Independent Living Specialist

  • Job Tracking ID: 512394-691573
  • Job Location: Milwaukee, WI
  • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
  • Level of Education: BA/BS
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: July 03, 2019
  • Years of Experience: Up to 2 Years
  • Starting Date: ASAP

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Job Description:


To originate and coordinate services designed to prepare clients to live on their own and to assist those already living independently.  To provide the necessary assistance and support services to clients living independently and to those preparing to do so.  To teach a curriculum of life skills to clients.  To be available as needed and to provide a level of supervision to clients living in the local community.  Clients will range in age from 17-19.



Client Services:


  • To develop written goals and objectives for each individual, in consultation with client (Plan for Success).  To report client progress through purchaser requested reports and case-closing discharge summaries.
  • To assist clients seeking housing of their own in securing living accommodations and to provide the necessary support for the duration of their program.
  • To monitor client progress through required in-person and phone contacts with each client, so as to meet both client needs, as well as purchaser expectations.   
  • Documentation is required utilizing case note entries, both on-line, where available and in standard format.
  • To assess and teach daily living skills to all clients on an as needed basis utilizing experiential learning opportunities wherever possible.
  • To recommend/assist in arranging professional health services for clients as necessary.
  • To develop educational, employment and vocational resources for clients and assist them in enrollment.
  • To maintain regular in-person contact with clients as is defined by both program and purchaser expectations.
  • To set up and oversee client bank accounts when applicable.
  • To serve as liaison between clients and landlords as needed.
  • To maintain regular contact with and provide necessary updates to the purchaser case manager through case notes, e-mail, in-person and phone contacts.
  • To complete all necessary written case requirements in a timely manner.    
  • To assist clients in finding and obtaining employment.
  • To conduct periodic searches of client apartments to maintain a safe, secure and productive learning environment for all participants.
  • To attend and participate in client team meetings.
  • To be available daily, in-person and/or by telephone on a 24-hour basis to provide crisis intervention and support to program clients
  • To act responsibly when assigned the after-hours emergency on-call duty.
  • To manage program monies responsibly, recognizing budget limits and procedures for spending.
  • To prepare requests for client funds in a timely manner while meeting accountability standards.
  • Contribute to the program’s resource development effort identifying new community resources available to our clients and staff and for the betterment of the program.
  • Participate in efforts to promote Lad Lake and the Independent Living Program, as well as contribute to the development of the same.
  • Participate in “additional duties as assigned” at the discretion of program management or agency administrative staff.

Experience and Skills:


Education/Training A Bachelor’s Degree in the areas of social work, psychology, sociology, or criminal justice, but will accept experience working with youth and independent living.

Skills Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Ability to organize work and manage time efficiently.  Able to relate to youth and to set limits.

Experience:  Some prior experience in working with youth or young adults either as an employee or volunteer.

Job Benefits:

  • PTO Accrual of 16 days 
  • 7 Paid Holidays including an additional Floating Holiday
  • Free meals when eating with clients
  • Casual dress
  • Company paid training/ongoing professional development opportunities
  • Medical Benefits - We pay up to 90% of the premium
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • 401k contributions
  • Employee Assistance Program