needs but also the consumer’s community living and social needs such as assisting with finding housing; setting up non-medical transportation; helping the individual integrate into the community through clubs, volunteering/work, faith organizations, etc.  Will serve as a role model and mentor for people with disabilities within the community, and maintain positive and effective relationships with CPWD staff and partner agencies.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide one-on-one direct services to consumers, including the core services of Independent Living Skills Training, peer support, advocacy, and information & and referral services.
  • Act as an advocate for and with consumers.
  • Facilitate Transitions team meetings between the consumer, nursing facility staff, and other community partners.
  • Complete a transition assessment, transition plan and risk mitigation plan with the transition options team and continue to review during the transition.
  • Actively collaborate and communicate with physicians, social workers and service providers regarding discharge planning, appropriate follow up, and post-transition services for consumers.
  • Coordinate community living services, housing, durable medical equipment, and purchase household items for those transitioning out of nursing homes through the Transitions program.
  • Complete all state-mandated Transition Coordinator trainings and attend ongoing trainings.
  • Participate in community outreach, including public speaking to groups, to promote the Nursing Home Transitions program and other CPWD programs.
  • Work independently, schedule and manage personal workload, and recognize when there is a need for approval or support from supervisor.
  • Maintain accurate and timely records required by CPWD, including Consumer Service Records, Medicaid databases documentation, and documentation of billable hours for services rendered.
  • Must comply with policies, procedures and regulations from CPWD and funding sources related to use of company credit card, purchasing, purchase requests, and promptly submitting receipts.
  • Must complete all Medicaid Transition Coordination trainings within agreed timeline and keep up with required annual trainings.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality and work within the confines of HIPAA regulations.
  • All CPWD staff members are considered mandatory reporters, obligated to report signs of abuse they are aware of both on and off the job.
  • Must be able to travel as needed for direct services, groups, meetings, trainings, and outreach events.
  • Participate in CPWD staff meetings, program meetings, and staff trainings.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Associate’s degree in a relevant field or relevant equivalent experience.
  • Proficiency with MS Windows, MS Office, Google Suite, and other common computer programs.
  • Must maintain current COVID vaccine status and practice precautionary measures as defined by regulatory authorities governing the program and provide vaccine documentation to HR.
  • Strong organizational and customer service skills, and attention to detail.
  • Leadership and interpersonal skills with diverse peers, consumer base, other staff members and management.
  • Able to work independently, making solid decisions and exercising sound judgment with consumer and community contacts.
  • Able to manage multiple priorities.
  • Commitment to co-creating a culture that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to CPWD’s non-discrimination policy DEI Statement.
  • Able to demonstrate CPWD’s core values of inclusiveness, flexibility, person-first, accountability, and integrity.
  • Working knowledge of disabilities and disability-oriented issues.
  • Able to positively represent CPWD and outreach to the community and public.
  • Effective written and oral communications skills.
  • Valid driver’s license, insurance, and clean driving record (if applicable).
  • Satisfactory backgrounds checks.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Personal experience with disability is strongly preferred!
  • Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred.
  • Exposure to Independent Living Philosophy and best practices in the IL community.
  • Knowledge of available community resources, food assistance, housing options, Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security programs.
  • Care coordination experience working with consumers who have complex medical needs, the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and/or those who may have communication barriers.
  • Ability to lift/move up to 30 pounds, as needed.

PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Office environment requiring ongoing computer use and an extended amount of time sitting or standing.
  • Primarily based out of Boulder CPWD office location.
  • May be asked to work out of any CPWD office, as needed.
  • Local and regional travel in various weather conditions.

CPWD is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are dedicated to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and fostering a culture that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion while actively challenging and dismantling systemic racism and oppression.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to empower a qualified candidate to perform the essential functions of the job.

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

www.cpwd.org

Independent Living Advisor (ILA) Supervisor

CENTER FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES JOB POST
Posted: 4/25/24; Open Until Filled

 People with disabilities of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply!

People with disabilities of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply!

