Center for Independent Living, Inc. Bilingual (Spanish/English) Program Coordinator Oakland, CA · Full time

The Bilingual Program Coordinator will spearhead the creation of community-specific programming in the Fruitvale/East Oakland catchment, ensuring the provision of CIL's core services that enhance accessibility and foster independent living for individuals with disabilities.


Who We Are: 

Founded in 1972 in Berkeley, California, the Center for Independent Living (CIL) emerged from the Independent Living movement of the 1970’s as a powerful force in helping people with disabilities achieve their independence. CIL is the model for hundreds of Independent Living Centers throughout the U.S. and the world. 

What We Do:

CIL directly serves about 1000 individuals each year. Services include peer counseling, assistive technology consultation and training, employment services, travel training, a residential access program that provides simple equipment allowing seniors and people with disabilities to stay in their homes, systems change advocacy, work and benefits counseling, and a Living Well with a Disability curriculum that helps seniors with aging-related physical and mental disabilities remain productive, healthy and engaged. CIL’s Information and Referral staff provide specialized, in-depth connections to resources to an additional 5000-6000 people a year. 

Our Guiding Principles: 

  • Comprehensive programs most effectively meet the needs of people with disabilities 
  • People with disabilities are the best experts on their lives 
  • The strongest and most vibrant communities are those that include and embrace disability 


The Bilingual Program Coordinator will lead the development of community-specific programming in the Fruitvale/East Oakland catchment and will provide CIL’s core services, which promote greater accessibility and independent living for people with disabilities. The Coordinator must have the expertise to interpret and translate between English and Spanish.

Essential Functions:

  • Assess Fruitvale/East Oakland communities’ needs and the needs of Spanish-speaking people with disabilities, and design and implement community-specific programming accordingly
  • Plan events, services, and activities with attention to task completion, outcomes tracking, relevant deadlines, milestones, and reporting processes
  • Lead the development and expansion of CIL programming, mission and vision into the Fruitvale/East Oakland catchment area 
  • Provide outreach so that Spanish-speaking community, area residents, community leaders, community organizations, churches, schools,  and businesses are aware of available services and collaboration opportunities
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with various non-profit organizations, government agencies, and grassroots groups to facilitate the coordination of benefits and services to people with disabilities
  • Provide all CIL’s core services to persons with disabilities. Core services include: independent living skills training, peer counseling, advocacy, personal assistant services, housing search, information and referral, etc.
  • Refer consumers to other CIL staff as appropriate, and collaborate with CIL staff to ensure needs of Spanish-speaking people with disabilities are being met  

Other Duties:

  • Provide access to Spanish-speaking persons with disabilities to CIL services and programs by being available as a Spanish-speaking staff person and a peer
  • Provide appropriate referrals, technical assistance, and support to navigate access to Medi-Cal, Medi-Care, CalFresh, General Assistance, and Disability Insurance Forms.
  • Maintain complete, accurate, and up-to-date consumer records as outlined in CIL standard operating procedures.
  • Compile any required periodic reporting as requested by Program Manager
  • Communicate community needs to the Program Manager
  • Attend regular staff meetings and trainings
  • Other reasonable duties as assigned by Program Manager
  • Translate documents to Spanish for organization and for Spanish-speaking consumers with disabilities


  • Bilingual/Bicultural required
  • Individuals with lived experience/background in Fruitvale/East Oakland are highly encouraged to apply
  • Strong and demonstrated commitment to racial equity and anti-racism, and immigrant rights and migrant justice  
  • Lived experience with a disability is valued
  • In-depth knowledge of Independent Living and Disability Rights and Disability Justice history and philosophy preferred but can also be learned
  • Strong research capabilities
  • Ability to take initiative and to work independently and in a self-directed manner
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Experience in service/advocacy organization preferred
  • BA or equivalent work experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, both in English and in Spanish
  • Excellent computer skills in MS applications, email and Internet

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time.  
  • Must be able to communicate and exchange accurate information via telephone, email and in person with community members that visit CIL’s offices for appointments and information and referrals. 
  • Travel to other agencies and organizations
  • Ability to exert up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or other move objects. 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

A Note to Potential Candidates:

Studies have shown that BIPOC and other people from marginalized groups are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet all the qualifications described in the job description. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization, and to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse work experiences and backgrounds. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in this position, and what you hope to bring to this role.


How to Apply:

If you are interested in joining CIL’s team, please submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in CIL and how your past experience has prepared you for this role
  • Resume


All job offers are contingent on passing a pre-employment background check.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Director of Operations at hr (@)

CIL Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity), national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or status as a protected veteran. Persons with disabilities, veterans, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply.

CIL is an E-Verify participating employer.


$27 - $29 per hour