The Arc – Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties (The Arc) is pleased to announce that we are seeking applicants for the position of Director of Young Adult Advocacy.
As a local chapter of The Arc, we are a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) so that they can lead full and satisfying lives in their communities. The Arc is here to provide direct advocacy, resources, education and community that empower people to achieve their dreams. We serve individuals of all ages who reside in our tri-county area, assisting them and their caregivers with a wide variety of issues, including those related to education, health care, residential options, employment, legal concerns, and systems navigation, as well as social, recreational, and religious inclusion.
The Director of Young Adult Advocacy is part of The Arc’s Advocacy Team, which includes three advocates who work exclusively on adult concerns and three advocates who work on issues affecting children and families. The Director of Young Adult Advocacy will focus on the needs of young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ages 18-30), working with both the individuals and any appropriate family members to address key issues such as navigating the adult service systems, and building a supportive community network. The Director of Young Adult Advocacy, along with all staff at The Arc, must embody the organization’s Core Values and Guiding Principles and infuse them into all aspects of his or her work.
The Director of Young Adult Advocacy will spend approximately 60% of his/her time working directly with individuals with I/DD and their families by providing information and referral services and/or individualized advocacy related to specific situations or issues. Approximately 10% of the time, this advocate will participate in the development, implementation, and execution of trainings relevant to adults with I/DD. Support of self-advocacy is an essential part of this position, and this advocate will spend approximately 10% of his/her time on this. Finally, approximately 20% of this position will focus on systemic advocacy, with an emphasis on ensuring that our community is open and embraces people with I/DD in all aspects of life. We do much of this work through community partnerships and committee involvement.
As part of the advocacy team, the Director of Young Adult Advocacy will report to the Executive Director. This is not a supervisory position. Click here to view the full job description.
To apply for the Director of Young Adult Advocacy please send your resume and cover letter to email@example.com or mail them to The Arc’s office. All applicant information must be received by midnight on February 28, 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.