JOB TITLE:  Independent Living Advisor (ILA) Supervisor
PRIMARY OFFICE:  Boulder
FLSA/EMPLOYEE STATUS:  Full-Time (32 hrs./wk.; 4 days/wk.); Non-exempt
PAY & BENEFITS:  $29-33/hr.  Benefits include: medical, dental, vision, life and accident insurance; Employee Assistance Programs (EAP); 401(k); paid holidays, vacation time, and sick time.

WHY WORK WITH US?  We’re extremely caring, supportive, down-to-earth, and passionate about what we do.  We are continually improving the employee experience, including offering a 4-day workweek for true work/life balance.  Also, we’re very flexible and accommodating, and we provide generous time off.  Be a part of our meaningful mission and make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities!


SUMMARY:  The individual in this position will work closely with the Independent Living Services (ILS) Manager to coordinate aspects of Independent Living (IL) services at CPWD.  Responsible for supervising and supporting the day-to-day activities of ILA staff for the purpose of programmatic progress, and managing consumer needs and concerns.  This position will also focus on providing one-on-one IL services to consumers with a range of significant disabilities throughout the Denver/Boulder metro area.  Will serve as a role model and mentor for people with disabilities within the community, and maintain positive and effective relationships with CPWD staff and partner agencies.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Supervision Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist ILS Manager with supervision of staff, including employee development and training, guidance, conflict resolution, performance management, evaluation, paperwork, and recruiting.
  • Act as a peer mentor/advisor to ILA team, within the scope of responsibility delegated by the ILS Manager. Includes providing support, encouragement, guidance, and training to staff to enhance their professional and personal growth.
  • Address and resolve conflicts or issues raised by the ILA team and consumers.
  • Develop and maintain a supportive and safe work environment that welcomes diversity and embraces cross-disabilities of staff and consumers.
  • Hold regularly scheduled meetings with ILAs to promote communication, and build and maintain a strong team.
  • Ensure staff are accurately and promptly documenting goals and services in the CilsFirst database, as required to meet CIL regulations. 
  • Complete monthly Quality Assurance staff reports.
  • Collaborate with the ILS Manager to identify new opportunities for the team’s growth and development.

Direct Service Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide one-on-one direct services to consumers, including the core services of Independent Living skills training, advocacy, information and referral, and peer support. This may include formulating an Independent Living plan, assistance with Fair Housing complaints, assisting with benefits applications, training in utilizing public transportation, and supporting the achievement of Independent Living goals.
  • Must be able to manage a caseload of approximately 10-15
  • Assess consumers’ stated and implied needs and goals as part of setting individual IL goals.
  • Meet with assigned consumers at least monthly to ensure that their goals, and progress on meeting them, are regularly assessed. 
  • Facilitate workshops, IL skills trainings, peer support groups, and one-on-one mentoring, as needed.
  • Complete thorough, accurate, and timely documentation for direct services with consumers. 

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain a deep knowledge and understanding of local community resources, such as cross-disability, government and nonprofit agencies that work with CPWD consumers.  
  • Understand and promote the Independent Living Philosophy and CPWD’s mission, vision and programs to be able to communicate them to consumers and community organizations.
  • Participate in community events/committees and collaborate with partners for the purpose of networking, advocacy, program development, and awareness raising.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality and work within the confines of HIPAA regulations.
  • All CPWD staff members are considered mandatory reporters, obligated to report signs of abuse they are aware of both on and off the job. 
  • Work independently, schedule and manage personal workload, and recognize when there is a need for approval or support from supervisor. 
  • Demonstrate a high level of ethics, integrity, and professionalism.
  • Travel as needed for direct services, peer groups, trainings, and outreach events.
  • Participate in CPWD staff meetings, program meetings, and staff trainings.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned. 


