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Tri-Lakes Center for Independent Living

43 Broadway, Suite 1

Saranac Lake, NY 12983

518-891-5295 (Phone)

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43 Broadway, Suite 1, Saranac Lake, NY 12983


The Tri-Lakes Center for Independent Living is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer:  Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 


Open Position


NY Connects Options Specialist

This position is full time (37 ½ hours per week); it is expected the individual will travel up to 50% of the time. Office location at Tri-Lakes Center for Independent Living, Saranac Lake NY. The salary is $35,000; we offer health insurance, including dental, paid vacation and sick leave.  


Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities


  • Work closely with NY Connects staff and ILC staff to identify resources that support living in the community;
  • Outreach to disability agencies, health care providers, hospital social workers/discharge planners, personal care assistance programs, and other agencies that serve people with disabilities in order to make the NY Connects services known to places where people with disabilities utilize services;
  • Using a person centered assistance/options counseling approach, meet with consumers and caregivers to assist in identifying the need for long term services that will enable them to remain in the community;
  • Provide information and assistance in securing needed services and for individuals transitioning from one setting to another; 
  • Attend all mandated NY Connects training;
  • Actively participate in all Long Term Care Council meetings, as well as other county or region specific meetings that seek to coordinate services for individuals with disabilities. 
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree and three years of experience working with individuals with disabilities or six years of such experience;
  • Knowledge of community resources;
  • Experience providing person centered assistance/options counseling;
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills and comfortable with public speaking;
  • Ability to work independently in the field as well as part of a team;
  • Highly organized; demonstrated ability to complete required reporting on time;
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of computer/data base care management systems.
  • Personal experience with disabilities.  
  • Reliable transportation

Send a Cover Letter and your Resume if you are interested in one of the following positions should they become available.


          Current Filled positions:

Administrative Assistant

Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Answer, screen and transfer phone calls
  • Greet, screen and direct and/or schedule appointments for visitors
  • General clerical duties including photocopying, fax and mailing
  • Documentation audits
  • Maintain and utilize electronic and hard copy filing system
  • Maintain an appointment calendar
  • Open, sort and distribute incoming mail
  • Order and maintain office supply inventories
  • Coordinate maintenance of office equipment
  • Work closely with bookkeeper and director
  • Light house-keeping


Education and Experience

  • Computer skills and knowledge of relevant software
  • Knowledge of operation of standard office equipment
  • Knowledge of clerical and administrative procedures and systems such as filing and record keeping


Key Competencies

  • Communication skills - written and verbal
  • Planning and organizing
  • Prioritizing
  • Problem assessment and problem solving
  • Information gathering and information monitoring
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Flexibility
  • Adaptability
  • Customer service orientation
  • Teamwork


Independent Living Specialist

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Conduct intake and assessments
  • Develop individualized plans
  • Provide information and make referrals in a timely manner
  • Provide services to consumers
  • Keep timely records of all contacts with consumers
  • Collaborate and network with the community
  • Facilitate group sessions
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director



  • A degree in Social/Human Services or related field of study and a minimum of 1-2 years experience in a related field
  • Self-motivated with excellent verbal, written and organizational skills
  • Strong ability to be resourceful and adapt to new situations
  • Strong computer skills
  • Ability to accurately maintain a large number of consumer files
  • Ability to handle stress and work under pressure
  • Committed to teamwork and high degree of professionalism
  • Must have a car and a valid drivers license
  • Background in knowledge of ADA guidelines and benefits advisement is a plus.



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