Bilingual Disability Peer Advocate

Website BostonCIL Boston Center for Independent Living

Advocacy, Service, Action

Position Summary:  Provides peer mentoring, skills training, advocacy, information & referral, and other supportive services to people with disabilities through BCIL’s Direct Services Department. The Disability Peer Advocate supports individuals with disabilities in developing skills to support them in increasing their independence and attaining independent living goals. This position will have the opportunity to participate in systematic advocacy issues as prioritized by their supervisor. The Disability Peer Advocate reports to the Deputy Director and will work primarily with adult consumers.


  • Works with consumers to help them assess their personal independent living needs and develop independent living service plans (ILSPs).
  • Advocates for the rights and integration of individuals with disabilities. Helps individuals and groups develop advocacy skills on matters such as health care access, housing, transportation, and employment
  • Provides skills training, peer mentoring, advocacy, and information & referral as necessary to consumers individually or in groups.
  • Coordinates services with other agencies and BCIL staff members.
  • Documents work clearly and in a timely manner in the BCIL data system and submits all required reports in a timely way.
  • Makes arrangements to meet with and travel to consumers’ homes, service agencies, or other mutually agreed upon locations for consumer meetings.
  • Engages in community outreach as necessary to help promote agency goals.
  • Other related duties as may be assigned.

 Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a human services field and/or relevant independent living experience.
  • Member of the population to be served or extensive experience working in an independent living setting.
  • Bi-lingual skills in languages used by consumers including Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, and/or American Sign Language.
  • Creativity and the ability to initiate and carry out projects.
  • Ability to model leadership, set clear, professional boundaries and work as part of a team in all settings when representing the agency.
  • Ability to work with a variety of people and assist with agency collaborations.
  • Strong oral, written, listening, and time-management skills.
  • Ability to travel throughout BCIL service area.
  • Commitment to independent living philosophy is essential.


40 Hours – Full Time


  •             2 weeks paid vacation (increases with length of service)
  •             2 personal days
  •             11 holidays
  •             12 sick days
  •             Health, dental, (75% paid by agency).  Short-term disability, long-term                              disability, group life insurance 100% company paid.

Salary:  $33,000 annually.

Fax, mail or e-mail cover letter and resume to:

  • HR Director
  • Boston Center for Independent Living, Inc.
  •  60 Temple Place, 5th Floor
  • Boston, MA  02111-1324
  • 617 338-6661 (fax)
  • (e-mail)

BCIL is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Reasonable accommodation is provided as needed for employees and other affiliates.  Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE) checks are part of BCIL’s standard procedure.

People with disabilities encouraged to apply.

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