The Institute on Community Integration seeks an individual to serve as an ambassador, advisor, and consultant on its many existing research, training, outreach, and instructional projects. The ideal candidate will have lived experience with intellectual and developmental disabilities and leadership in self-advocacy initiatives. This is a 50% (20 hour per week) position. This position is represented by the AFSCME Technical Union.
Project Consulting (50%)
Coordinates a self-advocacy council of advisors to be engaged with ICI research projects and products, such as Self Advocacy Online, the Residential Information and Families Information Systems Project (RISP/FISP) and the Department of Human Services Training and Technical Assistance Project.
Participates in and co-facilitates discussions related to person-centered training that ensure that the lived experiences of people with disabilities is considered.
Assists in program planning and development of new projects and programs by working with ICI staff to identify priorities that include a focus on self-advocacy.
Review publications and provide feedback that reflects the expertise of people living with intellectual and related developmental disabilities.
Assists in translating research outcomes into real-life application.
Disability Policy Advocacy (40%)
Participates in and maintains an ongoing relationship with national and state Self-Advocacy groups and programs. E.g. Self-Advocates in Minnesota (SAM), The Arc Minnesota Self-Advocacy Committee, Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), Partners in Policymaking.
Provides training on the history and principles of Self-Advocacy within the MN Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) and Disability Policy and Services Certificate program.
Regularly attends the monthly meeting of Minnesota’s Olmstead Sub-Cabinet.
Surveys stakeholder groups to determine needs and interests of people with disabilities.
Coordinates and promotes self-advocacy resources, such as leadership training curriculum, research outcomes, innovative practices, and community-based programs that focus on disability issues.
Works with ICI staff to develop and implement strategies that will promote self-determination and political engagement of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Research Administrative Support (10%)
Assists with the writing, publication, and dissemination of publications across ICI.
Participates in day-to-day operations and leadership teams at ICI.
Organizes and/or participates with conference and seminar panel presentations.
Creates agendas and facilitates meetings.
Prepare documents for presentations and webinars associated with any of ICI’s grant sponsors.
Arrange, attend, and report on program-related meetings and activities specific to various grants and contracts within ICI.
High school diploma/GED/special education diploma.
Five years of experience engaged with the self-advocacy movement for people with disabilities.
Experience with disability policy and services.
Specialized training in leadership development may substitute for some years of experience.
Skill with computer keyboarding and internet utilization
Ability to make telephone calls and arrange own transportation to meetings.
Personal, lived experience with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Familiarity with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Olmstead Decision.
Experience explaining complex policies and practices to diverse audiences.
Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of the principles related to self-determination, self-advocacy, independent living, and person-centered practices.
Experience in making complicated policies and training curriculums understandable for people with limited reading abilities.
Interviewing experience speaking to individuals with disabilities, their families, and service providers
Communicating with policy makers and elected officials.
Public speaking experience before community audiences.
Service in a leadership capacity within a self-advocacy group.
Internal Number: 334851
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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