Independent Living Coordinator

Location of Service: UT FUTURE – 2040 Sutherland Ave, Knoxville, TN 37919

About UT FUTURE Program:

FUTURE is an inclusive postsecondary education program who serves individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). FUTURE helps young adults with IDD make a successful transition from high school to adult life. During the program, we provide students with specially designed FUTURE classes, the opportunity to audit undergraduate courses, and an internship on or off campus. Also available is career and clinical counseling to help develop academic, vocational, social, and decision-making skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a vocational certificate.

Position Summary:
  • Engage in a variety of activities including increasing knowledge surrounding independent living, including ones that focus on environmental justice through acts of service.
  • Work with FUTURE students who are living independently for the first time on independent living skills such as acquiring food, cooking, daily chores, transportation, etc.
  • Tailor their work toward increasing students’ awareness of environmentally friendly practices, such as sourcing food locally, recycling, alternate modes of transport, etc.
  • Assist in planning of Fun Friday afternoon activities, which are a mainstay of the FUTURE Program, and a portion of which can include acts of service that are focused on environmental justice
  • Job coach several FUTURE students whose internships take place at certain places on and around UT campus. This can include sites such as the UT Gardens, UT Recycling, Beardsley Community Farm, East Tennessee Permaculture Research Institute, etc.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Hold weekly meetings with students living independently within the FUTURE Program
  • Complete assessments for prospective students interested in living independently
  • Other duties as communicated by the Program Coordinator
  • Be flexible and ready to take on something new each day, as working with individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities can provide unique and varying challenges
  • Gain experience working with a diverse group of individuals, leading and planning events, being part of a team that focuses on a holistic approach to education services, teaching students with diverse abilities, etc.
Site Preferences/Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Ability and willingness to learn
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability and willingness to follow all safety protocols
Member Benefits Include:
  • A modest living allowance of $18,000*, or, $765.95 bi-weekly (pre-tax), paid over 47 weeks. *Pending Grant Funding
  • Education Award of $6,495 (pre-tax) that can be applied to student loans and/or future education expenses
  • Up to $250 Relocation Reimbursement if relocating over 50 miles for service
  • A Health insurance subsidy is available for members covered through healthcare.gov
  • 80 Hours Personal Leave
  • 10 Holidays
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Child Care Reimbursement
  • May be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In-house SNAP benefits specialist available to provide assistance in determining eligibility.
  • May be eligible for utility bill assistance. In-house specialists available to provide assistance with determining eligibility.
  • Professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Optional opportunity to enroll concurrently in Carson Newman MBA in Nonprofit Leadership

Equity and Inclusion: The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will take action to ensure that members and employees are treated equally without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender, romantic/sexual orientation, age, handicap, cultural or religious convictions.  CAC AmeriCorps provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees.  Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the recruitment / employment process.