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Job Title:        Disability Community Advocate

Hours/Pay:      40 hrs/wk. $15/hr to start plus benefits

FREED is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Disability Community Advocate based in the Grass Valley Headquarters. Ideal candidate has campaign, public speaking, and non-profit experience, and knowledge of transportation, affordable and accessible housing, healthcare, disability access, and/or elections. $15/hr to start. The Disability Community Advocate is a full-time position with medical, dental, and vision benefits.

This position assists FREED in developing disability advocacy teams and provides support to team members including education, developing strategic plans for organizing advocacy campaigns, and community organizing training and leadership development. As part of the Disability Organizing Network, this position organizes local efforts for regional and statewide strategic plans.  The Disability Community Advocate engages FREED’s consumers, people with disabilities, stakeholders, and allies throughout Nevada, Sierra, Yuba, Sutter, and Colusa counties in order to develop a network to create change at the local, state and federal levels.  

Send cover letter and resume to FREED, C/O Carly Pacheco, 2059 Nevada City Highway, Suite 102, Grass Valley, CA 95945 or carly@FREED.org. EOE. People with disabilities encouraged to apply. 

Full Job Description: Disability Community Advocate

DEFINITION

Under the supervision of the Executive Director and in cooperation with other members of FREED’s service team, the Disability Community Advocate develops disability advocacy teams and provides support to team members including education, developing strategic plans for organizing advocacy campaigns, and community organizing training and leadership development. The Disability Community Advocate participates in the Disability Organizing Network (DOnet) and often combines local organizing efforts with the DOnet’s regional and statewide strategic plan. The Disability Community Advocate engages FREED’s consumers, people with disabilities, stakeholders, and allies throughout Nevada, Sierra, Yuba, Sutter, and Colusa counties in order to develop a network to create change at the local, state and federal levels.  This position supports strategies to increase FREED’s capacity for proactive and reactive campaigns to create change. The position is headquartered in Grass Valley.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Build volunteer advocacy teams and facilitate training to individuals with disabilities and groups on community organizing, leadership, letter writing, and legislative contacts/visits.
  • Provide information/materials on local, statewide, and federal disability issues to advocacy team members and other community partners.
  • Participate in the DOnet via email, webinars, teleconferences, and in-person meetings as appropriate.
  • Engage Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) partners, Long Term Services and Support (LTSS) providers, individuals with disabilities, and seniors to increase access to community supports and health care services.
  • Activities may include:
  • Participate and facilitate consumer involvement in a number of ways: providing input on issues, giving public testimony, membership on community task forces, boards and commissions, attendance at public meetings, rallies and hearings, letter writing and other calls to action regarding specific issues.
  • Conduct legislative analysis of state, federal and local issues to educate FREED consumers, advocacy team members, community partners and the public throughout the region.
  • Track key local and state issues, community and governmental committees, task forces, and commissions to assist with strategies and facilitating consumer involvement in the democratic process.
  • Organize, coordinate, and participate in providing consumer and stakeholder education through telephone and social media, issue papers, FREED’s website, newsletters, press-releases, and presentations.
  • Assist FREED consumers, advocacy team members and community partners in understanding and providing local input to state level processes.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES:

  • Assist with developing annual systems change plan.
  • Submit narrative quarterly reports documenting progress toward meeting grant goals when due, engage in both qualitative and quantitative data retention.
  • Document activities utilizing FREED’s service database in a timely manner.
  • Travel throughout 5 county area for community meetings.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability desired.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

An associate degree in related field and/or significant experience with disability issues. Two years experience community organizing or significant experience with civil rights and access issues.  Experience and knowledge in communicating with people with disabilities.

Volunteer experience will be considered.

  • SKILLS

Excellent written and oral communication skills.  Ability to read, analyze and interpret written and legal materials appropriate for conducting systems change activities.  Ability to respond to common inquiries from advocacy team members, consumers, their families, staff, local or regulatory agencies as well as the general public.  Ability to prepare articles for publication and deliver speeches. Ability to effectively present information to advocacy team members, consumers and their families, staff, stakeholders, and public groups on advocacy issues affecting people with disabilities.

  • OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Understand and convey the concepts of independent living.

Ability to exercise initiative, ingenuity and sound judgment with regard to participation in community education, advocacy or awareness projects.  Ability to work effectively with advocacy team members, community resource agencies and staff.

Able to self-direct, listen effectively and think creatively.

  • WORK ENVIRONMENT: Moderate amount of travel throughout FREED’s five-county catchment area (Nevada, Yuba, Sutter, Colusa and Sierra counties). Some long-distance travel may be required. Mileage reimbursement paid for on-the-job travel.
  • NOT REQUIRED BUT DESIRABLE

Bilingual in ASL/English or English/Spanish.

Personal experience with disability.

  • EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

FREED is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. FREED is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.

  • BACKGROUND CHECK

FREED strives to provide a safe environment for staff, consumers, and volunteers. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, FREED conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted may vary by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, and sex offender registry.

HOW TO APPLY

Send cover letter and resume to FREED, C/O Carly Pacheco, 2059 Nevada City Highway, Suite 102, Grass Valley, CA 95945 or carly@FREED.org. EOE. People with disabilities encouraged to apply.