Advocacy Coordinator, Able South Carolina (Columbia, SC)

  • Closing / Removal Date: Open until filled
  • Posted August 8, 2019

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION: This full time position will serve as an advocate for people with disabilities in a variety of functions and to create internal and community capacity to advocate for disability rights. Functions of the position are in direct delegation of the Director of Advocacy & Community Access.

TO APPLY: Please email your cover letter and resume to smarin@able-sc.org. No phone calls please. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities in all circumstances.
  • Assist with executing advocacy projects to support the goals defined in the strategic plan.
  • Expand the reach of the Independent Living (IL) Philosophy to staff, consumers and the community at large.
  • Disseminate updates, trends, and other timely information regarding disability rights laws like the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), Fair Housing Act (FHA), Rehabilitation Act to staff, consumers, and the community at large.
  • Assist in providing technical assistance to appropriate agencies and community groups via accessibility assessments, advocacy events, and trainings.
  • Assist with coordinating events and conferences that promote the rights of people with disabilities.
    Provide information, referrals, and technical assistance over the telephone to consumers and callers especially in regards to disability rights issues.
  • Gather and compile data regarding disability right and access issues into reports for internal use and public dissemination.
  • Participate, advocate, and train in meetings where disability rights and access should be furthered with a focus in Emergency Management, Financial Access, Housing, and Intersectional Rights Movements.
    Research and promote internal policies that will further intersectionality with other marginalized groups to include all traditionally underrepresented groups.
  • Participate and collaborate in stakeholder meetings and advocacy activities led by intersectional rights organizations to further efforts that benefit people with disabilities within those groups and raise awareness about disparate impact to people with disabilities.
  • Manage professional relationships with key stakeholders to ensure the disability voice has a seat at the table.
  • Network and provide community outreach and education.
  • Carry out additional assignments as delegated by supervisors in a timely manner.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Services or other related field. A Master’s degree is preferred.
  • At least two years of documented experience working with persons with disabilities or personal experience with a disability required.
  • Knowledge of disability rights and IL philosophy required.
  • Knowledge of the service system, benefits, entitlements and supports utilized by people with disabilities.
  • Experience with working in teams to accomplish goals.
  • Experience in the delivery of presentations and training to groups required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in written form.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must be able to operate a computer.