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Associate’s degree in a relevant field or relevant equivalent experience.
  • Supervisory and program management experience in a related human service field.
  • Proficiency with MS Windows, MS Office, Google Suite, and other common computer programs.
  • Strong organizational and customer service skills, and attention to detail.
  • Leadership and interpersonal skills with people from diverse backgrounds, including peers, consumer base, other staff members and management.
  • Able to work independently, making solid decisions and exercising sound judgment with consumer and community contacts.
  • Commitment to co-creating a culture that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to CPWD’s non-discrimination policy DEI Statement
  • Able to demonstrate CPWD’s core values of inclusiveness, flexibility, person-first, accountability, and integrity.  
  • Working knowledge of disabilities and disability-oriented issues.
  • Able to positively represent CPWD and outreach to the community and public.
  • Valid driver’s license, insurance, and clean driving record (if applicable).
  • Satisfactory backgrounds checks.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Personal experience with a disability is strongly preferred!
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or relevant equivalent experience.
  • Exposure to Independent Living Philosophy, and best practices in the IL community.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish).

PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Office environment requiring ongoing computer use and an extended amount of time sitting or standing.
  • Primarily based out of Boulder CPWD office location.
  • May be asked to work out of any CPWD office, as needed.
  • Local and regional travel in various weather conditions.

CPWD is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are dedicated to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and fostering a culture that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion while actively challenging and dismantling systemic racism and oppression.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to empower a qualified candidate to perform the essential functions of the job.

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

www.cpwd.org

Veterans Independence Program (VIP) Advisor

CENTER FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES JOB POST
Posted: 6/11/24; Open Until Filled

People with disabilities of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply!

JOB TITLE:  Veterans Independence Program (VIP) Advisor
PRIMARY OFFICE:  Longmont
FLSA/EMPLOYEE STATUS:  Full-Time (32 hrs./wk.); Non-exempt
PAY & BENEFITS:  $25-$30/hr.  Benefits include: medical, dental, vision, life and accident insurance; Employee Assistance Programs (EAP); 401(k); paid holidays, vacation time, and sick time.

WHY WORK WITH US?  We’re extremely caring, supportive, down-to-earth, and passionate about what we do.  We are continually improving the employee experience, including offering a 4-day workweek for true work/life balance.  Also, we’re very flexible and accommodating, and we provide generous time off.  Be a part of our meaningful mission and make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities!


IDEAL CANDIDATE:

  • 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 around the region, and having desk time for paperwork, forms, email, etc.
  • You’re extremely detail-oriented, organized, and good at catching errors and 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 their representative.  Ensures that the Veteran and/or their representative are the ones directing the services.  Will serve as a role model and mentor for people with disabilities within the community, and maintain positive and effective relationships with CPWD staff and partner agencies.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide support services to an average of 30 Veterans to 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.
  • Required by the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) to visit Veterans in person a minimum of quarterly and have intake meetings in person for new Veterans.
  • 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 CPWD’s Program Manager and Accounting Department to ensure all assessment fees and monthly admin fees are collected.
  • Help the Veteran evaluate how well 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.
  • Gain an understanding of Independent Living Philosophy and CPWD’s mission, vision and programs to be able to uphold and communicate them to consumers and community organizations.
  • 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 work within the confines of HIPAA regulations.
  • All CPWD staff members are considered mandatory reporters, obligated to report signs of abuse they are aware of both on and off the job.
  • Accept responsibility for personal and professional development and explore opportunities for position-related training.
  • Travel up to 20-30% as needed for direct services, meetings, and trainings.
  • Attend and participate in CPWD staff meetings, program meetings, and staff trainings.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Associate’s degree in a relevant field or relevant equivalent experience.
  • Proficiency with MS Windows, MS Office, Google Suite, and other common computer programs.
  • Strong organizational and customer service skills, and attention to detail.
  • Leadership and interpersonal skills with diverse peers, consumer base, other staff members and management.
  • Able to positively represent CPWD and outreach to the community and public.
  • Able to work independently, making solid decisions and exercising sound judgment with consumer and community contacts.
  • Must be very organized and able to juggle multiple priorities and deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of disabilities and disability-related issues.
  • Commitment to co-creating a culture that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to CPWD’s non-discrimination policy DEI Statement
  • Able to demonstrate CPWD’s core values of inclusiveness, flexibility, person-first, accountability, and integrity.
  • Effective written and oral communications skills.
  • Valid driver’s license, insurance, and clean driving record (if applicable).
  • Satisfactory background and motor vehicle check.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Personal experience with a disability is strongly preferred!
  • Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field, or two years of experience working with individuals with disabilities.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish or English/ASL).
  • Exposure to Independent Living philosophies, and best practices in the IL community.
  • Knowledge of Person Centered Planning principles.

PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Office environment requiring ongoing computer use and an extended amount of time sitting or standing.
  • Local and regional travel up to 20-30% in various weather conditions.
  • Primarily based out of the Longmont CPWD office location.
  • May be asked to work out of any CPWD office, as needed.

CPWD is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are dedicated to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and fostering a culture that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion while actively challenging and dismantling systemic racism and oppression.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to empower a qualified candidate to perform the essential functions of the job.

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

www.cpwd.org

Employee Testimonials

Brandy McIintosh, CPWD Independent Living Advisor Manager

Working at CPWD has allowed me the opportunity to better understand the importance of the Independent Living Philosophy. As an individual with a disability myself, it’s extremely important to me that people recognize my capacity to make my own decisions about my life. Everyone here recognizes that an individual with a disability should be provided with the opportunity to make their own choices. It is great to be working somewhere that is willing to listen to individuals with disabilities speak about their independent living goals and provide them with an opportunity to achieve those goals.

Connie Stafford, CPWD Veterans Independence Program Advisor

I have worked in a few different fields along my journey, and I know it is rare to find a job so rewarding that I sometimes forget to stop working at the end of the day.  My particular job has many elements to it.  I get to drive the gorgeous, curvy roads to Estes Park or the rolling farmlands toward Fort Collins, or cruise south and glimpse the Denver skyline, all on the way to meet with Veterans who have earned the benefits of the VIP and are looking for guidance through the process of enrollment. I get to meet some amazing families, help explain the program, assist in expediting the paperwork, and at the end of the day I know I have done my best ensure another Veteran is able to stay in their home and retain their independence rather than enter a long-term care facility.

CPWD’s incredible working environment is established at the top. There is genuine attention to our community and to our collective well-being – no, not the way many agencies merely claim – not some trite bumper sticker philosophy. Instead, it is evident by the way management walks the walk. Need a mental health day? Not a problem.  Want to talk to the Executive Director? Great, have tea with her and run through whatever is on your mind. Holiday commitments rushing at you too quickly? Relax. You will have some paid downtime from work to recharge.

The cherry on my sundae is that I have fantastic co-workers whom I know have my back and I theirs, and I sleep well at night, knowing I am a part of a team that is working to make positive changes in people’s lives.

Diane Groff, CPWD Integrity & Advocacy Mentor/Longmont Manager

Way back in the year 1983, I was a graduate student at CU Boulder in Experiential Education and contacted CPWD to discuss options for Internship work. I enjoyed working with the Independent Living Program in supporting people living in the Arapahoe Court Apartments. We did activities in the community and we were constantly on the go. At that time, a Day Program for Survivors of Traumatic Head Injuries was created by CPWD and was located in a home setting in Boulder that CPWD purchased with CDBG funds. A childhood friend was hired to be the program director and in March of 1984, I was hired to be part of the team. My friend, Doug Stanton and I had three Summers of working as Camp Counselors and we were very comfortable with creating experiential learning opportunities in the community. The ILP program had a transitional living program that included IL skills training and work on employment/educational goals.

My internship with CPWD was supervised by Homer Page, one of the founders of CPWD and served as director of Office for Students w Disabilities at CU. During our Supervision meetings we discussed the nuances of independent living with the twist of existentialism philosophy.

This in-depth study and grounding work with “I exist, Therefore I am”, gave me the foundation to build my understanding of the Independent Living Philosophy with all the people that I have had the honor to work with in the 37 years of learning and growing at CPWD. When I received my Masters in 1984, several of the l consumers of CPWD attended the graduation. What a grand celebration.

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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