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Middletown, DE, 19709


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400 N. Broad St
Middletown, DE, 19709


Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30
Sat & Sun Closed

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Executive Director

Position:  Executive Director

Reports to:  Board of Directors

Classification:   Exempt: Full-Time

Annual Salary:   $40,000 – $45,000 (based on experience), attractive benefits package


Freedom Center for Independent Living (FCIL) is a consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, non-residential, private nonprofit agency that provides the following core independent living services:

– Information and Referral;

– Independent Living Skills Training;

– Peer Support;

– Individual and Systems Advocacy;

– Services that facilitate transition from nursing homes and other institutional settings to the community, provide assistance to those at risk of entering institutions to circumvent that outcome; and

– Facilitate transition of youth to postsecondary life.

Founded in 2000, FCIL (a non-residential organization) serves Delawareans with disabilities and their family members, the professionals that serve them, and the community at large. Under the auspices of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), independent living programs are supported through funding authorized by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Independent living can be considered a movement, a philosophy, or a group of core programs that “promote a philosophy of independent living driven by the key principles of consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and system advocacy, in order to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with disabilities, and their integration and full inclusion into the mainstream of American society.”



  • Bachelor’s degree in administration/business, social work or a related field, or relevant experience;
  • Experience in a management position, preferably for a non-profit organization, that includes financial management, non-profit accounting, budgeting and resource allocation, supervision of staff; marketing and outreach, and program development;
  • Understanding of Independent Living philosophy, and person-centered planning;
  • Working knowledge of the disability issues, policies, entitlement programs, regulations and relating laws pertinent to persons with disabilities;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently as well as interact effectively within a team environment;
  • Exhibit a high degree of ethics and integrity.


Overall Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership in the practical, professional and financial development and growth of the Freedom Center by achieving the goals established by its Board of Directors, the organization’s mission, and requirements set forth by the federal government.
  • Responsible for maintaining Federal Regulations and reporting to federal and/or other grantors yearly.
  • Establish mechanisms to solicit input from the constituency and community partners, and research of best practices for the development of an annual strategic plan for the Center in collaboration with the Board.
  • Ensure that a comprehensive, accurate budget and subsequent modifications are developed annually and presented to the Board of Directors for review and approval.
  • Develop and administer policies and procedures as well as a management plans to ensure competent performance in all areas of Freedom Center’s operation including the delivery of the 5 core services of Independent Living.
  • Ensure compliance with federal guidelines for operating a Center for Independent Living, and effectively interface with state liaisons.
  • Develop and deliver presentations and prepare articles for publication.
  • Establish and implement a plan to increase community awareness of the Center’s programs and services.
  • Seek new grants/income.
  • Maintain contact with state and federal officials responsible for the oversight of the programs and services provided by Freedom Center to assure a current knowledge of and response to emerging trends, directions and changes.
  • Establish management systems to monitor Freedom Center’s programs and services and assure they are of the highest quality, have the appropriate level of staffing, and staffed by competent professionals, paraprofessionals and support personnel while conforming to Freedom Center’s mission and philosophy as well as applicable local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • Establish, maintains and implement a staff development program that will promote the personal and professional growth and development of Freedom Center’s staff and volunteers.


Interested candidates are requested to email, fax or mail a cover letter, resume and three letters of reference.  Resumes will be accepted until position is filled.

Raetta McCall, Chairperson, Board of Directors

Freedom Center for Independent Living

400 North Broad Street, Middletown, DE 19709

EMAIL ADDRESS: rmccall@fcilde.org   FAX: 302-376-4395


FCIL is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sex orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability or veteran status. People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Include request for interview accommodations in your cover letter.

July 08, 2021

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Independent Living Specialist

Middletown, Delaware

Welcome to the Freedom Center employment page! If you’re looking for a rewarding career in becoming a team member of an organization that seeks to accomplish the mission of promoting independent living and full access for individuals with disabilities through advocacy, understanding, education and action in our communities, then you should join our Freedom Center family today!!

