Independent Lifestyles

Job Opportunities and Internships

Life Skills Coaches –

We offer a dynamic, positive, one-of-a-kind environment that actively promotes the health and well-being of team members and persons served! In partnership with Sherburne County, we provide independent living support to people with disabilities who live in their own apartment in Big Lake or Elk River. Independent Lifestyles has part-time and potentially full-time, mostly afternoon with other support shifts, positions available to carry on our mission of “a team promoting independence and choices for people with disabilities, their families and communities.”

Duties /Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Daily check-in’s with residents
  • Assistance with problem solving (roommate issues, transportation concerns, etc.)
  • Assistance in identifying and accomplishing goals by providing skill based training
  • Assistance with independence promoting skills including advocacy, self-esteem and assertiveness
  • Assistance with establishing linkages to community resources
  • Schedule social events
  • Provide transportation to social events
  • Schedule, transport and attend medical appointments
  • Offer daily, weekly, or monthly shopping trips
  • Assistance with paperwork
  • Assistance with budgeting
  • Ensure that all timelines are followed and adhered to
  • On rotating basis with co-workers be available to assist 24 hr per day/seven days a week
  • Participate in team meetings
  • Proactively contribute to the health and well-being of our company culture and team


  • Must have a high school diploma. A passion for working with people with disabilities is preferred.


  • Ability to professionally solve problems proactively and positively using company culture strategies provided
  • Professional verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently with minimal supervision and be dependable
  • Patient with others
  • Works well with others
  • Ability to multi-task, manage time well, prioritize and work well under multiple demands
  • Organized and attention to detail
  • Ability to network
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a reliable, insured vehicle with a clean driving record
  • Must pass the background check

Benefits include:

  • Health
  • Dental
  • Life
  • 403B
  • Holidays
  • PTO


  • Competitive based on experience

What makes Independent Lifestyles different?

We provide an unduplicated culture working in a supportive, positive and dynamic company that sets us apart from the rest. A private, non-profit, non-residential, certified Center for Independent Living that provides a wide array of services with a philosophy of consumer control for all people with disabilities supporting all individuals of all ages in pursuit of self-directed lives! If you are looking for a position at an organization that supports its employees we are your next step! Check us out at:

Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Review of candidates will begin immediately. Application will be accepted until the position is filled. Send cover letter and resume to EOE/AA.

Getting Hired at Independent Lifestyles, Inc. – What you can expect

Step 1: Application for Employment and Applicant Survey Form

The first step in applying for a position with Independent Lifestyles, Inc. is to respond to our job posting with your cover letter and resume (preferred via email) to the Contracts & HR Director. If you meet the minimum qualifications you may receive an Application for Employment and Applicant Survey Form to complete and return. The application will provide us with details of your knowledge, skills and experience as it relates to the positon in which you are applying. It is important for you to complete the application completely to ensure that it can be submitted successfully. Any application with missing information may not be considered complete and may not be reviewed. Completing the application accurately and honestly also ensures your employment will not be rescinded for incorrect statements or information. As an Affirmative Action employer, we must monitor our equal opportunity employment and affirmative action plan and report the results to government agencies. Providing the survey information is completely voluntary. When we receive the Applicant Survey Form we will immediately keep it separate from your application. This form is NOT used for employment decisions. Once your completed information has been received, they will be reviewed.  If your skills and experience are found to match the job opening, you may be contacted for a phone interview. Should you require reasonable accessibility accommodations for any of the hiring steps, please provide your request to the Contracts & HR Director.

Step 2: Phone Screen

If selected, you may receive a phone call from someone on the interview team.  During this brief phone call, we will further explain the positon, clarify information you submitted and ask some interview questions. You will also have an opportunity to ask some questions that you may have.

Step 3:  In-Person Interview

If selected, you will be contacted to schedule an in-person interview. You may participate in one or more interviews. The interview will determine your suitability for employment. It will also provide you with an opportunity to ask questions. The interview is an opportunity for you to better understand the position you are applying for, and allow you to hear what it is like to work at Independent Lifestyles.

Step 4:  Reference and Education Check

If selected, we will contact your references and school to verify the information you provided and ask questions to further determine your suitability for employment.

Step 5:  On-board

If selected for the position, you will be notified via phone. Once a start date has been established you will receive a welcome letter and some new hire paperwork that will need to be completed before your start date. When you report for work you will continue with more “new hire” paperwork and receive on-boarding to our agency and your job.



A Team Promoting Independence and Choices for People with Disabilities, their Families and Communities.

Main Office
215 North Benton Drive
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

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