Job Description

Job Brief:

Are you looking for an opportunity to help others be and become their very best selves?  Do you want autonomy and flexibility in your work, and ability to build last relationships with clients and colleagues?  If yes, working as a full-time or part-time Life Skills Coach may be the path to what's next for you?

The Center for Independent Futures is an Evanston based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities live full and more independent lives.  They are seeking a full-time Life Skills Coach  to serve as a member of a direct service support team that helps adults with disabilities that Center for Independent Futures (CIF) serves. The Life Skills Coach is responsible for teaching and coaching clients (participants) in a one-on-one setting on a weekly basis with the goal of developing daily living skills for the clients (participants) to gain independence and live full lives. The Life Skills Coach reports to a Community Life Coordinator and the Direct Services Program Director.  

Responsibilities:

  • Works one-on-one with several clients (participants) to determine and track personal goals with the support of the individual client’s (participant’s) family and guidance from CIF’s Skills Inventory and My Full LifeTM processes
  • Models and teaches effective independent living skills in the client’s (participant’s) home, at work, and in the community
  • Utilizes Direct Service Training, CIF tools, and My Full LifeTM platform to help client (participant) develop skills and problem solve
  • Maintains confidentiality and professional boundaries with clients (participants) while cultivating a trusting, peer-to-peer relationship
  •  Acts as a secondary support to other members of the client’s (participant’s) direct service team in communications with family and staff
  • Communicates regularly (daily, weekly, and as needed) by email, phone, text message, and in-person to update the support team on client (participant) progress and support needs
  • Attends staff trainings and scheduled staff meetings, and family meetings as needed

Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • Two years of college experience, related work experience post-high school or Associate’s degree
  • Documented work experience in a social work, mental health, disability services field and/or an educational setting
  • Prior work experience as a member of an interdisciplinary collaborative team providing support services to persons with mental health challenges, who may also have a secondary diagnosis of ID/IDD
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Demonstrated ability in problem-solving, creative thinking and taking the initiative
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality
  • Exposure to and familiarity with working with office products such as Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) and/or Google Workspace (Google Mail, Calendar, Docs and Sheets)

Other Requirements:

  • Must have reliable mode of transportation to attend 2-5 appointments during the day at various locations
  • Flexibility to receive/initiate work-related communications outside of assigned tutoring hours
  • Willingness to work evening and weekend hours

Qualifications and Skills Preferred:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree preferred
  • Two years or more of documented work experience in a social work, mental health, disability services field and/or an educational setting
  • Prior work experience as a member of an interdisciplinary collaborative team providing support services to persons with mental health challenges, who may also have a secondary diagnosis of ID/IDD

Work Environment and Schedule:

Full-time, at client location or on-site, with administrative work completed remotely.

Compensation and Benefits:

Annual salary $42k+ benefits and .  Comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental/vision, 401k, PTO (9 paid vacation, 2 weeks vacation and 9 days sick/other), commuter benefits and life/disability insurances.  

More Details
Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Evanston , IL , United States
Experience Required: Associate
Date Published: 24 Jul 2022
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