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…]

Independent Living Specialist, Access 2 Independence (Cedar Rapids, IA)

  • Posted September 7, 2021

Access 2 Independence has an Independent Living Specialist (ILS) Position open in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and we were wondering if any of you knew of a qualified candidate that would be a great addition to our team.

To apply, submit a completed employment application (PDF) and resume to by September 17, 2021.

Executive Director, Appalachian Center for Independent Living, Inc. (Charleston, WV)

  • Closing / Removal Date: August 20, 2021

The Appalachian Center for Independent Living is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization enabling people with disabilities to live as independently as possible. ACIL is seeking an individual with a disability as Executive Director. The Director will be responsible to the Board of Directors and for the overall requirements of the Center’s Mission and operations. See for full job description and ACIL information. Submit CV and cover letter describing interest and qualifications to: ACIL 4710 Chimney Drive, Suite C, Charleston, WV 25302 ATTN: Janet Darves or email no later than August 20, 2021.

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