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]