Overview

Disability Benefits Specialist

The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council Disability Benefit Specialist will provide information, assistance, and advocacy to Wisconsin tribal members, who have physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders to help them access public and private benefits and make informed choices about employment goals and work incentives. Daily attendance is an essential function of this position.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
·         Provide accurate information and assistance in accessing public and private benefits and programs (including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and others)

·         Assist tribal members in completing forms and gathering documentation and evidence such as medical and employment records for public benefit applications and appeals.

·         Provide advocacy to tribal members with disabilities in administrative hearings and grievance procedures related to their eligibility for public benefit programs and services, including direct representation, where appropriate.

·         Assist tribal members with disabilities who receive Social Security benefits (SSI or SSDI) and are employed or are seeking employment to locate available resources and understand how various work incentives can help them earn more and become more financially independent without losing critical Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, and other benefits.

·         Conduct regular on-site visits to tribal sites to meet with clients.

·         Consult regularly with the Program Attorney regarding individual cases and general caseload

·         Adhere to confidentiality standards.

·         Completes necessary documentation for all activities (e.g., 100 percent time reporting, DBS database reports) in a timely manner to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations, policies and procedures and maintain complete and accurate client files

·         Attend required training sessions and meetings to maintain comprehensive knowledge base of public and private benefits and work incentives resources from tribal, county, state, and federal agencies.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with other Disability Benefit Specialists, other health and human services providers, public and private agencies that provide services to individuals with disabilities. Continuously improve and maintain a strong referral network.

·         Network to increase individual knowledge and understanding of employment issues, various disabilities, and resources available.

·         Serve as a backup to the tribal Elders Benefit Specialist.

·         Assure that all services are delivered in a culturally competent manner.

·         Participate on various committees both internal and external to the organization as deemed necessary and appropriate to the position.

·         Participate in research projects as designated by the Director.

·         Perform other duties as necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this position.

This is a fulltime exempt position working Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm.  The worksite is located on the Oneida Nation Aging and Disability Services building at 2907 Overland Drive, Oneida, Wisconsin. This is not a remote work position.  This position, based on skills and experience, has a salary range of $48,000 – $52,000 annually with benefits including Annual Leave, Personal Leave and Holiday Pay; Health, Dental, Life & AD&D, STD and LTD Insurance, FSA and 401(k) Retirement Plan. This position requires frequent travel for the purposes of attending community and program related activities. Drug and background screening is required before hire. 

Qualifications:

Required:  Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field and a minimum of one year of relevant professional work experience preferred. Must possess knowledge of Medical Assistance, Social Security disability Income, SSI, Medicare, private health and disability insurance, and prescription drug assistance.  Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills; professional demeanor and appearance; problem-solving skills; ability to manage time effectively; self-motivation skills; work effectively under pressure; ability to build positive work relationships with internal and external customers; ability to interact professionally with a wide variety of people.

Must be able to apply advanced reasoning skills to problem solving, apply logic in the solving of various computer related issues and follow routine instructions. Must attend and successfully complete initial and ongoing training as required by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), trainings by Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) and WI Judicare. Must possess valid driver’s license and reliable transportation with adequate insurance and ability to travel. Extensive travel is required.

Individual must possess: Excellent verbal and written communication skills; professional demeanor and appearance; problem solving skills; ability to manage time effectively; self-motivation skills; work effectively under pressure; ability to build positive work relationships with internal and external customers; ability to interact professionally with a wide variety of people; speak in front of groups.  Individual must be able to address a wide range of intellectual and practical problems, apply statistical calculations to findings, and possess the ability to compose complex business correspondence (contracts, reports, health profiles).   Requires a high level of confidentiality.  Must possess valid driver’s license and/or reliable transportation with adequate insurance and ability to travel.

To Apply:  See the employment page of our website at www.glitc.org for more information. *Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC) is an equal opportunity employer that applies Native American Preference as defined in Section 703(i) of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(i).  Consistent with the referenced Native American Preference, it is the policy of GLITC to provide employment, compensation, and other benefits related to employment based on qualifications of the job applied for, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, veteran status or disability, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law. As an equal opportunity employer, GLITC intends to comply fully with all federal and state laws and the information requested on this application will not be used for any purpose prohibited by law. Disabled applicants may request a needed accommodation from the representative of the Human Resource Department, PO Box 9 Lac Du Flambeau, WI 54538, or phone (715) 588-1069 or (800) 872-7207.

This position is open until it has been filled.

About Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council office

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council is a non-profit organization formed by the Native American Tribes of Wisconsin.  We serve all WI tribes by providing administration of grant-funded programs either directly or with sub grants. Programs serve a range of functions from Children to Elders. Our Mission is: To Enhance the quality of life for all Native People.