Direct Advocacy & Resource Center
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November 15, 2021
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About Direct:   Direct Advocacy & Resource Center is the Center for Independent Living for Southern Arizona. We advocate for, and work with, persons with diverse disabilities to ensure their civil rights and equal access to all aspects of life in our community.

Pay/Benefits:   Benefits include paid holidays, PTO, and flex time. Work from home (Direct is based in Tucson, AZ, so Arizona residency preferred but not necessary).

Summary:        Promote independent living and aging place for people with disabilities and adults age 62+; Review and finalize environmental assessments and recommendations by Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) regarding participants’ functional ability at home to ensure each plan focuses on increasing safety, access, and independence

RESPONSIBILITIES

(with or without reasonable accommodations)

  • Review and finalize environmental assessments and recommendations regarding participants’ functional ability at home to ensure each plan focuses on increasing safety, access, and independence (with high impact solutions that are no-low cost and may incorporate adaptive technology and/or home modifications)
    • A HAP Advocate, who is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), conducts the home visit using the standardized, online OT assessment tool
    • OTR/L reviews assessments and recommendations, updates as necessary, and finalizes/approves the plan [approximately 25 assessments per year]
    • HAP Administrator oversees implementation of the plan
  • Provide occasional consultation with Home Access Administrator/CAPS
  • Provide feedback on results of interventions [CAPS work with participants to evaluate their safety, access, and independence pre- and post-interventions/mods]
  • Maintain professional knowledge and the technical progress to provide participants with the best program possible
  • Maintain compliance with federal and state certification requirements
  • Maintain knowledge of current trends and developments in the field through review of literature, attendance at trainings, and networking

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Understanding of, and passion for, the Center's mission and vision
  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) from accredited OTR/L program
  • Certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities
  • Experience conducting evaluations, developing plans, and implementing care programs that assist individuals in reaching their optimal level of function
  • Compliant with state healthcare regulatory requirements
  • Possesses up-to-date knowledge of treatment practices and physical therapy programs
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Computer proficient – experience using an EHR system preferred

ADDITIONAL DESIRED BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE

  • Personal experience with disability
  • Working knowledge of accessibility standards/laws (ADAAG and/or ICC/ANSI A117.1) and disability and aging issues (housing rehabilitation, aging in place modifications)
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Experience conducting functional assessments in homes

Note:  Personal life experience/history relevant to the position may be acceptable as a substitute for education and/or work experiences

WORKING CONDITIONS

Work is primarily remote/from home with minimal safety/health hazard potential.

EEO STATEMENT

Direct is committed to providing access and equal opportunity in employment. Activities such as hiring, promotion, and compensation of employees are conducted without regard to race; color; religion; genetic information; national origin; sex (including same sex); sexual orientation, gender identity or expression; pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions; age; disability; citizenship status; service member status; marital status, or any other category protected under federal, state, or local law. Direct will work with qualified individuals to find reasonable accommodations as necessary, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on Center operations.

COMMITMENT TO INCLUSION, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & ACCESSIBILITY

Direct recognizes that all oppressions are linked, and that disability rights are inextricably connected to human and civil rights. We believe that communities experiencing marginalization and discrimination must be centered in the work we do. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from qualified applicants with disabilities and those who identify with other marginalized communities.

TO APPLY, submit Cover Letter and Resume as attachments [PDF or Word] to search@directaz.org. Indicate position in the subject line. Qualified individuals with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply.