REPORTS TO:  Advocacy Manager

STATUS:  Part-time; hourly, non-exempt up to 30 hours a week

Position summary:

Focuses on coordinating and providing education and workshops to groups around ADA, Universal Design, Emergency Preparedness, Disability Awareness, Service Animals, Healthcare Accessibility, and other community trainings offered by the IC.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, OR 2-3 years of training or presentation experience
  • Working knowledge of ADA Compliance, Universal Design, Emergency Preparedness, Disability Awareness, Service Animals and Healthcare Accessibility and/or willingness to develop specific knowledge areas as needed.
  • Experience and a desire to work with people with disabilities.
  • Demonstrates the IC’s core values of Inclusiveness, Flexibility, Person First, Accountability, and Integrity and essential team virtues of Humble, Hungry and Smart.

Essential Functions/Areas of Accountability:

  1. Ensure the philosophy, mission and goals of the independent living program are maintained.
  2. Develop and implement workshops and trainings that build relationships and cross organizational understanding within relevant organizations and businesses in the fields of: ADA Compliance, Universal Design, Emergency Preparedness, Disability Awareness, Service Animals and Healthcare Accessibility.
  3. Recruit people from the disability community to join advisory groups or volunteer to become involved in community opportunities in the training areas identified.
  4. Develop and implement workshops to help people with disabilities and their communities prepare for, understand and implement disaster plans and take personal responsibility for their emergency preparedness.
  5. Assist with design and development of all community training programs with the support of marketing.
  6. Develop staff and consumer presentation skills in order to support varied presenters for necessary community trainings.
  7. Work with outside partners as directed by the Advocacy Manager to develop and administer new training programs and contracts.
  8. Support the Development Department as needed in writing grant proposals to obtain funding for community trainings.
  9. Participate in The IC’s efforts to ascertain consumer issues and to develop new client relationships. Refer people with disabilities to relevant IL staff to ensure inclusive planning, access and advocacy support for those who attend trainings.
  10. Work with the Measurement and Evaluation Program to identify evaluation outcomes for all community trainings. Maintain records of training activities through training matrices and monitor effectiveness on an ongoing basis.
  11. Assist the Advocacy Manager and IL Managers in the facilitation of workshops and trainings.
  12. Attend weekly IL staff meetings as pertinent to communicate and collaborate with IL staff.
  13. Maintain confidentiality as outlined in the employee handbook.
  14. Responsible for entering documentation into Services database as those activities relate to community and consumers to meet Agency and State regulatory requirements.

 Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience with a disability and knowledge of the Independent living movement is desirable.
  • Ability to network and asses the community for barriers to people with disabilities.
  • The capacity to empower individuals with disabilities to advocate for themselves.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced/crisis environment.
  • Ability to conduct professional presentations to small or large audiences.
  • Able to work with minimum supervision.
  • Proficient with computer, including, Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook.
  • Ability to write routine reports, assessments and related correspondence.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to identify new opportunities which may facilitate overall program success
  • Ability to prioritize competing tasks.

 Physical/Environmental Requirements:

  • When in the office, the work requires ongoing computer use and extended amount of time sitting or standing.
  • Occasional regional travel is required. The ability to arrange transportation and travel independently including the ability to travel freely throughout El Paso, Teller, Kit Carson, Park, Lincoln, and Cheyenne counties to provide advocacy and training.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a qualified candidate with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.

This position may also require the performance of other duties as assigned.

This position is approved for the full IC-approved mileage reimbursement rate.

 If you are qualified and wish to apply, please route your resume and salary expectations along with a cover letter addressing your alignment with the minimum qualifications to  Responses must be received by Friday, October 19, 2018.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITYThe Independence Center adheres to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, as explained in its employee handbook, to all eligible participants regardless of age, sex, color, ethnic origin, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, or disability.  Reasonable accommodations maybe made to empower the most qualified candidate with a disability to perform the essential functions of this position.