The Boston Center for Independent Living is a frontline civil rights organization led by people with disabilities that advocates to eliminate discrimination, isolation, and segregation by providing advocacy, information and referral, peer support, skills training, PCA services, and transitional services to enhance the independence of people with disabilities.
As an organization, we commit to making all aspects of our work antiracist, not only because it is just but because it is necessary to serve our community of people with disabilities. We commit to purposefully identify, discuss, and challenge issues of race and ethnicity, and the impacts they have on our organization, our work, and our people.
BCIL serves a very diverse clientele, and our staff reflect much of that diversity. People with disabilities, people of color and those who speak another language are encouraged to apply for positions. All applicants are welcome.
Position Overview: The Bilingual Disability Advocate & Community Liaison provides mentoring, skills training, advocacy, information & referral, and other supportive services to people with disabilities This position will also participate in systemic advocacy activities as prioritized by their supervisor. Primary responsibilities include outreach and linking BCIL to community organizations in Boston and surrounding cities. This position will be based out of BCIL’s Dorchester Office.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Work in partnership with BCIL’s outreach staff to identify and build alliances with organizations serving the Spanish-speaking community in the service area. Participates in existing collaborations and other relevant forums focused on reaching and/or better serving the target community.
- Assist in coordination of services with other agencies and BCIL staff members.
- Assist in staffing the Fields Corner/Dorchester office; responsible for opening and/or closing the office on a rotating schedule.
- Work with consumers to help them assess their personal independent living needs and develop independent living service plans (ILSPs).
- Provide consumers with skills training, mentoring in self-advocacy, and information & referral services, individually or in groups.
- Arrange to meet with consumers at BCIL, or, when the consumer is unable to travel, arranges to meet at other mutually agreed upon locations within the BCIL service area.
- Document all activities according to accepted BCIL standards and timelines, utilizing WILD database.
- Actively participate in:
- monthly staff meetings (all-staff, direct services and case conference), and other mandatory meetings as instructed.
- on-going training opportunities (mandatory and optional) to ensure up-to-date knowledge of federal, state, and municipal government benefits and regulations, as well as community resources.
- weekly or bi-weekly supervision, coming prepared to discuss successes, challenges, productivity, documentation, and professional development goals.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Bi-lingual: Spanish/English.
- Commitment to independent living philosophy.
- Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to initiate and carry out complex projects.
- Demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively as part of a team.
- Strong oral and written communication skills and excellent listening skills.
- Ability to take direction and follow through on assigned tasks and to manage time effectively.
- Flexibility and the ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team.
- Ability to model clear professional boundaries, social skills, and work etiquette.
- Ability to travel throughout BCIL service area (driver’s license not required).
- Professional experience in disability services/advocacy
- Lived experience as a member of the population to be served
Computers, copier, scanner, Microsoft Office, printer, and other office equipment/programs.
Office area is a shared workspace divided by cubicles. Verbal communication can be heard from other staff in adjoining cubicles. Will need to be in the office or field a majority of time; limited remote options unless the pandemic worsens again.
Hours: 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
- Optional FSA medical and dependent care accounts, critical care insurance and additional life insurance available (employee paid)
How to apply: Email cover letter and resume to: BCILemployment@bostoncil.org
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.
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