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Employment Opportunity: Community Inclusion Advocate

Summary: 
We are hiring a Community Inclusion Advocate. Application Deadline is September 23, 2016

Employment Opportunity

Community Inclusion Advocate

ROLE OVERVIEW

Reporting to the Director of Strategic Initiatives, the Community Inclusion Advocate is responsible for connecting and engaging with families and regional groups of families to support them in building inclusive communities within the mission, vision and values of Inclusion BC. This position will also develop and nurture relationships with community stakeholders, local agencies and government systems to enhance the capacity of communities to welcome and include people with intellectual disabilities as full citizens.

The Community Inclusion Advocate will provide advocacy and referral for families and individuals to access the supports and services they need. This work will serve to highlight barriers to inclusion as well as systemic issues and opportunities for change at regional and provincial levels and will serve to build the grassroots movement for inclusion and human rights for people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

SPECIFIC ACCOUNTABILITY

The Community Inclusion Advocate reports to the Director of Strategic Initiatives and is part of the Inclusion BC staff team. The incumbent’s work focuses on the following areas:

Advocacy

·         Provide advocacy support and/or referrals for people with disabilities, their families and networks.

·         Ensure advocacy calls, emails and person to person contacts are recorded into the centralized database system.

·         Monitor the trends that emerge from this data collection and share with the Director of Strategic Initiatives.

Family Group Development

·         Identify existing family groups in BC as well as family leaders who may be interested in mobilizing family groups.

·         Provide support to family groups and emerging leaders.

·         Develop mechanisms and networks for sharing and communication amongst family groups with Inclusion BC.

Community Engagement

·         Work in collaboration with the Inclusion BC team to develop and implement our community development initiatives.

·         Contribute to the shared work and goals of all Inclusion BC staff.

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

The Community Inclusion Advocate role requires a University degree or the equivalent in a related area, at least 3 years of community advocacy or family support experience and excellent interpersonal and written communication skills. Knowledge and experience in conflict resolution is an asset. A knowledge of social justice movements is also an asset.

A commitment to full citizenship and human rights for people with intellectual disabilities is a core requirement. Knowledge of and/or experience working with people with intellectual disabilities, families, volunteers and community partners is required. Community development and engagement experience would be an asset.

WORKING CONDITIONS

The Community Inclusion Advocate is a 30 hour/week position (4 days/week).  Inclusion BC promotes a values-based organizational culture at all levels and is a supportive employer. This position requires a high level of team collaboration with the ability to be flexible and work autonomously. Travel within BC will be required.

Application Deadline is September 23, 2016.

Please forward your cover letter, resume and 3 references to: Karla Verschoor, Director of Strategic Initiatives at info@inclusionbc.org.