DDAR Coordinator


The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) is a statewide disability organization that administers programs and serves as a membership association that connects California’s Independent Living Network. The mission of CFILC is to increase access and equal opportunity for people with disabilities by building the capacity of Independent Living Centers (ILCs).  


Under the direction of the DDAR Program Manager, the Disability Disaster Access & Resources (DDAR) Program Coordinator works as a part of the DDAR Program team to support community members with access and functional needs (AFN) in acquiring emergency preparedness resources. They will additionally work with contractors to maintain accurate reporting and maintain a statewide inventory.

This position is based in Sacramento, CA and may include travel within California and occasional travel outside of California. This position is a regular non-exempt, full-time position based in Sacramento, California. 


Program Coordinator I:  $22.40 – $26.90 per hour

Program Coordinator II: $24.65 – $29.60 per hour

This is a Regular Full-Time Non-Exempt position. CFILC offers a generous benefit program that includes vacation, sick time, medical, dental, vision, life & disability insurance, FSA, and retirement plan.

  • Assist with program logistics and coordination of activities;
  • Provide information, referrals and assistance to consumers;
  • Data validation of submitted reporting;
  • Database entry and maintenance;
  • Preparing reports;
  • Provide application assistance;
  • Provide in-person and remote technical assistance;
  • Participate in outreach activities and educational presentations to increase the awareness of and access to programs and services;
  • Support in maintaining website and social media content;
  • Track and maintain program inventory in a database;
  • Write articles for program blogs, newsletters, websites and external media;
  • Occasional evening and weekends work hours are required;
  • Working in-person, organization-wide events is required;
  • Travel as needed in California with occasional out of State Travel;
  • Other duties as assigned.

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


An associate degree AND two years of experience; Four years experience in database entry, customer service, emergency preparedness or a disability related field may be substituted for college degree.

  • Strong customer service skills;
  • Experience in Microsoft Office Suite, Teams and Zoom;
  • Experience working collaboratively with a team;
  • Leadership experience/group facilitation;
  • Experience with diverse, intersectional, marginalized and/or underserved communities;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Knowledge of Database entry and data validation.



Personal experience with disability;

Experience working with people with disabilities;

Familiarity with disability rights;

Familiar with Independent Living Philosophy.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level of the office working conditions is low to medium and work is mostly indoors.



Applicants must email a cover letter and resume to:

Human Resources
Email Address: [email protected]

Subject Line Title: Program Coordinator – Disability Disaster Access & Resources (DDAR) 

No phone calls or faxes will be accepted.

CFILC is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. CFILC provides reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Please notify us if you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process.

CFILC has adjusted to a hybrid work environment. A computer and other necessary equipment for access will be provided to the candidate hired for this position. Please note that maintaining a physical workspace suitable for virtual work, including securing and maintaining an internet connection off-site, is the responsibility of the candidate.

Jem Moore

Statewide Youth Organizer

Headshot of Jem Moore, smiling.

Jem is a digital media artist, painter, photographer, and a disabled queer activist. They are classically trained in both digital and traditional art as well as communication with a degree from Saint Mary’s college. They have handcrafted an individual sense of style and creativity that is recognizable as well as memorable. She led Sacramento’s first Youth action board as its inaugural chair where she and the team endeavored to improve Sacramento’s youth homelessness systems. 

Jem strives to destigmatize mental health struggles and promote positivity around disability, gender, and sexuality in both her professional and personal life. Their passion for supporting their community has only grown as she steps into her new role as Statewide Youth Organizer. With her years of experience as a peer mentor for youth with disabilities and a passion for self-advocacy and serving the community, working with CFILC will feel like a return to form.

Independent Living Specialist (Crescent City)

This position will provide direct services to individuals with disabilities. Services include advocacy, independent living skills training, peer support, housing support, supported living, community reintegration, vocational support, and informational and referral services. Qualified candidates will have experience working with persons with disability, strong computer skills, and excellent organizational skills.

Competitive compensation and benefits. Visit for a complete job description and details on the application process. EOE, Individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Marielle Kriesel

Grants and Contractors Director

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Marielle Kriesel joined CFILC in February 2024 as Grants & Contracts Director to support the development of partnerships and funding streams to build the capacity of CFILC statewide.

