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MISSION STATEMENT:

The Dakota Center for Independent Living, Inc. believes in self-determination for people with disabilities and creates the environment in which it is achieved.
 

FACTS:

The Dakota Center for Independent Living, Inc. was established in 1980 to enhance the opportunities for people with disabilities to achieve their individual potential and maximum participation and productivity in society.

The Dakota Center for Independent Living (DCIL), provides services and programs for persons from cross disability groups.  Funding for the program is provided through grants from the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.  The primary purpose of the DCIL is to provide and develop programs and services which champion the Independent Living philosophy, defined as a life style which allows all individuals regardless of their disabilities the greatest degree of choice and control over their lives.

The Dakota Center for Independent Living, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.  Fifty  one percent of the governing board members are persons with disabilities.  The board members promote a variety of services which assist our consumers to access community resources, become integrated members of the community and increase their independence and self determination while minimizing unnecessary dependence on others.

All areas of daily living are addressed, from adequate housing and personal assistant referral services to educational, employment referral services and benefits counseling.

•The original grant moneys received in 1980 provided the money to begin what is now Housing, Industry, Training Inc. located at Mandan, N.D.
•The Center for Independent Living became a program of Housing, Industry, Training Inc. after 1980.
•October 1993, the Center for Independent Living, Inc. received its 501 (c) 3 status as a nonprofit organization, becoming a separate agency from Housing, Industry, Training Inc.
•October 1993, the agency changed its name to: The Dakota Center for Independent Living, Inc.
•In the first part of 1993, the Center appointed its first board of directors.  
•Bylaws and letters of incorporation were approved in 1993.
•The DCIL moved from space it was renting from Housing, Industry, Training Inc. at Mandan, N.D. to new offices located at the present address at Bismarck N.D. in April 1995.
•Opened the DCIL branch office at Dickinson, ND in 1995.
 

Board of Directors

Staff

Robin Werre
President
Location: Bismarck, ND

Royce Schultze
Executive Director
Location: Bismarck

Diane Tomlin
VicePresident
Location: Halliday, ND

Mary Robinson
Program Director
Location: Bismarck

Carol Mihulka
Secretary/Treasurer
Location: Bismarck, ND


Independent Living Advocate
Location: Bismarck

Dan Mimnaugh
Director
Location: Dawson, ND

Jeannie Pedersen
Peer Program Coordinator
Location: Bismarck

Marcia Hettich
Director
Location: Elgin, ND

Ardeen Belile Brenneise
Secretary/Receptionist
Location: Bismarck

Robert Puyear
Director
Location: Bismarck, ND


Systems / Community Advocate
Location: Bismarck

 

Susan Helm
Independent Living Advocate
Location: Bismarck

 

Kaley Intorn
Money Follows the Person Transition Coordinator
Location: Bismarck

 

Vanessa Miller
Money Follows the Person Transition Coordinator
Location: Bismarck

 

Marlene Brown
Branch Office Manager
Location: Dickinson

 

Marge Burwick
Independent Living Advocate
Location: Dickinson

Employment

CLICK HERE to download a pdf version of our application.

INDEPENDENT LIVING ADVOCATE

Dakota Center for Independent Living, a non-profit disability advocacy organization, has a full time opportunity in our Bismarck office.

This position requires provision of peer support, independent living services training, self and systems advocacy, representative payee services and information and referral services to cross disabilities who are consumers of the center. This position will also be responsible in establishing working relationships with various agencies to promote the Independent Living Philosophy.

Preferred candidate will have an Associate Degree related to human service or two years of direct service working in the disability field, possess good computer skills, effective oral/written communications skills, be a self starter, dependable and have strong organization skills. Applicant must have reliable transportation.

 Position is 40 hours per week with benefits. Salary is DOE.  For consideration send resume, cover letter and application to:

maryr@dakotacil.org

Or mail to 3111 East Broadway Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501 or fax 701 222-0511

Position is opened until filled

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply

DCIL is EOE

SYSTEMS/ COMMUNITY ADVOCATE

Dakota Center for Independent Living, a non-profit disability advocacy organization, has a full time opportunity in our Bismarck office. This position’s key responsibility is to support, educate and advocate for people with disabilities through outreaching and community education activities. Monitor state and federal legislative changes that effect people with disabilities, provide accessibility information and publish the agency’s quarterly newsletter. This position will also be responsible in establishing working relationships with various agencies to promote the Independent Living Philosophy.

Preferred candidate will have an Associate Degree related to communication or the human service field or two years of direct service working in the disability field. Applicant must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, effective public relation abilities, dependable, knowledgeable with publisher and excel programs, and have strong organizational skills. Knowledge of federal, state and local laws regarding accessibility for people with disabilities a plus.

Applicant must have reliable transportation. Position is 40 hours per week with benefits. Salary is DOE.

For consideration send resume, cover letter and application to:

maryr@dakotacil.org

Or mail to 3111 East Broadway Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501 or fax 701 222-3636

Position is opened until filled

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply

DCIL is EOE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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