DHILS Deaf Skills Trainer, Center for Living & Working, Inc. (Worcester, MA)

  • Reports To: Director, DHILS
  • Supervision exercised: None
  • Exempt or Non-Exempt Status: Non-Exempt

Center for Living & Working, Inc. (CLW) is located in Worcester, Massachusetts and is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit agency founded in 1975 by a core group of young adults with disabilities. CLW is a consumer-directed, multi-programmed, multifaceted agency, dedicated to the empowerment of all persons with disabilities to live as independently as possible. CLW provides four core services: Advocacy, Skills training, Peer support and Information and Referral. 


  • Conduct initial intake/assessment for Deaf consumer.
  • Provide Independent Living skills training and peer counseling to consumers.
  • Develop and review Independent Living plans with consumers and set appropriate goals.
  • Provide information and referral to consumers and other service providers as needed.
  • Visit consumers at their homes.
  • Advocate for individual consumers and for Deaf Independent Living Services in general.
  • Recruit or engage individual consumers to attend advocacy events.
  • Provide emergency intervention for consumers as needed.
  • Attend in-service workshops and other meetings and conferences when appropriate.
  • Maintain accurate records of all services provided on designated report forms; submit those forms as requested.
  • Work with interns from colleges.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the DHILS Director.

Essential Functions:

  • This position requires frequent communication (orally and/or in writing) with consumers, staff, medical providers, state agencies, business partners/vendors and other third parties;
  • This position requires the ability to conduct group presentations;
  • This position requires the ability to understand the requirements of the DHILS programs and to be able to assess, teach, evaluate, educate, direct, and/or refer the consumer/guardian regarding the scope and responsibilities of the programs;
  • This position requires the ability to travel within service area and beyond as needed;
  • This position requires the ability to accurately enter information into database;
  • This position requires the ability to use office machinery, including calculators;
  • This position requires the ability to remain in a stationary/standing position for extended periods of time;
  • This position requires the ability to communicate in American Sign Language (ASL);
  • This position requires the ability to maintain strict confidentiality for the relevant population (consumers);
  • This position requires the ability to write an Independent Living Plan.

Preferred Qualifications:


  • High School or equivalent (GED) required; Bachelor Degree in health or human services, preferred; years of relevant experience may be substituted for Bachelor Degree;
  • Fluency in American Sign Language


  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience required working with deaf services or servicing the deaf community;
  • Excel, Microsoft Office and data base management
  • Working in or involved with the deaf community
  • Information & Referral

Possess the ability to:

  • Work independently and as a team member
  • Work effectively with individuals with diverse disabilities and cultures
  • Prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Problem solve
  • Provide guidance and leadership
  • Take direction and understand consequences of action

This job description is subject to change at any time.

Individuals with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact: Deb Ethier at dethier@centerlw.org.