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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 Manager of Government Affairs with policies and issues that affect the Deaf community on a local, statewide and national level. The Deaf Systems Advocate will serve as the point person for systems change that affect the Deaf community. The Deaf Systems Advocate will also support individual advocacy and direct services.
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 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 underserved groups.

Develop a comprehensive work plan to enable and facilitate RCIL achieving its systems advocacy goals as required by our State IL contract.

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

Organize and host agency events.

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.

Write blogs related to your work.

Prepare press releases and additional written reports as needed.
Strong American Sign Language skills required.

Professional telephone and letter writing skills are required as there is contact with government legislators and the community.

People skills are a must.

A working knowledge of how different levels of government function is needed for advocating for change in the current system.

Strong commitment to the Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf-blind communities.
Minimum Associate's degree, Bachelor's degree preferred. Life experience may be substituted for education.
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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