Independent Living Skills Trainer

    • Job Tracking ID: 512690-718300
    • Job Location: Syracuse, NY
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: January 10, 2020
    • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Summary of Responsibilities:

Independent Living Skills Trainer (ILST) work in community settings to teach skills to help individuals live on their own. ILST are responsible for implementing the service plan which includes supervision and skill training. This service is typically provided one on one with an individual or in small groups. The ILST will work independently with the program participant in community settings. It is necessary that ILST be able to evaluate environments for safety as well as explore opportunities to provide skills training. Specialists ensure that all measures necessary for the safety and well-being of all assigned individuals are maintained. Independent Living Skills Trainers are responsible for supporting the program participants to reach objectives/goals related to an individual’s valued outcomes. The ILST will also support community building in the Spring Village Development.


  • Assist assigned individuals transition into Spring Village Apartments
  • Assist in processing Rent Subsidies and Transition Grant information
  • Assist with relationship building between apartment complex residents
  • Responsible for the supervision and skill building of assigned individual(s)
  • Sensitive to and respect the individual rights and physical and emotional needs of assigned persons. Shall recognize the importance of communicating these needs both verbally and in writing to the appropriate staff, family members and agency personnel
  • Responsible for the planning, implementation, and documentation of provided services which includes (but is not limited to): Personal hygiene, Domestic skills, Laundry skills, Meal Preparation, Money Management, Community Integration, Behavioral Management, Shopping, Recreation, Other needs as dictated by the individual plan
  • Shall document information regarding shift such as maintenance requests, needed supplies and all other appropriate information. This includes reviewing and signing off on all logs and documentation as assigned by Supervisor
  • Shall assist in maintaining a clean physical environment and perform related work as necessary
  • Will participate in staff meetings and in-service training modules as scheduled and will be required to remain in compliance with all agency orientation, training and certification within established guidelines
  • Will complete all other tasks as assigned
  • Follow all agency and program specific policies and protocols
  • Provide coverage in any of the SPwDD Programs as designated by a Supervisor. Remain on-duty until properly relieved
  • Provides on-call support to individuals at Spring Village during scheduled hours. Consults with On-Call Supervisor as needed per program protocol.
  • Provides crisis intervention as necessary
  • Attend required trainings
  • Read required books
  • Responsible for complying with rules and regulations governing access to Protected Health Information under HIPAA. Access to Protected Health Information is limited to the extent required to perform responsibilities effectively and efficiently. No access will be permitted unnecessarily. These essential job functions dictate the level of access, use, and disclosure of confidential information
  • Perform other duties as requested by your immediate supervisor, AVP of SPWDD, COO of CNY or the Chief Executive Officer

Experience and Skills:


  • High School Diploma required Associates Degree preferred
  • Minimum one year of experience working with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities
  • First Aid, CPR, and other certifications which may be mandated by licensing agencies
  • Enjoys working in a life-sharing relationship with other people
  • Respects individuals as persons of dignity and worth who are capable of growth and development
  • Is flexible and capable of adjusting to different needs and styles
  • Is able to satisfactorily perform duties without direct oversight
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License
  • Ability to travel to other agency locations as required
  • Vehicle required: Must be safe and dependable


As a full time benefits position, staff is eligible to enroll in medical, dental, vision, FSA, supplemental life insurance, critical illness, enhanced short-term disability, and 401(k) benefits.

We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment drug testing.