2018-2019 CDR Disability Rights Policy Fellow
|Employment Type: Full-Time|
The Center for Disability Rights (CDR) announces its first Disability Rights Policy Fellowship. The purpose of the Fellowship is to expand the knowledge and expertise of CDR Advocacy and Policy leadership through first-hand experience advocating and organizing for positive legislative and policy change in Federal and State legislation, government, and regulatory agencies. This Fellowship is intended to prepare the Fellow to leverage CDR's proven advocacy strategies to create ongoing, sustained advocacy and policy work at an Independent Living Center, ADAPT chapter, or disability rights organization.
CDR's Current Federal and State advocacy activities are expected to have significant impact on the nature and extent of services and supports for persons with disabilities in New York and across the nation. It is, therefore, of great value to the Disability Community for current and future disability advocates to develop and acquire hands-on advocacy and policy experience as well as an understanding of the laws, regulations, and policies which affect the lives of people with disabilities.
The CDR Disability Rights Fellowship Experience is intended to provide significant experience in national and state- advocacy, organizing, and policy activities related to the advancement of disability rights, for the purpose of equipping the Fellow to replicate these activities elsewhere. The Fellowship is envisioned as a mutually beneficial arrangement between the Fellow and CDR, and will take operate out of CDR's Albany Policy office. The Fellow will benefit from the experiences and contacts developed during the Fellowship period. The program will benefit from having "one of its own" participating in state and national level activities and creating and deepening advocacy efforts. CDR will benefit by having increased assistance to carry out its mission as well as the additional experience and information the Fellow is able to develop. The overall goal of the Fellowship is to enhance the leadership capacity of the Fellow through a range of work experiences and responsibilities aiming to:
Responsibilities of the Fellow
The Fellowship experience will be jointly developed by the Fellow and CDR senior staff based on the needs of CDR and the Policy Office, taking into consideration current CDR projects and priorities, as well as skills and interests of the Fellow. The Fellow may be responsible for any or all of the following, as assigned by the Manager of Government Affairs or other Senior Staff:
Reporting and Monitoring
The Fellow will keep supervisor(s) aware of his/her progress as well as submit a year-end report to CDR Senior Staff and the Board of Directors on his/her activities, accomplishments and challenges encountered during the Fellowship and recommendations for improving the Fellowship program.
Duration of Fellowship
The Fellowship period is for a Period of one year.
Eligible applicants include: Staff working for at least 2 years at an ILC or disability-led disability rights organization, in an advocacy or direct service position. Persons with disabilities or family members and persons from culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Criteria and Requirements
The leadership of the CDR Advocacy Team will review all applications and select finalists for interviews.
The Fellowship Start date is flexible but the Fellow is expected to start no later than November 30.
For More Information
For additional information please contact: Director of Government Affairs Adam Prizio or CDR Advocacy Director Stephanie Woodward.
|Language Required: English|
|Minimum Education: Bachelors Degree|
|Minimum Experience: 2-5 years|
|Contact Name: Human Resources|
|Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Contact Phone: (585) 546-7510|
|The Center for Disability Rights strives to be a participant controlled, cross disability organization that is reflective of the community it serves. CDR values diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, cultural or ethnic group membership, disability status, educational level, family status, gender, income, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply. CDR will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.|
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