Independent Living Specialist – Middletown Location

Freedom Center is a consumer-driven organization providing a variety of services and supports that enable persons with disabilities to live independently.  We are currently seeking a creative, positive self-starter to expand our staff serving lower New Castle County. 

Ideal candidates for the Independent Living Specialist position will have personal and/or professional experience with disability, strong problem solving skills, an understanding of the issues relevant to the constituency served, knowledge of the programs, resources and entitlements available to them, and an understanding of the laws that are critical to ensuring people with disabilities achieve full inclusion in our society.

Position Overview

The Independent Living Specialist is the key point person for the organization in responding to consumers, their family members, social service professionals and the public at large.  Critical to the position is the staff’s ability to engage the constituent in the process of identifying options and possible solutions and facilitating their taking ownership and responsibility for the outcome.  Freedom Center’s mission is to promote consumer choice and control.  All programs are delivered using a person centered planning approach.

Major Job Functions Include

  •  Provide information and referral and self-advocacy skills training.
  • Coordinate peer support activities which include facilitating cross disability groups and providing individual one – on – one peer support;
  • Provide independent living skills training and develop workshops as appropriate, as well as support the development of IL Plans with individual consumers;
  • Communicate program deliverables, accomplishments and outcomes;
  • Represent the organization in promoting independent living philosophy through presentations, community outreach, and participation on committees;
  • Maintain appropriate records and files on interactions with constituents;
  • Network with other professionals and targeted policy decision makers to ensure the improvement and creation of programs and services in response to the needs of people with disabilities.

Job Requirements

  • The Independent Living Specialist must possess excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills and the personality to successfully develop relationships with the constituency served and interfaces with professional colleagues.
  • Candidates should hold a Bachelor’s degree in a related field of study and be computer literate (Office 2000). Demonstrated ability and experience may be substituted for college degree.

How to Apply

Part time position 24 hours/week. Salary commensurate with experience.

Forward letter of interest and resume to the attention of Patricia Maichle at Freedom Center for Independent Living, Inc. at pmaichle@fcilde.org. All Applicants should attach their resume/letter and put “Application for ILS position – May 2021” in the SUBJECT line of the email.

The position will be open until it is filled.

Freedom Center is an equal opportunity employer. People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Join our team.  Apply now!

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Postition Parameters:

This position is supervised by the Executive Director.  Approved travel expenses are reimbursed, and benefits are provided according to Freedom Center for Independent Living’s (FCIL) current Employee Handbook.

General Statement of Duties:

The Bookkeeper provides support to the Executive Director and the Finance Committee of the  Board of Directors related to the fiscal management of the Center and is responsible for all bookkeeping and reporting duties of the organization, as listed below.

Position Overall Responsibilities:


Responsible for preparation, administration and maintenance of all FCIL financial processes to include:

  • Banking
  • Financial records for all Income Sources (Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Profit and Loss Ledger, SAMS Report, monthly Expenditure Report, Board Financial Statement and Board Treasurer’s Report)
  • Utilize an Indirect Cost Rate as approved
  • Travel reimbursements
  • Accounts payable and receivable and monthly reconciliation
  • Monthly expenditure reports
  • Provide input and guidance in the development of the annual agency budget



  • In conjunction with the Executive Director, develops fiscal reports for various funding sources in compliance with contractual agreements
  • Prepares monthly financial reports for review and acceptance by the FICIL Board of Directors
  • Prepares all requested and/or required information and reports for annual financial audit



  • Attends/participates in bi-weekly fiscal meeting with ED and chair of the Financial Committee of the Board
  • Works closely with the Direct Service staff, the Executive Director and Board on development of the Annual Strategic Plan concerning the fiscal planning for the organization



  • Maintain complete and orderly office files for both inventory and supply replacement purposes
  • Maintains a database of current equipment and inventory records for the annual audit, which will include date of item(s) date received, condition, date of disposal (as appropriate) with annual update
  • Oversees and acknowledges donations received (both financial and material/services)


