ACIL Independent Living Skills Trainer/Advocacy Specialist (Full-Time Non-Exempt Position)

The Appalachian Center for Independent Living, Inc. (ACIL) was founded in 1982. ACIL is a community-based, cross-disability, non-profit organization. Most of ACIL’s staff and board are persons with disabilities.

ACIL’s five core services are, information & referral, independent living skills training, individual and systems advocacy, peer counseling, and transition assistance from a nursing home or other institutions, and for youth with significant disabilities after completion of secondary education.

ACIL also offers a “Community Living Services Program” (CLSP) with state funding. This service provides ramps, home renovations, and assistive devices for consumers. In recent years the WV Housing Development Fund has given ACIL significant additional funding for ramps and home renovations. With all of these services, consumers can keep living at home.

ACIL also offers:

  • • Community Living Services Program” (CLSP) with state funding

  • • Transportation (including accessible “non-emergency medical transportation” through WV Medicaid)

  • • Consumer support group

  • • Housing advocacy and assistance

  • • Emergency preparedness

Essential Job Functions:
  • • Provide the core services of Information & Referral (I&R), Advocacy, Peer Support, Independent Living Skills Training and Transitions to consumers in the 16-county service area. (Kanawha, Putnam, Clay, and Roane counties for in-person services and virtually via Zoom for the other 12 counties)

  • • Promote the Independent Living Philosophy in the community.

  • • Provides diversion services to individuals with disabilities at risk of entering an institutional setting.

  • • Provides youth transition services, in accordance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, through establishing a close working relationship with local schools to facilitate with post-secondary education with youth ages 14 to 24.

  • • Develop and maintain relationships with community organizations and consumers to expand opportunities for community connections. Serve on councils and boards as appropriate.

  • • Maintain effective and positive working relationships with all disability partners as well as other agencies/service providers to encourage referrals, promote cooperation, and ensure effectiveness of services.

  • • Ability to work with diverse consumers on a cross disabilities basis and understand their independent living needs to find resources in the community for referrals.

  • • Prepare and submit reports as required in accordance with ACIL’s Operational Policies and Procedures.

  • • Instruct the Instruction in Self-Advocacy Trainings for youth ages 14-21 through a co-operative effort with the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS).

  • • Maintain an up-to-date expertise in available resources, disability rights legislation, regulations, and policies relevant to people with disabilities and advocate as appropriate.

  • • Work with other staff to create a network consisting of necessary resources to support consumers in their pursuit of independent living.

  • • Collaborate with emergency preparedness groups to ensure people with disabilities are included in all aspects of plans to address disasters.

  • • Must document consumer information and services using CIL Management Suites. Must document regularly.

  • • Regular attendance and punctuality is required.

  • • Provide services in compliance with HIPPA (confidentiality) requirements.

  • • Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Qualifications:
  • • A Bachelor’s degree in Human Services, Social Services, or related field. In the absence of a bachelor’s degree, an associate degree and equivalent work and life experience may be considered.

Desirable Experience/Knowledge:
  • • Personal experience with a disability or working with persons with disabilities is preferred

  • • Ability to interact with consumers as a peer.

  • • Experience in collaborating with local, state, and federal agencies.

  • • Experience working with youth ages 14-24.

  • • Knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
  • • Must be a self-starter with the ability to organize tasks and manage time effectively.

  • • Must have excellent interactive skills and ability to motivate others.

  • • Requires excellent written and communication skills.

  • • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, internet, and email.

  • • Ability to work with management and staff to achieve goals of the organization.

  • • Ability to work independently, one-on-one or in a group setting to provide support with the ongoing daily operations of a non-profit organization.

  • • Must be able to travel throughout the four-county service area independently. May occasionally attend meetings, trainings, and conferences during non-working hours.

  • • Must be able to drive and have access to a reliable vehicle with liability insurance for the use on the job. Mileage reimbursement is based on the federal rate.

  • • Must be able to pass a background check and drug test.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
  • • The position will primarily be in an office setting but will be required to go to consumer homes or another accessible location if consumer cannot come to the Center. Long periods of sedentary work and data entry are required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Supervision of Position:

This Position is supervised by the Executive Director

Positions Supervised by the Independent Living Skills Trainer/Advocacy Specialist:


Other Job Responsiblities:
  • • Other duties that may be assigned.

Salary Range:

Salary is negotiable, plus benefits including health insurance, disability insurance, IRA, annual, holiday, and sick leave.

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to: Meredith Pride, Executive Director, to by Monday, October 25, 2021.