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Systems Advocate

Employment Type: Full-Time
Under general supervision, the Systems Advocate assists the Advocacy Department in creating enduring systems change at the local, state, and national levels. The Systems Advocate will stay abreast of issues affecting the lives of individuals with disabilities.
Assist the Manager of Government Affairs in achieving the agency’s mission: full integration, independence and civil rights of people with all types of disabilities.

Develop a comprehensive work plan that enables CDR to achieve its systems advocacy goals as required by the State IL contract.

Actively serve on and participate in committees, advocacy groups, coalitions internally or externally as assigned.

Review and edit written communications, including but not limited to letters, action alerts, newsletter articles and blog entries.

Attend bi-monthly Public Policy and monthly Advocacy Team meetings.

Assist with the planning and implementation of Rochester area advocacy efforts involving public hearings, community meetings, trips to Albany, local group advocacy projects, protests, and demonstrations.

Communicate with members of legislative bodies, agencies and other entities through letters, e-mails and calls.

Field and return calls; determine the advocacy issues(s) and whether to pursue and the appropriate measures of advocacy.

Recruit and organize volunteer advocates to work on issues of importance.

Record activities and prepare various reports for appropriate agencies.

Coordinate the SSAN Advocacy Grant and ensure that monthly grant objectives are met or exceeded.

Travel at local, state, and national levels.
Professional verbal and written communication skills required.

The Systems Advocate must be comfortable working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Basic knowledge of disability rights is preferred. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Comfortable with popular social media platforms.

Willingness to participate in direct actions.

Passion for civil rights mandatory.
Minimum Associate degree, Bachelor degree preferred. Additional work experience may be substituted for education.

Minimum one year professional or volunteer experience in advocacy or civil rights work. Experience may also be through internships or co-curricular involvement.

Excellent written communication skills.

Familiarity with Rochester area policy makers and key businesses.

Basic computer skills, especially word processing.

Fluency in sign language and/or Spanish language is a plus.

Community organizing skills are a plus.
Language Required: None
Minimum Education: Associates Degree
Minimum Experience: 1-2 years
Contact Name: HR Department
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (585) 442-6470
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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