Systems Change Advocate

Job Title: Systems Change Advocate
Salary: 1.0 FTE $17.00-$20.00/hourly
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: San Bernardino (based)/Victorville occasionally

Be the voice of Rolling Start! Rolling Start, Inc., Center for Independent Living (RSI) is a 501 c (3) not-for-profit organization that provides advocacy and services to people with all types of disabilities. The mission of RSI is to educate and empower people with disabilities to achieve the independent life of their choice. We have been serving San Bernardino County for 46 years. RSI is looking for a Systems Change Advocate to join our team and broaden our local and statewide advocacy efforts.

Position Summary:

The Advocate will community organize RSI consumers and stakeholder partners on a variety of issues impacting people with disabilities such as housing, transportation, health care, emergency preparedness, youth outreach, voting, and accessibility. The Advocate will attend meetings, public hearings and statewide events; they will be the voice of RSI! They will be responsible for recruiting, training, and facilitating volunteers and groups. The Advocate will work with RSI consumers to develop and strengthen self-advocacy skills so they can effect change on issues personally affecting them.
The candidate must be an energetic and passionate advocate, enjoy public policy, have excellent communication and writing skills and can work both autonomously and collaboratively in groups. This currently is being offered as a full-time position at 40 hours a week, benefits included.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

•Ability to understand and implement Independent Living philosophy;
•Ability to advocate for people with disabilities and train others in self-advocacy;
•Ability to promote and clearly explain the services that RSI offers to consumers, other businesses, and organizations through community outreach and/or virtual events;
•Ability to effectively manage conflicts and resolve conflicts successfully;
•Ability to research information, understand legislation, define problems, collect/analyze data, establish facts, and draw reasonable conclusions and solutions on issues effecting older adults and people with disabilities and be able to share this information in individual and/or group settings;
•Facilitate disability awareness training to other community organizations;
•Facilitate training to consumers on community organizing, letter writing, legislative contacts/visits and other way of affecting systems change;
•Be an active participant in the DO (Disability Organizing) Network, and collaborate with the Systems Change Hub Coordinator, and the SCA’s throughout the state;
•Ability to understand and implement the organization’s policies and procedures;
•Ability to maintain confidentiality and confidential information.

Minimum Qualifications:

•AA degree or higher and/or some combination of college and social services, human services, communication, or related field;
•2-4 years related professional experience;
•Experience working with people with disabilities and/or older adults,preferably in an Independent Living Center or aging and adult servicesorganization.

Other Preferred Qualifications:

•Skill in using Microsoft Office applications in a PC environment;
•Proficiency in social media (FB/Instagram/Twitter/TikTok/YouTube) andpost info, events, & short videos related to advocacy.
•Capable of working at a computer work-station for long periods of time
•Must possess the ability to interact effectively (influence, exchange andcommunicate information so it is understood) with consumers,employees at all levels of the organization as well as those outside theorganization and provide appropriate communication to the targetaudience.

Working Conditions

•Office setting 70% of the time. “Home” office is in San Bernardino; at least 2 times/month in Victorville Office;
•Community Outreach 30% of the time. Includes, health and resource fairs, etc.;
•Travel to various meetings locally, regional and statewide;
•Participate in conference rallies and conference calls.

Rolling Start Inc. offers a benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision & life insurance. We also offer a total of (13) twelve paid holidays; (12 fixed with 1 floating) and paid vacation time off.

Rolling Start, Inc. celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please send your resume and cover letter to:
[email protected]

Executive Director

Communities Actively Living Independent and Free (CALIF)

Position Description

Job Title: Executive Director
(Exempt Employee)

Location: 634 S. Spring Street, 2ⁿᵈ Floor Los Angeles, CA 90014

Reports to: Board of Directors

Supervision Given: Senior Management, Fiscal Agent and

Salary Including Benefits: $95,000 TO $120,000

Position Summary

Under the guidelines set by the governing Board, the Executive Director oversees the operation of
Communities Actively Living Independent & Free (CALIF), an independent living center serving
Greater Los Angeles. The Executive Director is responsible for developing and administering the
finances, programs, and services of the agency, and for advancing the philosophy and principles of
the Independent Living Movement.


Board of Directors

  • Prepares and submits timely reports, recommendations and updates;
  • Identifies and recruits candidates for potential membership on the governing board;
  • Assists with the pursuit of operational revenues for the agency;
  • Implements and administers board approved policies and budget;
  • Coordinates board training and strategic planning sessions;
  • Assists in the annual agency review process, including the analysis of input from staff,
    consumers, community organizations and contractors.

Program Administration

  • Assures that the mission of the agency is reflected in all program planning, implementation and
  • Monitors compliance with grants, contracts, and regulations, including the preparation of
    performance reports and the maintenance of appropriate records;
  • Oversees the completion of periodic needs assessments within the agency’s constituency;
  • Promotes program expansion into unserved and underserved population/areas.


  • In accordance with current employment laws, oversees the implementation of personnel policies
    and procedures, including and not limited to: recruitment, hiring, promotion, evaluation, training
    and dismissal;
  • Supervises middle management, the Program Director, Accountant, Volunteer Coordinator and


  • Oversees all elements of the organization’s financial system;
  • Prepares and administers the annual budget;
  • Monitors compliance with established financial controls;
  • Reviews monthly statements and reports prior to submittal to the Board of Directors;
  • Arranges for independent annual audits;
  • Develops and implements correction plans.

Resource Development

  • Oversees the development, implementation, modification, and evaluation of an annual resource
    development plan;
  • Initiates contact with, and represents the center to potential supporters and donors;

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  • Assists with efforts to obtain income through grants, contracts, fees, foundations, corporation,
    resource development activities and individual donors.

Public Relations and Systems Change

  • Works with local, state and national boards and organizations; including travel to further the
    Independent Living Movement and the rights of persons with disabilities;
  • Participate in community awareness, education and advocacy efforts;
  • Represents the center in the media and at public events;
  • Acknowledges contributions to the agency and to the independent living movement;
  • Reviews promotional materials prior to publication and dissemination



  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in nonprofit management or a related field; or other practical
    relevant experience such as graduate education.
  • Exhibit the ability to formulate and implement procedures, interpret and apply policy, interact
    with a wide variety of people, and oversee a complex organization and office environment;
  • With or without a reasonable accommodation must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

o Develop and maintain community support systems of, by and for people with disabilities;
o Negotiate grants and contracts;
o Communicate effectively both in writing and orally;
o Compose and present proposals and reports;
o Read, understand and communicate financial information;
o Work effectively with culturally diverse communities and cross-disability groups;
o Provide evidence of sound judgment, analytical ability, resourcefulness and interpersonal skills.

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Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrate computer literacy and knowledge of Assistive Technology;
  • Exhibit the ability to oversee the design and use of a computer network and management
    information system;
  • Possess personal life experience with a disability;
  • Communicate in more than one language, including sign language.
  • Experience working in an Independent Living Center (ILC)

*Part or all of this position is grant funded and may be limited by the term or length of the grant.

Because of the purpose of CALIF, it is essential that the individual understand, believe and
practice the Independent Living Philosophy.

CALIF is an equal opportunity employer
Email applications to [email protected]