Position Title: Adult Advocacy Coordinator (part-time)
Reports to: The Arc of Philadelphia Executive Director
FSLA status: Non-exempt
The Adult Advocacy Coordinator works to develop and coordinate projects and advocacy efforts for adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in the Philadelphia area, particularly regarding public policy, systemic advocacy, transition to adulthood services and healthcare needs for the I/DD community. May assist with additional activities of The Arc as appropriate.
- Coordinates medical screenings and RN student presentations from Drexel University medical and nursing students and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
- Help the adult/youth develop an understanding of health care supports for the ID community.
- Assist with the connection to services within the community for those adult/youth who needs additional resources such as mental health, physical assessment and etc.
- Outreach to support groups, coalitions and other networks for adults with I/DD in the community.
- Research and stay abreast of current public policy and legislation specifically related to adult health care.
- Attend trainings and events related to adults with I/DD.
- Provide one on one advocacy to the ID community in areas of development related to education, socialization and positive behavioral development.
- To provide healthcare awareness to the local community for adults with I/DD.
- Other Duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree or an associate’s degree in adult development or related field. 3 years relevant experience and knowledge of Developmental Disability field.
- Experience working with families and demonstrate strong listening skills as well as patience when working with people we serve.
- Clear criminal record and child abuse history, complete medical and drug screen (paid for by The Arc of Philadelphia). Valid driver’s license.
- Must demonstrate effective communication skills with people from diverse backgrounds. Possess strong verbal, written and listening communication skills. Ability to easily follow verbal and written directions.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to create an environment that encourages families to voice concerns.
- Ability to translate regulations into practice. Must know the importance of effective confidential record keeping.
- Demonstrate discretion, integrity, fair-mindedness, and confidentiality.
- Ability to handle multiple project details and tasks simultaneously. Ability to work well under pressure and flexibility respond to changing priorities, unplanned events or emergencies.
- Must be self-motivated, self-directed and independent, possess good time management and organization skills, and show attention to detail, including prioritization.
Physical Environment / Working Conditions:
Routine office environment. Some local and regional travel required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
How to Apply:
Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resumé to HR@sparcphilly.org, using "Adult Advocacy Coordinator" as the subject line.
SpArc is an equal opportunity employer.