Title: Educational Equity Parent Advocate
Supervisor: Executive Director
Summary: Through training and individual assistance, the Educational Equity Parent Advocate assists, educates, supports, and encourages parents from isolated and traditionally un-served families to become effective advocates for their children with disabilities so that they can make informed decisions as a member of school IEP teams. The Educational Equity Parent Advocate must have a strong connection to the community served and be knowledgeable about resources, services and supports for families.
Responsibilities: The Educational Equity Parent Advocate will:
- Conduct training sessions to inform intensive needs parents of children with disabilities and the professionals who work with them about the rights of their children under federal and state special education laws and strategies for exercising these rights
- Conduct workshops focused on the specific and intensive needs of families whose children meet program criteria to assist them in developing Individual Education Programs for their children
- Provide intensive one-to-one technical assistance primarily via telephone, to parents, caregivers and community partners on the rights of children meeting program criteria and options for education programs and meeting with parents and/or community partners on an individual basis on occasion
- Coordinate and collaborate with local, state and national parent, civil rights and disability organizations on issues affecting intensive needs children with disabilities and their families
- Coordinate and collaborate with local agencies and organizations that serve families in the targeted area with disabilities and their families, including the public defender’s office, Bay Area Legal Aid, SARB boards, county offices of education, county mental health, and school district staff including at court schools for incarcerated youth.
- Develop and conduct outreach programs to marginalized minority and monolingual families in the targeted area.
- Write parent newsletters and news alerts addressing issues and concerns of targeted families with children with disabilities meeting program criteria
- Conduct public awareness and information activities for organizations that serve the targeted community area.
- Assist in the development of a leadership/partnership program for parents who have benefited from these intensive level services.
- Collect data for evaluations and reporting purposes
- BA or 3+ years of comparable experience serving families with intensive support needs, especially in the area of disability or social services.
- Ability to work and relate well with families of diverse backgrounds, using a high level of cultural competency and person centered planning approaches.
- Demonstrated ability to read and understand relevant laws, regulations, policies and guidelines and write clear and comprehensive summaries, parent alerts and reports.
- Excellent public presentation skills and ability to train individuals in small and large groups.
- Well organized and able to manage a variety of tasks
- Ability to collaborate effectively with school districts, community based organizations, parents, youth and county agencies, and to increase family engagement in these settings.
- Skill in community organizing and advocacy on behalf of historically marginalized families and children
- Working knowledge of IDEA and experience with its day-to-day implementation
- Demonstrated understanding of a variety of disabilities and their affect upon children and their families (education, social, psychological implications.)
- Experience providing technical assistance and advocating on behalf of others
- Flexible schedule needed to address family availability for workshops and clinics – some evenings and weekends
- Bilingual in Spanish is a very much desirable.
- Priority given to applicants coming from or with direct connections to the targeted communities
Compensation & Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience. Actual salary will depend on qualifications.
Currently, for employees working 50% time or more, DREDF pays 80% of medical and 100% of dental and vision insurance. Other benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, 403(b) retirement savings and Section 125 (pre-tax commuter) plans.
Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Susan Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DREDF is an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage individuals with disabilities and people with diverse life experiences and backgrounds to apply.
As part of the employment process at DREDF, we will request that you complete financial disclosure forms.
This information is required to be gathered from all new employees to comply with certain New Market Tax Credit program requirements, a federal program from which DREDF has benefited. All information submitted will be kept strictly confidential.