Prior to joining CFILC, Marielle was Deputy Director of the Disability Community Resource Center in Los Angeles.

Marielle also previously worked as a paralegal in disability law practice in Los Angeles.

Marielle served as a Commissioner on the Santa Monica Disabilities Commission from 2014-2021 and was a member of the California Master Plan for Aging’s Equity in Ageing Advisory Committee from 2020-2021. She is currently a panelist on the California Department of Aging’s Equity Advisory Committee on Ageing and Disability.

Marielle received her B.A. in Honors English from CSU, Northridge and is a resident of Santa Monica. She is a writer, student of French, urban gardener and classical music listener and enjoys spending time with family and friends.   

Independent Living Advocate II


11768 Atwood Rd., #129, Auburn, CA 95603

530-885-6100; TTY 530-885-0326; FAX 530-885-3032


Independent Living Advocate II

Full time, Non-exempt

Department:  Services                               Entry Rate of Pay: $18.50/hr

Supervisor:  Director of Advocacy & Services                     Plus Benefits

PRIMARY JOB OBJECTIVES: Under the supervision of the Director of Advocacy & Services, the ILA II will carry out various duties with the primary goal of assisting persons with disabilities to live more independently.  Core services include independent living skills training, peer support, individual and systems advocacy, information and referral, personal assistant referral, transition services, and coordination of access to housing and transportation resources.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The duties of the ILA II include:


  1. Serve as on-site manager of daily operations of our El Dorado Countybranch office including orientation, training and supervision of other staff and volunteers, assuring adherence to Independent Living philosophy.
  2. Provide core services for consumers: conduct intake, assess needs, and develop Independent Living Plans with consumers who choose to have one.  Provide or coordinate access to services needed with appropriate support that enables the consumer to learn how to access services on their own, and follow up to ensure that needs are met to extent possible.
  3. Engage in outreach to consumers, other service providers, and the community at large to promote PIRS services.
  4. Be involved in at least one major area of systems advocacy such as benefits, health care, education, etc. and keep other staff apprised of key issues related to that area.
  5. Maintain required records and submit in an accurate, legible, and timely manner.
  6. Develop community relationships and provide appropriate information and referrals to resources for consumers.  
  7. Provide self advocacy training to consumers as needed, and support their advocacy efforts to access needed resources. 
  8. Provide basic information and assistance about benefits programs, such as IHSS, Social Security, SNAP, etc., or refer to appropriate outside resources.
  9. Provide access to individual and group peer support.
  10. In collaboration with Registry Coordinator at main office, assist with personal assistant recruitment and.provide guidance to consumers on how to hire, train, and supervise their in-home assistants.
  11. Travel as assigned throughout PIRS service area, and occasionally to other areas in or out of state for training.
  12. Carry out other duties, as assigned.


Bachelor degree and at least one year of related field experience working with people with disabilities. Two years of relevant experience may be substituted for two years of college education with demonstrated competence to perform the duties of the position.  Example: AA Degree in related field and three years of relevant field experience.

Ability to communicate effectively in English both in writing and verbally.  Bilingual skills in Spanish or Sign Language desired.

Excellent computer skills including word processing, data entry, use of internet and email.

Ability to communicate effectively with people having any type of disability.

Ability to write concisely and clearly in English.  Ability to read, analyze and interpret written matter appropriate for delivery of consumer services.

Understanding of and commitment to the Independent Living philosophy, including experience with both individual and systems change advocacy, and the values and mission of PIRS.

Ability to exercise sound judgment in providing consumer services and/or participating in community education, advocacy, and awareness projects.

Personal experience with disability preferred.  Hiring preference given to persons with disabilities (Title VIIc, Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended).


The ILA II must have the abilities to define problems, present solutions, collect data and establish facts and priorities; use discretion and to maintain confidentiality; and work with minimum of supervision and maintain an atmosphere of teamwork.


The ILA II is regularly required to recall details, resolve problems, deal with interpersonal conflicts, and manage people, time and materials.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that should be met to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. These include general clerical duties, use of office machines, some travel within the catchment area, and occasionally outside that area, and the ability to work in an office setting with average conversational noise levels.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a person with a disability to perform the essential functions of the position.




Revised: 6/18; 11/22

Amora Stahl

Ability Tools Program Coordinator

Amora Stahl smiles in front of a white wall.

