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Community Organizer Posted on March 6, 2020

Resources for Independent Living (RIL)
Position Summary for Community Organizer

Salary: $18.00 - $20.00 DOE. plus medical and 5% 403b match.
Location: Sacramento

Description: The Community Organizer primarily engages in community organizing activities for systems change advocacy on issues of significance to people with disabilities. The intent is to engage people with disabilities in systems advocacy. Issues addressed may be local, state or national in scope.

About Resources for Independent Living (RIL)

The mission of RIL is to promote the socio-economic independence of persons with disabilities by providing peer-supported, consumer-directed independent living services and advocacy. The focus of RIL is that freedom to make choices and the ability to live safely in the community are basic rights all people have, regardless of disability or age.

Job Responsibilities/Duties

1) Recruit, organize and provide systems advocacy training to persons with disabilities within RIL service area; support, encourage and act as liaison between RIL and our consumer advocacy team, DOGFITE.
2) Conduct systems advocacy consistent with RIL advocacy agenda.
3) Work with the Executive Director to develop materials on local,state and national issues, consistent with RIL advocacy agenda.
4) Under the direction of the Executive Director, coordinate activities with the statewide Systems Change Network and its hub on issues when consistent with RIL advocacy agenda.
5) Conduct outreach to all constituencies, and travel as necessary to meet with constituents, and attend public meetings, staff meetings, workshops etc.
6) Provide public comment - written or verbal - regarding public policy on disability issues, consistent with RIL advocacy agenda.
7) Conduct evaluation activities as directed.
8) Maintain appropriate files and documentation; meet deadlines and submit required reports on time.
9) Maintain a positive work environment and support the mission and goals of RIL.
10) Other necessary duties as required.

Required Education and Experience

1) Bachelor's degree in related discipline, or a combination of education and experience that demonstrates competence to perform the duties of the position.
2) Minimum two years of documented successful experience in community organizing.

Qualification Requirements

3) Demonstrated knowledge of independent living philosophy and of relevant laws and regulations that protect disability rights such as ADA, IHSS, and Fair Housing Act.
4) Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with the legislative process and other strategies for impacting public policy.
5) Personal experience with disability preferred.
6) Demonstrated experience in effective community relations.
7) Excellent communication skills, oral and written, including demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with people having a diverse array of disabilities or who may be culturally diverse. Bilingual skills (English/Spanish) are desirable.
8) Demonstrated experience to engage effectively in public speaking in order to present testimony regarding disability issues.
9) Demonstrated ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities.
10) Must be able to travel as required in order to carry out assigned duties.
11) Ability to use personal computer systems and software competently, including Windows, word processing, publication and presentation software, data entry and spreadsheets. Prefer experience with Microsoft Office.
12) Ability to think clearly, use discernment and tact, and make appropriate decisions.

Other Information

The emotional effort varies but can be challenging. Occasionally
there are short deadlines and periods of high activity/demand. The
position requires interacting with persons with a variety of disabilities,
methods of communication, and behaviors.

Within the office the job is primarily sitting with some movement
required to the file cabinets, copiers, fax machine, and answering of
the phones.

RIL is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available persons in every job. RIL's policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition including genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. All such discrimination is unlawful.

RIL is committed to compliance with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in RIL's operations and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of RIL, including supervisors and coworkers.

RIL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. You are encouraged to apply regardless of your race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, marital status, religious creed, medical/physical/mental circumstance, sexual orientation, Veteran status or age.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and three professional references to jobs@ril-sacramento.org.

Open until filled. The first review of applications will take place Friday March 13th at 5pm.

This job posting was added on March 6, 2020