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Deaf Systems Advocate

Employment Type: Full-Time
Regional Center for Independent Living (RCIL) is a not-for-profit, nonresidential organization that provides services and advocacy to people with disabilities and seniors.

Under general supervision, assists the Director of Advocacy with policies and issues that affect the Deaf community on a local, statewide, and national level. Will serve as the point person for system changes that affect the Deaf community.
As a representative of RCIL be committed in all that you do to support, perpetuate, and model the RCIL mission.

Attend and/or initiate meetings when appropriate to educate, inform, and to address concerns with the goal of improving the greater Rochester area for the Deaf community.

Confront and advocate to remove systems barriers that Deaf and hard of hearing individuals face.

Build effective bridges between the Deaf and hearing communities.

Work to increase opportunities available to Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf-blind individuals, emphasizing outreach to under served groups.

Determine issues in need of systems advocacy and strategize with team on appropriate measures.

Interact with government officials and agencies.

Provide direct IL services to individuals.

Support and empower individuals to navigate complex service and benefits systems.

Teach individuals effective self-advocacy skills.

Other duties as assigned.
Strong American Sign Language skills required.

Professional telephone and letter writing skills are required.
Minimum Associate's degree, Bachelor's degree preferred Life experience may be substituted for education.

Strong commitment to promote and advocate for the full integration of individuals with disabilities including the Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf-blind communities.

Creativity and comfort in dealing with a wide range of diverse individuals and situations.
Language Required: Other
Minimum Education: Associates Degree
Minimum Experience: None
Contact Name: Human Resources
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (585) 546-7510
The Regional Center for Independent Living strives to be a participant-controlled, cross-disability organization that is reflective of the community it serves. RCIL 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. RCIL will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
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