Amora Stahl joined CFILC in December 2023 as an AT Program Coordinator. Amora has previously worked with several organizations within the Non-Profit realm throughout California and the MidWest; truly enjoying and appreciating the work that she does from the bottom of her heart. She is very excited, focused and energetic in her efforts to provide resources and support for every community that is in need by using many effective and tactical problem-solving skills that she has developed throughout her career. 

Amora recently graduated from Cosumnes River College in August of 2023 with
her AA in Liberal Arts, with an emphasis in Behavioral and Social Sciences. As a part-time artist and creative mind, Amora brings a fresh and unique outlook on the way that we can approach Non-Profit ideas, collaboration efforts and
obstacles to continue to push forward the capabilities and breadth of these organizations in an inclusive and genuine way. On her free time, Amora enjoys spending time cultivating community within her family/friends and enjoying the
intentionality of learning to notice the little moments that create big memories. She is newly married and is spending most of her time with her new husband while watching as her Tom and Jerry-like Cat and Dog constantly create comical mayhem. You can usually find her painting, drawing digitally, at a thrift store or trying out a new cooking/baking recipe.

Maria Ramirez

Accounting Clerk

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Born and raised in Sacramento, CA, Maria is a proud Latina professional with over a decade of experience in Administration Management, Bookkeeping, and Accounting. She brings her expertise in handling accounts payable and accounts receivable with precision and dedication. Beyond her organizational skills, Maria’s commitment to excellence is underscored by her genuine care for others, rooted in family-oriented values and is a proud mom of a United States Marine and deeply values the significance of dedication, discipline, and support.

Currently she is pursuing a degree in accounting and is passionate about further enhancing her expertise. Maria thrives in fostering a collaborative and supportive work environment while utilizing her diverse skills to ensure streamlined operations and financial accuracy, while also prioritizing the well-being and growth of those around her. She is dedicated to positively impacting any team or organization through both her expertise and compassion.

Serra Rea

DDAR Program Manager

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While working with the County of San Bernardino in the Public Works department, she learned a lot about wildland fires, flooding, and earthquakes. Preparing for the next emergency and working as a Emergency Communications Specialist in the FireCorps, Serra attended American Military Academy and obtained a bachelor degree in Disaster and Emergency Management with a focus on Terrorism and Geological Disasters. Later becoming certified as an Emergency Management Specialist with California Specialized Training Institute. She was introduced to the DDAR program while working at Rolling Start, an Independent Living Center member with CFILC. Working with the program at the center level gave her a good foundation to help the community open up the discussion of resources available to the community before, during and after an emergency or disaster event.

Serra enjoys traveling with a goal to visit all 50 states, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and exploring historic towns. Family exploration trips often involve visiting earthquake faults and volcanoes in California, Nevada and Arizona.

Russell Dawson Rawlings

Community Organizing Manager

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Russell first developed a passion for disability rights advocacy after serving for seven years as President of DOGFITE (Disability Organizing Group For Initiating Total Equality), a Sacramento-area disability advocacy group established in the early 2000’s at Resources for Independent Living (RIL). While educated in the Independent Living Movement through his nearly 20-year experience as both a leader and facilitator with DOGFITE advocates, Russell was introduced to the transformational power of community organizing as an early participant in Occupy Sacramento and developed a deep commitment to accessible, affordable housing advocacy and intersectional anti-poverty community organizing. 

Russell has previously served as Chair of the Sacramento City Disabilities Advisory Commission, Vice-Chair of the Disability Action Coalition (DAC), and board member of Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness. He is also a graduate of Sierra Health Foundation’s Health Leadership Program (Class XV) and Sacramento’s Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI).  

Russell is honored to serve as CFILC’s Statewide Community Manager, overseeing the Disability Organizing Network (DOnetwork) and providing direction for CFILC’s community organizing strategies across programs. His personal organizing philosophy centers around the promotion and development of Disabled leaders willing to influence power to achieve an equitable, accessible transformational justice for all people. In short, Russell believes Disability community leaders must be at the forefront of a progressive society, because barriers to access are also barriers to progress. 

Russell lives with his fiancée and their ever-present canine companion, Sammie. When not working, he can be found catching a local Sacramento music or comedy show, and occasionally performing improv or karaoke.