Disability Rights Iowa Job Opening – Community Work Incentives Coordinator
Opening Date: July 1, 2021
Closing Date: August 1, 2021
Program Description: DRI receives funds from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to operate the Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) project. WIPA projects are community-based organizations that provide counseling and support to disabled beneficiaries of the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. The purpose of the program is to support beneficiaries who want to return to work to make a successful and profitable transition to the workforce. Beneficiaries who continue to work improve their economic independence and financial security. The WIPA project helps beneficiaries take advantage of SSA’s work incentives programs, which may delay or reduce the effect of work on monetary benefits and health insurance. Additionally, WIPA projects act as repositories for information about other work incentives, benefits counseling services and other resources that may help beneficiaries succeed in their work attempts, or may assist beneficiaries to improve financial stability as they return to work.
Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC) Position: CWICs provide beneficiaries who are working or actively seeking employment or self-employment with targeted, comprehensive, and intensive services with a large percentage of those services offered to beneficiaries via distance-based delivery. CWICs provide information about work incentives and related employment issues and prepare accurate and detailed reports regarding a beneficiary’s status. This includes helping beneficiaries understand and use programs that support entry into the workforce, including the Social Security Ticket to Work and PASS. CWICs refer beneficiaries to Federal, State or local work incentives programs or services supporting return-to-work. CWICs also develop relationships with service providers and public agencies within the service area in order to inform these providers about WIPA services. CWICs also spend a small percentage of their time on outreach.