Specific Duties:


  • Maintain calendar daily and report to the ED via email
  • Check Profit and Loss Report for any discrepancy and take follow up action to resolve any outstanding matters such as uncashed checks for payments made
  • Answer e-mails within 24 hours
  • Work in cooperation with the Executive Director to complete duties as assigned

As needed

  • Attend Board of Directors meeting as requested


  • Meet with Executive Director on a weekly basis providing an update of fiscal activities
  • Weekly back-up of fiscal data base on computer
  • Weekly Accounts Payable
  • Weekly Deposits

Bi- Weekly

  • Maintain all appropriate records and files and print all required documents
  • Journal Entries for Payroll Adjustment
  • Edit expenses for Payroll Fees
  • Check each Grant Reports to make sure payroll is cost allocated


  • In conjunction with/ direction by the Executive Director
    • Generate Grant Reports
    • Complete SAMS Report to DHS Project Manager
  • Independent completion of the following:
    • Journal Entries for Grant Receivable
    • Complete and submit Financial Report to Board
    • Generate Outcome Measure Report
    • Ensure Outcome Measure are completed and reported monthly
    • Monthly Back-Up
    • Assist with Inventory of Supplies
    • Place Supplies Order if needed
    • Submit monthly travel expense report
    • Compete Bank Reconciliation

Quarterly (under the direction of the Executive Director)

  • Participate in the quarterly performance/file review
  • Generate Worksheet & submit reports for outside FICIL grants
  • Generate 704 Quarterly Report (FFR) & submit reports
  • Generate Monthly and Quarterly Reports as needed
  • Provide input for Budget Modification/Amendment


  • Assist with resource development/annual fundraising activities
  • Provide support for the Annual 704 Report/PPR
  • Final Reconciliation & submit reconciliation
  • Provide input for the development of the agency annual budget
  • Prepare for annual audit
  • Complete the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) application
  • Annual Performance Review with Executive Director

New projects

  • Assigned annually based on FICIL Strategic Plan needs

Suggested Schedule of Activities:

Financial Reporting                        40%

Compliance Plan                             30%

Reporting time                                 20%

Meeting time                                   10%

*Times and percentages are approximate

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associates degree in bookkeeping and/or accounting  or minimum of five (5) years prior bookkeeping experience, bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Excellent knowledge of Quick Books Premier for Not for Profit and Grant funding
  • Working knowledge of Excel programs
  • Experience working with state and federal grants
  • An aptitude for skilled organization and paying attention to details
  • Self-starter, able to work independently without direct supervision
  • Ability to problem solve in financial issues
  • Able to prioritize duties to meet deadlines
  • Willingness to travel for professional development training, if required
  • Must pass a criminal background check

Special Consideration given to candidates with:

  • In-depth knowledge of disability rights and issues
  • Personal experience with a disability and/or working with persons with disabilities
  • Keen understanding of the Independent Living Philosophy and a vision for seeing it for all persons in our communities

Other Requirements:

  • Valid Delaware driver’s license or State of Delaware ID
  • Reliable transportation available daily
  • Successful completion of a background check
  • Presentation or demo during the interview

Operational Responsibility:

  • Must be able to operate computers
  • Must have a valid Driver License or State of Delaware ID
  • Must be willing to work weekends, evenings if the need arises
  • Must communicate effectively and provide high level of customer service
  • Must be able to work independently and with team
  • Must have constant reliable transportation available at all times
  • Must be able to work overtime as assigned
  • Perform duties assigned

Position requirements may change as legislation or regulation impact FICIL’s contract.


Employee benefits are available to all permanent FICIL team members.  Benefits differ for full- and part-time staff; a specific list of benefits is available to invited candidates during the hiring process

Salary based on experience and qualifications and negotiated hours of employment.

Interested parties send resume and list of references to Pat Maichle at pmaichle@fcilde.org.

FICIL is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sex orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability or veteran status.


    June 15, 2021

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