Independent Living Coach

Chicago, Illinois
Aug 10, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Counseling, Residence Life
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Independent Living Coach position is necessary for the teaching of PACE students life skills, including organization, time management, money management, personal hygiene, and roommate relationship skills. The Life Skills Instructor will develop a working relationship with an assigned case load of students.



•Teaches basic and more advanced skills needed for apartment living. Builds on previously acquired life skills, assisting students with instruction in a variety of skills, from money management and bill paying to cooking and cleaning, shopping and roommate relation issues.
•Actively participates, as part of the Transition team, in all staff meetings and Program events throughout the year.
•Shows flexibility according to the needs of the students and of the program at any given time.
•Completes student records, logs, and reports as required, including mentoring and assisting students with Portfolio preparation; Participates in training events, as required.
•Teaches life skills based classes (grocery shopping, fitness and/or datebook planning) according to Program’s needs.
•Maintains regular communication with parents and other professionals to insure the achievement of the students’ independent living goals.
•Work with students to facilitate and plan social events. Promotes networking among students. Encourages participation in planning and participating in activities.



-Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services or related field.
-Experience in life skills, student affairs, camp or recreational programs, and/or in counseling, teaching programs, and young adults with disabilities
-A strong belief that students with disabilities can be successful and learn to be independent
-Self-starter who can work with flexible hours and time schedule-Must have use of a car as high percentage of work time is spent with students as their residences
-The PACE program is a non-traditional work environment. Must be able to be flexible with work hours, including weekend and evening hours.
-Time management, and respect for students while working in the students personal space. There may be calls from students at unscheduled times.
-Time management skills
-Knowledge and acceptance of students with disabilities
-Willingness to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, families and other agency representatives as appropriate
-Demonstrated use of social media

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