Child and Family Advocate
Special education: 3 years (Required)
Work authorization (Required)
- Spanish (Preferred)
Full Job Description
The Arc of Adams County is an independent advocacy organization supporting and assisting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. As non-attorney Advocates, our involvement will vary according to the needs of the individual with I/DD. This may include; providing information and referrals, technical assistance and direct individual intervention on behalf of the individual. The position of Child and Family Advocate is responsible for promoting accessible and quality services for children.
· Assess advocacy issues and needs.
· Develop Advocacy plan based on appropriate processes and procedures.
· Be familiar with Federal and Colorado Special Education Laws.
· Effective skills in conflict management, mediation, and negotiation.
· Implementation of problem-solving strategies.
· Strong self-awareness and interpersonal skills in organization and communication (oral/written).
· Work independently, and as a team member.
· Personal transportation to attend meetings.
· Individual Advocacy Services with Parents/Guardians on behalf of child/youth.
· Determine advocacy needs and develop action plans.
· Provide information and resources and technical assistance.
· Review documents and provide recommendations for resolution.
· Initiate intervention efforts for advocacy resolution.
· Professionally communicate with all team members to resolve issues and address needs.
· Objectively investigate situations to obtain needed information.
· Manage and track multiple cases while prioritizing issues.
· Demonstrate the agency’s style of advocacy strategies.
· Maintain professional boundaries.
· Research information needed for resolution.
· Training development and implementation for families, individuals with IDD, professionals, and community.
· Maintain and update caseloads and database.
· Participate in community education efforts to support Arc mission.
· Report to direct supervisor and Executive Director.
· Support and participate in agency events, annual goals, and strategic plans.
Qualifications: Prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree a related field with a minimum of 5 years’ experience working in the disability field. Related fields include but are not limited to special education, general education, social work, child welfare, mental health, etc. Bilingual native Spanish speaker preferred.
Salary: Commensurate with experience and competency in a salary range of $55,000-$56,000. Benefits include medical, dental and vison insurance, paid vacation/sick days and a generous holiday package. Short- & Long-Term disability insurance is an employee option.
- Dental insurance
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Retirement plan
- Vision insurance
- Monday to Friday
Submit resume and cover letter to Lnewble@arcadams.org.