Self Advocacy Facilitator

Program · Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
Department Program
Employment Type Full-Time, 40 hours
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation based on experience

Position Summary:


The primary duty is to manage the planning, implementation, and documentation of self-advocacy activities supported by the company while under the supervision of the Development & Communications Director. The Self-Advocacy Facilitator provides support for, and seeks opportunities for clients enrolled in the program to develop skills for making their own choices, expressing their opinions, and exercising their rights. 


The Self-Advocacy Facilitator must demonstrate exemplary personal and written contact with clients, families, colleagues, and coworkers; and maintain the highest degree of ethical practices, person-centered philosophy, and quality of work in the administration of their duties.  This job requires independent travel within the Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area.



Essential Responsibilities:


  • Recruit self-advocates, train Direct Support Professionals (DSP) assigned to self-advocacy activities, and facilitate all on-site and/or remote self-advocacy groups to ensure they accomplish their agenda of education, fundraising, legislative action, social activities, training, and voting.


  • Train, support, manage, and assess the performance of self-advocates engaged by the company to complete staff training sessions; forwarding observations and outcomes to each client’s Program Plan Coordinator (PPC) and the Staff Training & Recruitment Specialist.


  • Train, support, manage, and assess the performance of self-advocates engaged by the company to complete peer mentoring activities; forwarding observations and outcomes to each client’s PPC.


  • Schedule, support, transport, and lead all activities needed to meet the deliverables of the Ambassadors 4 Respect contract.


  • Schedule, transport, support, and supervise self-advocates who attend external self-advocacy activities/meetings.


  • Research legislative bills that might affect clients enrolled in the program, and support self-advocates who wish to express responses to the proposed legislation.


  • Lead the internal AT group to identify useful software and technology, immerse assistive technology into program activities, and safeguard company owned technology


  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Development & Communications Director.


Qualifications:


  • A baccalaureate degree in a field related to human services, and one full year of full-time work experience providing direct care services to persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities; or an associate degree in a field related to human services, and two full years of full-time work experience providing direct care services to persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities; or two full years of experience providing direct care services to persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities.


  • Demonstrated the ability to productively converse with people in both formal and informal settings.


  • Good writing skills with an ability to use computer technology to promote efficiency and enhance presentations/materials.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee must (i) be able to continually sit, stand, walk, talk, and hear throughout each work day; (ii) be able to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, twist, and run; (iii) use hands to continually finger, handle, assist, grasp, and feel; (iv) occasionally reach, push, and pull with hands and arms; (v) regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; and (vi) push and pull individuals weighing 100-200 pounds in wheelchairs.


  • Have, or be capable of completing, company first aid and CPR certification training.


  • Have a valid class “D” state driver’s license and meet the minimum requirements set forth in the company’s Safe Transportation Policy.


  • Ability to pass criminal background checks and drug/alcohol tests following a conditional job offer as well as throughout the course of employment.


This position description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee.  In addition, it does not constitute an employment agreement or contract between Merrick, Inc., and the employee and is subject to change by Merrick, Inc., as the needs of the company and requirements of the job change. 


We will be initiating interviews on a rolling basis for all qualified applicants.



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  • Location
    Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
  • Department
    Program
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time, 40 hours
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced
  • Compensation
    based on experience