Independence Specialist

Melwood-Arlington | Arlington, VA

Posted Date 8/04/2022


Job Details



  1. Promote Melwood Vision, Mission and
  2. Coordinates and provides services in cooperation with the local Departments of Human
  3. Provides counseling, guidance, life and employment skill services to assist participants in alleviating barriers to employment and economic
  4. Assists participants in preparing and implementing short term and long term goal plans.
  5. With a particular focus on life skills and personal development, works one-on-one with participants in order to prepare for long-term employment success and economic
  6. Assists participants in preparing resumes and cover letters in alignment with job market and career goals.
  7. Act as initial point of contact for obtaining referral information from VIEW program and schedules and completes intake with potential
  8. Collaborates with Workforce Specialist in preparing individuals for employment and providing the necessary job readiness, career preparation and work experience activities identified in the employment
  9. Works closely with community organizations and makes appropriate referrals as necessary.
  10. Facilitates periodic personal and professional development skills groups for program participants.
  11. Delivers presentations and information on disabilities and program services to new VIEW enrollees, weekly.
  12. Provides initial and on-going assessment of participant abilities, needs, interests and work preferences.
  13. Provides SSI/SSDI application support.
  14. Administers and tracks participant customer satisfaction surveys.
  15. Manages participant incentives and materials and notifies project director of inventory needs.
  16. Ensures that services are provided in compliance with the grant and applicable laws and standards.
  17. Maintains client information and employment databases.
  18. Prepares required progress and outcomes reports in a timely manner.
  19. Maintains accurate, complete and confidential client case records.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a relevant field and a minimum of three years of experience in case management working with persons with disabilities and/or individuals with multiple barriers to employment.



Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.



Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.



Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.



Individual may be asked to obtain and maintain specified safety certifications such as First Aid and CPR.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee must occasionally require to stand, walk, and sit. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance work.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Job Type

Share this job