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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. 

Position Responsibilities:

  • 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, using "Adult Advocacy Coordinator" as the subject line.

SpArc is an equal opportunity employer.


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