JOB ANNOUNCEMENT DISABILITY SPECIALIST II

September 14, 2021

Job Description 
DISABILITY SPECIALIST II 

Job Number:

 353026
 
Description
 

DISABILITY SPECIALIST II

BID/JOB ANNOUNCEMENT  

 This position is open to the general public and to all current city employees covered under the terms of the City's collective bargaining agreement with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union - AFSCME (BARGAINING UNITS 1, 3, 4, & 5).   Attention AFSCME members in Bargaining Units 1, 3, 4, & 5: When submitting your bid application for this position, please select 01-AFSCME from the Bargaining Unit drop-down menu as it is the only option for AFSCME members.  IF YOU ARE A CURRENT CITY EMPLOYEE AND WANT TO EXERCISE YOUR CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS TO BID, YOU MUST APPLY ON THE BID ONLY SITE AT: www.cityofchicago.org/CAREERS  (Once the website opens, scroll down and click on the button titled “Bid Opportunities.”) IN ADDITION, YOU MUST CHECK THE BOX ON THE CAREERS APPLICATION TITLED "ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY"CORRECTLY ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT.  YOU MUST USE THE EMPLOYEE NUMBER FOUND ON THE UPPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF YOUR PAY CHECK STUB LABELED “PAYEE/EMPLOYEE NUMBER.” (NO OTHER FORMAT OR SYSTEM CAN BE USED TO OBTAIN YOUR EMPLOYEE NUMBER).  

FAILURE TO CHECK THE “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY” BOX, ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT WILL RESULT IN A REJECTED BID APPLICATION. 

 

Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities - MOPD

Number of Positions: 1

  • Advocates on behalf of clients, working with service providers and private and public agencies to ensure clients have access to and obtain needed economic and social services
  • Provides information to clients, their families and the general public regarding programs and services available to people with disabilities
  • Assesses clients' eligibility for services and refers eligible clients to service providers and social service agencies
  • Assists clients in obtaining services and benefits from social service and government agencies and performs follow up to ensure they receive needed services
  • Counsels clients on how to maintain their independent living status and provides information on various assistive devices, home modifications and available direct services
  • Assists in conducting on-site accessibility inspections of private and public buildings to determine their ability to accommodate people with disabilities
  • Assists in conducting site visits and performing audits of delegate agencies to ensure compliance with contract requirements
  • Produces and prepares work activity reports and other assorted data tracking files.
  • Assists in developing and maintaining resource directories and other Informational resources for clients
  • Provides building owners with information and technical assistance on accessibility issues
  • Performs related duties as required

NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class.

Address:        Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities     

                        2102 W. Ogden Avenue            

Hours:             8:30 am - 4:30 pm; Monday - Friday

THIS POSITION IS IN THE CAREER SERVICE.

 
Qualifications
 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Psychology or a directly related field, plus two years of disability advocacy work experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience, provided that the minimum degree requirement is met

Disclaimer - "Accredited" means any nationally or regionally accredited college, university, or law school where the applicant is enrolled in or has completed an Associates, Bachelors, Masters, or Juris Doctorate degree program.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND OTHER WORK REQUIREMENTS

Knowledge of:

  • Social service principles and practices
  • City ordinances and state and federal laws relating to accessibility and people with disabilities
  • Programs, services, and other resources available to persons with disabilities
  • The needs and issues affecting persons with disabilities
  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook

Skills

  • Good skill in the application of social service principles.
  • Skill in advocating on behalf of persons with disabilities.
  • Good human relations skills.
  • Good analytical skills.
  • Good oral and written communications skills.

Abilities

  • Ability to work closely and effectively with clients.
  • Ability to assess various structures for accessibility compliance.
  • Ability to access multi-level structures.

