Now Hiring

VAIL is pleased to announce that we will be hiring for a temporary, grant-funded position. This position can be part-time or full-time. Benefits are included for full-time employees. Individuals with a disability are encouraged to apply.

Social Support Specialist

General Responsibilities:
Provide individuals with disabilities information and assistance with accessing vaccines, connecting to other services, inclusion and access to activities that address social isolation and social determinants of health and other activities that ensure individuals with disabilities have information, connection, and access to health services and support.

Duties Include:
– Connect with local public health officials and participate in meetings as appropriate.
– Assist individuals with disabilities in receiving vaccinations and boosters as well as provide assistance for individuals who have been exposed and/or have contracted COVID.
– Perform individual and community/systems advocacy, information & referral, community education, networking & collaboration, and peer support.
– Assist consumers with securing needed services and supports, including transportation, housing, SSA, SNAP, and other identified social determinants of health.
– Provide transportation as needed to individuals and small groups as well as staff throughout Planning District 6 and the Commonwealth as needed.
– Develop individualized Independent Living Plans (ILPs) based on each individual’s goals and needs.
– Represent VAIL at community functions as assigned.
– Maintain quality documentation, complete & concise records, and reporting of activities.
– Respond to information & referral calls in a timely and appropriate manner.
– Maintain confidentiality of consumers.
– Maintain working relationships with other service organizations.
– Attend staff meetings and trainings, and other meetings, as required.
– Participate in program, service, and staff development activities.
– Function as a team member with other staff, coordinating schedules, transportation, and reporting.
– Additional duties as assigned by supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications:
– The Social Support Specialist must possess an Associates or Bachelors degree in a human services profession and/or work experience in the field of independent living.
– Previous experience should include use of Word, Excel, Outlook, and web-based applications.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
– Knowledge of disability services in Virginia
– Knowledge of the independent living movement & philosophy
– Ability to communicate effectively with individuals both in person and in writing
– Working knowledge of services for persons with disabilities
– Ability to work independently and use independent judgment
– Ability to record and deliver information and maintain appropriate records
– Ability to attend functions throughout the Commonwealth as needed
– Ability to develop rapport and communicate with different types of persons from diverse cultural backgrounds

Pay will be commensurate with experience, beginning at $15/hour.

Yard Sale

Join us for a HUGE yard sale this Friday! Items from VAIL and at least 8 families!

VAIL Yard Sale

Friday, June 3, 2022 – 8 AM to 7 PM

3210 Peoples Drive, Suite 220, Harrisonburg VA

See some of the many items for sale on our Facebook Event.

Important Election Information

Virginia Department of Elections has published a Voter Pocket Guide with all of the information you need about the upcoming elections, including:

  • Deadlines
  • Absentee ballot and in person voting
  • Accessibility information
  • Acceptable forms of ID
  • What to expect at the polls
  • Voter rights
  • Contact information

Job Opening

Program Support Specialist

Valley Associates for Independent Living, Inc. (VAIL) is hiring for a part-time Program Support Specialist.  Duties include general administrative and reception duties, data entry and database maintenance, assisting other staff as needed, maintaining files, assistance in planning and implementing special events and fund-raising activities, developing and disseminating newsletter, and handling bulk mailing. Hiring for 10-30 hours/week.  Pay range: $10-$12/hour. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Previous experience should include working knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, databases, and web-based applications.
  • Safe and reliable vehicle to meet the duties of this position.  Clear driving record and adequate vehicle insurance.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Ability to utilize the telephone, internet, and email
  • Ability to access information and resources
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals both in person and in writing
  • Ability to work independently and use independent judgment
  • Ability to deliver information, file, and maintain appropriate records
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with businesses, other agencies, and funding sources
  • Ability to attend functions throughout the Commonwealth as needed
  • Strong organizational and writing skills

Submit cover letter and resume to vail@govail.org.

Individuals with disabilities encouraged to apply.

Position open until filled.