Community Advocate Posted on January 30, 2020
Tri-County Independent Living, Inc.
Position Summary for Community Advocate
Hours: Full or Part Time
Salary: $15.00 - $18.00 DOE + Benefits
Location: Eureka, CA
Description: The staff member in this position is responsible to work in cooperation with TCIL staff, community members with disabilities, and the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) statewide systems change network to identify systems change issues and to advocate for change at the local state and national levels. The position also functions as part of the statewide systems change network to educate clients about the legislative process; inform consumers and staff about current local, state, and national policy and legislative issues affecting persons with disabilities; and develop, organize and facilitate teams of individuals with disabilities to advocate for systems change.
About Tri-County Independent Living, Inc.
TCIL Philosophy: Individuals with disabilities are best able to determine their own needs and make their own service choices. Through role modeling and peer counseling, they become empowered to make changes in their lives becoming more self-sufficient and self-reliant.
1. Identify and research systems change issues and advocate for systems change at the local, state and national levels to provide equitable opportunity for people with disabilities and access to full participation in all of life’s activities.
2. Develop and implement methods of recruiting community members to serve on teams to address issues that impact the lives of individuals with disabilities such as transportation, In-Home Supportive Services, employment, public access, and state budget cuts.
3. Demonstrate and provide leadership for team members by gaining full understanding of legislation regarding the rights of people with disabilities and assisting team members to build skills necessary to become effective advocates.
4. Participate actively as a member of the CFILC statewide systems change network. Participate and facilitate participation by team members in community meetings, legislative hearings, and meetings of local and state government related to carrying out systems change.
5. Increase access to voting and promote voter registration for people with disabilities.
6. Be knowledgeable about all of TCIL’s service programs in order to make appropriate referrals.
7. Participate in ongoing training opportunities, keep informed on legislative issues that impact persons with disabilities, and disseminate legislative information to the advocacy teams and TCIL staff.
8. Submit all required records and reports in an accurate,complete legible and timely manner.
9. Develop, coordinate and lead consumer training and workshops that promote principles of independent living and self-advocacy, including facilitation of public forums related to the services provided.
10. Participate in trainings, agency meetings, events, presentations, outreach, fund-raisers, etc.
11. Maintain absolute client confidentiality absent a release or written waiver from the client. Show the ability to comprehend confidentiality issues and maintain the confidentiality within TCIL standards.
12. Other duties as assigned. TCIL is a very small agency and requires all staff to be flexible, willing and available to do all tasks requested, whether identified in the position description as an essential duty or responsibility or not. Perform all duties in accordance with agency’s policies and procedures.
13. Perform all duties in accordance with agency’s policies and procedures.
This job description does not list all the duties of the job. You may be asked to perform other duties. You will be evaluated in part based upon your performance of the tasks listed in this job description. TCIL has the right to revise this job description at any time. The job description is not a contract for employment.
1. Effectively and timely performs functions and responsibilities with attention to detail, appropriateness, and accuracy.
2. Meets deadlines and commitments.
3. Prioritizes and accomplishes multiple tasks within time constraints.
4. Demonstrates initiative and creativity to anticipate and solve problems.
5. Complies with TCIL policies and procedures.
6. Demonstrates effective working relationships with staff, management and Board members.
Required Education and Experience
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.
1. High school diploma or GED
2. One year of experience providing services to people with disabilities (paid or volunteer).
3. Fluent in written and spoken English; able to communicate effectively in English.
4. Experience and knowledge in communicating with people with disabilities.
5. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret written and legal materials appropriate for conducting systems change activities.
6. Ability to exercise initiative, ingenuity, and sound judgment when participating in community education, advocacy or awareness projects.
7. Ability to prepare articles for publication and effectively present information to advocacy team members, TCIL clients, staff and public groups on advocacy issues affecting people with disabilities.
8. Ability to create liaisons with other service providers and conduct outreach activities including activities to reach underserved populations in Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties. Utilize agency website and agency Facebook page, media/social media, information fairs and community events for outreach and education.
9. Must have excellent interpersonal skills, possess a positive, cooperative, flexible attitude, able and willing to
1) promote harmonious and collaborative working relationships,
2) participate fully as a member of the working team and
3) conduct self during agency business in a professional manner with respect for client rights, maintaining strict adherence to the independent living philosophy.
10. Proficiency with computer, word processing (Word), Microsoft Office, MS-Outlook, spreadsheet development (Excel), internet research, database management, internet search, social media. Experience using standard office technology and electronic communications including, but not limited to, the Internet, e-mail, texting and fax.
11. Skilled in time management; possessing outstanding organizational and critical thinking skills and strong analytical, judgment and reasoning abilities.
12. Ability to develop advocacy strategies broken into manageable steps.
13. Ability to work with minimal supervision.
14. Ability to effectively and efficiently problem-solve.
15. Ability to effectively communicate and read in English and communicate effectively in the primary language of the program to which he/she is assigned.
16. Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
Prefered possession of valid California Driver’s License. If licensed,m ust meet Agency Insurer’s qualifications for insurance coverage.
A background check is required for all positions with TCIL as a condition of employment and may include fingerprinting.
Essential Physical Requirements:
To adequately perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, the duties and responsibilities of this job, must be able to:
1. Sit for up to 8 hours/day with reasonable breaks
2. Operate and enter data into computer for extensive periods of time
3. Perform light filing and copying tasks
4. Perform with manual dexterity; lift, sit, stand, bend, stoop
5. Travel independently
6. Maintain emotional balance in the presence of stress. The emotional effort varies but can be challenging. Occasionally there are short deadlines and periods of high activity/demands. The job entails interacting with persons with a variety of disabilities and a variety of communication and behavior styles. Some consumers are facing crisis situations.
All positions subject to funding availability. Employment at TCIL is for no definite period of time and can be terminated with or without cause and with or without notice at any time and by either party. Tri-County Independent Living, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All persons having a disability, having personal experience with disability or committed to disability issues are highly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations are provided upon request.
How to Apply
OPEN UNTIL FILLED
Apply by submitting via email to: email@example.com with “Recruitment” in subject field, by fax to (707) 445-9751 attn: Recruitment, or by mail to:
Tri-County Independent Living
139 5 th St.
Eureka, CA 95501
2 Current Letters of recommendation
Cover Letter summarizing interest in position, qualifications and experience
Completed Application Form
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE
No walk-in applications will be accepted
Tri-County Independent Living is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Reasonable accommodations will be madefor applicants and employees with disabilities upon request.
People with Disabilities and Minorities strongly encouraged to apply. EOE. Alternative format will be provided upon request.
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