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Disability Employment

HELP WANTED: Benefits/SNAP Coordinator

Benefits/SNAP Coordinator

Job Description—The Independent Living Center

Reports to: Core Services Manager

Status: Non-exempt, full-time

Submit Resumes to: Derek Collier This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax to 417-659-8087

Position Summary:

The Benefits/SNAP Coordinator will provide information about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and application assistance to families with special consideration for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. Additionally, the Benefits/SNAP Coordinator is responsible for finding innovative ways to increase the capacity of SNAP outreach among partner agencies. This position is grant-based and is available while funding is available.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Outreach

  • Conduct outreach work with partner agencies and educate low-income individuals about available benefits with special attention to SNAP benefits, administer pre-screenings, assist with application completion and follow-up.
  • Educate staff and volunteers of partner agencies about ways to provide SNAP outreach and assistance.
  • Participate in community meetings, collaborations, and forums to educate groups about the SNAP program.
  • Deliver presentations on SNAP.
  • Develop and conduct SNAP outreach workshops.

2. Provide information and referral help to individuals and families, program staff and volunteers based upon a comprehensive understanding of food resources and other available benefits. Responsible for remaining up-to-date with changes in SNAP and sharing this knowledge with local partners.

3. Advocate reducing barriers that currently hinder SNAP enrollment.

4. Reporting functions include:

  • Activity reporting for funding purposes
  • Data recording as required by our partners at the National Council on Aging (NCOA)
  • Application tracking and follow-up

5. Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or three years related work experience or the equivalent.
  • Experience working in or with social services community organizations.
  • Experience in community outreach and advocacy.
  • Effective problem solving skills and the ability to quickly asses issues and develop new strategies.
  • High proficiency with Microsoft Windows and Office environment (Word, Excel, Outlook) and standard office equipment.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with attention to detail, deal with interruptions, and maintain focus on tasks while producing accurate work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively when speaking and in writing using standard forms of professional and office communication.
  • Ability to make presentations and develop and deliver reports to a varied audience.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
  • Individuals with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Must be willing to travel regionally with occasional over-night travel.