The Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York (CIDNY) is the leading
organization serving and representing people with disabilities in New York
City. CIDNY’s mission is the removal of barriers to full integration of people
with disabilities. CIDNY helps people with disabilities to gain the skills and
obtain the services they need to live independently in the community and
advocates for fair and effective policies that improve the quality of life for
people with disabilities. CIDNY is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
CIDNY is seeking a Transition Specialist for a new statewide initiative to assist
individuals transitioning from institutional settings to the community. The
Transition Specialist will facilitate and coordinate for individuals residing
in institutions with a comprehensive plan to transition back to living in the
Receive referrals from the Director and Administrative Assistant and ensure the transition
process is followed through for each consumer;
Provide counseling and information for individuals and families who are considering, or are in the
process of, transitioning;
Coordinate visits to institutions, provide potential participants with unbiased information
regarding available home and community based services, participate in discharge
planning, and coordinate with other relevant social service agencies involved
in the discharge and transition care of the
Explain peer mentor program to potential participants and if appropriate provide referral to peer
Develop and facilitate person centered plans effective for the 90-day transition period,
secure qualified housing, coordinate home and community services during the
transition period, and subsequently ensure continuation of services after the
90-days is completed;
Ensures all significant client data and service provision details are current and accurate,
and that they are documented in a timely manner into CIDNY’s and the contracted
Collaborate with the
Director to determine barriers to transition;
Consult with the Director to assist in addressing transition barriers related to medical
condition or counseling need;
Attends Agency’s in-service training and unit meetings as well as any other agency- related
Perform otherprogram-related duties as assigned
Education and Training:
Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Human Services or related field, and two years of
relevant experience working in a government agency in community based long term
care projects or three years of professional experience administering a
relevant Medicaid program in a local department of social services, or other
comparable work experience in private setting.
Preferred candidates should have a working knowledge of issues faced by persons of all ages who are in need of long-term care services, particularly with those related to nursing home transition, and a deep commitment to person-centered planning and consumer choice.
Candidates should have basic knowledge of Medicaid eligibility and coverage.
Experience with Health Homes, MLTC, NHTD, TBI and/or OPWDD waivers preferred.
Possess excellent written and oral communication and organizational skills
Direct experience in working with people with disabilities, understanding of disability- related issues preferred;
Possess strong work ethic and professionalism;
Ability to actively listen and, when appropriate, counsel throughout the transition process;
Knowledge of community, government/benefits resources that facilitate transition from institutional to community living;
Individual must have time management skills to maintain individual/community
outreaches, caseload, documentation and administrative requirements;
Ability to travel in the New York City boroughs;
Ability to work well independently as well as part of a team;
Must be computer literate on basic Microsoft Programs and Internet search use;
Experience counseling individuals with disabilities preferred;
Must be fluent in Spanish
Temporarily remote due to COVID-19 but individual must have the ability to travel in between New York City boroughs.
Computer/Laptop, Phone, Printer/Copier
Transition Specialist will spend their work time in CIDNY’s Queens, NY office and traveling between boroughs.
Proof of COVID-19
vaccine is required.
We conform to all laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative
action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity
employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability
status, genetic information and testing, family and medical leave, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the
investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.
Number of Employees Directly Supervised:
Director of Open Doors Transition Center
How to apply:
Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to
Dickey Dolma Lama, Director of Transition Center. Do not send your letter and resume by fax.
Please use the job title as email header.
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.