EQUIPMENT

  • Tape measure, flashlight, digital level, door pressure gauge and personal safety equipment
  • Standard office equipment (e.g., telephone, printer, photocopier)
  • Computers and peripheral equipment (e.g., personal computer, hand-held computer, Cell phone)

Other Work Requirements

  • INITIATIVE – Demonstrate willingness to take on job challenges
  • STAMINA – Demonstrate energy and stamina to accomplish work tasks
  • DEPENDABILITY – Demonstrate reliability, responsibility and dependability, and fulfill obligations
  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL – Pay careful attention to detail and thoroughness in completing work tasks
  • CONCERN FOR OTHERS - Demonstrate sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings and be understanding and helpful on the job

NOTE:  You must provide your transcripts or diploma at time of processing.

NOTE:  You must provide a valid US Driver's License at the time of processing. 

NOTE:  To be considered for this position you must provide information about your educational background and your work experience.  You must include job titles, dates of employment, and specific job duties.  (If you are a current City employee, Acting Up cannot be considered.)  If you fail to provide this information at the time you submit your application, it will be incomplete and you will not be considered for this position.  There are three ways to provide the information: 1) you may attach a resume; 2) you may paste a resume; or 3) you can complete the online resume fields.   

Education & Employment Verification- Please be advised that if you are selected to be hired you must provide, upon request, adequate information regarding your educational and employment history as it relates to the qualifications of the position for which you are applying.  If you received your degree internationally, all international transcripts/diploma must be accompanied by a Foreign Credential Evaluation. 

SELECTION REQUIREMENTS

This position requires applicants to complete an interview.   The candidate that possesses the qualifications best suited to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, based on the oral interview, will be selected.

Preference will be given to candidates possessing the following:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services 
  • Proficiency in working with disability rights laws and physical accessibility requirements
  • Proficiency in writing reports and memos 
  • Previous experience managing complex projects 
  • Proficiency in knowledge of construction 
  • Proficiency in using MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outook) 
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license 

VETERANS PREFERENCE NOTE:  The City of Chicago offers Veterans Preference to both current, active military personnel AND military personnel who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and have received an honorable or general discharge.  Eligible candidates must have at least six months of active duty documented.  In order to receive the veterans preference, candidates need to indicate whether or not they are a veteran by answering “yes” or “no” to the question on the online application that asks, “Are you currently serving on active duty for at least six months in the Armed Forces of the United States OR have you served in the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty for at least six months and received an honorable or general discharge?”  In addition, you must attach documentation to verify your military service.  For veterans, you must attach a copy of your DD214 (Member Copy-4) to your online application which includes character of service status OR a letter from the United States Veterans Administration on official stationery stating dates of service and character of service.  For active military personnel, you must attach a letter from your Commanding Officer on official stationery verifying your active duty, length of service, and character of service in the Armed Forces of the United States AND a copy of your military ID to your online application.  Failure to answer the question and attach the required documentation will result in you not being considered for the Veterans Preference.

Evaluation:  Your initial evaluation will be based on information provided on the application form and documents submitted with the application.  Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant.  No second party applicants will be accepted. 

Residency Requirement:   All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City of Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required.  

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application processplease contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976 or disabilityaccommodations@cityofchicago.org. Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation request.  

ALL REFERENCES TO POLITICAL SPONSORSHIP OR RECOMMENDATION MUST BE OMITTED FROM ANY AND ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS SUBMITTED FOR CITY EMPLOYMENT. 

The City of Chicago is an Equal Opportunity & Military Friendly Employer.

 

City of Chicago                                                                      Department of Human Resources

Lori E. Lightfoot, Mayor                                                        Christopher Owen, Commissioner

 

Please note, all positions with the City of Chicago close promptly at 11:59pm Central Daylight Time (CDT)  Applications for this position will be accepted until 11:59p.m. CDT on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. No exceptions will be made.

 

Job Posting

: Sep 14, 2021, 12:00:00 AM | 
Closing Date (Period for Applying) - External
: Sep 28, 2021, 11:59:00 PM
BU: 03 | Salary: $63,960.00 

Pay Basis

:Yearly

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