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Case Manager: Community Support Specialist for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Community Choices


Champaign IL

End Date


Job description

Community Choices is a nonprofit human service cooperative. Our mission is to partner with people with disabilities in Champaign County in their pursuit of independence, opportunity, and choice by offering quality, self-directed supports and services.

Job Summary: Community Choices is seeking a full-time Community Support Specialist to work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to manage and sustain their lives in the community. The Community Support Specialist is a Case Management position responsible for working with the Inclusive Community Support team,  providing support for participants’ public benefit coordination, and locating affordable housing and local resources.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Primary Program Responsibilities:

Public Aid, Social Security, and Public Resource Coordination

  • Supporting participants to apply for and maintain public aid benefits
  • Providing assistance with Social Security benefit management
  • Locating and connecting participants with local resources for housing, crisis needs, and life transitions


Locating and Sustaining Affordable Community Housing for people with I/DD

  • Working with participants and families to develop ideal housing plans and budgets
  • Coordinating with local resources to identify potential housing, such the Housing Authority, Statewide Referral Network, Tenant Union, and landlords
  • Identifying the personalized skills needed to maintain housing


Self-Direction Assistance for Participants with Home Based Support (HBS) Services

  • Managing the Home Based Support Program and coordinating supports for each person
  • Manage paperwork related to each person’s Home Based Support services including: Personal Support Worker enrollments, budget form updates, Personal Centered Plans, Timesheet troubleshooting, etc.
  • Maintain detailed records of services and manage individual files

Secondary Program Responsibilities:

Participant Skill Acquisition, Health Coordination, and Connections Development

  • Supporting participants to learn new skills to maintain their community-based life
  • Attend and schedule routine medical appointments
  • Working with participants to develop the meaningful social roles and connections they define


Organizational Responsibilities

  • Upholding our mission and philosophy statements
  • Contributing to the life of the cooperative by running social opportunities, zoom connections, connecting with families, and developing personal development classes for Community Choices members.
  • Engaging in continued interdisciplinary professional development



  • Bachelor’s degree in human services or related area – REQUIRED
  • 1 year experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities – REQUIRED
  • Ability to pass a State Police and Health Care Workers Registry background check
  • Ability to prioritize and manage the needs of multiple individuals
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work with participants and families who are overwhelmed with their situation and from a large diversity of backgrounds and experiences
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to give instruction and feedback to team members
  • Strength-based thinking – able to focus on individual’s abilities and assets
  • Ability to keep track of details and complete regular documentation
  • Valid driver’s license, vehicle in working condition, vehicle insurance
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Google Drive/Docs/Calendar
  • Excellent phone and email etiquette
  • Comfortable using social media




  • Community Choices offers a progressive, flexible, and accommodating workplace
  • 20 Paid Vacation days and 10 paid holidays per year are provided – plus an additional 5 annual Paid Vacation Days after 3 years with the organization
  • High Quality Health Insurance is offered through Health Alliance (low deductible)
  • Dental Insurance
  • SIMPLE IRA Retirement Plan with a 3% Employer Match. Eligibility at 3 months. Vested immediately
  • The organization is also committed to continuing to add additional employee benefits as we are able.
  • This will be a salaried position with an equivalent hourly rate of approximately $18/hour.




To be considered, please send the following to Becca Obuchowski at

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • 2 References
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