Job Opportunities

 ECI Job Opportunities
Peer Mentor
Responsible for the counseling of Center participants toward accomplishment of individual goals and objectives as outlined in Individualized Independent Living Plans.  Responsible for developing plans and strategies in concert with program participants which maximizes the individual’s independent living.  To provide emotional support and serve as positive role model to program participants.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in human services field.
  • Experience can be substituted for some education.
  • Courses in counseling and case management.
  • Experience in areas of consumerism and self-advocacy.
  • Having direct experience with disability.


  • Individual peer counseling.
  • Developing Individualized Independent Living Plans with participants.
  • Maintain accurate case notes and participant records.
  • Reporting monthly statistics of peer counseling services delivered.
  • Participation in community education presentations as required.
  • Working with DARS Fee for Service participants.
  • Assist with Life Skills Classes targeted toward youth
  • Serve as a positive role model for participants.

Position requires employment of 40 hours a week. Most job activities occur Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm with some flextime. 

Annual salary $27,727 – $29,064 plus benefits.

If you have the required experience, please send your resume and indicate position applying for to

Education Advocacy Coordinator
The Endependence Center is seeking an energetic, knowledgeable advocate to join our staff. Must work from a foundation based on the ethics, advocacy and integrity reflective of consumer control and independence.  If you have the required experience and are willing to work hard for justice, please send your resume and indicate position applying for to

Will advocate for education policy that expands education opportunities for students with disabilities. The Education Advocacy Coordinator will provide individual and group training for students with disabilities to assist them with transition to adult living. This Coordinator will provide peer mentoring with students with disabilities. Additionally, they will advocate in collaboration with others to develop and implement strategies to expand compliance with disability rights laws.

Must have extensive advocacy experience and knowledge of the education rights of students with disabilities. A person who possesses the appropriate experience could meet employment criteria if they have significant life skills and experience and meet other criteria described below. Must work from a foundation based on the ethics and integrity reflective of advocacy and rights.

Must have the following experience: advocating with others to make change in the community; relating personal experiences with disability to others who also have a disability; researching regulations and policies; organizing community events; and conducting training.

Must have knowledge of the following: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Americans with Disabilities Act; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Must have personal experience with disability.

Prefer applicants with an undergraduate degree in a human services field, although a degree is not required if the applicant has significant disability advocacy experience.

Position requires employment of 40 hours a week. Most job activities occur Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm with some flextime. Must be available up to two evenings and one Saturday each month. Annual salary $30,384 – $34,445 plus benefits.

Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC)

Endependence Center, Inc. (ECI), a Center for Independent Living serving South Hampton Roads is hiring a Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC) to be part of the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) project team. The WIPA project funded by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide no cost services and supports to beneficiaries receiving SSI or SSDI that are working or planning to go to work, so they can make informed decisions about working and has a successful transition to the workforce.

Prefer applicant residing in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area working out of main office in Norfolk. However, we will consider an applicant that resides out of the area to provide services by phone. A laptop and other equipment will be provided as needed.

The CWIC is responsible for providing individualized benefits analysis and evaluation; benefits support planning; benefits management; and work incentives education to SSA disability benefits (SSI and/or SSDI) recipients throughout the service area via telephone, email, and face-to-face contact. The CWIC is also responsible for assisting with outreach efforts to disseminate accurate information to beneficiaries about various work incentives programs.

Essential Functions:

  • First point of contact and provide information and referral to SSI/SSDI beneficiaries in person or by telephone or email;
  • Utilize all specialized software related to the project on laptop provided;
  • Request all benefits information from beneficiary and provide individualized benefits counseling in person, on phone or via distance based communication technologies;
  • Develop Benefits Summary and Analysis (BS&A) after providing benefits counseling;
  • Provide written Work Incentive Plans (WIPs) and other reports to beneficiaries and funding sources as needed;
  • Maintain detailed documentation of all contacts;
  • Educate and assist beneficiary to understand work incentives and how to utilize those that are appropriate with employment;
  • Explain the effects of employment and self-employment income on SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare and other public benefit programs in Virginia;
  • Provide beneficiary information on other resources and employment networks; and
  • Provide follow along services to help beneficiaries manage their benefits, report income, and access available work incentives.


  • Must have a high school diploma or GED;
  • College degree or equivalent work experience preferred;
  • Must have experience working with people with disabilities;
  • Previous employment related experience preferred;
  • Must have a current Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC) certification;
  • Must pass Federal government Level 5 Suitability Clearance;
  • Must pass Criminal Background and Child Protective Services background checks;
  • Basic understanding of SSI, SSDI, Ticket to Work program, Work Incentives and other public benefits;
  • Work independently with minimum supervision;
  • Must have strong math skills;
  • Experience with data entry;
  • Ability to effectively communicate in oral and written communication;
  • Must have good time management skills;
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office software (i.e., Word, Outlook, Excel);
  • Must be able to multi-task several projects at the same time; and
  • Persons with a disability are encouraged to apply.
This position is part-time and may lead to full-time with benefits at an annual salary of $29,064 or part-time at $14.00 per hour.

To apply: submit a resume and introduction/cover letter to Cheryl Simpson at and use the subject line “CWIC position” or mail to:
Endependence Center
Attn: CWIC Position
6300 East Virginia Beach Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23502

This position is open until filled.

The Endependence Center is an equal employment opportunity employer.
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