Director of Adult Advocacy

The Arc – Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties (The Arc) is seeking applicants for the position of Director of Adult Advocacy. This is a new position that expands The Arc's advocacy team.

About The Arc:
Founded in 1961, The Arc- Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties is one of more than 650 chapters of The Arc across the United States. We are a part of the largest national organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families, promoting and protecting their human rights and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. We foster respect and access, giving people with I/DD the power to achieve their dreams. The advocacy team provides empowerment through Individual Advocacy for individuals and families who need individual support and information, Advocacy Trainings to provide group educational opportunities, and Systemic Advocacy to help shape or change policies and procedures that affect people with I/DD.

Position Description:
Location: Based at The Arc’s office with significant off-site responsibilities
Type of position: Full time, exempt position. Some nights and weekends are required. Though this is not a 24/7 on-call position, the advocate may be asked to provide on-call support when absolutely necessary for the health and safety of individuals we serve
Position reports to: Executive Director

The Director of Adult Advocacy is an important member of The Arc’s Advocacy Team and will work collaboratively with the other advocates and all of the staff to continuously strengthen and improve the effectiveness of the advocacy work of this chapter. The Director of Adult Advocacy is responsible for working with and on behalf of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) on issues related to human and civil rights, accessing supports, employment, community needs, and conflict resolution.

Areas of Responsibility:
1. Individual Advocacy (for individuals and families in need of tools and resources to overcome obstacles and move in the direction of their own choosing):

  • Empower, inform, guide and educate individuals with I/DD to strengthen their advocacy skills.
  • Provide advocacy at the appropriate level to individuals with I/DD and family members/guardians as cases are referred to you
  • Provide advocacy in legal setting without providing legal advice. This advocacy may be for victims and/or alleged perpetrators
  • Serve on-call as needed to support individuals for whom The Arc serves, for whom The Arc is a Guardian Representative, and for whom The Arc serves as Medical Proxy
  • Engage in creative, person-centered problem solving with issues such as housing, employment, social security, pregnancy/parenting, relationships, and supported decision making
  • Explore future planning and identify available community resources, agencies and services appropriate for meeting the identified needs of young adults with I/DD
  • Understand assessments and reports and articulate their meaning to individuals with I/DD and others, explaining how they relate to the individual’s needs.
  • Keep abreast of best practices in advocacy, both in Colorado and in other states
  • Keep abreast of the latest laws and regulations, advances in technology, and best practices in supporting individuals with I/DD
  • Maintain up-to-date information regarding advocacy interactions in The Arc’s database; use data to inform trainings and systemic advocacy
  • Embrace and promote The Arc's Core Values and Guiding Principles

2. Trainings and Advocacy Outreach

  • Create, support and implement trainings and advocacy outreach in the community to empower individuals/families and professionals with the knowledge they need to ensure positive outcomes for people with I/DD
  • Conduct and analyze training evaluations to determine satisfaction and future changes that would make our work more effective
  • Collaborate with other community support and/or service organizations

3. Self-Advocacy Support

  • Support the activities of People First of Jefferson County and engagement of its members
  • Support the engagement of members of People First of Jefferson County in Speaking For Ourselves Colorado
  • Support individuals who attend monthly Coffee House gatherings
  • As an Advisor, act in alignment with SFO’s Code of Conduct for Advisors

4. Systemic Advocacy (to help shape or change policies and procedures that affect people with I/DD):

  • Attend stakeholder and community meetings to learn what is happening in our service area, listen to partner perspectives, represent the interests of people with I/DD, and to bring information back to The Arc
  • Utilize The Arc-Jefferson, Clear Creek, & Gilpin Counties’ System of Response approach to advocacy
  • Continue to build and strengthen relationships with all providers of services
  • Represent The Arc-Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties on assigned Arc committees and community committees/councils, etc.

5. Other Expectations

  • Serve as a strong, professional representative of The Arc in the community, maintaining relationships and enhancing collaborations
  • Participate in our annual operational planning and multi-year strategic planning processes and ensure that all work is done in alignment with these plans
  • Recommend programmatic additions or changes for The Arc as appropriate based on experience and environmental assessment
  • Actively participate in advocacy team and full staff meetings
  • Travel is required primarily in the Denver Metro Area; occasional travel outside of Denver Metro may be required
  • Support the Development Team by providing program information as necessary for grant proposals and reports
  • Support the creation of our eCommunications through providing articles as requested
  • Participate in the development of resources such as FAQ sheets or website content
  • Collaborate with Arc staff within our chapter, The Arc of Colorado and The Arc of the US as opportunities arise
  • Other duties to further the mission of The Arc and support the organization, as assigned

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Experience listening to and taking direction from people with I/DD
  • Knowledge of programs, services, and benefits in Colorado including HCBS Medicaid Waivers and Social Security benefits
  • Ability to navigate benefits systems and connect individuals to appropriate community resources
  • Knowledge of Colorado DD rules/regulations
  • Ability to work independently with regular team interaction/collaboration
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to present in both small and large group settings
  • Experience mediating difficult situations and engaging in creative problem-solving
  • Ability to communicate with community partners, build organizational relationships and relate well to families, staff, and volunteers
  • Excellent follow-through and strong organization skills
  • Competency using Microsoft Office products
  • Willingness to learn to use specific database software; data entry experience preferred

Additional Preferred Experience:

  • Experience working with the Criminal Justice System, with either victims or alleged perpetrators
  • Experience working with individuals with problematic sexual behaviors

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field with minimum of five years’ experience in the field of developmental disabilities, or seven years’ experience in the field of developmental disabilities
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends
  • Ability to serve on-call, as needed, to support individuals for whom The Arc is Guardian or serves as Medical Proxy
  • Valid Driver’s License, reliable transportation, and car insurance required
  • Commitment to supporting a culture of continuous improvement
  • Commitment to the mission and work of The Arc
  • Commitment to the core values of The Arc
Compensation/Benefits:
This is a full-time, exempt position. The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and includes many benefits such as accrued sick leave and vacation.

How to Apply:
To apply for the Director of Adult Advocacy please send your resume and cover letter to info@arcjc.org or mail them to The Arc’s office. All applicant information must be received by midnight on August 17, 2018 for consideration. Your cover letter must include a description of your work experience with people with I/DD, why you are interested in this position, and your salary history or requirements.

The Arc is an equal opportunity employer that values workplace diversity. The Arc strives to create an inclusive work place that embraces diverse backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives. The Arc prohibits discrimination of employees or applicants on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual identity, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.

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