Open Positions in the Independent Living Field

Position Postings are a benefit of NCIL membership. If you are, or your organization is a NCIL member, fill out the online form and we will post your position as soon as possible. Please contact with any questions.


The NCIL Policy Internship Program

Note: Until further notice, the NCIL Internship Program will be done remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) hosts 2 internship positions each semester at our headquarters in Washington, DC. The NCIL Policy Internship Program is open to students and individuals pursuing a career in a field relevant to NCIL interests, particularly Independent Living and disability advocacy. Although not a requirement, preference shall be given to individuals with disabilities. This program will provide real Washington policy experience to participants at a highly respected national organization. [Read more…]

President and CEO, Disability Network Southwest Michigan (Kalamazoo, M)

  • Posted: June 18, 2021
  • Position open until filled

Founded in 1981 by a small group of disability advocates, Disability Network Southwest Michigan educates and connects people with disabilities to the community resources they need to live independently while advocating social change. Much of our advocacy work is focused on creating communities that value disability as human diversity, free of attitudinal barriers, where all people benefit with full access and inclusion.

We are a nationally recognized Center for Independent Living; this distinction makes us unique from other community-based nonprofit organizations.  We believe that people with disabilities know best the disability experience; therefore, more than 51% of our staff and Board of Directors are people with disabilities.  Our services are cross-disability; we serve people across all disabilities and ages.  We believe all people with disabilities should be able to thrive and grow at home, in the workplace, and in their community.  Our services are customer-driven; customers have the power to set their own goals, and staff assists them in reaching those goals. [Read more…]

Executive Director, The Ability Center (Toledo, OH)

  • Closing / Removal Date: May 21, 2021
  • Posted: April 26, 2021


The Ability Center of Greater Toledo is seeking a new executive director to lead The Ability Center.  The Ability Center is a nationally known independent living center looking for a leader with lived experience who will continue and advance the great work of the Center. The Center provides independent living services to the disability community and works to remove all barriers for people with disabilities throughout Toledo, Ohio. The Center’s vision is to make Greater Toledo the most disability friendly community in the nation. [Read more…]

Program Manager, Disability Services & Legal Center (Santa Rosa, CA)

  • Posted: April 9, 2021
  • Open until filled

Salary: Determined on Experience

Description: This is a full-time supervisory position that reports to the Executive Director and is a part of the management team at DSLC. The Program Manager is responsible for ensuring people with disabilities receive the appropriate services which will enable them to live more independently in the community. This involves the supervision of the following core services: information and referral, housing assistance, peer support, independent living skills training, transitions for youth as well as transitions from institutional settings and benefits advising. Additional duties include managing staff and participate in the development and implementation of the agency’s long-term strategic plan and program goals. This position requires having the ability to communicate in an effective, polite and professional manner with individuals of various cognitive and communication abilities, as well as having the ability to maintain good judgment, discretion, and confidentiality. [Read more…]

Independent Living Program Manager, The Independence Center (Colorado Springs, CO)

  • Closing / Removal Date: March 31, 2021
  • Posted: March 11, 2021

The Independent Living (IL) Program Manager works closely with the IL Director to develop the overall program vision and ensure quality programs and staff deliverables. Oversees the IL program’s day-to-day operations by providing daily interaction with staff to ensure progress, managing consumer concerns, and carrying out the IL Philosophy and services by developing and executing IL infrastructure. Ensures the IL program meets all state and federal compliance standards and that the philosophy, mission, goals, and core values of the Independence Center are maintained. Maintains positive relationships with partnering agencies by providing information and representation for The Independence Center.

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Executive Director, National Council on Independent Living (Washington, DC)

  • Closing / removal date: The deadline to apply has been extended to March 15, 2021

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is currently seeking an Executive Director to succeed Kelly Buckland upon his retirement in May of 2021. NCIL encourages all qualified applicants to apply for this exciting opportunity to lead one of the nation’s premiere organizations for disability rights and independent living.

NCIL is the longest-running, national, cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: individuals with disabilities, Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.

The Executive Director will lead a complex grassroots organization that is led by its membership and Governing Board. The ability to work with a mission-driven board, members, and grassroots stakeholders is key. The Executive Director will also direct a dedicated, passionate staff of ten and administer an annual budget of nearly $2M. NCIL’s revenue comes from a variety of sources, including membership dues, donations, and grants and contracts. Ensuring NCIL’s continued success with advocacy and policy, resource development, and operating high-quality, accessible programs and events will be critical. [Read more…]

Executive Director, Nebraska Statewide Independent Living Council (Lincoln, NE)

The Nebraska Statewide Independent Living Council (NESILC) is seeking an experienced, mission-driven, and proactive individual to serve as its Executive Director (ED). A commitment to consumer-direction and an understanding of the independent living philosophy is required. Read full job description at Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. To apply for this position please submit cover letter, resume, and 3 references to

Disability Access Educator, Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council – SILC (Phoenix, AZ)

  • Reports to: State Administrator
  • Closing / removal date: October 16, 2020

Organization Description: Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council (AZSILC) is a federally mandated Council established under Title VII, Section 705 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. In Arizona, Executive Order No.2007-15 documents the general provision of the Council. AZSILC is a nonprofit corporation that addresses issues related to the ability of individuals who have disabilities to live independently. The majority of Council/Board Members and Staff are individuals who have disabilities.

Position Summary: The Disability Access Educator works in partnership with the disability community, public and governmental entities, and key individuals to promote greater awareness of disability concerns related to personal emergency and disaster preparedness and planning; coordinates and supports the Access and Functional Needs Taskforce; and works collaboratively with Centers for Independent Living, local and state emergency managers, and other partners in regard to emergency preparedness response, recovery, mitigation, and preparedness. [Read more…]

Bilingual Independent Living Specialist, ACCESS to Independence, Inc. (Madison, WI)

  • Closing / Removal Date: September 11, 2020
  • Posted: September 4, 2020


The Bilingual Independent Living Specialist promotes consumer directed services to persons with disabilities within a four-county area.  The Bilingual Independent Living Specialist is responsible for delivery and coordination of those independent living services requested by persons with disabilities to assist them in living independently. [Read more…]