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.
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.
- 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 email@example.com. 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.
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!!
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:
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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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