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Position Title: Child Advocate (part-time)
Reports to: Executive Director, The Arc of Philadelphia
FSLA status: Part-time, exempt

Summary:

The Child Advocate works closely with the Child Advocacy Director to help families learn to navigate the systems for children ages birth to 21 with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD), as well as work to promote policies that support active citizenship, self-determination, and full inclusion.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Ability to address both systemic and direct advocacy issues.
  • Assist Child Advocacy Director with caseload of individuals requiring one-on-one advocacy.
  • Work with individuals and families to navigate school, behavioral health and medical systems as required. 
  • Develop relationships with organizations and systems in the special education, disability services, employment, behavioral and medical health fields as it relates to supporting and advocating for systemic advocacy for children ages birth to 21 with disabilities.  
  • Help to develop and address The Arc of Philadelphia’s public policy agenda with the goal of promoting active citizenship, self-determination, and full inclusion.
  • A demonstrated ability to work with a team and facilitate collaboration between agencies is essential.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree with advocacy training prefered
  • Three (3) years relevant experience
  • 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
  • Ability to translate regulations into practice
  • Demonstrate discretion, integrity, fair-mindedness, confidentiality and know the importance of effective, confidential record-keeping
  • Ability to handle multiple projects, details and tasks simultaneously.   Ability to work well under pressure and flexibility to respond to changing priorities
  • 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.  Local and regional travel required, in particular for the purpose of attending special education meetings with families; attending conferences, trainings, and events both in Philadelphia and Delaware County; and when collaborating with other organizations, agencies, and government officials.  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 "Child Advocate" as the subject line.

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