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Atlantis Community, Inc. has been advocating for people with disabilities for over 46 years. As a Center

for Independent Living, we support the rights of people with disabilities to direct their own lives by

providing advocacy, life skills training, transition services (youth, from nursing homes, and diversions

from institutions), information and referral, and peer support. The mission of Atlantis is to advocate for all

people with disabilities to be a meaningful part of an integrated community of their choice.

The Benefits Specialist position is multi-faceted.You will work both as a Community Partner

Work Incentives Coordinator and a Representative Payee.

As a Community Partner Work Incentives Coordinator, you will provide work incentives

planning, assistance and outreach services to Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities who

want to return to work. The goal of this position is to assist people with disabilities to

successfully enter the workforce and increase their self-sufficiency by providing clear, accurate,

and credible information about the impact of work on benefits. This position will provide

information about work incentives and provide referrals to other support such as employment

networks and the state vocational rehabilitation program This work requires advanced

professional skills and knowledge of all government benefit programs.

As Representative Payee, you will assist people with disabilities in learning the skills necessary

to increase independence in managing their money. This position is responsible for empowering

consumers to become as independent as possible in managing their finances. This includes, but is

not limited to, teaching consumers how to develop a budget, pay bills, manage cash flow, and

reduce debt. You will maintain a caseload of clients for representative payee and financial

services. This position will work directly with consumers and families in a professional and

transparent manner.

Community Partner Work Incentives Coordinator

● Learn about and demonstrate the ability to use all resources available for work incentives

planning and assistance

● Provide individualized work incentives planning and assistance services

● Provide specialized information and referral services

● Identify through assessment and interviews the services needed by the beneficiary

● Ensure appropriate information or services are provided using all available resources

● Make referrals as needed to appropriate government agencies, to employment networks,

vocational rehabilitation services, community agencies, etc.

● Keep written documentation of information and referral contact

● Provide advocacy services

● Research complex issues or questions and demonstrate complex problem solving skills

● Assist consumers with understanding benefits paperwork

● Maintain data related to the services provided and analyzes data to recommend policy

and programmatic decisions

● Analyzes the impact of specific work situations on the individual’s benefits using

examples to illustrate critical earning points and any changes in benefits

● Analyze an individual's financial situation before and after the addition or the loss of

earned income

● Ensure the individual is using all the work incentives available to them

● Provide a written summary of the benefits analysis

● Facilitate meetings with the consumer and other involved parties to verbally review the

benefits analysis results, to explain suggestions, and to answer questions

● Provide written benefits management or work incentive plan

● Maintain up-to-date working knowledge of each public benefit program

● Develop and maintain contact with public and private sector individuals and/or groups to

promote the effective coordination of services utilizing work incentives.

● Identify, create, and organize internal and external resource materials

● Conduct targeted outreach to diverse populations, including youth in transition as

assigned

● Demonstrate a commitment to the philosophy of independent living, including consumer

control, peer support, self-determination, equal access, individual and systems advocacy

● Perform other duties as assigned

Representative Payee

● Process applications for representative payee services

● Work with consumers to create and maintain a stable budget

● Ensure bills are paid accurately and on time

● Ensure representative payee accounts comply with ACI and Social Security

Administration (SSA) requirements

● Ensure funds from representative payee accounts are used to meet the basic needs of

food, shelter, clothing, and medical care

● Complete required reports such as redeterminations, representative payee reports, HUD

● Assist in securing housing if the consumer is currently or is at risk of homelessness

● Participate in internal control processes including account reconciliation and internal

audits

● Participate in external audits including coordinating file reviews and consumer interviews

● Ensure proper documentation of all accounting, case work, and reports

● Maintain an accurate and complete financial record for all Representative Payee

consumers

● Ensure records for consumers who request financial services contains an agreement of

which services we provide and the record reflects the outcomes of those services

●Be available for appointments with consumers to provide spending money as determined

by their individualized budgets

● Enter all transactions for Representative payee consumers into QuickBooks

● Collaborate with provider agencies to develop individualized approaches so consumers

have access to their funds while complying with requirements

● Assist with other consumer financial services needs as they arise

● Identify areas of spending that can be covered by other community services, such as food

assistance, Medicaid, Medicare, etc

● Ensure necessary changes are reported to SSA such as employment status

● Develop and maintain a desk reference guide for representative payee program

● Attend required training at SSA and other training as applicable

● Outreach support, employee may be asked to go out into the community and distribute

marketing materials for programs and workshops

Essential Qualifications

● Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills

● Ability to communicate and relate to persons of diverse backgrounds and abilities and

establish and maintain effective working relationships

● Ability to problem solve with creative and individualized approaches

● Must be able to work under high-stress situations

● Analytical thinking and creative problem-solving skills

● Knowledge of basic computer skills

● Excellent organizational skills and time management

● Ability to prioritize and plan effectively

● Experience with QuickBooks

● Experience working with people who experience homelessness

● Knowledge of available community resources, food assistance, housing options,

Medicaid, Medicare, and SSA programs

● Must be able to travel to banking institutions, county offices, SSA offices, or consumer

homes

Essential Education and/or Experience

● Have a current CPWIC certification and meet necessary ongoing training requirements,

or successfully complete CPWIC training and certification provided by the Virginia

Commonwealth University National Training Center and Part I and Part II of the

competency based assessments within six months of hire.

● Bachelor’s Degree in human services or a related field or four years of related work

experience

● Former beneficiaries may substitute up to two years of full-time work for the education

requirement if they can demonstrate that they used SSA work incentives to successfully

gain employment

● Five years experience working with people with disabilities in a community setting

including three years assisting with money management or serving as representative

payee

● Combination of education and experience will be considered

● Knowledge of basic accounting processes


Atlantis Community, Inc. has been advocating for people with disabilities for over 46 years. As a Center

for Independent Living, we support the rights of people with disabilities to direct their own lives by

providing advocacy, life skills…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    Other Education Requirement

Salary

At least $42,000*Opportunity to earn up to $45,000 annual salary after completion of mandatory training, coursework, and successful CPWIC certification

Benefits

Medical, dental, and vision insurance with employer paying 99% of base premium

● Paid Time Off

● Mileage Reimbursement

● 11 Paid Holidays

Medical, dental, and vision insurance with employer paying 99% of base premium

● Paid Time Off

● Mileage Reimbursement

● 11 Paid Holidays

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Denver, CO
Associated Location
201 S Cherokee St, Denver, CO 80223, USA
Unit 100

How to Apply

Submit a resume and cover letter to hr@atlantiscommunity.org with Benefits Specialist in the

subject line by Friday, May 14, 2021. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Submit a resume and cover letter to hr@atlantiscommunity.org with Benefits Specialist in the

subject line by Friday, May 14, 2021. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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