Independent Living Specialist, Rapid Transition Housing, Grade 5

Reports to:                 Lead Housing Specialist

FLSA Status:             Non-Exempt

Job Summary:          Serve as the Independent Living Specialist (ILS) for the Rapid Transition Housing program, serving Onondaga County, by coordinating community-based services and providing one-on-one support to maintain stable housing for program participants.

Essential Functions:

  • Work as a team with the Housing Specialists
  • Take direction from the Lead Housing Specialist to meet all program requirements
  • Accept referrals from Housing Specialists once participant has been approved for the service
  • Assist participants with identifying individualized goals
  • Develop in collaboration with the participant and relevant contacts an Individualized Service Plan (ISP)
  • Ensure ISP includes individualized goals as well as necessary wrap-around services provided by ARISE and/or other community-based agencies
  • Provide one-on-one and advocacy support as necessary
  • Visit the participant at least twice annually in person and via phone monthly
  • Utilize existing networks and create new relationships with community-based organizations
  • Complete all required RTH and IL paperwork and utilize NetCIL (internal database) and the NYAIL database to provide information about contacts, participant needs and services provided
  • Attend required trainings and meetings as directed by NYAIL or supervisor
  • Complete all reporting requirements for RTH, as developed by NYAIL
  • Document and share with NYAIL barriers encountered that hinder stable housing and offer solutions to NYAIL
  • Maintain confidential records, process paperwork in a timely manner and provide information for reports as requested
  • Exercise sound judgment as a matter of course, and hold protected health information and other sensitive information in the strictest of confidence in accordance with ARISE and HIPAA policies
  • Uphold the codes of conduct and ethics as well as all ARISE policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Associates Degree required, Bachelor’s Degree preferred; or, equivalent combination of education and related experience
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities required
  • Solid knowledge of available community-based services
  • Proficiency in Word and Excel, general computer literacy to navigate databases, use e-mail, and other required electronic systems
  • Clean driver license and reliable transportation for travel throughout Onondaga County