Coalition for Independent Living Options, Inc. (CILO)

Our Mission: Promoting Independence for People with Disabilities

 

JOB TITLE:  ADVOCACY SPECIALIST

STATUS:  Non-exempt

LOCATION: Palm Beach County
 

Essential Qualifications:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in a social, legal or human service field and a minimum 4 years of related experience, Master’s degree preferred.
  • A functional understanding of the legislative process
  •  Knowledge of and provision of psych-education for children, adolescents and adults with disabilities 
  • Personal and/or professional experience with a disability or disability related issues.
  • A willingness and ability to travel within the service area
  • An understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the ability to apply its provisions to the removal of architectural, programmatic and attitudinal barriers within the public sector
  • An understanding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • An understanding of the eligibility requirements for benefits and services (Medicaid, Social Security, etc.) and the complaint process and appeals process
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

 

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provide education and training to individuals and groups pertaining to the provision and implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, IDEA and other legislation concerning the rights of persons with disabilities.
  • Develop and implement strategies of providing individual and systemic advocacy techniques to persons with disabilities and their families
  • Provide information and referral services pertaining to benefit and entitlement programs to individuals and the disability community
  • Be willing to attend and participate in, on a continuing basis, workshops and other educational opportunities for the furtherance of one’s knowledge and experience concerning the rights and independence of persons with disabilities.
  • Provide advocacy and representation at meetings and hearings
  • Maintain data for monthly reports as well as confidential consumer files
  • Adhere to principles of confidentiality
  • Adhere to CILO’S policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Reports directly to the Director of Operations/Programs.  Reasonable accommodation where appropriate.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Interested applicants must submit a resume and cover letter. Successful candidates will be subject to a background check.

 

Send resume and cover letter by email to Dan Shorter, CEO at dan@cilo.org. E-mail only. No phone calls.

 

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